Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cambodian,Vietnamese, Laotian Premiers to Attend Golf Competition

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and Laotian Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphanvanh will play in a “Friendship Golf Competition” on March 28 in Vietnam, said Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce of Cambodia.

The Minister Cham Prasidh said Prime Minister Hun Sen initiated the “Friendship Golf Competition” with support from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphanvanh.

“This is the first time that the golf competition between three countries will be organized to take place in Vietnam,” he said. “The main objective of the competition is raise for funds in order to help the poor people and vulnerable groups by providing the eye treatment for poor people and heart operations for poor children as well as helping homeless people, orphaned children, the elderly and other people who have suffered from natural disasters in the three countries.”

Prasidh said Prime Minister Hun Sen, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphanvanh and other high-ranking officials from three countries will attend the competition. He added that the competition will be aired live on state-run television in all three countries.

According to estimation, more 200 golfers from the three countries will participate in the first-ever competition, Prasidh said. It will take place at the Long Thanh Gulf Club in Hanoi.

“This event will also provide opportunity for at least 50 to 70 professional golf players from each of the three countries as well as their sponsors to participate in the competition. It will also to strengthen the solidarity and friendship among the three countries,” Prasidh said.

Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, said that golf competition will promote local and international tourism within Cambodia, Vietnam and Lao PDR. He also agreed with Prasidh that the competition will strengthen diplomatic relations and increase the bond of friendship that exists among the countries.

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