Sunday, April 25, 2010

Nationwide Swimming Championship Tournament

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Over 130 Cambodian swimmers from Phnom Penh and Kandal Province have attended the Nationwide Swimming Championship 2010 over five days from 23rd to 27th April 2010 at the National Stadium Complex in Phnom Penh in order to compete to become the swimming champions for 2010 in Cambodia.

The Nationwide Swimming Championship Tournament 2010 is organized by the Department of Education Youth and Sports in the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MoEYS) in collaboration with the Khmer Amateur Swimming Federation (KASF).

Hem Thon, Secretary General of the Khmer Amateur Swimming Federation and also the Executive Member of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), said that every year the KASF has organized the nationwide swimming competition in Phnom Penh aiming to select the best swimmers of the year.

The main purpose of the nationwide swimming competition is to promote and develop the swimming sport as well as to select the best swimmers for the future national and international swimming tournaments for inside and outside the country.

“I think that this nationwide competition is important because it will help to promote and develop the sport in Cambodia. I hope that through this competition we will able to select the best swimmers for attending both national and international swimming competitions in future,” he said during a telephone interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly on April 23.

Regarding the swimming competition, Hem Thon said that the competition has divided into two categories in which the under 15 year-old competition and over 15 year-year competition. He added that for those who will win first place of the competition will receive a gold medal, along with prizes; those who will win the second place of the competition receives a silver medal with other prizes, and the third winner receive a bronze medal with other prizes. The medals and prizes are provided by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports.

Phin Rotha, 14, is a student of the Bak Touk High School. Rotha has been training with KASF for three years in Phnom Penh.

Rotha said that he was happy to attend the nationwide swimming championship competition this year. He added that last year he has also attended the nationwide swimming competition in Phnom Penh, and as result he won a silver medal, with prizes from MoEYS.

“I am happy and I am ready to participate in this year’s nationwide swimming competition in Phnom Penh. I hope that with well preparation and hard training, I will win another medal and prizes from this year’s competition,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a personal interview on 23rd April.

He added to prepare for the national and international swimming competitions, he will continue to train hard and attend more swimming competitions in the future.

According to the KASF’s report, there are a total of 72 swimmers, 16 of which are female and 14 national representatives in Cambodia. //

Khmer Female Judo Coach Received the 3rd Dan Black Belt

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Chan Chean, 38, is the only Cambodian female Judo coach who received the 3rd Dan Black Belt of Judo in Cambodia. She was born in 1972 in Phnom Penh and she has seven siblings with three brothers and four sisters. She is the fourth daughter who received Judo training in her family.

The Khmer female Judo Chan Chean is married with one son and one daughter. Her husband, Lach Vuthy, 42, and all of their children are trainees of the Judo coach. Vuthy obtained a fourth Dan black belt and he teaches the national Judo team with his wife at the National Stadium Complex in Phnom Penh.

Chean received the Third- Level Dan Black Belt from the Kodokan Judo Institute in Japan in 2006 and currently the trainer and coach of the national Judo team of Cambodia, She started her training with a veteran Judo coach in Phnom Penh in 1983.

“I like to receive training in all the sports especially Karateo Habkido, Judo and Khmer traditional boxing but Judo is the one that I preferred because it is a gentle sport for me.
I am now happy because my dream has become true and I am able to train Cambodian and foreign students and promote the people’s health and sport in Cambodia,” she said during an interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly on April 23.

Chean started training for Judo since childhood. She decided to study Judo because she wanted to improve her health as well as for protection of herself and to become a professional Judo boxer or Judo coach in Cambodia.

“I decided to study Judo because I wanted to improve my health; to protect myself from any kind of violence; to become a professional Judo boxer or Judo coach in Cambodia,” she said. “I think that to promote and develop the sports especially Judo in Cambodia, I will continue to study and train more young people until I am retired.”

She stated that she started coaching Judo in Phnom Penh in 2003 and until today she has been training over 100 Cambodians and foreign students in Cambodia.

Nowadays, Chean is very busy as she teaches of over 100 trainees per day for Cambodian Judo Federation (CJF) and other private schools in Phnom Penh. She has competed in many nationwide Judo competitions and international Judo competitions and she won one bronze medal form SEA Games competition in 1997 in Indonesia, and also won another silver medal from the international Judo Championships in Vietnam in 2003.

She said that currently, besides coaching her trainees in Cambodia she has also been serving as an international Judo referee of the International Judo Federation Continental Referee in Bangkok, Thailand. She stated that she attended the International Judo Federation Continental Referee competition in Bangkok in Thailand and gained an IJF Continental Referee Certification in 2005.

“I want to gain the four-level Dan of Judo in the future. To achieve my goal I am now training very hard every day in order to prepare for my Judo competitions and to pass another black Judo Dan from the Kodokan Judo Institute in Japan in future. I hope that with my well preparation and hard training, I will win the fourth-Level Dan of Judo in Japan in the near future,” she said.

She stated that in order to improve her Judo skills, she plans to continue her own training and attend Judo competitions in Japan so she can compete with foreign fighters and gain the four-level Dan in the future. She added that to promote and develop the Judo sport in Cambodia, she will continue to train and coaching the Cambodian people until she is retired.

Lach Vuthy, a fourth-level black Dan of Judo, a National Judo Team Coach, and Chan Chean’s husband, has appreciated with Chan Chean’s hard works and capacity. He said that Chan Chean is the only Cambodian female qualified Judo Coach who has received a Third Dan Black Belt of Judo from the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo in Japan.

“I am very pleased and honored that I have a good wife in this life. Chean is not only the Khmer female Third Dan Black Belt of Judo in Cambodia and is a good Judo coach but she is the very good wife of mine and the very good mother of two children. As her husband, I will support her and encourage her to train Judo and to attend the Judo competitions in Japan in order to gain the fourth-Dan Black in the future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a telephone interview.

He added that Chan Chean is his own Judo consultation and is the only female qualified and experienced Judo coach for the Cambodian Judo Federation in Cambodia.///

The Most Updated ICT Solutions Launched

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

In order to provide the most updated Information Communications and Technologies (ICTs) solutions, InterFlex and DEAM Computer International Pte Ltd have launched their partnerships in selling the most updated development of their ICT technology products and ICT solutions in Cambodia.

The announcement of the InterFlex and DEAM partnership was made at a press conference which was organized by Deam Computer, Interflex, Symantec, LSI and Sun of Oracle Cambodia on April 22 in Phnom Penh.

Diep Ho Seng, Chief Executive Officer of the InterFlex, said that Interflex 100 percent local ICT system integrator company who can provide the world class enterprise solution and specializing in ORACLE Technology, core banking system and related systems.

