Cambodia, Timor-Leste Sign Education Cooperation Deal

date_range 12-Apr-2024
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Phnom Penh, April 11, 2024 --Senior officials of the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MoEYS) and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, and Culture (MoHESC) of Timor-Leste have vowed deeper education cooperation.The commitment was highlighted at the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Higher Education and Science Cooperation between H.E. Hang Chuon Naron, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of MoEYS, and H.E. José Honório da Costa Pereira Jerónimo, Minister of MoHESC in Phnom Penh on April 9.According to H.E. Hang Chuon Naron, the deal will allow the exchange of experiences and mobility of students, teachers, researchers, scholars, and publishers between the two countries.It will also encourage joint research in higher education to build capacity and human resource development.H.E. José Honório da Costa Pereira Jerónimo said that the MoU is a new step in the education partnership between the two countries.He thanked the Cambodian government for the cooperation and looked forward to its results.

Cambodia, China Discuss Enhancement Of ASEAN-China Partnership

date_range 11-Apr-2024
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Phnom Penh, April 11, 2024 --Strengthening ASEAN-China partnership was the topic of discussion between H.E. SOK Chenda Sophea, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integrational Cooperation, and H.E. Ms. Hou Yanqi, Ambassador of China to ASEAN, at the ministry here early this week.According to press release of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation released on April 10, both sides commended the good momentum of ASEAN-China relations, recalled decisions by leaders on the establishment of the meaningful, substantive and mutually beneficial ASEAN-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in 2001, and welcomed 2024 as the ASEAN-China Year of People-to-People Exchanges. They further looked forward to successful implementation of activities and projects to deepen and broaden connections and promote interactions between the two sides.H.E. SOK Chenda Sophea underlined the salience of the “ASEAN Way” – consultation and consensus-based decision-making enshrined in the ASEAN Charter, stressing the uniqueness of the association, and preserved it centrality and unity in relations with partners.The Cambodian top diplomate also thanked China for extensive support to ASEAN community-building efforts.On Cambodia-China front, H.E. SOK Chenda Sophea highly appreciated the significant contribution of China’s Global Development Initiative and Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to Cambodia’s socio-economic development over the years.Besides, he stressed the importance of the “diamond cooperation” framework between Cambodia and China, notably in the fields of agriculture, energy and people-to-people exchanges, as well as highly valued China’s continued support for Cambodia’s development.For his part, H.E. Ms. Hou Yanqi cherished Cambodia’s active role in ASEAN community-building and acknowledged the importance of ASEAN in maintaining peace, security, stability, and enhancing growth in the region.The Chinese ambassador took the opportunity to reaffirm China’s firm support and respect for ASEAN centrality and unity, and underscored China’s strong commitment to quality cooperation with Cambodia under the BRI.Both sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest and concern, including Mekong-Lancang Cooperation.

Cambodian Memorial Sites: From Centres Of Repression To Places Of Peace And Reflection

date_range 10-Apr-2024
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Phnom Penh, April 10, 2024 --[Cambodian Memorial Sites: From Centres of Repression to Places of Peace and Reflection (M-13, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeung Ek Genocidal Center) to Receive Support from KOICA]The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) convened a wrap-up meeting at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum on April 9 with representatives from the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MCFA) and UNESCO Cambodia Office.According to a KOICA’s press release, this meeting marked the successful conclusion of the project formulation study mission for the second phase of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Archives Preservation and Digitisation Project, also known as the Peace Education, Archives Preservation and Digitisation, and Site Conservation for Youth Empowerment (PEACE) project.Building on the achievements of the first feasibility study conducted in early 2023, the recently completed mission, held from April 3 to 9, 2024, focused on developing a detailed plan for the project. This plan outlines clear objectives, the scope of KOICA's support, and an initial implementation schedule. The project aligns with Cambodia’s recent nomination for inscription on the World Heritage List of Cambodian Memorial Sites: From Centres of Repression to Places of Peace and Reflection.The meeting was presided over by H.E. HAB Touch, Secretary of State of MCFA, Ms. CHOI Moon Jung, Country Director of KOICA Cambodia Office, and Mr. ALAM Sardar Umar, UNESCO Representative to Cambodia.The upcoming step will include the signing of a Record of Discussions (RoD) between KOICA and MCFA, as well as a Grant Arrangement between KOICA and UNESCO. This significant event is scheduled to take place in May this year, marking the commencement of project implementation.The project, funded by a Korean government grant of US$3 million for five years (2024-2028), will further develop Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and related sites as a centre of excellence for peace and global citizenship education, and demonstrate it as a model memorial site for learning and youth empowerment to promote peace.

