Keat Chhon Receives Senior Chinese Political Adviser
AKP Phnom Penh, May 08, 2013 –
Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Keat Chhon, Minister of Economy and Finance, met here on May 7 with visiting H.E. Edmund Ho, Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Former Chief Executive of Macau.
H.E. Edmund Ho said the purpose of his visit to Cambodia was to strengthen the ties of friendship and to boost more cooperation between Cambodia and China, mainly between Cambodia and Macau.
He also informed the Cambodian DPM of the 2nd Global Tourism Economy Forum to be held in September this year in Macau.
Macau is willing to provide scholarship to Cambodian youth to study tourism and hospitality skills in Macau and it is also considering to give opportunity to qualified Cambodian workers to work for different institutions in Macau, he added.
For his part, H.E. Keat Chhon welcomed H.E. Edmund Ho’s visit, saying that it occurred when both countries have been celebrating their 55th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.
The Cambodian DPM thanked Macau for its intention to provide Cambodian youth scholarship as well Cambodian workers job opportunities, stressing that human resource development was an indispensable factor for socio-economic development of Cambodia at the present and in the future, basically the achievement of its vision as a developed country by 2050.
During the meeting, both H.E. Keat Chhon and H.E. Edmund Ho urged for direct flight from Macau to Cambodia to promote tourism and facilitate the traveling of visitors.
Since 1992, the government of China has extended approximately US$2,735 million in cooperation financing for the rehabilitation and construction of infrastructure.
Article in Khmer by Hun Yuth Kun
Article in English by So Sophavy
May 08, 2013 –
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will keep on discussing and supporting the medium-term income policy preparation and public financial management reform program in Cambodia.
The commitment was made known here on May 6 in a meeting between Mr. Olaf Unteroberdoerster, Representative of IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance H.E. Keat Chhon.
In the meeting, Mr. Olaf Unteroberdoerster highly appreciated Cambodia for its public financial management in 2012 which achieved higher than expectation.
He further said that in Asia, the economic growth still continues to grow and the domestic demand remains the main key for the growth.
In reply, H.E. Keat Chhon said that thanks to the rapid economic recovery, Cambodia has successfully achieved and well managed income and expenditure under the framework of public financial management reform program.
In 2012, Cambodia’s economic growth perfectly reached higher than planned and in 2013, it is forecasted to grow over 7 percent if there won’t be any natural disaste
Ttg Hun Sen tiếp ĐS mới NHật bản, Pháp 7/5, on May 6 visiting H.E. Edmund Ho , Vice-Chairman of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
May 08, 2013 –
Cambodian First lady, Lok Chumteav Kittiprittbindit Bun Rany Hun Sen, President of the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC), received the title “Samdech” from His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni for her tireless efforts in fulfilling humanitarian missions.
The title conferment was confirmed by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia while he was presiding over the 150th Anniversary of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day held here this morning at the CRC’s headquarters.
“It is a great honor that a couple of farmers’ children received the title ‘Samdech’ from His Majesty the King,” Samdech Techo Hun Sen said.
On the occasion, Samdech Techo Hun Sen highly valued the CRC’s key role as the assistant of the Royal Government of Cambodia in humanitarian missions.
Bình luận: Bun Rany’s previous title was "Lok Chumteav Katti Prithapundith Bun Rany Hun Sen" [Lady Wise Senior Scholar Bun Rany Hun Sen].
Her new title is "Samdech Katti Prithapundith Bun Rany Hun Sen" [Royal or
Her Highness Wise Senior Scholar Bun Rany Hun Sen].
The title of Katti Prithapundith was bestowed upon her by unknown sources due to the multiple honourary Ph.D degrees awarded to her by unscrupulous universities.
May 08, 2013 –
Cambodia’s General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) collected some 326 billion Riel (Cambodian currency roughly over US$80 million) as income in April, up by 12 percent if compared with the same period of 2012.
The figures were made known here on May 7 by H.E. Dr. Pen Siman, GDCE’s Director General in a meeting to review the April’s works.
In the meeting, H.E. Dr. Pen Siman informed the meeting of the increase in tax income (about 17 percent) as compared with April 2012.
