Cambodia-Thailand Border Committees’ Meetings in Indonesia Postponed to Early April
Phnom Penh, March 17, 2011 AKP – The meetings of Cambodia-Thai General Border Committee (GBC) and Joint Border Committee on Demarcation for Land Boundary (JBC) scheduled to be held on Mar. 24-25 in Indonesia has been postponed to early April 2011.
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H.E. Hor Namhong received on Wednesday a letter from his Indonesian counterpart, H.E. Marty Natalegawa, the current Chair of ASEAN, saying that the upcoming GBC and JBC meetings in Bogor is postponed to April 7-8, said Koy Kuong, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
April 7-8 is the appropriate time for all participants, he quoted the letter, stressing that the postponement has nothing to do with political reason.
Koy Kuong said Cambodia is ready for the meetings under the witness of Indonesia in order to find solution to the border dispute between the two neighboring Kingdoms. –AKP
By SOKMOM Nimul
NA: Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy Loses His Role as Parliamentarian
Phnom Penh, March 17, 2011 AKP – Cambodia’s National Assembly has announced in a written statement the removal of opposition party leader Sam Rainsy’s status as a member of parliament.
The announcement was made in the parliamentary meeting held on Mar. 15 in the presence of National Assembly President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin.
“His Excellency Sam Rainsy has completely lost his rights, privileges and membership as a parliamentarian of Kampong Cham provincial constituency in the fourth legislative mandate,” said the statement read by Samdech Heng Samrin.
National Assembly’s decision to strip of opposition party leader Sam Rainsy’s role as a parliamentarian was made according to Article 83 of the internal regulation of the parliament, Article 14 of the law on lawmaker’s statute, the law on the parliamentarian election and the verdict of the Supreme Court dated on Mar. 1, 2011.
The Supreme Court decided to uphold Sam Rainsy’s convictions for inciting and damaging public property, for which he has been sentenced to two-year imprisonment in absentia.
He was sentenced to an additional 10 years in jail for disinformation and falsifying public documents in relation to the border issue. –AKP
By THOU Peou
Seminar on “Social Market Economy” Held
Phnom Penh, March 17, 2011 AKP – A seminar on “Social Market Economy” was held here yesterday at Sunway Hotel under the presidency of Minister of Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection Mrs. Som Kimsuor.
Dr. Ralph M. Wrobel, economics professor at the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences in Zwickau, Germany was also present at the seminar organized and funded by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
On the occasion, Prof. Ralph M. Wrobel detailed the general ideas of the social market economy, lessons, experiences and success of Germany.
For her part, Mrs. Sam Kimsuor touched on Cambodia’s economic growth during the past years, which helped reduce the poverty rate and increase people’s income.
The poverty rate fell from 47 percent in 1994 to 30 percent in 2007 and 27.4 percent in 2009, she said, adding that the income per capita has increased three folds, from US$228 in 2000 to US$738 in 2008. –AKP
By LIM Nary
PM Orders to Stop Overloaded Transportation and Illegal Checkpoints
Phnom Penh, March 17, 2011 AKP – Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has ordered all relevant ministries and institutions to stop overloaded transportation, illegal checkpoints and the use of body guard unit’s name to commit infractions.
Speaking at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport’s annual meeting held here yesterday at Chaktomuk Conference Hall, the Cambodian premier asked government officials throughout the country to check on these issues and to take urgent measures, if not they should resign.
He further criticized some local transportation companies and ordered to close them up if they do not respect the law.
Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen recommended the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to pay more attention in protecting roads, bridges and all new infrastructure construction must respond to the increasing road traffic and transport.
On the occasion, he also highly evaluated the Ministry of Public Works and Transport’s efforts, and deeply thanked development partners, particularly Japan and China for their support to the rehabilitation and development of road and bridge infrastructure in Cambodia.
The royal government will continue to pay attention on the rehabilitation and development of infrastructure so as to improve and expand both local and international trade relations and the economic integration in the region and the world for the interests of the nation and people, Samdech Techo Hun Sen affirmed. –AKP
By KHAN Sophirom
Permanent DPM Men Sam An Meets Her Vietnamese Counterpart
Phnom Penh, March 17, 2011, AKP — Cambodian Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Mrs. Men Sam An met on Mar. 16 in Hanoi with her Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Sinh Hung.
Vietnamese Deputy PM Hung said that future generations would inherit and promote the traditional solidarity and friendship between the two nations, especially the bilateral cooperation in economic, trade, and poverty reduction to improve the people’s lives, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
He affirmed that Vietnam was willing to exchange experiences and promote cooperation with Cambodia.
Deputy PM Men Sam An, also President of the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians Group said that the group always wanted to promote friendly and cooperative ties with Vietnam, including creating favorable conditions for Vietnamese investors and the Overseas Vietnamese community in Cambodia.
Speaking highly of Vietnam’s efforts in the role as ASEAN chair and the successful organization of the 31st General Assembly of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentarian Assembly (AIPA 31), Deputy PM Men Sam An said she hoped Vietnam would share experiences to help Cambodia fulfill the role of host of AIPA 32. –AKP