MRC Says Trend In Tonle Sap’s Reverse Flow ‘Still Alarming’

date_range 08-Apr-2024
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Phnom Penh, April 08, 2024 --The Mekong River Commission (MRC) says the trend in the annual reverse flow of the Tonle Sap River during the wet season remains disturbing.In his annual State of the Mekong address, Anoulak Kittikhoun — Chief Executive of the MRC Secretariat in Vientiane — said the Mekong had “changed dramatically, for better and worse” over the past five to ten years.Speaking in the Lao capital on Friday, Dr Anoulak noted rapid growth in the region, with the economy of the Lower Mekong Basin in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam valued at US$63 billion.“All Mekong countries have made considerable progress in enhancing living standards and well-being,” he said.Food availability and access to drinking water, basic sanitation, and electricity have “increased across the board.” At the same time, “rates of malnutrition and water-related diseases have decreased.”But Dr. Anoulak said hydrological and meteorological conditions suffered a “rollercoaster” last year — with drought in the central part of the Lower Mekong in the dry season and historically low water flows in the wet season.TONLE SAP: LATER, SMALLER AND SHORTER REVERSE FLOWS SINCE 2020“This continued to impact the reverse flow into the Tonle Sap,” he said.From mid-August last year, the reverse flow reached its minimum acceptable level. “But the trend is still alarming,” the Lao chief executive said.“Since 2020, the reverse flow always happens late, it expands way less than it should, and lasts much shorter than usual.”The reverse flow refers to the huge volume of water flowing down the Mekong pushing the flow of the Tonle Sap River “upstream” towards the Tonle Sap Lake in the middle part of the wet season.The flow returns to normal in the early dry season as similarly huge volumes of water flow out of the lake towards the Mekong.‘SIGNIFICANT SEDIMENT DROP’ IN CAMBODIA AND VIETNAMOn sediment flows, Dr. Anoulak said the MRC observed “some stability or slight reduction” between Chiang Saen in northern Thailand and Kratie in eastern Cambodia.“We are concerned, however, with a significant sediment drop further downstream,” he said.Since 2009, the chief executive said, sediment flows have plunged 70 percent in Phnom Penh and 50 percent in the Vietnamese town of Tan Chau — across the border from Leuk Daek district in Kandal province.Moreover, “in the Mekong Delta, a recent study finds that 35 to 55 million cubic meters of sand are being taken out compared to only 2 to 4 million cubic meters that are naturally going in.”Dr. Anoulak said changes in flows, sediment and salinity intrusion “have not seriously affected the overall water quality" of the Mekong. Of 22 measuring sites, 15 are rated “excellent” and 5 are “good”.FISHERIES FACE ‘SIGNIFICANT THREATS’ ACROSS BASINBut “wild fisheries in general are facing significant threats throughout the basin from overexploitation, drought, and infrastructure barriers.”The Tonle Sap system along with the Sekong, Sesan and Srepok rivers in northeast Cambodia are suffering “declining species and catch,” he said. "But we cannot blame one factor alone.”The chief executive said MRC data showed “stability in fish abundance in other parts of the basin” — namely from the Chinese-Lao border to Khammouane in central Laos as well as in the Mekong Delta.On fisheries management, Dr. Anoulak announced a U.S.$12 million investment from the Global Environment Fund "to improve value chains, reconnect swim ways, and offer viable livelihood alternatives.”He said the MRC also had a US$16 million commitment from Germany for ecosystems and livelihoods, and would announce new funding from Canada, Germany, South Korea and the United States later this year.‘NEED TO LOOK NORTH, SOUTH AND BEYOND’Dr. Anoulak said the four Lower Mekong countries “need to look north, south and beyond” at the same time, highlighting the importance of strong ties with China, Myanmar and the rest of ASEAN.After signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Indonesia earlier this year, “we hope other non-Mekong ASEAN member states will follow and become partners of the MRC.”As part of MRC-ASEAN cooperation, Dr Anoulak pointed to the upcoming Second ASEAN-MRC Water Security Dialogue in September, ahead of the ASEAN and Related Summits to be hosted by Laos in October.“In the future, there will be special MRC Summits on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summits,” he said.The MOU signed with Indonesia in January focuses on areas like water-resource management, irrigation, climate change, disaster-risk management, fisheries and tourism.At the signing, a senior Indonesian diplomat said: “Indonesia recognizes the importance of the Mekong river basin to the Mekong countries and broader ASEAN region.”

