Official Handover Of 14 Cambodian Cultural Artifacts From Metropolitan Museum Of Art To Cambodia

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Phnom Penh, July 05, 2024 --Fourteen (14) Cambodian cultural artifacts, which arrived at the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh on July 3, were officially handed over to Cambodia in a ceremony held here at the museum on Thursday.The event was presided over by H.E. Dr. Phoeurng Sackona, Cambodian Minister of Culture and Fine Arts."This historic homecoming of our national treasures from one of the largest cultural institutions in the world, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET), followed several years of negotiations between the Cambodian restitution team, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and representatives of the MET," the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts pointed out.According to the source, the repatriation includes the extraordinary stone sculpture of a 10th century female goddess (Uma) from the ancient royal capital of Koh Ker. In 2021, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts successfully located her foot at Koh Ker temple complex, and based on testimony from former looters, determined that the body of the sculpture had been looted in 1997. At last, the Uma can be reunified to achieve its full magnificence as one complete statue.Another exceptionally rare and expertly crafted statue is a late 10th early 11th century bronze Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, designated by the MET as "Seated in Royal Ease". The sculpture was sold to the MET by Douglas A.J. Latchford in 1992, whom the MET itself described as a nefarious dealer. Moreover, a significant returned artifact is a 10th century bronze head of the deity Avalokiteshvara, which the ministry highly anticipates finally being reunited with its matching torso, currently on display at the National Museum of Cambodia. The head is believed to have been looted in the 1990s and the torso was found in a river in the 1930s, in Battambang.

Some 2.6 Million Foreign Tourists Visit Cambodia In H1

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Phnom Penh, July 04, 2024 --Cambodia attracted some 2.6 million international tourists in the first six months of 2024, an increase of 22 percent compared to the same period last year, a Ministry of Tourism’s report showed.Thailand topped the chart among foreign arrivals to the Kingdom with 770,371, followed by Vietnam (528,252), China (326,003), it pointed out.Other countries ranked among the top ten tourism markets for Cambodia during the said period included Laos, the U.S., Korea, Indonesia, France, the United Kingdom, and Japan.H.E. Sok Soken, Minister of Tourism, has recently said that in 2024, China ranks third among countries with the largest number of tourists visiting Cambodia.“The growth of Chinese tourism is an important opportunity that not only promotes the development of Cambodian tourism, but also creates investment opportunities in various sectors,” he underlined.At the same time, added the report, some 740,000 Cambodians travelled abroad for tourism purpose, a year-on-year increase by 2.9 percent.Tourism is one of the four pillars supporting Cambodia’s economy, in addition to garment, footwear and travel goods export, agriculture, and construction and real estate.According to the Ministry of Tourism, the number of international visitors to Cambodia is predicted to reach 7 million by 2025, surpassing the pre-COVID-19 pandemic level of 6.6 million in 2019.Four of Cambodia's tourist destinations have been recently listed among the top 25 Asia's best tourist attractions in the latest award by Tripadvisor.Angkor Wat of Siem Reap took second place in the award, and Ta Prohm and Bayon Temples of the province made it to the 19th and 20th, respectively, while Phnom Penh's Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum obtained 22nd place.Besides ancient temples, the Kingdom has a 450-kilometre-long pristine coastline stretching across four southwestern provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong.

Cambodia Grabs Six Medals At 21st ASEAN University Games In Indonesia

date_range 04-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 04, 2024 --As of July 4 morning, Cambodia has bagged a total of six medals at the 21st ASEAN University Games taking place in Indonesia from June 25 to July 6.Of the six medals, one gold, one silver and two bronze medals were won in petanque, one silver in Judo, and another silver in WT taekwondo.Cambodian athletes of three kinds of sports – petanque, judo and swimming – retuned home on July 3 with five medals: four for petanque and one for judo.Addressing the homecoming ceremony at Phnom Penh International Airport, H.E. Samedy Sivathana, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, said this is a success resulted from the athletes' hard work and the Royal Government of Cambodia's attention to promote the sports movement in accordance with its policy "One youth plays at least one sport in life".The secretary of state encouraged the athletes as well as para athletes to train hard for the upcoming Asian Youth Games and Asian Youth Para Games 2029 in Cambodia; and in order to contribute to Cambodia's sports sector development.The 21st ASEAN University Games aims to promote solidarity and traditional and cultural exchange among students from ASEAN universities as well as to provide a good opportunity for ASEAN students to set their sports skills.Cambodia has sent 45 sports delegates, coaches and athletes of six kinds of sports, including petanque, taekwondo, athletics, karate, swimming, and judo for the regional games.

