Japan To Establish Motor Assembling Plant in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, January 19, 2011 AKP – Japan’s MINEBEA Co., Ltd. will establish a motor assembling plant in Cambodia in contribution to developing the country’s economy and human resources.
Mr. Yoshihisa Kainuma Minebea, president of MINEBEA, informed Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen of his company’s investment project during a meeting here on Tuesday, Ieng Sophalet, assistant to the Cambodian premier told reporters after the meeting.
The new Cambodian plant will assemble motors using parts/components supplied by Minebea plants in China, Malaysia and Thailand.
In reply, Samdech Techo Hun Sen welcomed the investment project and recommended the Japanese company to cooperate with relevant institutions in Cambodia, especially with the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training and the National Training Center as well as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in selecting and training labor force. –AKP
By LIM Nary
DPM Hor Namhong: Release on Bail of Six Thai Detainees Is Purely Court’s Procedure
Phnom Penh, January 19, 2011 AKP – The release on bail of six Thai detainees is purely the court’s procedure, said here today Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Hor Namhong upon his meeting with visiting Colombian Foreign Minister Mrs. Maria Angela Holguin.
“The release does not happen after the meeting between me and Thai Foreign Minister H.E. Kasit Piromya in Indonesia,” he stressed.
H.E. Hor Namhong, also minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, further said that on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Indonesia, he met with his Thai counterpart and they agreed not to let the current situation affect the good relations between the two neighboring countries.
“I told H.E. Kasit that what we did is according to the court’s procedure, we have no ill will against Thailand or we do not seek revenge against the Thais,” he said, adding that H.E. Kasit even thanked us for granting bail to the six Thai detainees.
Seven Thais were arrested on Dec. 29, 2010 by Cambodian border protection troops for illegal entry into Cambodian territory in Banteay Meanchey province and then charged for illegal entry into Cambodia and unlawful entry into military zone.
Regarding the meeting with his Columbian foreign minister, H.E. Hor Namhong said he informed Mrs. Maria Angela Holguin of the situation in Cambodia, from the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979, to the Paris Peace Accords and the Win-Win policy of Premier Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, which brought about full peace, national unification and reconciliation to the country.
Mrs. Maria Angela Holguin, who is in her first-ever visit to Cambodia, said there are many things Colombia should learn from Cambodia.
Both sides also agreed to do their best to strengthen the relationship and cooperation in all domains between the two countries.
Concerning East Timor’s application to be an ASEAN member, the Cambodian foreign minister said as the country is located in Southeast Asia, its application is automatically supported by Cambodia, but we (the ASEAN member countries) have not discussed about it yet. We will discuss in the future and the problem is the benefits to ASEAN and to East Timor itself when the country becomes an ASEAN member. –AKP
Article in Khmer by CHIM Nary
Article in English by SOKMOM Nimul
Cambodia, Myanmar Sign Direct Flight Agreement
Phnom Penh, January 19, 2011 AKP – Cambodia and Myanmar have reached an agreement on direct flights from Yangon to Siem Reap province.
The agreement was signed here on Jan. 18 by Cambodian Tourism Minister H.E. Thong Khon and his Burmese counterpart on the sidelines of the 30th ASEAN Tourism Forum hosted by Cambodia.
The Yangon-Siem Reap direct flights will begin on Feb. 23, 2011 with two flights weekly, said the Cambodian tourism minister, adding that the establishment of direct flights between Cambodia and Myanmar is in line with ASEAN strategy on regional connectivity.
The Myanmar-Cambodia direct flights will help attract more foreign tourists to Cambodia. “Rice is white gold, while tourism is green gold,” H.E. Thong Khon said.
Last year, some 2.5 million foreign tourists visited Cambodia, or an increase of 16 percent as compared with 2009. –AKP
By SOKMOM Nimul
Four More Thais Released On Bail
Phnom Penh, January 19, 2011 AKP – Cambodia’s Court of Appeal decided on Jan. 18 to release four Thai detainees on bail awaiting their trail in later day already specified, while the remaining one was denied for his bail request.
The lawyers of the five Thai detainees submitted their requests on bail to the Cambodian Appeal Court after Phnom Penh Municipal Court refused them to leave on bail.
The court hearing was attended by local and foreign journalists with the participation from representatives of Thai Embassy in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court decided on Jan. 13 to release on bail two of the seven arrested Thais on health ground.
The one remaining in custody is Veera Somkwamkid, who leads a People’s Alliance of Democrats group called the Thailand Patriot Netwok who was facing an additional charge which was mentioned as his attempt in collecting information which might damage to Cambodia’s national security.
The seven Thais were arrested on Dec. 29, 2010 by Cambodian border protection troops for illegal entry into Cambodian territory in Banteay Meanchey province and then charged for illegal entry into Cambodia and unlawful entry into military zone. –AKP
By THOU Peou
Cambodian PM: ATF 2011 Is an Exceptional Opportunity for ASEAN Countries
Phnom Penh, January 19, 2011 AKP – The ASEAN Tourism Forum 2011 (ATF 2011) is a good opportunity for the ASEAN member countries and their partners to promote different fields and to alleviate poverty, said here yesterday Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
“I am strongly convinced that ATF 2011 is an exceptional opportunity for us not only to inform the world of Cambodia’s as well as ASEAN’s tourism products, but also to enhance and show the importance of tourism and to continue to promote this field, so as to contribute to socio-economic development, the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals and the poverty reduction in the region and the world,” said the Cambodian premier at the official opening ceremony of ATF 2011 held on Jan. 18 at Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre, Phnom Penh.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen also believed that all relevant parties, both public and private sectors, will strengthen their cooperation to promote tourism development in ASEAN.
Cambodia has been hosting ATF 2011 from Jan. 15 to 21 under the theme of “ASEAN-A World of Wonders and Diversity”, during which the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2011-2015 was adopted by the ASEAN Tourism Ministers.
The Cambodian government has been paying high attention and giving its full support to the development of tourism industry, considering it as a priority among the ten priority areas for social building and poverty reduction, underlined Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
He further highly evaluated the effective contribution of tourism in increasing regional demands and exportation, the main factors to promote macroeconomic growth, social development and poverty alleviation.
According to preliminary figures, ASEAN attracted more than 65 million visitors last year, posting a healthy 12 percent growth. Intra-ASEAN travel continued to be a major share of tourists, making up 45 percent of total international arrivals.
For its part, Cambodia received some 2.5 million foreign tourists last year, or an increase of 16 percent as compared with 2009, while the number of local tourists reached more than 7 million in 2010, or an increase of 7 percent as compared with the previous year. –AKP
By SOKMOM Nimul