Cambodian PM Presides Over The Official Opening Ceremony Of Cambodia-ASEAN Business Summit 2024

date_range 02-Apr-2024
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Phnom Penh, April 02, 2024—Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet (Pic. 1), Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, delivers his keynote address while he was presiding over the official opening ceremony of Cambodia-ASEAN Business Summit 2024 under the theme “Unleashing ASEAN’s Potential: Connectivity, Technology, and Inclusive Growth,” held at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra this morning.

Australia To Foster Online Scamming Cooperation With Cambodia

date_range 29-Mar-2024
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 Phnom Penh, March 29, 2024 --Australia is determined to further strengthen relations and cooperation with Cambodia, especially on security along the border.The determination was underscored by H.E. Justin Whyatt, Ambassador of Australia to Cambodia, while paying a courtesy call on Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H.E. Aphi Santepundit Sar Sokha at the ministry on Mar. 27.The cooperation will focus on countering online scams and drug trafficking, as well as technology, economic, and transnational crimes.H.E. Justin Whyatt also highly commented on the Ministry of Interior for its security measures and support for the cooperation with Australia.H.E. Aphi Santepundit Sar Sokha welcomed the cooperation and thanked the Ambassador, the Embassy of Australia to Cambodia, and the Government of Australia for their continuous contribution to Cambodia's security and development.

Kratie Province Achieves Mine-Free Status

date_range 27-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 26, 2024 --Kratie province has officially obtained the mine-free status under Samdech Techo Project for Mine Action (STP-MA) themed “Providing Safe Ground, Creating Smiles”.A ceremony to declare Kratie as a mine-free province was held in the provincial city this morning under the presidency of Samdech Kitti Sangaha Pundit Men Sam An, a Member of the Supreme Privy Council to His Majesty the King.In a post on his social media networks this morning, Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet extended his congratulations to this achievement, saying “Mar. 26, 2024 is a historic day when the people of Kratie province are freed from the threat of landmines and Kratie is the 15th province in Cambodia being declared mine-free.”For two decades, from 2003 to 2023, over 133 square kilometres of land, equivalent to 795 minefields have been cleared, and some 60,000 mines and other explosive remnants have been found and destroyed, by three operators, including the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mines and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC), Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC), and HALO Trust, benefitting almost 400,000 local people.Achievement of mine-free status by Kratie province is one of the many achievements of the 7th-mandate Royal Government of Cambodia in more than six months of office, with financial support from the “Mine-Free Cambodia 2025” Fund and Samdech Techo Project for Mine Action, as well as the generous contribution of friendly countries, development partners and charitable people, said the Premier, adding that during the over six months, three provinces have been declared mine-free – Kampong Speu, Mondulkiri and Kratie.The other mine-free provinces are Kampong Speu, Mondulkiri, Stung Treng, Kep, Prey Veng, Preah Sihanouk, Thbong Khmum, Kampong Cham, Svay Rieng, Kampong Chhnang, Kandal, Takeo, and Kampot, and Phnom Penh capital. 

Samdech Techo Hun Sen Departs For Boao Forum For Asia Annual Conference 2024 In China

date_range 27-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 27, 2024 --Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, President of the Supreme Privy Council to His Majesty the King, is leading a high-level delegation to China's Hainan province to attend the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2024, at the invitation of H.E. Li Baodong, Secretary General of the Boao Forum for Asia.The delegation was seen off at Phnom Penh International Airport this morning by many dignitaries and Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Wang Wentian.According to a press release of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Samdech Techo will deliver a speech at the opening of the conference whose theme this year is "Asia and the World: Common Challenges, Shared Responsibilities."The forum brings together government, business and academic leaders with international and regional organisations to discuss major development issues and promote international cooperation, it said.On the sidelines of the forum, the source added, Samdech Techo will meet senior Chinese leaders including H.E. Zhao Leji, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, H.E. General He Weidong, Member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau and Second Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, and H.E. Feng Fei, Secretary of the Hainan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China.Samdech Techo is also scheduled to visit the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences and Wenchang International Aerospace City with the aim of fostering cooperation between Cambodia and China in the field of agricultural development and technology.Samdech Techo Hun Sen is accompanied by H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Member of the Supreme Privy Council, H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Sun Chanthol, First Vice-Chairman of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, H.E. Mrs. Cham Nimul, Minister of Commerce, and H.E. Hem Vanndy, Minister of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation, along with senior government officials and leaders from the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce.