School Feeding Supports Marginalised Students, Promotes Local Food Products

date_range 04-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 04, 2024 --While benefiting about 300,000 students across Cambodia, the school feeding programme (SFP) has also transformed into an effective mechanism to promote locally supplied food products.Undersecretary of State for the Ministry of Economy and Finance H.E. Chan Narith, who is also the Secretary General of the National Social Protection Council, made the note during the inauguration of a kitchen under the programme at Lvea primary school in Siem Reap on July 3.According to the undersecretary of state, the SFP was initially implemented in 1999 by the World Food Programme (WFP) with funding support from the McGovern-Dole Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).The programme is collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, and it has by far covered a total of 1,114 targeted schools in ten provinces of Cambodia.The school feeding programme was initiated to improve the nutrition of marginalised students, especially in areas hit hard by poverty, in order to promote school enrolment, reduce dropouts, and secure successful graduation among them.With improved rural infrastructure and agricultural production enabled by the government, continued H.E. Chan Narith, the programme's food products are being supplied by local farmers in those respective target areas.

Senate President Urges More Efforts To Strengthen Women’s Empowerment

date_range 04-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 03, 2024 --President of the Senate, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, has encouraged more efforts to further enhance the women’s empowerment on economic issue.The former Prime Minister of Cambodia made the recommendation when he received here at the January 7 Palace this morning a delegation of Cambodian National Council for Women (CNCW) led by H.E. Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women’s Affairs and President of CNCW.After listening to the report on the CNCW’s achievements in 2023 and action plan for 2024, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, also Honorary Vice President of CNCW, said Cambodia should continue to strive to empower women on the economic activities as the number of women who are in the management position in the economic sector has reached 64 percent and the number of women workers is up to 75 percent.The senate president suggested the CNCW to find ways to enhance both the economic power and the power of knowledge of women as he noted the gap between men and women in higher education.Samdech Techo Hun Sen also asked the Ministries of Justice and Interior to pay close attention to female inmates, pregnant inmates, especially those with their children.

Critical Parts Of Two National Road Construction Projects Completed

date_range 03-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 03, 2024 --The construction and rehabilitation of National Roads No. 10 and 33 have completed the critical parts.According to the update by the Minister of Public Works and Transport, as of June 2024, the two projects have achieved more than 80 percent of the work.The construction of the National Road No. 10 of about 198 kilometres connects the roads in the provinces of Battambang, Pursat, and Koh Kong and is expected to be completed by June 2025.The rehabilitation of National Road No. 33, which spans around 52 kilometres, will allow smooth travel from the city of Kampot province to Kep province. It is expected to be completed in late 2024.

Planning Ministry Launches New National Account Base Year

date_range 03-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 03, 2024 --The Ministry of Planning has launched the dissemination of the result of the rebased national accounts base year 2014, from the 2000 base.Addressing the dissemination workshop on July 2, Minister of Planning H.E. Bin Trachhey underscored the importance of the national accounts base year in generating Cambodia's macroeconomic statistics, cutting across all sectors of the country's economy.The calculation of Cambodia's gross domestic product (GDP) was based on the 2000 base until 2022.Experts recommended that the national accounts base year should be updated at most every ten years to allow the generation of more accurate socio-economic statistical data and analyses.However, said the minister, we need to have sufficient data sources to update the base year, and now Cambodia has updated it.The National Institute of Statistics led the update with the technical assistance of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and Statistics Sweden, and quality review by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).According to H.E. Bin Trachhey, the main purpose of dissemination of the rebased national accounts base year 2014 is to gather input from relevant ministries and government institutions as well as development partners in using the updated base for socio-economic statistical data and analyses in 2024.