InterFlex works very closely with ORACLE and Oracle Financial Software Services, previously known as I-Flex has implemented two international level core banking systems in Cambodia, namely National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) and PRASAC Micro Finance Institution. They both went live early this year, he said, adding that Interflex is the only local ICT Company which implementer capacity and skills in Cambodia.
Basically, SUN is now a part of ORACLE and InterFlex is very focus on Oracle so SUN is also in central of our focus. Actually, just before ORACLE required SUN, we are looking for a world best hardware branch that can work with to give our customers a one-stop solutions since our customers were always asking for it,” he told reporters at the press conference.

He pointed out that this event shows ORACLE-SUN commitment to development of the Cambodia ICT sector. ORACLE and SUN technologies play a very important role in the enterprise ICT areas such as banking, telecommunications, and Government sectors. ORACLE is going to initiate ORACLE Academy in Cambodia to bring world class technology education to within Cambodian to reach so Cambodian young generation can gain world class ICT knowledge and skills to maximize their potential.

“We decide to join with SUN as a partner on the hardware solutions. From my 30 years ICT experience starting from Australia to the Asian region, SUN is one of the world best hardware company,” he said. “Some unique characteristics about SUN such as CPU mixed speed and generation upgrading, where none of other vendors can provide and the big benefits to customers is an excellent investment protection,” he added.
He continued to say that InterFlex is very happy to involve with ORACLE-SUN in the market in Cambodia.

Kong Bunthy, Business Relation Manager of DEAM Computer International Pte Ltd, said that SUN is the unique of DEAM Computer and DEAM Computer Co., Ltd was established in 1996. He added that the DEAM’s ICT and server products were sold, worked and closely cooperated with Banking Mobile for example Vettiel Cambodia, Cadcomm and other banking institutions operating in Cambodia. ///

Accountability in Governance and Politics Program Launched

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia and the United Sates of America have launched a five-year program with US$ 16.2 million program designed to promote accountability and transparency in government in Cambodia.

The Official Launch of Accountability in Governance and Politics Program (AGAP) 2009-2014 was made under the presidency of the Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Sok An, Minister in Charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers and Carol A. Rodley, Ambassador of the American Embassy to Cambodia on April 20 in Phnom Penh.

The AGAP program will be implemented by a consortium composed of the International Republic Institution (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems working in Cambodia, according to Cambodian government and U.S. Embassy officials.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Sok An said that the new Accountability in Governance and Politics (AGAP) program will help Cambodian government hold its government accountable for policy performance and implementation.

The AGAP program launched is made accordance with the Royal government’s policies in promoting and encouraging the participation from all involved people and concerned authorities and institutions in building of the government’s policies, planning preparation, and decision-makers through other consultations in order to ensure the development and the progress with equity in Cambodia, he said.

H.E. Sok An said that according to the Cambodian Constitution, the Royal Government is under the wise leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has always carried out the strengthening and expanding of pluralism democracy policy and the promotion of all kinds of freedom of the people in Cambodia. He stated that the survival rights, the liberty of people and the individual rights of people have been ensured by law in Cambodia,” he said during opening remarks at the official launching ceremony of Accountability in Governance and Politics Program from 2009-214.

“I consider that this implementation of the AGAP program has really responded to the current and future political position of the Royal Government of Cambodia, and I hope that this program will be implemented with transparency, equity and honesty by the three organizations: IRI, NDI and IFES in accordance with the objective limited contributing to the government’s works in strengthening of democracy doctrine, and the building and implementing of the other government’s policies towards the encouragement and promotion of economic and social development in Cambodia,” he said.

H.E. Sok An continued to say that to strengthen and promoting the doctrine of pluralism democracy as well as rule of law in Cambodia, the Royal Government is now working hard in strengthening the rule implementation with focusing on three main principles including establishment and additional supplement of laws framework; advocate the people to be aware about laws and other legal procedures in Cambodia; and to have right and sufficient implementation of laws in order to provide justice and equity for all level of people in Cambodia.

He added that the Royal Government has also implemented the promotion of good governance through the reform of all its government institutions’ administration in order they can provide the public service for people with transparency, accountability, responsiveness, effectiveness, efficiency and predictability in Cambodia.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to appeal to all people and concerned NGOs to continue their hard works and help the Royal Government in the cause of the strengthening and promotion of democracy and rule of law in Cambodia,” he added.

American Ambassador Carol A. Rodley said that Cambodia’s democracy is young, but it has made substantial progress since the first national election in 1993. She said that the AGAP program is designed to promote increased accountability and transparency in policy making and implementation, and it will encourage all Cambodians

“The United States is pleased to have played even a small part in this progress since 2001, when we launched our first good governance program in Cambodia. By working side by side with Cambodians inside and outside of the government, we have contributed to some notable successes,” she said.

She pointed out that the AGAP program will build on the progress of the previous US political competition program. U.S supports for town hall-style constitution dialogues, which will continue under the new program, and have allowed citizens throughout the country to discuss issues affecting everyday lives directly with their elected leaders.

She added that U.S assistance for programs targeting people less than 30 years old, who makeup 70 percent of the population, has helped widen participation in the political process. The Youth Council of Cambodia and the Youth Leadership of Challenges television show, which will also continue under the new program, have exposed millions of youth to democratic principles in an engaging and entertainment way. ///

Government To Reduce Tobacco Users in Cambodia

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia is now working hard to prevent and reduce the use of tobacco, and also to promote the people’s healthcare, progress and the prosperity in Cambodia.

Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, said that the serious impact affected by the tobacco use is now requiring the world to work hard and join hard in reducing the epidemic of the tobacco use in order to promote the public health and poverty reduction in accordance with the Royal Government’s policies.

In order to raise awareness about tobacco use as well as to promote people’s healthcare in Cambodia, the Royal government is in collaboration with the inter-ministries and involved NGOs have been working hard to educate people and to raise awareness on the danger and impact of the tobacco use the people in Cambodia, he said.

The Minister stated that the government has also issued a sub-decree on “Publishing of Health Warning Message on cigarette package” in Cambodia which was singed by Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen 20 October 2009.

“The Ministry of Health which is the responsible institute on the health issue of people under the wise leadership of Samdech Techo Hun Sen has been paying the most attention in promoting the peoples’ health towards the reduction of poverty, the rate of diseases and mortality affected by the impact of the use of the tobacco in Cambodia,” he said during his opening remarks at the 13th Inter-Ministerial Committee for Education and Reduction Tobacco Use on April 22 in Phnom Penh.

The government has created the inter-ministerial committee for education and reduction tobacco use in Cambodia which is the highest structure in providing the supports both political and technical assistance for the tobacco combating and prevention program in Cambodia.

The Minister said that since the establishment of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Education and Reduction Tobacco Use in Cambodia, the committee has made many achievements including the adoption of the National Strategic Plan on Tobacco Control, the Convention on Tobacco Control of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Draft Law on Tobacco Control, and sub-decree on “Publishing of Health Warning Message on cigarette package” in Cambodia. He added that the government has also prohibited the advertising of cigarettes via the media such televisions, newspapers and radios. It will consider increasing the tax on tobacco or cigarettes in the future.

