Cơn sốt cao su: Doanh nghiệp Việt Nam nuốt đất CPC: PP hôm 13/5 đăng bài với tiêu đề trên đây trích ý kiến của Global Witness NGO có trụ sở tại Anh quốc. Bài báo cho biết kết quả điều tra của Global Witnes, theo đó một công ty cao su VN đã chiếm hữu tới 16 lần hạn điền cấp cho đất tô nhượng kinh tế ở CPC, một công ty khác vượt mức hạn điền tới 5 lần. Cả hai công ty đều liên quan tới khai thác gỗ trái phép. Bài viết được đăng tải trên tạp chí Rubber Barons cáo buộc Tập đoàn cao su Việt Nam VRG và công ty tư nhân Hoàng Anh Gia lai phá hoại cuộc sống và môi trường ở CPC và Lào để thoả mãn nhu cầu cao su. Luật CPC quy định mỗi tổ chức/cá nhân xin cấp đất tô nhượng kinh tế chỉ được cấp không quá 10 nghìn ha, nhưng hiện nay VRG đã được cấp 161,344 ha trên 7 tỉnh CPC; Hoang ANh Gia lai được cấp ít nhất 47 nghìn ha và bị cáo buộc tham gia khai thác và xuất gỗ lậu. NGO nói trên gọi các công ty cao su của VN là các Lãnh chúa cao su; trong số 2,6 triệu ha đất tô nhượng đã cấp, cho tới cuối 2012, có 1,2 triệu ha cấp cho trồng cao su. HAGL và VRG đã thuê nhiều đất ở Lào và CPC để trồng cao su, gây tổn hại môi trường như thiếu nuocws nguồn, di dân giải toả, chặt cây rừng. HAGL có mối quan hệ với các tài phiệt CPC để khaithacs gỗ từ các khu vực được cấp nhượng quyền, như tài hiệt Try Pheap , các công tythuoocj VRG cũng có quan hệ với các quan chức capo cấp CPC và các tập đàn khai thác gỗ lậu . Leng Rithy Chủ tịch liên đoàn ác công ty cao su VN là đại diện tại CPC của VRG, Global Witness kêu gọi chính phủ Lào và CPC dừng cấp đất tô nhượng cho hai doanh nghiệp xấu này, Hai tập đoàn tài chính quốc tế là ÌFC ( qua Dragon Capital) và DB được yêu cầu kiểm tra và đưa ra các điều kiện chặt chẽ bảo đảm đầu tư không ảnh hưởng môi trường. PP 13
Quốc hội khoá 4 kết thúc kỳ họp 9 trước bầu cử, thông qua 8 dự án luật: bầu ông Pith Taing San làm thành viên Hội đồng Hiến pháp thay ông Pen Thol hết nhiệm kỳ 9 năm trong tháng 6; Luật phòng cháy; Luật sửa đổi bổ sung điều 28 Luật về hoạt động của Hội đồng bộ trưởng; Luật sửa đổi bổ sung các điều 3, 29, và 30 của Luật chống rửa tiền và tài trợ cho khủng bố; Luật về hợp tác xã nông nghiệp; thông qua Hiệp định vận tải hàng hải giữa ASEAN- Trung quốc , Hiệp định khung ASEAN về vận tải liên quốc gia và Nghị định thư số 6 về biên giới đường sắt và các ga trung chuyển đường sắt thưo Hiệp đinhhj khung về hàng hoá quá cảnh (AFAFGIT) và Nghị đinhhj thư bổ sung Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur về nghị định thư Cartagena về Đa dạng sinh học . AKP 10-5
CPC đạt mục tiêu xoá lây nhiễm HIV vào 2020: May 10, 2013 –
Based on the National HIV Health Sector Program Review, Cambodia will be able to eliminate the transmission of HIV by 2020, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization said today in a joint press release.
Cambodia is moving towards an AIDS-free generation and is one of the few countries globally to have successfully reversed its HIV epidemic from a peak of an estimated HIV prevalence at 1.7 percent (among adults aged 15-49) in 1998 to 0.7 percent in 2012 among the general population, the joint press release said.
The estimated number of new HIV infections, had been reduced from almost 15,500 per year in the early 1990s to around 2,100 by 2009 and 1,000 by 2011, it added.
The base of success in Cambodia in drastically reducing HIV prevalence is largely due to the efforts of the Royal Government of Cambodia in introducing rigorous prevention programmes focusing on entertainment workers, prevention of the transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies, access to widespread voluntary and confidential HIV testing and antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV, it underlined.
Professor Daniel Tarantola, Team Leader of the National HIV Health Sector Program Review, said having reviewed available data, documents and reports and carried out on-site observations and interviews, the Review of the National Health Sector Response to HIV concluded that Cambodia was on track moving towards the ambitious goal of eliminating new HIV infections in the country by 2020.
H.E. Dr. Mam Bun Heng, Minister of Health, said Cambodia is committed to eliminating new HIV infections by 2020 through applying a public health approach and strengthening health and community systems.
Cambodia is regarded by the international community as one of the most successful countries in the region and the world in its health sector response to HIV.
By Khan Sophirom
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has recently decided to repatriate to Cambodia two 10th century stone statues of “Kneeling Pandavas or Kneeling Attendants” illicitly removed from Prasat Chen in Koh Ker at the time of the country’s civil war in the 1970s, following discussions with the Office of the Council of Ministers of Cambodia (OCM).
According to a press release of the OCM’s Press and Quick Reaction Unit, these two statues form part of an ensemble representing the famous duel between Bhima and Duryodhana from the Mahabharata, all of which were brutally severed from their pedestals and found their way to various museums and private collections around the world.