ECCC: New International Judges Appointed

date_range 01-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 01, 2024 --Ms. Katrien Gabriël WITTLEMAN (Netherlands) has been appointed by His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, as International Judge of the Supreme Court Chamber, while Mr. Motoo NOGUCHI (Japan) as Reserve International Judge of the Supreme Court Chamber.The appointment was made upon the nomination by the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres and the approval by the Supreme Council of the Magistracy, according to a press release of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) made public this morning.According to the source, Judge WITTLEMAN replaces Judge Maureen Harding CLARK (Ireland), who resigned in September 2022. Reserve Judge Philip RAPOZA (USA) was designated as sitting judge of the Supreme Court Chamber following Judge CLARK’s resignation.Judge NOGUCHI, who previously served as an International Judge of the Supreme Court Chamber between 2006 and 2012, replaces Reserve Judge RAPOZA following his resignation in February 2024.Pursuant to Article 3 of the UN-RGC Agreement on the ECCC and Rule 17(1) of the ECCC Internal Rules, the Supreme Court Chamber shall be composed of four Cambodian Judges, three International Judges, and Reserve Judges.

PM Highlights Cambodia’s Agricultural Potential

date_range 01-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 01, 2024 --Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet has underscored the potential of Cambodian agriculture and shared some perspectives to further strengthen the sector.Addressing the celebration of the 19th National Fisheries Day, held at Boeung Thom located in Kampong Samnanh village, Mean commune, Prey Chhor district, Kampong Cham province this morning, the Premier noted that the number of farmers has dropped, but agricultural productivity has increased dramatically.Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet also mentioned about different agricultural models, including contracting farming with partners, modern agricultural communities, etc.The Prime Minister took the opportunity to reassure all farmers that agricultural land will not be taxed.“The 7th mandate of the Royal Government will continue the previous mandate’s efforts, further attract more investors, and focus on market orientation for local farmers,” he underlined.Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet also encouraged agricultural officers to research modern models of farming to introduce to local farmers.At the same time, Samdech Thipadei Prime Minister called for continued high attention to full armyworms ravaging rice and crop fields in the country.

CPP President Calls For More Support To Funan Techo Canal Development Project

date_range 28-Jun-2024
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Phnom Penh, June 28, 2024 --President of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, this morning appealed for more support to the Funan Techo Canal Development Project, which is going to be launched in the very near future.“This is another very strong national movement of the entire people like the national movement to protect sovereignty, territorial integrity and the national movement to protect the health of the people in the past,” said Samdech Techo Hun Sen in his public speech on the occasion of the CPP’s 73rd founding anniversary (June 28, 1951 – June 28, 2024).The Funan Techo Canal Project is an initiative purely born out of Cambodian conscience and will that will bring immense returns to Cambodia, such as increasing returns as a result of shortened transport distance and more competitive prices; increasing irrigation and flood relief; expanding cultivation in the southwestern region; increasing fisheries and aquaculture yields as well as promoting tourism, he stressed.The Funan Techo Canal will help Cambodia strengthen its political independence in terms of waterway transport, said the CPP president, reaffirming that this canal will not affect the environment and the flow of the Mekong River.At the same time, Samdech Techo Hun Sen suggested the display of fireworks as well as gong and drum beating at the pagodas across the country on Aug. 5 to mark the launch of the Funan Techo Canal Project.“We have to ensure that Cambodia can have its own inland transport to the sea without having to cross other countries. I believe that this canal will create a valuable ecosystem for the socio-economic development and green environment of southwestern Cambodia,” he said.The Funan Techo Canal project has very little impact, while the economic analysis and evaluation show that it will provide great benefits for the areas of trade, tourism, urban planning and construction etc.According to the project’s feasibility study, the US$1.7 billion and Funan Techo Canal project is 180 kilometres long and 100 metres wide upstream and 80 metres downstream with two navigation lanes. The construction would take around four years to complete.The canal will link Prek Takeo of Mekong River to the sea in Kep province crossing four provinces: Kandal, Takeo, Kampot and Kep with a total of 1.6 million people living on either side of the waterway.