Dr. Pieter JM Van Maaren, Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Cambodia, said that tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death and more than five million people died from the effects of tobacco every year in the world. He said that unless urgent action is taken, there will be more eight millions deaths every year in the world by 2030. More than 80 percent death will occur in developing countries. One third of the world smokers reside in the WHO Western Pacific Region and two people died from tobacco-related diseases every minute in this region.

The Western Pacific Region has also the highest rates of male smoking prevalence and fastest increase of tobacco uptake by women and young people, he said, adding that tobacco use remains as one of the biggest public health threat to the well being and prosperity in this region.

Relating to the Cambodia’s context, Dr. Pieter JM Van Maaren said that Cambodia has been identified as having one of the highest rates of cigarette smoking in the Southeast Asia with recent estimates indicating that 48 percent of men and 3.6 percent of women over the age of 18 currently smoke either commercial or hand-rolled cigarettes and that 17 percent of women and 1 percent of men chewed the tobacco.

He added that tobacco also affected household economy in Cambodia and the total annual tobacco spending by all smoking household in Cambodia is evaluated to US$ 70 millions per year in Cambodia.

Mark Sqwisow, Executive Director of ADRA, said that tobacco use has been impacting both people’s health and economies in Cambodia. He stated that to reduce the tobacco use in Cambodia, the government should immediately adopt the Tobacco Control Law as soon as possible by taking strict actions and measures against it.

He added that the government should also ban cigarette’s advertising; increase tobacco tax and prize measures; create smoke free environment; and raise public awareness and health warnings on tobacco products in Cambodia.

According to the Global Youth Tobacco Survey 2005, smoking prevalence among youth aged between 13 and 15 showed that: 11.4 percent of boys and 3.2 percent of girls use some form of tobacco. Current smokers were 7.9 percent for boys and 1.0 percent girls; 15 percent were offered free cigarettes by a tobacco company representative in the last month; 50 percent has one or more parents who smoke; and 12 percent of never smokers are likely to initiate smoking next year. ////

Cambodia Marks Reunion of Journalists Celebration

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Over 100 journalists including 31 veteran international journalists, photographer and cameramen who worked in 1970s in Cambodia have gathered in Phnom Penh on April 20 to meet with each other and to pay respect for those journalists, photographers and cameramen who were killed or missing-in-action (MIA) between April 1970 and April 1975.

The Celebration of the Reunion of Journalists in 1970s was organized by the Ministry of Information and was celebrated under the presidency of Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information and Spokesman of the Royal Government of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.

The Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith said that it marked the first time the Ministry of Information has celebrated the “Reunion of Journalists Celebration” in Cambodia in order to pay respect for the journalists, photographers, and cameramen who were killed during the Khmer Rouge regime between 1970 and 1975 in Cambodia.

The main purpose of the event was to pay respect for all national and international journalists who were killed during the Khmer Rouge’s terror regime between 1975-1979, he said, adding that it was also to meet between the old generation journalists and young generation journalist so that they can share their working experience and journalism as well as to promote and strengthening their relations and friendship in the future.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all journalists for their efforts and their sacrifices during the war in Cambodia, we all knew about their sacrifices, sufferings and tortures to be offered by the Khmer Rouge regime. Many of you have gone but also many of you stayed here and come back again to see how we try to survive in our country until today. Therefore tonight’s meeting is to pay respect for those who have gone and also to pay respect for their hard work and sacrifices in bringing the real information about Khmer Rouge’s killing filed from Cambodia and spreading out over the world,” he said during opening remarks delivered to the celebration of Journalists Reunion.

Chhang Song, former Minister of Information in the Khmer Republic government which felt in 1974, said that according to reports, a total of 37 international and Cambodian journalists, photographers, and cameramen were killed or missing-in-action in Cambodia between April 1970 and April 1975.

In addition, 18 Cambodian journalists were killed or disappeared after the Khmer Rouge take-over on the 17th of April 1975, he said, adding that largest number were from Japan (10 people), France (8 people) and USA (7 people). Cambodians were four (4) during the war, plus 17 after the 15th of May 1975. Other nationalities are Switzerland (2), West Germany (1), Australia (1), Netherlands (1), India (1), Lao (1), and Australia (1). ///


Nationwide Swimming Championship Tournament 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Over 130 Cambodian swimmers from Phnom Penh and Kandal Province have attended the Nationwide Swimming Championship 2010 over five days from 23rd to 27th April 2010 at the National Stadium Complex in Phnom Penh in order to compete to become the swimming champions for 2010 in Cambodia.

The Nationwide Swimming Championship Tournament 2010 is organized by the Department of Education Youth and Sports in the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MoEYS) in collaboration with the Khmer Amateur Swimming Federation (KASF).

Hem Thon, Secretary General of the Khmer Amateur Swimming Federation and also the Executive Member of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), said that every year the KASF has organized the nationwide swimming competition in Phnom Penh aiming to select the best swimmers of the year.

The Secretary General Hem Thon stated that the main purpose of the nationwide swimming competition was to promote and develop the swimming sport as well as to select the best swimmers for the future national and international swimming tournaments for inside and outside the country.

“I think that this nationwide competition is important because it will help to promote and develop the sport playing in Cambodia. I hope that through this competition we will able to select the best swimmers for attending both national and international swimming competitions in future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a telephone interview on April 23.

Regarding to the swimming competition, Hem Thon said that the competition has divided into two categories in which the under 15 year-old competition and over 15 year-year competition.

He added that for those who will win the first place of the competition receive a gold medal, along with prizes; those who will win the second place of the competition receives a silver medal with other prizes, and the third winner receive a bronze medal with other prizes. The medals and prizes are provided by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports.

Phin Rotha, 14, is a student of the Bak Touk High School. Rotha has been training the swimming with KASF for three years in Phnom Penh.

He said that he was happy to attend the nationwide swimming championship competition in this year.

He added that last year he has also attended the nationwide swimming competition in Phnom Penh, and as result he won a silver medal, with prizes from MoEYS.

“I am happy and I am ready to participate in this year’s nationwide swimming competition in Phnom Penh. I hope that with well preparation and hard training, I will win another medal and prizes from this year’s competition,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a personal interview on 23rd April.

He added to prepare for the national and international swimming competitions, he will continue to train hard and attending more swimming competitions in the future.

According to the KASF’s report, there are a total of 72 swimmers, 16 of which are female and 14 national representatives in Cambodia. /// With Picture//

Seminar on Digital Television Broadcasting System

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Ministry of Information has provided a seminar on digital television broadcasting for 44 television broadcasters from 11 states and private television stations in Cambodia. The two-day seminar was conducted from the 21st to the 22nd of April 2010.

The Digital TV Broadcasting seminar was organized by the Ministry of Information and sponsored by the Rohde and Schwarz Company, aiming to consult about the TV digital technical broadcasting system in accordance with the recent and most updated development of the New Information Technology of the TV broadcasting in the world.