A Cambodian Official Gets Justice From U.S. On Animal Trade Controversy

date_range 26-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 26, 2024 --The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) officially announced that Mr. Kry Masphal, Director of the Department of Wildlife and Biodiversity of the Forestry Administration, has been acquitted by a Florida court on Mar. 22, 2024, in a case alleging his involvement in the transportation of wild long-tailed macaques into the United States.According to the press release, Mr. Kry Masphal has been struggled for justice since Nov. 16, 2022, after he was detained by U.S. authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport while in transit to the U.N. Meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Panama. The detention by prosecutors and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has separated him from his family and homeland for over 16 months.“Throughout this period, the Royal Government of Cambodia, spanning from the sixth to the seventh mandate, worked tirelessly to pursue justice for our official. The MAFF would like to express our sincere gratitude to the esteemed leaders of the Royal Government of Cambodia, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, who consistently prioritise the welfare of civil servants,” the source said.The MAFF also appreciates the support from various ministries and stakeholders, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Justice, the Cambodian Ambassadors to Washington D.C., and Cambodian Ambassador to New York, as well as their colleagues, lawyers, and the legal team who have contributed to the professional support and advocacy of justice for Cambodian officials.The ministry added that in the case of Mr. Kry Masphal, Cambodia has refrained from making any statements to the media to ensure the integrity of the trial process, allowing it to proceed impartially without external pressures.The MAFF collaborated closely with Mr. Masphal's US legal representatives, providing relevant evidence to the court to challenge the prosecution's case and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their misrepresentation of Cambodian officials. This misrepresentation was based on evidence obtained via improper investigations, concealed from Cambodian authorities, and contravening normal practices of cross-border law enforcement norms.The allegations against Cambodia regarding the long-tailed macaque trade had no evidence and relied on unfounded assertions disseminated by certain individuals or NGO personnel, disseminated through local unprofessional media and Western mainstream media, aiming to discredit Cambodian officials and influence the court decision, the press release underlined.Thus far, it continued, all exported long-tailed macaques from Cambodia have adhered strictly to international laws and conventions. Despite assertions from Cambodian authorities regarding legal documents, allegations about the long-tailed macaque trade persist.The U.S. court's decision to dismiss the charges against Mr. Kry Masphal represents a fair judgment, and affirms that Cambodian officials have consistently upheld laws, regulations, and international conventions, stressed the MAFF.“The MAFF congratulates Mr. Kry Masphal on receiving justice from a U.S. court. Concurrently, we denounce the actions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which have overstepped their authority and failed to adhere to international best practices in enforcing cross-border laws,” emphasised the press release. “The efforts of the Royal Government of Cambodia to pursue justice for its official underscore the principle that honorable Cambodian officials must not be subjected to abuse under any circumstances.

Ministries Of Information And Inspection Sign MoU On News And Events Broadcasting Cooperation

