Cambodian PM Asks for Chinese Investment in Rice and Cassava Processing Facilities in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, March 23, 2011 AKP – Cambodia’s Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has asked Chinese ambassador to Cambodia to help encourage Chinese investors for the investment in rice and cassava processing facilities in Cambodia.
While presiding over a ceremony to break ground for the construction of Road 57B in Thmar Korl district of the northwestern province of Battambang, the Cambodian premier said this to boost Cambodia’s economy and to promote rice exportation to China and other countries.
He also presented huge potentials for agricultural development in the area, saying that the cultivated area in the region covers more than 25,000 hectares, as a big rice stockpile and agricultural centre of the country. As planned, he said, it will be an agro-industrial centre of the country in the future.
The Cambodian prime minister called on Cambodian laborers not to leave their home to work illegally in Thailand because they could face many risks happening to them.
He also expressed profound thanks to the government and people of China for their financial support for the road construction in Cambodia.
The road with a length of 176 kilometers is constructed with a fund of US$89.9 million financed by China’s soft loan. It will take 48 months to complete.
When completed, the road will provide huge economic benefit to the Cambodian people to truck their agricultural produce to markets and facilitate them in traveling easier and faster. –AKP
Article in Khmer by CHIM Nary
Article in English by THOU Peou
Permanent DPM Asks Ministry of Labor to Further Enhance Work Conditions
Phnom Penh, March 23, 2011 AKP – Cambodian Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Mrs. Men Sam An has asked the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training to pay more attention to further enhance the work conditions of workers.
The deputy premier told the participants here on Mar. 22 while she was presiding over the opening ceremony of the ministry’s annual meeting to review the works of 2010 and set forth new goals for 2011.
According to the reports presented at the meeting, in 2010 there were some 77 new enterprise establishments with 22,776 workers while 51 enterprises with 17,141 workers were shut down and four others with 1,280 workers reportedly postponed their activities.
The report further pointed out that the royal government had permitted over 30 companies to arrange for Cambodian laborers to work in foreign countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and Japan. –AKP
Article in Khmer by CHIM Nary
Article in English by LIM Nary
Minister of Education: More Challenges Remain Despite Development in Education
Phnom Penh, March 23, 2011 AKP – Cambodia’s education has been developing rapidly, but many challenges remain, especially the education quality from the basic to the higher level, said here yesterday Minister of Education, Youth and Sports H.E. Im Sethy.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the ministry’s annual meeting, the minister further stressed the priority and strategic actions such as improvement of education quality by strengthening teachers’ capacity, management, good governance, inspection, and by increasing equal opportunities for all children, youth and people.
According to the ministry’s report, over 3.5 million students are currently attending 4,114 kindergartens, 6,767 primary schools, 1,596 lower secondary schools, 407 higher secondary schools and 91 higher education institutions.
This figure shows that out of four Cambodians, one is in school, said H.E. Im Sethy.
Rafael Dochao Moreno, deputy head of Education Working Group and the chargé d’affaires of the EU Delegation to Cambodia, said 95.2 percent of Cambodian children attend primary schools.
This is a great achievement, he said, adding that this also shows the importance of continued attention to encourage the remaining 5 percent to go to school.
For her part, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Mrs. Men Sam An, who presided over the opening ceremony of the three-day meeting, focused on equitable access to education, improvement of education quality and efficiency in order to enhance the country’s educational field. –AKP
By KHAN Sophirom
New Information Director of Mondulkiri Province Appointed
Phnom Penh, March 23, 2011 AKP –
The new director of Information Department of Mondulkiri province took office in a ceremony held there yesterday under the presidency of Information Minister H.E. Khieu Kanharith.
Speaking at the ceremony, the minister asked the provincial information officials to improve their capacity in this technological era.
The minister said that the equipment together with the freshly-trained officials will help accelerate the news broadcasting in the province and the sending of news from the province to the National Television of Cambodia, the National Radio of Cambodia and the Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP).
H.E. Khieu Kanharith also provided a video camera, a photo camera, a laptop and US$2,500 to the provincial information department.
For his part, the newly-appointed director of Provincial Information Department Mr. Son Saroeun told the participants in the ceremony that he will try his best to maintain a good cooperation and coordination with the government institutions and NGOs for the national and social interests. –AKP
Cambodia’s Real Estate Is Recovering
Phnom Penh, March 23, 2011 AKP –The price of lands and houses in Cambodia has started to rise after it bogged down to the bottom, but this takes time to be on the full recovery, according to the president of National Valuers Association of Cambodia Mr. Sung Bonna.
As compared with the price in 2009 and 2010, this year the price of lands and houses show a good sign of recovery although it is slow, Mr. Sung Bonna who is also President of the Bonna Realty Group and Vice-Chairman of Real Estate Developers Association, told a two-day training seminar on Real Estate Valuation held here last Friday.
Representatives from various real estate companies, banks and micro-financial establishments attended the seminar, the third of its kind. Mr. Sok Siphanna, economic adviser to the Royal Government of Cambodia was also present on the occasion.
The training seminar is very important for it can tell the evolution of the real estate in the world as well as in Cambodia and its evaluation, the obligation of property owners for both Cambodian and foreign citizens and the process of the request for ownership and its impacts, Mr. Sung Bonna said.
For his part, Mr. Sok Siphanna said the seminar is in line with the government’s policy to promote the progress in all fields for the sustainable national economic development. –AKP