H.E. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information, said that it marked the first time that the ministry has organized the Digital Television broadcasting to train Cambodian television broadcasters about the Digital technical broadcasting system and also to prepare them for the use of the Digital Television broadcasting in Cambodia in near future.

currently, the Information Technology and Communication (ICT) has developed very fast and the digital television broadcasting system is the most update television digital broadcasting system which is used in a number of developed countries in the world, he said.

“The use of ICT as well as digital TV broadcasting system has already been used by some of the TV stations in Cambodia,” he said. “This workshop is very important because it will provide new skills for our Cambodian television broadcaster, so they are able to apply these new digital skills for station.”

The Minister added that to promote the use of the most updated ICT as well as to speed up its works, the Ministry of Information will encourage the sate and private television stations to use digital television broadcasting system in Cambodia by 2013.

Luc Haeberle, Director of the the Rohde and Schwarz company, said that the timing of this seminar is probably perfect, as they are in a cutting edge regarding implementation of digital broadcasting, worldwide and now also in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.

Haeberle said the digitalization is everywhere including photography, music (MP3 player), and all telecommunication services (voice, video, data and so on), and now also in broadcasting. He stated that the implementation of such technology offers many advantages, but also represent some challenges such as the use of new technology; one question is for ex which standards shall be selected, design of networks, network planning, regulation and organization of the broadcasting chain (content provider, multiplexer, and transmission).

The two-day seminar has taught the trainees about digital technology and also gave them advice to be considered when Cambodia will perform its digital implementation and later digital switch over.

“Example here in Cambodia: we have many TV stations which today contribute their programs by themselves such as TVK, TV3, Bayon TV, Apsara TV, SEA TV, TV9 and CTN,” he said. “It must not be the same with digital TV, as several programs can be accommodated into one multiplexer and into one transmission network,” he added.

He continued to say that technology wise, the industry can offer solutions to all these challenges. But they have to make their choice and for that to know about the technology and the possibilities offered. This is one of the targets of this seminar.

“Rohde and Schwarz Company are very proud to support various projects and activities dedicated to the implementation of digital TV,” he said. “As market leader in digital TV with an installment base on of more than 10,000 digital transmitters installed worldwide, we have gained a lot of experience and we are glad to share these experiences with our customers and potential customers.”

He added that his company supports organizations like the ABU or AIBD in conducting different kinds of technical seminars. It has been involved in many trials and project implementations of digital broadcasting in Asia; this concerned countries including China and Hong Kong, India, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand and now also in Cambodia. /// with picture //

Cambodia to Organize the Universal Khmer Singing Festival 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia has planned to organize the “Universal Khmer singing Festival 2010” from 13th to 23rd July 2010 at the Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre in Phnom Penh in order to preserve the Khmer traditional and pop music in Cambodia.

The event will be organized by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in collaboration with the Office of the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, Ministry of Tourism, the General Decorate of the Bayon Radio and Television, and supported by Canadian Bank Plc which is the main partner which has provided the financial support for the preparation and management of the festival process.

Khem Sarith, Secretary of State in Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, said that it marks the first time for the government which will organize the “Universal Khmer singing Festival 2010” in Cambodia in order to promote music in Cambodia. He said the purpose of the festival is to promote and preserve the Khmer traditional culture and pop music for next generation.

“We are very proud to organize the Universal Khmer singing Festival 2010. The main purpose of the event has intentioned to preserve and strengthen the national identity to create and encourage the competitiveness in the artistic sector of both Khmer traditional and pop music to enhance Khmer culture, tradition and customs as the Khmer saying goes ‘Cambodia, the Kingdom of Culture,” he said at a recent press conference.

He added that the Festival is also aimed to encourage and promote both traditional and pop music artists to strengthen the capacity and quality in their careers in order to complete with the other countries in the region and the rest of the world, especially to build up the tie of society and friendship between the Cambodian artists in Cambodia and abroad.

Relating to organization of the Universal singing Festival, Khem Sarith pointed out to implement an accordance with the establishment of the Commission of the Inter-Ministries for organizing the Universal Khmer singing Festival, the Royal Government of Cambodia has acknowledged and granted approval for the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MoCFA) to prepare and launch the Universal Khmer singing Festival in collaboration with Commission of the Inter-Ministries namely the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, the Office of the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Education Youth and Sports, Ministry of Tourism, the General Decorate of the Bayon Radio and Television, especially Canadian Bank, as the partner of who has provided the financial support for the preparation and management of the festival process.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Sok An, Minister of the Council of Ministers will be presiding over the opening ceremony of the Universal Khmer Songs Festival 2010 will be held on 13th July and closed on 23rd July 2010 at the Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre with participation of the contestants of Cambodians living in the country and the Cambodian overseas residents, the Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen will be presiding over the closing ceremony, according to Khem Sarith.

Pich Tum Kravel, Technical Committee of the Universal Khmer Songs Festivals 2010, said that the Festival is opened for all Cambodian people both those who live inside and outside the country. He added that those who will win the first place (both Khmer traditional and pop music) of the competition will receive one trophy, along with 6 million riel (US$ 1,428) prize; the second place receives one trophy with 4 million riel (US$ 952) prize; third place receives a trophy with 3 million riel (US$ 714); the friendship award receives 1 million riel (US$ 238); and the complementary award is 500,000 riel (US$ 120) (only apply o the contestant involves in the final round). ///

Cambodian Volleyball Team Wins Over An Giang’s Vietnamese Team

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Two Cambodia’s Prime Minister’s Body Guard Volleyball Teams competed with two Vietnamese military volleyball teams in which Body Guard Commandant’s Volleyball Group B competed with An Giang’s Volleyball Football Team, and the Body Guard Commandment ’s Volleyball Group A competed with Vietnamese military region 9 at the Svay Rolum commune, Takhmau town, in Kandal Province.

The Volleyball Friendly Competition was organized by the Prime Minister’s General Commandment of Body Guard, and presided over by the four-star general Hing Hun Heang, Deputy Commander-In-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) and also Commander of Samdech Hun Sen’s Body Guard Unit in order to strengthen the good relationship and friendship between the two countries.

Through the hard competitions, the Body Guard Commandant’s Volleyball Group B won An Giang’s Volleyball Football team with 3 sets against zero, and Body Guard Commandant’s Volleyball Group A won the Vietnamese military region 9 by two sets against one set, according to organizers.

The Deputy Commander-In-Chief General Hing Bun Heang said that the main purpose of the volleyball competition was to promote and strengthen the bond of friendship, cooperation and solidarity between Cambodian military and Vietnamese military, and the friendship between Cambodia and Vietnam.

General Hing Hun Heang continued to say that it is also to develop and promote sports playing especially volleyball in improving the armed forces’ health as well as to the celebrate the Year of Tiger New Year in Cambodia.

“I appreciate this Cambodian-Vietnamese Military Friendship Volleyball competition organized in Cambodia. I noted that although the Vietnamese volleyball teams were lost to Cambodian teams in this competition but they are really experienced and talent in playing. This is the new working experience that Cambodian volleyball teams should learn from our Vietnamese friends,” he said before distributing the prizes to the participated volleyball teams.