date_range 22-Mar-2024
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PPhnom Penh, March 22, 2024 --Ministry of Information (MoINFO) and Ministry of Inspection have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on News and Events Broadcasting Cooperation to allow the latter to collaborate and broadcast her contents of information via all kinds of media outlets of the former such as the Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP), National Radio of Cambodia (NRK), National Television of Cambodia (TVK), App MoINFO, and so on.The signing ceremony of the MoU was held between H.E. NETH Pheaktra, Minister of Information, and H.E. HUOT Hak, Minister of Inspection, at the MoINFO office on Mar. 22.On the occasion, H.E. NETH Pheaktra mentioned that, through the above-mentioned MoU, the MoINFO would help the Ministry of Inspection to broadcast information and participate in supporting contents, so that the latter could send messages such as her activities and affairs, law explanation and keys to law-related implementation to the public, as well as receive information and feedback from fellow citizens to strengthen the rule of law in Cambodia.Law enforcement can be done unless people understand about the law, H.E. Minister underlined.H.E. NETH Pheaktra added that the MoU would lay a foundation to strengthen inspection affairs and participate in fulfilling duty as the public media outlets of the MoINFO, as well as be a framework to strengthen affairs among ministries to achieve the common goal to serve the public with responsibility, a testimony that both ministries have implemented the policy and guidance of the 7th-mandate Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), and was also a model to other institutions to show the public about real servants of the citizens through cooperation and solidarity, by reaffirming that the MoINFO would try her best to further collaborate with existing and other ministries/institutions.‘‘The MoU shows how to work, and maturity of how to work of ministries, and carry out the recommendations of Prime Minister of Cambodia, further strengthens the Ministry of Inspection’s work in order to both promote herself and receive information from the public which was a foundation to effectively fulfill tasks from the RGC, so that our society has transparency, accountability, justice, and make the Ministry of Inspection play stronger roles in an orientation of all ministries and the whole society to walk in the right way to become an upper middle-income country by 2030, and a high-income country by 2050, so both media and inspection sector and other sectors would upgrade their qualities and effectiveness of Cambodia as a developed country,” said the information minister.H.E. NETH Pheaktra further mentioned about the important roles of open information sources (general broadcasting) to provide inputs to ministries/institutions for information management and investigation in the framework of transparency and accountability, in addition to social media network and secret information source.For his part, H.E. HUOT Hak briefed the event about the background of the Ministry of Inspection, and shared his insights about the significance roles of information in general and the MoU in specific. 

Cambodia, Philippines Pledge To Continue Education Cooperation

date_range 22-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 22, 2024 --Cambodia and the Philippines have pledged to continue cooperation in education.The commitment was made in a meeting in Phnom Penh between H.E. Hang Chuon Naron, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, and Sports, and H.E. Mrs. Hon. Sara Z. Duterte, Vice President, Secretary of Education, and President of the SEAMEO Council on Mar. 21.The two sides also agreed on reviewing the work progress of the Southeast Asia Centre for Technical Education Development, which was established in 2007 in Phnom Penh.They exchanged experiences on special education, focusing on early childhood education and technical and vocational training programmes in high schools linked to higher education in partnership with private institutions.H.E. Hang Chuon Naron thanked the Government of the Philippines for providing scholarships to 60 Cambodian students for technical and vocational training and hoped that this cooperation would continue to grow.H.E. Mrs. Hon. Sara Z. Duterte also spoke highly of noticeable progress in Cambodia's education. 

Pheu Thai Party President to Visit Cambodia on March 18

date_range 18-Mar-2024
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At the invitation of Samdech Techo Hun Sen, President of the Cambodian People’s Party, President of the Pheu Thai Party Paetongtarn Shinawatra will lead a delegation to visit Cambodia on 18-19 March 2024.“The visit aims to exchange views on cooperation between neighbouring countries to further serve the common interests of both peoples and parties. This initiative is grounded in the strong bonds and cooperative relationships established between the two parties.”At the invitation of Samdech Techo Hun Sen, President of the Cambodian People’s Party, President of the Pheu Thai Party Paetongtarn Shinawatra will lead a delegation to visit Cambodia on 18-19 March 2024.“The visit aims to exchange views on cooperation between neighbouring countries to further serve the common interests of both peoples and parties. This initiative is grounded in the strong bonds and cooperative relationships established between the two parties,”

Paving The Way For A Mine-Free In The World

date_range 18-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 15, 2024 --In a significant stride towards global peace and humanitarian progress, Cambodia is set to host the Siem Reap-Angkor Summit on a Mine-Free World from Nov. 23 to 29, 2024.This international gathering is poised to be a pivotal moment in the ongoing efforts to eradicate landmines, fostering a world where communities can thrive without the looming threat of these silent killers.The choice of Siem Reap-Angkor which is a tourism hub and a former land with traces of war as the summit's venue holds poignant and important symbolism.Cambodia, scarred by the tragic legacy of landmines from decades of conflict, now stands at the forefront of the global movement to eliminate this pervasive threat.The summit will not only serve as a platform for global collaboration but also as a testament to Cambodia's resilience and commitment to creating a safer future for its people and the world.Landmines continue to wreak havoc in various parts of the globe, causing immeasurable suffering to civilians and hindering social and economic development.The Siem Reap-Angkor Summit will represent a collective effort to address this pressing issue head-on, bringing together leaders, activists, and experts from around the world to share insights, best practices, and innovative solutions.At the heart of the summit's agenda is the goal of fostering international cooperation to accelerate mine clearance efforts and support affected communities in their recovery.The attendees will deliberate on strategies to increase funding for demining projects, enhance technological advancements in mine detection and removal, and strengthen support systems for survivors.Furthermore, the summit aims to raise awareness about the humanitarian impact of landmines, inspiring global citizens to join the fight for a mine-free world.Education and advocacy will play a crucial role in mobilising resources and political will to tackle this issue comprehensively.Cambodia's hosting of the Siem Reap-Angkor Summit is a testament to the nation's transformation from a landmine-affected country to a leader in demining efforts.The Cambodian government's commitment to this cause, alongside the resilience of its people, serves as an inspiration for nations still grappling with the aftermath of conflict.The summit also provides an opportunity for countries with experience in successful demining initiatives to share their expertise and resources with those facing greater challenges.Collaborative efforts between nations will be key in creating a ripple effect that leads to a more secure and prosperous world for all.As the Siem Reap-Angkor Summit approaches, the global community eagerly anticipates the outcomes that will emerge from this historic gathering.