Angkor Wat Of Cambodia Ranked Among The 25 Best Tourist Attractions In The World

date_range 27-Jun-2024
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Phnom Penh, June 27, 2024 --Angkor Wat Temple of Cambodia was ranked 12th among the 25 Best Tourist Attractions in the World, according to Tripadvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards 2024.“Angkor Wat is a world wonder—and it's not hard to see why. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site and admire its architecture and intricate carvings. Many people visit at sunrise, so make sure to set your alarm to snag a spot. The guided tour is also worthwhile as you'll hear the stories and significance behind the landmark,” said the source.The Ministry of Tourism extended congratulations to this world recognisation for Angkor Wat, underlining, “Cambodia’s ancient temples amaze travelers from around the world with their magnificent architecture, luxurious sculptures and rich history.”Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II (1112-1152AD), Angkor Wat Temple is the largest religious monument in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Last year, the temple was crowned the eighth wonder of the world by beating Italy’s Pompeii, said the Time of India Travel, indicating that Eighth Wonder of the World is an unofficial title given to new buildings or projects or designs, among others.The Empire State Building in New York City, the United States of America was crowned the best tourist destination in the world by Tripadvisor, followed by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.In Asia, there are the Gardens by the Bay of Singapore, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre of the United Arab Emirates, Mutianyu Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal of India, Petra of Jordan, and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine of Japan that won the 8th, 10th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th places, respectively.

Cambodia Emphasises Commitment To Gender Equality For Socio-Economic Advancement

date_range 27-Jun-2024
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Phnom Penh, June 26, 2024 --Cambodia is committed to promoting gender equality, empowering women, and recognising their vital role in socio-economic development.The Kingdom’s steadfast commitment was underlined by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Sok Chenda Sophea in a meeting here on June 26 with visiting H.E. Ms. Jacqueline Jean O’Neil, Ambassador for Women, Peace, and Security of Global Affairs Canada, according to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.Both sides highlighted Cambodia’s enriching history of women's engagement in society, underscoring the country's ongoing efforts to build on this legacy.The discussion also encompassed Cambodia's active participation in UN peacekeeping operations and the active role in assisting in humanitarian activities under the UN framework.

APSARA National Authority Restoring Neak Poan Temple’s Stairs And Floors

date_range 27-Jun-2024
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Phnom Penh, June 26, 2024 --The APSARA National Authority has been restoring the stairs and floors around the eastern, northern, and western shrines of Neak Poan Temple in the Angkor Archeological Park in Siem Reap province.The restoration project has been being led by the Department of Conservation of Monuments and Preventive Archaeology of the APSARA National Authority, according to the authority’s news release on June 26.Mr. Chea Sarith, an archaeologist of the APSARA National Authority, said that the restoration work, which commenced in early May 2024, focuses on repairing the damaged stairs and floors that have been affected by age, plant growth, erosion, and water damage.The collapse of the stairs and the instability of the floors have been caused by various factors, including erosion of the foundation and water seepage, he added.To restore the site, he continued, the team will repair the damaged areas and reassemble the stairs and floors to ensure stability and preservation of the historical structures.By addressing these issues, the restoration project aims to maintain the integrity and beauty of Neak Poan Temple for future generations to appreciate, said the same source.

PM Urges More Efforts To Address Illicit Drug Issues

date_range 26-Jun-2024
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Phnom Penh, June 26, 2024 --Recognizing solid mechanisms in place, the Cambodian Prime Minister urges more public awareness building, participatory approaches, and the use of online platform to address worrying illicit issues.Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet highlighted the advice in an open letter to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26 themed ‘The Evidence is Clear: Invest in Prevention.’The Prime Minister cited the gist of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report, saying that the trend in planting, producing, trafficking, and trading illicit drugs within and outside the region did not decrease because the COVID-19 pandemic had opened opportunities for the business.While recognising the hard work of pertinent government ministries and institutions and other players and the prevention measures in place, he advised them to further build public awareness on the harmful effects of the drug, especially among students, youth, parents, workers, employees, and employers of both the public and private sectors.Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet continued to encourage all government ministries and institutions to clear themselves of drug users and leverage their cooperation to address the issue in society.He also called for the effective implementation of existing mechanisms, such as the village-commune-Sangkat safety policy and the expansion of the use of the online application No Drug.