He added that Vietnam is like the older brother of Cambodia. To build up and strengthen Cambodia’s volleyball players’ capacity in future, he plans to send a total of 28 young Cambodian volleyball players to train 6 months in Vietnam in next year.

The Three-Star-General Tieng Sarun, Deputy-Commander of the Body Guard Commandment Headquarter, and Organizer of the volleyball competition, said that the Body Guard Commandment has organized Cambodian-Vietnamese Friendship Volleyball Competition every year in Cambodia in order to strengthen the cooperation and solidarity between countries’ military sectors.

General Tieng Sarun continued to say that to promote the good cooperation and friendship between two military sides he will continue to organize more sports competitions in the future in Cambodia.

“Vietnam was a good friend of Cambodia. When Cambodia was under the suffering and the killing field, Vietnamese troops came to help and rescue our Cambodian people. So through these competitions we hope that we will maintain and promote our good friendship, cooperation and solidarity in the future,” he said. ////






Cambodian Artists Received Medals for the Best Performances

BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

A total of 67 Cambodian artists including singers, film actors, music composers, dancers and organizers have received medal awards from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts for their good performances, hard work and organization of the Khmer Visual Arts: “30 years of Survival and Development” in Cambodia.

The Medals Awarding Ceremony was celebrated at the Head Office of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and presided over by Him Chhem, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts on April 12.

The medal awarding is aiming to provide the honors to these 67 Cambodian artists for their hard work, well-preparation and performance in organizing the Khmer Visual Arts: “30 years of Survival and Development” which was held on March 3, 2010 in Phnom Penh.

The Minister said that the medals show their hard work, values and contribution to the development and conservation of the Khmer Visual Arts, traditional culture and arts in Cambodia.

“On behalf of the Royal government of Cambodia as well as the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, I am really so proud and appreciate your hard work and contributions to the development and preservation of Khmer traditional culture, Khmer visual arts and arts during your 30-years working and performing in Cambodia,” he said during his opening remarks of the awarding ceremony.


The Minister said that during the past 30 years, Khmer visual arts have also raised Cambodian profiles at the international stage and attracted foreign tourists visiting the Kingdom of Cambodia.

To promote Khmer visual arts as well as culture and traditions, his ministry will work hard, conduct research and collect the artistic achievements or visual arts for publications, he said, adding that his ministry also planned to produce more Khmer visual arts and other art performing activities in order to serve for general education and promote Khmer culture and tourism in the future.

“I would like to encourage all of you to continue your hard works and performance to preserve our Khmer culture in the future,” he said.

Yon Tum, Lakhaon Khol performer, who received a gold medal from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Art, said that he was happy to receive the gold medal from the ministry.
He added that he has been performing a Lakhaon Khol about 30 years in Cambodia.

“I am happy and it is my first time to win the gold medal from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. To preserve Khmer Visual Arts for the next generations, I will continue to perform Lakhaon Khol until I am retired,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview. /// With Picture///

Government To Provide Security for New Year Celebration

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia will take superb action and measure in providing security and safety for people during the Khmer Happy New Year which will begin from 14th to 16th of April 2010 throughout the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, Minister of Interior, said that to prepare for the celebration of the Khmer New Year, the Year of the Tiger, the government will take superb actions and measures in providing safety and security for the people in Cambodia.

The Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng continued to say that to prepare for this, the government will deploy thousands of armed forces including police, military police, soldiers and civilian officers to patrol important places or main roads in villages, communes, districts, cities and provinces across the Kingdom.

H.E. Sar Kheng has also ordered all provincial and municipal governors to work hard and speed up security preparations for the New Year, as Cambodia prepares for the Year of the Tiger.

“To provide the security, safety and public order for the whole people and celebration of the Khmer New Year, all provincial and municipal governors must strengthen the security for our people in the Kingdom. We must prevent young gangsters from troubling the popular games during the Khmer New Year,” he said during a meeting in the Ministry of Interior on April 12.

General Touch Naroth, Chief of Phnom Penh, said that to prepare for the Year of Tiger New Year Celebration, Phnom Penh Authority will deploy about 5,000 armed forces including police, military police, and civilian officers to work and patrol all streets and maintain safety where locals congregate to play traditional games around the city.

General Touch Naroth continued to say that the authority will prevent the young gangsters from troubling the popular games during the Khmer New Year and also will particularly prevent various offenses, like cases of thievery, pick-pocketing, robbing travelers, other robberies and murders, as well as traffic incidents.

“We have to suppress the use of illegal weapons and other explosives that can be dangerous to society and celebration of the New Year. We have to ensure safety, security and public order for our people in the New Year Celebration,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a telephone interview on April 12.

“We hope that with our well-prepared hard work, we will able to provide the safety and security for the whole people during their celebrations of the Khmer New year in Phnom Penh,” he added. ///



Cambodian Students Win Nationwide Competition 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

A total of 480 selected Cambodian students from 158 public schools and institutions in cities and provinces have attended the “Good At Students Nationwide Competition 2010” for the subjects of Khmer Literature, Mathematics and Physique Chemistry from April 1-3, 2010 in Phnom Penh. As result, 60 students including 35 males and 25 female students have won the “Good at Students Nationwide Competition 2010" in Cambodia.

The “Good At Students Nationwide Competition 2010” was organized by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) in order to promote as well as to select the best young students for attending the future “good at student” abroad.

Im Sethy, Minister of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS), said that since 1997, the Ministry has been organized the “Good At Students Nationwide Competition” every year in order to select the best qualified and the best young students in Cambodia.

The main purpose of the competition was to promote and encourage the good at student as well as to build up the young generation and new human resources in Cambodia.

“I am very proud and warmly congratulate all students who have passed this year’s good at students competition in Cambodia. You all are the new human resources of Cambodia so I would like to encourage you to continue your hard works and hard studies in order to complete your studies in the future,” he said during his opening remarks at the Good At Students’ Awarding Ceremony” in Phnom Penh.

Thee Minister added that these 60 young students will represent the “Good At Student in 2010” and they will also become good human resources or future young leaders in Cambodia.

Ing Ngor Hok, Deputy Director of the Secondary School Department in MoEYS, said that the “Good At Student Nationwide Competition” was initiated and supported by Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, since 1997.

The competition aimed to select the best young students from every cities and provinces across the country for the “Good At Students Competition” in the future, he said, adding that it is also to promote the young human resources in Cambodia.