Cambodia, EU Mark New Milestone As Commissioner Visits

date_range 14-Mar-2024
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His Excellency SOK Chenda Sophea, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, on 13 March 2024 hosted a working lunch and bilateral meeting with Her Excellency Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships during her two-day visit to Cambodia. Her visit marked a new milestone in Cambodia's relations with the European Union (EU) with the signing of four agreements and the launch of a EUR 1.4 billion initiative for green growth and jobs.

Cambodia, EU Satisfied With Bilateral Relations And Cooperation

date_range 14-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 14, 2024 --Cambodia and the European Union have expressed their satisfaction with their long-standing relations, and highly valued their growing cooperation in almost all sectors.The appreciation was made during a fruitful discussion meeting between H.E. SOK Chenda Sophea, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and visiting H.E. Ms. Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships, at the ministry office on Mar. 13.On the occasion, the Cambodian top diplomat congratulated the EU for the successful hosting of the 24th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting and the 3rd European Union Indo-Pacific Ministerial Forum in Brussels on Feb. 1-2 2024.Both sides affirmed their commitments to maintaining the existing good relations and to supporting each other on the global stage.Both sides also exchanged views on political development in Cambodia as well as other important topics of regional and international issues of common interest and concern. 

Cambodia Investment Roadshow In EU Mulled

date_range 13-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 13, 2024 --While the investment volume of the European Union (EU) in Cambodia remains low, its senior delegation encourages Cambodia investment roadshows in the zone to attract more investments.The EU delegation led by Mr. Peteris Ustubs, Director for the Middle East, Asia, and Pacific in the Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA), and H.E. Igor Driesmans, Ambassador of the European Union to Cambodia, floated the initiative when received by H.E. Sun Chanthol, Deputy Prime Minister and First Vice President of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, at his office on Mar. 11.According to H.E. Sun Chanthol, the investment cooperation between Cambodia and the EU is around US$540 million, or 62 qualified investment projects.There are investments from the United States, Korea, Japan, China, ASEAN countries, and others in Cambodia, but Cambodia also urges more investments from the European Union, he added.The deputy prime minister welcomed the initiative, taking note that the EU is very keen on green and technology investments.He also informed his guests that to further support the private sector, the Royal Government of Cambodia has invested in key infrastructure and carried out policies and reforms.A comprehensive master plan on the “Cambodian Transit and Logistics System 2023–2033” has been launched, covering 174 projects that can be of the EU's interest.Cambodia has also kick-started vocational and technical training programmes for 1.5 million young people from poor and vulnerable families to increase their capacity to create a pool of skilled labour force responsive to the competitive job market and new industry.

River Festival: An Opportunity To Attract Long-Term Tourists

date_range 07-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 07, 2024 --The Minister of Tourism has called on the local authority and business operators in Siem Reap to seize the opportunity of the province's River Festival to further attract long-term tourists.The minister, H.E. Sok Soken, gave the advice on Mar. 6 when chairing a review meeting for the preparation of this year's River Festival in Siem Reap.The ancient province of Cambodia will host the 8th River Festival for the first time from Mar. 15 to 17 under the theme "River for Peace and Development."According to the minister, almost all hotel and guesthouse rooms have been booked.He urged the working group for the event to prepare well for it, especially in terms of security, cleanliness, city decoration, and quality tourism services.He called on all business operators to maintain a reasonable price and high quality of their services, as this will attract long-term visitors to the province.While promoting tourists to Cambodia as well as the provinces that host it, the River Festival also intends to inspire public engagement in sustainable conservation and development of rivers and their biodiversity in Cambodia.