He further stressed on GDCE’s seven-point measures to further enhance the works’ efficiency and to collect more revenue for the country.
In addition, he also announced to recruit 500 more officials for GDCE to work along the borders in order to promote GDCE’s works capacity.
By Thach Phanarong
Công nghiepẹ ô tô
May 08, 2013 –
Cambodia’s automobile industry is expected to grow by 10 to 15 percent this year, according local media reports.
The expectation of the increase of Cambodian car industry was demonstrated here recently in the Grand Opening Ceremony of Chevrolet’ sale office under the presidency of Cambodian Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce H.E. Cham Prasidh, said the reports.
General Motors Southeast Asia Operations have reached recently an agreement with United Auto Trading (local sale agency) to sell Chevrolet cars as well as other pickup automobiles branded “Chevrolet Colorado” which holds 30 to 35 percent in Cambodia’s car industry.
On the occasion, H.E. Cham Prasidh praised the joint-venture cooperation between the two companies, stressing that it would help strengthen and develop the country’s automobile market.
Cambodia imports approximately 22,000 automobiles, of which more than 2,000 new cars annually, according to the statistics released by the Ministry of Commerce.
May 8, 2013
Russian former billionaire Sergei Polonsky has left Cambodia, despite currently being on bail by the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court for an alleged assault in December, according to an associate.
Mr. Polonsky, 40, along with two other Russians, is still awaiting trial over claims made by military police and six sailors that the Russians attacked the boatmen with a knife and forced them overboard. Mr. Polonsky was released April 3, and his lawyers said at the time that the bail conditions stipulated that he remain in the country until his trial, a date for which has not yet been set.
After his release, the former property tycoon immediately returned to his private island, Koh Dek Kuol, where he had been living before his arrest.
Sergei Vladi, a business associate and friend of Mr. Polonsky, who lives in London, said in an email that Mr. Polonsky “was in Cambodia until [approximately the] 26th April” before leaving. “I am sure he has left some sort a written request asking for a permission to leave for a few days for urgent medical consultation,” Mr. Vladi said.
Mr. Polonsky’s current whereabouts is unknown, but posts and photographs on his Facebook page show that he has spent time in Pregny-Chambesy, Geneva.
Mr. Vladi said he was unsure how Mr. Polonsky traveled from Cambodia to Europe. “[Polonsky’s] logistic[s] always was a mystery for security reasons,” he said.
Polonsky] was in [Switzerland] for last week but may unexpectedly jump to Moscow,” he added.
Mr. Polonsky’s lawyer, Kong Rady, declined to confirm that his client had left the country or comment on whether he had done so with the court’s permission. “I don’t know. But if you know, why do you ask me about that?” he said.
Officials at the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court could not be reached for comment, and Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said he did not know whether Mr. Polonsky had left Cambodia or not.
Pheng Phoeun, who manages the Snake House Hotel and Restaurant in Sihanoukville, whose owners share the lease of Koh Dek Kuol with Mr. Polonsky, said he had not seen Mr. Polonsky for some time. “I heard from my boss that Mr. Polonsky had left Cambodia,” he said.
Mr. Polonsky’s visit to Europe appears to coincide with the trial in Moscow of Russian media magnate Alexander Lebedev for punching Mr. Polonsky on live television in 2011.
Mr. Lebedev—who owns a Moscow newspaper critical of Russia’s authoritarian government—is charged with hooliganism and political hatred in the trial, which began Tuesday.
Bầu cử: Sam Rainsy
8th May 2013 (The Cambodia Herald) — The National Rescue Party (NRP) is scheduled to send their candidate list to the National Election Committee (NEC) this weekend.
The candidate list to be registered, so the NRP can compete in the general election, may also include the name of Sam Rainsy.
However, NEC officials said, Sam Rainsy could not be included in the upcoming election because he had been convicted of crimes and if the NRP submitted their list with his name, the NEC will require the party to re-examine their list again.
"We will ask the National Rescue Party to include another name to replace Sam Rainsy’s, and they will have five days to do so," said Tep Nitha, Secretary General of the NEC.
Sam Rainsy, President of newly-created National Rescue Party, has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for uprooting border posts along the Cambodian-Vietnamese border, forgery and disinformation.