He added to promote the “Good At Students” in Cambodia, the Government has also issued recently a sub-decree for them. According to the sub-decree, the student who wins the first place of the “Good At Student Nationwide Competition” receives a gold medal, along with 800, 000 riel (US$ 190) award; the second winner receives a silver medal with 770,000 riel (US$ 183) award; the third winner receives a bronze medal with 740,000 riel (US$ 176) award; 4th winner receives 710,000 riel (US$ 170); 5th winner receives 680,000 riel (US$ 160); 6th winner receives 650,000 riel (US$ 154); 7th winner receives 620,000 riel (US$ 147), 8th 590,000 rile (US$ 140); and 560,000 riel (US$ 133); and 10th winner receives 530,000 riel (US$ 126). The money sponsored by MoEYS. /// With Pictures //

Cambodia and South Korea Established KOPIA Center

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia and the Public of Korea has established the “Korean Project for International Agriculture Center” (KOPIA) in Cambodia aiming to strengthen the good relation and cooperation between the two countries as well as to promote the development of the agricultural sector in Cambodia.

The signing ceremony of the KOPIA center was made between Dr. Chan Sarun, Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and Mr. Kim Jae Soo, Administrator of the Rural Development Administration of the Republic of Korea, under the presidency of Deputy Prime Minister Yim Chhaily, Chairman of the Council for Agriculture and Rural Development and Lee Kyung Soo, Ambassador of Republic of Korea to Cambodia on April 12.

The Deputy Prime Minister Yim Chhaily said that the signing ceremony of this memorandum at this time is a clear witness to the great relationship and cooperation between the two countries, Cambodia and Korea, linked by Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, in 1997.

He added that the Republic of Korea has become an important partner country of Cambodia in terms of the tourism sector and investment in other sectors.

“The establishment of KOPIA in Cambodia in this time is of great value and meaning in terms of both economic and political aspects in promoting and building capacity of broader and more advanced research study and the development of the agricultural sector in order to contribute the development of the national economy and poverty reduction for Cambodian people,” he said before the signing ceremony of KOPIA.

H.E. Dr. Chan Sarun, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said that the bilateral cooperation between Cambodia and Korea in agricultural sector begun in 1996, and until recently Cambodia has received supports from on training and human rights resource development, voluntary experts on strengthening agricultural marketing and research, development support for Forestry Administration, General Directorate of Agriculture, and Department of Animal Health and Production.

Based on the Cambodian government’s rectangular strategy phase II, MAFF has enforced the most effective strategy through crop intensification and diversification to ensure sustainable development which has changed from a broader development approach to a more specific development approach, he said.

“At present, we are changing farmer’s attitude from being subsistence-oriented to business-oriented production by promoting market-service supports and ensuring stable price of crops produces,” he said. “Despite the 2008 global economic crisis agricultural sector in Cambodia remains the key player and a strong driving force supporting the Cambodian economy, and it has exited itself such as a crisis. As a result, agricultural sector could ensure sufficient foods for Cambodian people for more 14 million populations if the daily rice consumption is 143 kg/ head, and we have had rice surpluses since 1995 but we realized some food shortage in some places.”

The Minister said this year, indeed Cambodia’s cultivated rice areas accounted for 2.77 million hectares of land including 2.33 million hectares of wet season with average yield of 2.62 tone /hectares and 0.38 million hectares of dry season rice with national average yield of 4.12 tones/ hectare. He stated that in 2009, Cambodia’s total rice population reached 7.58 percent million tones with national average yield of 2.83 tone/ hectare, much higher than the average yield level one tone/ hectare during decade of the 1950s and 1960s.

“This year, the total rice population increased by 5.7 percent over last year, and we have a food balance of more than 2.24 million tones. Also, I would like to emphasize that in 2008, the crop population contributed about 53 percent, fisheries about 25 percent, animal production about 15.3 percent, forestry and production 6.6 percent of the total agricultural production,” he noted.

He added: We are realized that agricultural research and extension remain relatively limited if compared with some ASEAN countries and in the region. Under such situation, MAFF will continue to put a lot more efforts on research and extensions of agricultural technology through collaboration with the development partners and donors in the world and region.”

Relating to the establishment of the KOPIA, Dr. Chan Sarun said that is the witness that indicates the very strong supports and efforts of the Royal Government of Cambodia.

“We strongly believe that this center will extensively boost agricultural research and extension in Cambodia which promotes Cambodia capacity to completely integrate its technology within ASEAN countries and in the region, especially in response to market demand and farmers’ need in accordance with million development goals,” he said.

On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, I would like to thank the Government of Korea, especially the Korea’s Rural Development Administration as well as Korean people who have supported to the establishment of this very important center towards development of Cambodian agriculture in order to contribute to reducing the poverty of rural people who comprises of about 80 percent of the population, he added.

Kim Jae-Soo, Administrator of the Korea’s Rural Development Administration (RDA), said the Korean Government is pleased to cooperate and working with Cambodian government in promoting the sustainable and social development and economic growth in Cambodia. He added that KOPIA will play a key role in providing and promoting and building capacity of broader and more advanced research studies and the development of the agricultural sector to contribute to the development of the national economy and poverty reduction in Cambodian. ///






Friday, April 9, 2010

Cambodian Government to Promote Business Women

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia will promote women in business sector in order that they can work to greater contributions to creation of jobs improving incomes, developing human resources, and contributing to economic growth overall and poverty reduction.

Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of the Women’s Affairs, said that the Royal Government has declared 2010 as the year of women economic empowerment. She added that the government made this decision because women play a very important role in Cambodia’s economy and greater success of women’s enterprises could have a far reaching impact.

“As the Ministry’s publication, A Fair Share for Women Shows, women are very important contributors to economic developments in Cambodia. Cambodian women have one of the highest labor forces participation rates in Asia,” she said during opening remarks delivered to the Seminar on Women in Business in Phnom Penh on March 31st.

More than 70 percent of Cambodian women, 15 years and older are in the workforce. The only Asian countries with higher participation rates of women are China with 76 percent of participation, and Vietnam with 78 percent, according to Kantha Phavi.

In declaring 2010 the year of women economic empowerment the Ministry of Women’s Affairs hopes to raise public awareness of the important role that women play in owning and operating businesses and to begin addressing the many challenges that keep women’s businesses small, she said.

Kantha Phavi said that although the women outnumber men in owning business, women’s enterprises are overwhelmingly small and informal. Women own only 1.7 percent of formal enterprises and this significantly regards the development of women’s businesses. Without formal registration of their businesses, women entrepreneurs cannot borrow the larger loans they need for expansions, they cannot insure their businesses, they cannot seek the government help in improving their businesses or resolving the business disputes. Nor can unregistered businesses export.

She added that women entrepreneurs are an enormous untapped resource for economic development. If women’s businesses were able to achieve their potential, they could make much greater contributions to jobs creation, improving incomes, developing human resources, paying taxes, and contributing to economic growth overall as well as poverty reduction.

“Women’s businesses owners could also make the important contributions to economic development in other ways,” she said. “We believe that when greater numbers of women participate in business associations so broadening its membership base, the private sector will be more successful in advocating business forums, accelerate its pace and create greater outcomes.”

She said that years of effort by the government, civil society and donor agencies have resulted in improvements to Cambodian women’s health, education, working condition, security and political participation.