Unique Specie Of Gecko Found In Kampot

date_range 26-Jun-2024
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Phnom Penh, June 26, 2024 --Experts have discovered a new species of gecko, technically named Cyrtodactylus regicavernicolus and known in Khmer as Royal Cave Bent-toed Gecko, in the Phnom Preah Kuhear Luong natural heritage site of Kampot province.The experts include the team from Cambodia's Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Wild Earth Allies, IUCN, and international experts from La Sierra University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.Mr. Chhin Sophea, an expert from the Department of Biodiversity, General Department of Policy and Strategy, Ministry of Environment, who participated in the study, said that after scientific analysis, the species of Gecko is not only new for Cambodia but also for the world.Spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment H.E. Khvay Atiya considered the discovery of new biodiversity in the protected areas of Cambodia as the outcome of the conservation efforts of the natural resources by the Royal Government of Cambodia.According to H.E. Khvay Atiya, the Phnom Preah Kuhear Luong natural heritage site was established to secure the role of eco-biodiversity for sustainable benefits for all generations.It also preserves the beauty of the natural landscape and the natural values of the area for tourism and conservation scientific research.

PM Appeals For Confidence In Cambodian Justice System

date_range 25-Jun-2024
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Phnom Penh, June 25, 2024 --Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet has called on his compatriots to have confidence in the Cambodian justice system and leave the competent law enforcement agencies to do their work properly and fairly in accordance with the procedures and laws in force of the Kingdom of Cambodia.The Premier made the call in a message on his social media networks this morning after there have been a debate regarding the prosecution of the perpetrator in a recent shooting case leaving two deaths, with expressions of concern and fear that the perpetrator would not be severely punished by law or may be released on unusual bail.One of the priorities of the 7th-mandate Royal Government is the strengthening of the rule of law, especially law enforcement to ensure the maintenance of public security and social order, as well as to resolve social issues with justice and fairness in accordance with the laws in force, he reaffirmed, adding that this includes the strengthening of legal responsibility of the perpetrators and strict enforcement of laws against the perpetrators, especially those who cause the loss of life.According to Samdech Thipadei, although the Royal Government cannot intervene in the affairs of the judiciary, he would like to appeal to the judiciary and the prosecution to pay close attention to and implement the law thoroughly and strictly in order to seek justice for the victims and their families.On June 17, 2024 in Phnom Penh’s Khan Chbar Ampov, Srey Sina, 50, a real estate businessman, allegedly shot to death a soon-to-be-wed couple and injured two others. He has been stripped of his honorary title of Oknha by a royal decree a few days after the shocking incident, and charged with murder, attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

Government Launches Cambodia Cyber University Network

date_range 25-Jun-2024
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Phnom Penh, June 25, 2025 --The Cambodia Cyber University Network (CCUN) was officially launched here this morning under the presidency of Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet.This is a new achievement of the higher education sector in Cambodia, and it encourages all private and public higher education institutions to further pay attention to technological advances to promote education in the country, he said.“Technology and ICT are the necessary skills that must be encouraged and supported,” the Premier underlined.Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet also encouraged all members of the CCUN to share data centre between them as some universities cannot afford a data centre.Regarding the establishment of the CCUN, H.E. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, said CCUN has been created by 12 public and private higher education institutions aimed at sharing the full use of infrastructure and academic resources among member universities, providing the ability to transfer study loans between member universities and offering open study for local and global scholars.As of 2024, the CCUN’s members have jointly produced lesson contents for 69 subjects for 18 specialised undergraduate programmes for a total of more than 5,000 students, he pointed out.Those 12 member universities include the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, the Royal University of Phnom Penh, the National University of Battambang, the Svay Rieng University, the Heng Samrin-Thbong Khmum University, the Royal University of Agriculture, the National University of Management, the Chea Sim Kamchay Mear University, the University of Kratie, the Battambang Institute of Pedagogy, the Phnom Penh International University, and the Angkor University.