Metropolitan Museum’s Director Mr. Thomas P. Campbell has recently expressed the museum’s commitment to applying rigorous provenance standards not only to new acquisitions, but to the study of works long in its collections in an ongoing effort to learn as much as possible about ownership history. “This is a case in which additional information… has led the museum to consider facts that were not known at the time of the acquisition and to take the action…,” he said in a museum’s press release.
“In returning the statues, the museum is acting to strengthen the good relationship it has long maintained with scholarly institutions and colleagues in Cambodia and to foster and celebrate continued cooperation and dialogue between us,” he added.
H.E. Chan Tani, Secretary of State at the OCM told the International Herald Tribune on May 4-5, 2013 that the above gesture clearly shows the high ethical standards and professional practices of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its Cambodian counterparts in the area of cultural heritage.
On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), H.E. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers and Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee stated from UNESCO Headquarters in Paris today, “We would like to take this solemn occasion to express our sincere thanks and profound gratitude to the Met in New York, which has taken such a laudable decision to return these priceless ancient Khmer artifacts, which represent part of the soul of the nation. We also thank the U.S government for its support in this endeavor.”
“Furthermore, the RGC appeals to other museums and art collectors around the world to follow this example of returning plundered treasures to their rightful owners as part of the worldwide campaign for the protection of cultural heritage,” he said.
The return of these statues can be attributed to the government’s strenuous efforts and is not only the success of the RGC, under the leadership of Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, but also the success and pride of the whole Cambodian nation, he underlined
May 10, 2013 –
A birthday ceremony of His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, will be held on May 14.
Generally, during the ceremony, the King goes to province where Buddhist monks chant the religious scriptures and praise for the good health of him. In return, the monarch presents offerings including some amount of money as donation for the development of the pagoda.
After the ceremony, King Norodom Sihamoni provides donation including rice, mosquito nets, blankets, scarves, T-shirts, sarongs, pants and some money to needy villagers.
The government officials, workers and employees will have three days off from May 13 to 15.
By Sok Mom Nimul
May 11, 2013 –
Cambodia’s weekly Cabinet Meeting held here on May 10 under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen approved the US$92.21 million investment on 230 Kilovolt Power Transmission Lines Kampong Cham-Kratie.
The Cabinet Meeting agreed to authorize the L.Y.P Group. Co., Ltd to invest in the development of power transmission lines under the B.O.T (Build, Operate, Transfer) contract for a 29-year concession period, according to the press release from the Press and Quick Reaction Unit of the Council of Ministers.
Cambodia has currently access to 11 sources of electricity energy with a total power of 2,122.2 megawatts, indicated the press release.
Besides, the Cabinet Ministers also approved the draft circular and guiding principles on procedures and norms for drafting laws and regulations, and the draft national policy on port and port management system.
The meeting also agreed to submit the 1999 Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict to the legislative body for ratification.
May 11, 2013 –
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen presided over this morning the inauguration ceremony of a temple and other achievements in Tul Ksach pagoda located in Chrey Bak commune, Rolea Phaear district of Kampong Chhnang province.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Samdech Techo Hun Sen highlighted the country’s achievements under the leadership of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and highly valued the role of Buddhism in the current Cambodian society.
The inaugurated achievements have been built at a total cost of some US$360,000, according to H.E. Touch Marim, Governor of Kampong Chhnang.
Currently, Kampong Chhnang has 203 pagodas and 24,098 monks out of 4,553 pagodas and 53,257 monks throughout the country, he pointed out.
Meanwhile, Samdech Techo Hun Sen also expressed welcome to the registration of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party at the National Election Committee for the national election to be held on July 28, 2013.
Founded in July 2012, the Cambodia National Rescue Party is an electoral alliance between two main opposition parties, the Sam Rainsy Party and the Human Rights Party.
May 10, 2013 –
The Cambodian National Assembly (NA) passed here yesterday a law on agricultural cooperatives in order to support the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC)’s policies in boosting the agricultural sector.
The law was approved by 80 out of 83 lawmakers who were present at the NA’s session.
The nine-chapter with 114-article law would promote the increase of small- and medium-sized agricultural enterprises, protect farmers’ interests, improve their market position and increase access to financial and technical support.
According to the RGC’s report, since 2003, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has established 375 agricultural communities across the country with 35,630 members and a total capital of 9 billion Riel (Cambodian currency roughly US$2.25 million).
MAFF Minister H.E. Chan Sarun emphasized during the parliament session that the agricultural communities are playing a key role to help government in promoting paddy production and milled rice exports.
May 10, 2013 —
Canadia Bank PLC., a Cambodian leading private bank, has reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ to forge a business alliance.
The MoU was inked here yesterday at Koh Pich City Hall by Mr. Michael Lor, CEO of Canadia Bank PLC. and Mr. Takami Onodera, Managing Executive Officer, CEO for Asia & Oceania of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
The MoU will help facilitate the Japanese companies investing in Cambodia.
Both Mr. Michael Lor and Mr. Takami Onodera strongly believed that the MoU will provide the framework for strong cooperation between the two banks.
According to Mr. Takami Onodera, the members of Japanese Business Association of Cambodia increased from 69 to 101 as of 2012.
May 10, 2013 –
Real estate and construction sectors are playing an important part in Cambodia’s economic growth and development.
In the first quarter of 2013, even though there were no increase in major construction projects, the investments on small and medium buildings as well as other residential projects saw a sharp increase by 75 percent if compared to the same period last year, according to local media reports.
The amount of investments on real estate and construction sectors in the country by international and local companies was in total over US$2.1 billion in 2012, up by 72 percent if compared with the same period of 2011 where there were only US$1.2 billion, said the reports.
Cambodia has so far six satellite cities under construction including the new satellite city “Booyoung Town I” of BOOYOUNG Group, which was broken ground for construction recently, added the reports.