“Although much remains to be done to improve the conditions and opportunities for women, we should now also consider how to support the development of women’s enterprises because this could have an impact far greater than on individual themselves,” she added.

Julia Brickell, Resident Representative of the International Corporation Cambodian (IFC), said that in Cambodia, as in emerging economies around the world, when they think of small farmers, small-scale manufacturers and small service business, they are always thinking of a woman.

She added that here in Cambodia, ICF’s research shows the same trend, but the percentage of women entrepreneurs is ever higher. In 2006, IFC’s study found that 55 percent of Cambodian business were owned by women, and in 2008, the percentage of women business owners increased to 62 percent.

“Since we instituted our gender program in 2004, ICF shown that investing in women entrepreneurs is good for business and good for economic and social development,” she said.

She continued to say that ICF is also helping women entrepreneurs around the world to play a great role in government-private sector dialogue. Here in Cambodia, ICF has been supporting the Government Private Sector Forum, a public private sector dialogue platform which enables the private sector to raise its concerns to the government.

Dr. Lili Sisombat, ICF Project Manager, Investment Climate Advisory Services in Mekong World Bank Group, said that less than 10 percent of participants are women while they make up 62 percent of businesses in Cambodia. She added that all co-chairs (government and private sector) are men. Studies found that women faced specific issues that they are not advocated for during discussions.

The Government-Private Sector Forum can be useful for women entrepreneurs to address issues they face in Cambodia, she said.

According to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs’ statistic figure, 52 percent of Cambodia’s populations are women; 79 percent of women involved in self-employment. Less than 9 percent of Senior Managers and National Decision Makers are women, 66.8 percent in manufacturing and 74.5 percent in wholesale and retail trade in Cambodia. ////

King Sihamoni Returned Home with His Father and Mother

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

His Majesty King Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, and his father Samdech Norodom Sihanouk, and Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, have returned home from Beijing on March 31st after a long-stay in Beijing, China.

The arrivals of His Majesty the King Norodom Sihamoni, Samdech Ov and Samdech Me were warmly greeted by Samdech Chea Sim, President of the Senate, Samdech Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, along with other government high-ranking officials and a number of Senate and parliaments members at the Phnom Penh International Airport.

Oum Daravuth, Chief of the King’s Cabinet, said that the return of His Majesty the King, King’s father and the queen mother are positive, prosperity and political stability for all people in Cambodia.

“Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, Samdech Ov and Samdech Me are the cool shade of all people in Cambodia. Thus, their returns are the positive sign for the peace, prosperity and political stability in Cambodia,” he told reporters at the Phnom Penh International Airport.

He added that Samdech Ov and Samdech Me will be staying for long months and scheduled to visit beloved people as well as to enjoy the celebration of Khmer New Year,

Keo Savuth, a teacher in Phnom Penh who came to greet the arrival at the international Airport, was happy with the present of Majesty the King Norodom Sihamoni, King Father and Queen Mother. He added that His Majesty the King Norodom Sihamoni, is the symbol of the national independence, peace, prosperity and stability for Cambodians.

“I am happy to see His Majesty the King Norodom Sihamoni, King Father and Queen Mother are healthy and returned to stay in Cambodia. I wish all the best of luck and longevity so that they will present to stay as a cool shade for their people in the country,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly. ///








Cambodia to Organize the Universal Khmer singing Festival 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia has planned to organize the “Universal Khmer singing Festival 2010” from 13th to 23rd July 2020 at the Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre in Phnom Penh in order to preserve the Khmer traditional and pop music in Cambodia.

The event will be organized by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in collaboration with the Office of the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, Ministry of Tourism, the General Decorate of the Bayon Radio and Television, and supported by Canadian Bank Plc which is the main partner which has provided the financial support for the preparation and management of the festival process.

Khem Sarith, Secretary of State in Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, said that it marks the first time for the government which will organize the “Universal Khmer singing Festival 2010” in Cambodia in order to promote music in Cambodia. He said the purpose of the festival is to promote and preserve the Khmer traditional culture and pop music for next generation.

“We are very proud to organize the Universal Khmer singing Festival 2010. The main purpose of the event has intentioned to preserve and strengthen the national identity to create and encourage the competitiveness in the artistic sector of both Khmer traditional and pop music to enhance Khmer culture, tradition and customs as the Khmer saying goes ‘Cambodia, the Kingdom of Culture,” he told a press conference on March 29th, 2010.

He added that the Festival is also aimed to encourage and promote both traditional and pop music artists to strengthen the capacity and quality in their careers in order to complete with the other countries in the region and the rest of the world, especially to build up the tie of society and friendship between the Cambodian artists in Cambodia and abroad.

Relating to organization of the Universal singing Festival, Khem Sarith pointed out to implement an accordance with the establishment of the Commission of the Inter-Ministries for organizing the Universal Khmer singing Festival, the Royal Government of Cambodia has acknowledged and granted approval for the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MoCFA) to prepare and launch the Universal Khmer singing Festival in collaboration with Commission of the Inter-Ministries namely the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, the Office of the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Education Youth and Sports, Ministry of Tourism, the General Decorate of the Bayon Radio and Television, especially Canadian Bank, as the partner of who has provided the financial support for the preparation and management of the festival process.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Sok An, Minister of the Council of Ministers will be presiding over the opening ceremony of the Universal Khmer Songs Festival 2010 will be held on 13th July and closed on 23rd July 2010 at the Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre with participation of the contestants of Cambodians living in the country and the Cambodian overseas residents, the Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen will be presiding over the closing ceremony, according to Khem Sarith.

Pich Tum Kravel, Technical Committee of the Universal Khmer Songs Festivals 2010, said that the Festival is opened for all Cambodian people both those who live inside and outside the country. He added that those who will win the first place (both Khmer traditional and pop music) of the competition will receive one trophy, along with 6 million riel (US$ 1,428) prize; the second place receives one trophy with 4 million riel (US$ 952) prize; third place receives a trophy with 3 million riel (US$ 714); the friendship award receives 1 million riel (US$ 238); and the complementary award is 500,000 riel (US$ 120) (only apply o the contestant involves in the final round). ///

Cambodia ICT & Architecture, Construction World Expo 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The National Information Communications Technology Development Authority of Cambodia (NiDA) and the International Data Group (IDG ASEAN) have organized the “Cambodia ICT and Architecture and Construction World Expo 2010” for three days from April 1st-3rd, 2010 at the Diamond Island Convention and exhibition Center located in Koh Pich, Phnom Penh to display about the most development of ICT

Over 200 national and international companies from inside and outside the nations have participated in displaying their ICT products, architecture and construction at the Architecture and Construction World Expo and the Conference in Phnom Penh.

Dr. Phu Leewood, Secretary-General of the National Information Communications Technology Development Authority of Cambodia (NiDA), said that it marked the 6th year NiDA and IDG SEAN have organized the “Cambodia ICT and Architecture, Construction World Expo 2010” in Cambodia.