According to Cambodia’s election laws, convicted criminals do not have the rights to cast ballots and can not be a candidate in an election.
Sứ mệnh của ĐS mới của Pháp tại CPC : Đầu tư
PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) — Serge Mostura, French Ambassador to Cambodia, said he wanted to boost economic diplomacy between Cambodia and France.
The comment was made in a meeting on Tuesday with Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace.
Ieng Sophalet, Hun Sen’s personal assistance, told reporters, the goals of the newly-elected French Ambassador were to strengthen relations between both governments and their citizens to continue to boost economic cooperation.
Citizens of France visits Cambodia only as tourists or for study, but none have placed investments in the country, so he vows to attract small and medium sized French companies to invest in Cambodia, Sophatlet quoted Serge Mostura as saying.
Hun Sen meanwhile said Cambodia will always welcome any foreign investors to Cambodia.
He also called on France to pay attention to the commerce and investment sectors of the country, which are factors to strengthening the relationship between the two countries.
Du lịch CPC
PHNOM PENH, 8 May 2013: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals registered a 19.9% growth in February according to the country’s statistics and tourist Information Department.
The country welcomed 385,760 visits compared to 321,870 during the same month in 2012.
Released by the Ministry of Tourism, Monday, data showed neighbouring Vietnam was the top supplier with 58,750 visits, an increase of 4.4% over 56,297 visits in February last year.
South Korea (49,330; -9.4%); Laos (29,984; +83.1%); and Japan (19,276; +7.0%).
Thailand ranked sixth supplying 18,964 visits and improving 35.0% compared to 14,050 visits during the same month last year.
In February, 52.8% (203,453) of all international visitors arrived by air. Siem Reap airport received the major share, 34.9% (134,465), while Phnom Penh Airport received just 17.9% (68,988) mainly business travellers who needed to contact government departments or budget travellers who starting or finishing their overland trips.
Overland travel accounts for 45.1% (174,036) of all travel through checkpoints with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam while sea travel is a small at 2.1% (8,271).
Siem Reap province welcomed 231,369 tourists, or 60.0% of all arrivals including air and overland. The province’s tourism increased 6.6%.
Data hints of the massive imbalance between tourist arrivals to Siem Reap and the rest of the country. The tourism authority has urged travel enterprises to provide more information and tour programmes on other destinations to encourage visitors to Angkor Wat to explore the country in more detail.
By region, Asia Pacific accounted for a 72.1% market share and posted a growth of 22.0% supplying 278,021 arrivals.
Africa grew 25.4% to just 519 visits followed by the Ameircas (+16.0%; 28,205); Europe (+14.4%; 77,610); Oceania (+4.6%; 10,854); and the Middle East (+0.0% 1,405).
Outbound trips by Cambodians in February reached 65,259 trips increasing 10.5% from 59,042 during the same month last year.
Thuỷ điện Se san
By Robert Carmichael
May 07, 2013
As work begins on Cambodia’s biggest dam, those advocating against its construction have warned that the region’s rush for hydropower will have a disastrous effect on millions of people who rely on the Mekong River to survive.
Last month, workers began preparing an area in northeastern Cambodia for a huge hydropower project, the 400-megawatt Lower Se San 2 Dam.
The $800 million dam on the Se San River, a major tributary of the Mekong, will take the Cambodian, Chinese and Vietnamese companies behind it five years to build.
Opponents say the dam’s real cost will be paid by the millions of people who rely on fish for the bulk of their protein intake.
Cambodians eat more freshwater fish than any other nationality, says Eric Baran, the senior research scientist with WorldFish, an independent group that studies food security. “So people have become very reliant on this source of animal protein," he explained. "And, fish is also by far the first source of animal protein.”
Thailand and Vietnam have a flourishing livestock sector – with advanced production of chickens and pigs. But, in Cambodia, fish accounts for 80 percent of the population’s animal protein intake.
Scientists estimated the Lower Se San 2 Dam could reduce the total fish yield of the Mekong Basin by 9.3 percent.
“So it’s 9.3 percent of 2.1 million tons – which is a gigantic amount," said Baran. "In other words, this expected loss represents around 200,000 tons per year, which is much more than the whole marine sector of Australia. And, nine times more than the annual inland fish catch in Germany or the U.S.”