Inter-Ministerial Meeting Convened For Steadfast River Management

date_range 25-Jun-2024
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Phnom Penh, June 25, 2024 --The National River Basin Management Committee (NRBMC) has convened its first inter-ministerial meeting to foster cooperation for sustainable management of Cambodia's rivers as well as their biodiversity.Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology (MoWRAM) H.E. Thor Chetha, who is also the NRBMC Chair, hosted the meeting on June 24.Addressing the meeting, H.E. Thor Chetha underscored the importance of effective conservation and development of river water resources in line with Cambodian law to ensure lasting benefits for Cambodia and its people.River basin management requires meaningful engagement of all concerned ministries and government bodies at both national and sub-national levels, he added.He continued that other players, such as local communities, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, and development partners, also have an indispensable role with the NRBMC to identify solutions and draw up an action plan for the rollout of river management.Senior representatives from all ministries under the NRBMC, all capital and provincial administrations, and pertinent technical teams attended the inter-ministerial meeting.On Nov. 30, 2023, the Royal Government of Cambodia issued a directive on the NRBMC formulation with the minister of water resources and meteorology as the chair and 17 members from all relevant ministries.

Coca-Cola Cambodia Supports Irrigation Of Cambodia’s First Regional Nursery

date_range 24-Jun-2024
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Phnom Penh, June 22, 2024 --The Ministry of Environment has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Coca-Cola Cambodia to provide a solar-powered irrigation system for Cambodia's first regional nursery in Thbong Khmum province.Minister of Environment H.E. Dr. Eang Sophalleth and CEO of Cambodia Beverage Company Limited (Coca-Cola Cambodia) Mr. Joseph Ho inked the agreement recently.H.E. Dr. Eang Sophalleth thanked Coca-Cola Cambodia for the support that will help Cambodia take another step forward in achieving its carbon neutrality goal.Mr. Joseph Ho highly commended the Ministry of Environment for establishing the regional nursery, stressing that the company’s provision of irrigation system is part of its commitment to protecting the planet.The CEO expected that the irrigation system that has the capacity to irrigate more than one million seedlings per year will not only benefit the environment but also encourage local communities and the country as a whole to participate in sustainable development.This regional nursery is the first and is located in Preah Theat commune, O’ Raing Ov district of Thbong Khmum province.The establishment of this nursery is guided by the ministry’s Environmental Chakra Strategy 2023–2028, which aims to enhance Cambodia's environmental protection, conservation, and protection of natural resources to help Cambodia achieve carbon neutrality and 60 percent forest coverage by 2050.

Cambodia To Further Enhance Cooperation With WHO

date_range 24-Jun-2024
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Phnom Penh, June 23, 2024 --Cambodia is committed to further boosting the cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to improve the people’s health.The commitment was reaffirmed by H.E. SOK Chenda Sophea, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, during a meeting here on June 21 with WHO Regional Director for Western Pacific H.E. Dr. Saia Ma’u Piukala.According to a news release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued this morning, in the courtesy meeting, H.E. Deputy Prime Minister congratulated H.E. Dr. Piukala on his election and appointment as WHO Regional Director in January 2024. He commended the WHO’s efforts to advance global health and expressed deep appreciation for its continuous support and contributions to Cambodia’s public health.H.E. SOK Chenda Sophea also reiterated the Cambodian government’s top priorities in this mandate to expand healthcare services towards achieving Universal Health Coverage. He said the focus was on improving the social health protection system and strengthening the capacity of primary medical services at health centres and district referral hospitals as well as improving service quality. In this connection, he expressed Cambodia’s commitment to further enhancing cooperation with the WHO to improve the health and well-being of Cambodian people.For his part, H.E. Dr. Piukala informed the Cambodian DPM of the endorsement of the WHO Fourteenth General Programme of Work (GPW14), “WHO Strategic Directions 2025-2028” at the recent 77th World Health Assembly in Geneva and progress with the draft WHO Regional Vision “Weaving health for families, communities and societies in the Western Pacific Region.”The WHO regional director also updated H.E. SOK Chenda Sophea on progress with the Cambodia-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2024-2028, which is at the final drafting stage. He praised Cambodia for its contribution to global health — particularly the important achievements during Covid-19.H.E. Dr. Saia Ma’u Piukala looked forward to continuing strong collaboration, reaffirming that the WHO stands ready to provide support to Cambodia based on the needs and context of the country.