Cambodia’s Active Participation In IPU Appreciated

date_range 07-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 07, 2024 --The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has congratulated and praised Cambodia's achievements as well as her active participation in the IPU framework, and believed that the Kingdom will continue on the right path to a better future for the people and the nation.H.E. Ms. Tulia Ackson, Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) of Tanzania and President of IPU, made the remarks in a bilateral meeting with Cambodian NA President, Samdech Moha Rathsapheathika Thipadei Khuon Sudary, in Paris on Mar. 6 afternoon, on the sidelines of the summit of female parliamentary speakers hosted by France.On the occasion, both sides exchanged views on the regional and international situation, especially the relationship between Cambodia and Tanzania and the cooperation under the IPU framework. They also laid stress on the important role of parliamentary diplomacy in peacebuilding through conflict management and prevention.The Cambodian NA president raised a five-point proposal to strengthen the bilateral and multilateral relations, including: (1) Strengthening cooperation to ensure the building and maintenance of peace and achievement of sustainable development goals, including the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment; (2) Strengthen the relationship between ASEAN and the African Union in the framework of government, parliament, the private sector and people-to-people relations. Cambodia and Tanzania could be a bridge between the two regions – Southeast Asia and Africa; (3) In the context of power struggles and international economic fragmentation, we must strengthen international cooperation through an open, inclusive and rules-based multilateral mechanism; (4) Examine opportunities for economic cooperation between the two countries, especially the green economy and digital economy; and (5) Strengthen cooperation on the digital parliament.In reply, H.E. Ms. Tulia Ackson supported the proposal and pledged to tighten the cooperation between the two parliaments through the establishment of a friendship parliamentary group.The Tanzanian parliament is happy to share more experiences on the development of a digital parliament, social security, as well as women's participation in politics, she said, stressing that women play a key role in finding a global solution.Samdech Khuon Sudary has been leading her senior delegation for an official visit and participation in the summit of female parliamentary speakers from Mar. 2 to 11, and the gathering aims to promote and advocate for the rights and interests of women and girls globally.

Cambodia, The UK To Deepen Bilateral Trade And Economic Cooperation

date_range 05-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 05, 2024 --Cambodia and the United Kingdom (UK) have been committed to promoting their bilateral relations and cooperation, particularly in the areas of trade, investment, human capital, green growth and renewable energy, as well as economic development.The commitment was made during a meeting between H.E. Dr. CHEM Widhya, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC), and the Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister for Indo-Pacific of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office of the UK of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, at the ministry office on Mar. 4.According to an MFAIC’s news release, on the occasion, H.E. Dr. CHEM Widhya recalled the 70th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries last year, which saw the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Bilateral Political Consultations between the two ministries.The Cambodian secretary of state also took the opportunity to profoundly appreciate the UK Government for her assistance and support to Cambodia so far, in particular the granting of the Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS), by underlining the importance of the synergy between traditional and parliamentary diplomacies.For her part, the Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP noted Cambodia’s additional economic opportunities, by pledging to report that to her government.Both sides expressed their mutual satisfaction with the traditional relation, friendship and fruitful cooperation of both countries so far, and also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest and concern.

Analyst: PM's Malaysia Visit To Foster Bilateral Diplomatic And Economic Tie

date_range 27-Feb-2024
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Phnom Penh, February 27, 2024 --Cambodian Prime Minister's first official visit to Malaysia is seen by an analyst as a diplomatic move to further strengthen the two countries' economic cooperation.Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet is leading his senior delegation for the one-day visit on Feb. 27.Dr. Yang Peou, an analyst and secretary-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said that the PM's visit does not only aim to pitch investment in Cambodia but also to strengthen labour exchange as many Cambodians are working in Malaysia.The Prime Minister has launched a technical and vocational education and training programme for 1.5 million youths, and Malaysia could be a potential labour market for those trainees, he added.He continued that Malaysia is one of the biggest economies in ASEAN, and its relationship with Cambodia has never been an issue, so it stands as a good opportunity for the two to level up their bilateral diplomatic and economic relations.According to the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, as of Aug. 2023, more than 1.3 million Cambodian migrant workers are living and working overseas, and some 2,200 of them are in Malaysia.