That estimated drop is presented in a study that Baran co-authored, published last year in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Researchers found that of the dozens of tributary dams planned for Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, the Lower Se San 2 Dam was by far the most destructive for fisheries.
Crocodile Grandmother lodged a corruption complaint to Anti-Corruption Unit against former Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema លោក កែប ជុតិមា ត្រូវប្ដឹងទៅអង្គភាពប្រឆាំងអំពើពុករលួយ
Read the case of Crocodile Grandmother vs. Kep Chuktema in English here.
Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema speaks to reporters in the capital in 2011. Photograph: Pha Lina/Phnom Penh Post
Phnom Penh Municipal Court has dropped the abuse-of-power lawsuit filed against retiring municipal governor Kep Chuktema by “Crocodile Grandmother” Chhin Sokountheary, according to a letter signed by the case’s prosecutor two weeks ago, despite assurances yesterday by the same prosecutor that the investigation was proceeding apace.
Court deputy prosecutor Meas Chan Piseth said yesterday that his office had summonsed Chuktema to explain accusations that he had abused his power by falsifying documents in order to steal 34 hectares of land from Sokountheary – the director of Layimex Holding Group, who filed a suit against Chuktema last month seeking $100 million in damages.
Yesterday morning, Chan Piseth said in an interview that he was “still investigating [Chuktema’s] case, and waiting for him to come to the court and explain this accusation”.
However, in a letter on official court stationery bearing Chan Piseth’s seal and signature – dated April 9, but only received by the plaintiff late yesterday evening – the court said it has “already decided to stall this case”.
“It means that the case has been dropped,” said Sokountheary’s lawyer, Sok Sam Oeun, who confirmed he had received the letter. Elaborating further, he said, “dropped is dropped”.
Before receiving the letter, Sam Oeun had said he was “looking forward to seeing the court’s management of this case”. Now, he says, he has a one-month window to appeal the decision to the investigative chamber of the Appeal Court.
The lawsuit accuses Chuktema and some Sen Sok district officials of falsifying documents reclassifying land that Sokountheary had legally bought as state land – land that was confiscated in August 2012.
Sokountheary was sentenced in absentia to four years in prison for illegally encroaching on state land the following December, a charge she has since denied from abroad.
When called back for clarification regarding his remarks’ seeming contradiction of the 2-week-old letter, Chan Piseth said he was busy exercising, then switched off his phone.
Speaking even before the letter surfaced, Cambodian Center for Human Rights president Ou Virak said prosecuting such a high-ranking official may put the court “in extremely hot water”.
About 70 representatives from five communities locked in land disputes in Koh Kong province protested in Phnom Penh yesterday, but were thwarted in their efforts as they called on Prime Minister Hun Sen to deploy his army of youths to measure their land and issue titles.
Three of the communities represented are in dispute with Chinese company Union Development Group, which received 36,000 hectares in economic land concessions (ELCs) in 2008 and about 9,000 more in 2011.
The total size of the concessions breaches the Land Law, under which a company is allowed to possess up to 10,000 hectares of ELC land.
As a result of the concessions, more than 1,100 families across Botom Sakor and Kiri Sakor districts are being evicted.
The other two communities represented at yesterday’s protest are in dispute with Heng Huy Agriculture Company in Sre Ambel district.
Rong Ky, a representative of 40 families who say their land is being taken, said police blocked the protesters as they tried to reach Hun Sen’s house.
“They said they would deliver our petitions on our behalf, but we disagreed. This led to confrontation for a while,” he said. “Our dispute has not been resolved, please let people have the right to live on the land and wait for a resolution.”
CNRP created Supreme Political Council and appointed Kem Sokha’s daughter named Kem Monovichea as deputy public relations officer គណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ បង្កើតឧត្តមក្រុមប្រឹក្សានយោបាយ ដោយតែងតាំងកូនស្រីលោក កឹម សុខា ជាអគ្គនាយករង ទំនាក់ទំនងសាធារណៈ
(ថ្ងៃទី 7 ឧសភា 2013,) | ដោយ: មុនីរាជ CEN