The main objective of the expo and conference is to review and discuss current developments, identify investment opportunities and suggest aspects of sustainable growth of the building and construction sector in Cambodia.

“The event is the first and the only international B2B Exposition for the building and construction industry in Cambodia. The main purpose of the expo and conference are to create good opportunities, environment to allow the large international companies understand Cambodia markets, introduce the modern products to Cambodia and reach to create the strong ICT industry in Cambodia through the Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s initiation,” he told reporters at a press conference after the celebration of the Exhibition and Conference on the 1st of April 2010 in Phnom Penh.

He added that the 6th ICT exhibition, state department and all private sectors, will receive the current information about ICT products for their requirements. All kinds of customers will get the dedication of various latest technology products at the exhibition.

“We hope that all exhibitors will gain the best opportunities to look for genuine industry partners, in order to continue and enlarge their businesses more productively, and go into competition in the international of globalization era in the future,” he said.

Le Thanh Tam, CEO of IDG ASEAN, Founder and Chairman of CEO and CIO Club, said that Cambodia ICT and Telecom World Expo and Conference has received a remarkable run and has grown from year to year since its inception in 2005. He stated that from its conception in 2005, Cambodia ICT and Telecom World Expo has received great supports and encourages from Cambodia central government and ministries, international vendors, local companies as well as the whole ICT communities. He added that those supports have made the expo the first and the biggest of its kind in Cambodia.

“This year, the event is organized in Koh Pich, a very new and much bigger-than-before venue designed specially for the exhibition and convention, and we do believe that this new place will satisfy the exhibitors’ requirement of a large, convenient and well-equipped exhibition hall to display their hi-tech technology and products,” he said. “With a full rage of products from hardware, software, telecom and networking devices and services, office equipment, and home products, the event is a great opportunity for all who are interested in ICT and Telecom products and new technology,” he added.

Ouk Chipphal, IDG’s Business Development Manager, said that the main ICT products displayed in the expo included informatics technology, banking and finance, telecommunications, manufacturing, architectures and construction, trade services, and educational materials. He emphasized that the main sponsors of the event are Online, Viettel, AnAn, AngkorNet, CIDC, Sabay, the Sotelco “Beeline” company and Ezecom Company.

According to the company’s estimation, about 50,000 visitors will attend the “Cambodia ICT and Architecture, Construction World Expo 2010” in Phnom Penh. ///



Seng Peseth Received Scholarship to Study in Japan

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Seng Peseth, 22, received a scholarship from the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho Scholarship) to research and study in Japan following a third-successful year of his study with The University of Cambodia’s Dr. Haruhisa Handa 100 percent scholarship program in 2005. He is now going to leave for Fukouta city, Japan, on April 4th, 2010 for two years and six months of studies for Master Degree Courses called International Master’s Program in Economics (IMPE) at the Graduate School of Economics, Kyushu University, Japan.

Peseth is the oldest brother with two sisters in his family, and they are now living in Phnom Penh. His father is the Personal Assistant to the Deputy Director of L.H.R ASEAN Investment Co., LTD and his mother is a businesswoman living in Phnom Penh. He finished high school and earned his Baccalaureate in 2005. Then, he applied to study a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration (BBA) at The University of Cambodia (UC) following the introduction of the Dr. Haruhisa Handa 100 percent scholarship program in 2005.

He passed another scholarship exam that opened the door for two years and six months of his study in Japan in February 2010.

“I am happy that I passed for the Japanese scholarship exam, just as happy as I passed The University of Cambodia’s Dr. Haruhisa Handa 100 percent scholarship program in 2005. I think that this is a good opportunity for me to study abroad and I will be working hard for my master’s program in international economics in the next five years in Japan,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview on April 2nd.

Peseth continued to say that he passed the Japanese scholarship exam organized by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport of Cambodia in late June 2009, beating over 400 candidates for the scholarship. He will leave Cambodia to study in Fukouta city, Japan, on April 4th, 2010. He decided to apply for the International Master’s Program in Economics in Japan because he has confident in contributing to do something for development in business and economics in the future in Cambodia,

To achieve his goal, Peseth said that he will study hard and work hard in order to complete his Master’s degree in Japan and also planed to apply for the scholarship of Doctoral Degree in Japan upon the completion of his Master Program.

“My dream is to be an economist or a business expert and apply for work with foreign or international companies or organizations in Cambodia and beyond. I hope that after the completion of my studies abroad I will bring my knowledge, experiences and skills to work and for the benefits of my family as well as my country as a whole” he said.

Relating to his studies with The University of Cambodia, Peseth said that he finished the Fastrax English courses with the University’s Center for English Studies (CES) in 2007, and he has also completed his Bachelor degree in Business Administration with UC in 2008.

“I think that my English Literature is good and I am now also able to pass the Japanese scholarship because I have studied with UC. Now although I will leave my country to study in Japan, I cannot forget UC especially H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn and Dr. Haruhisa Handa who have given me a chance to study with UC free of charge,” he said. “I will study hard in Japan before coming back to teach our next generating students on International Master Program in Economics Course to show my gratitude to UC in the future.”
Keu Laiseap, 45, father of Seng Peseth was very happy with his son’s efforts. He said that he has three children and Seng Peseth is only son, has also passed the UC’s “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships” in 2009.

He pointed out that Peseth is a committed student and as he studies hard, which is a key reason that he got his success two times. learning from his classmates, learning from his teachers, learning from society and other sources. He added that Peseth was able to pass The University of Cambodia scholarship and Japanese scholarships exams because of his hard studies and hard work.

“I am very proud as I have a good son and I wish him all the best of success in the future. As a father, I will give him strong support and encourage him to study for a Doctor’s Degree abroad in the future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly on April 1st.

He stated that when Peseth was studying at a primary, Junior high school and high school in Phnom Penh, he studied very hard everyday and as a result, brought home a good report from his teachers on a monthly basis.

“I hope he will realize his dreams and he has a good destiny for his future,” he said. ///

Cambodian Students Received Scholarships To Study in Japan

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

A total of 19 Cambodian students have received the Japanese scholarships for their postgraduate courses in Japan. The 19 Cambodian scholarship students included five students for the College of Technology, two students for Professional Training College on the Monbukagaku-sho Scholarship and two students for Asia Youth Fellowship program, according to the officials of the Embassy of Japan in Cambodia.

Mr. Masafumi Kuroki, Ambassador of the Japanese Embassy to Cambodia, said that the 19 Cambodian scholarship students will leave Cambodia on April 4th in order to study their postgraduate courses and other higher education institutions in Japan. He stated that the Government of Japan has been offering various kinds of scholarship to Cambodia since 1992, and more than 600 Cambodians have studied at universities and other lager education institutions in Japan.

“I am pleased to learn that Cambodian students have a good reputation of hard work among Japanese university and professors. Many of them have returned to Cambodia to work in the government and the private sector and they are making great contribution to the development of this country,” he said during his opening remarks delivered to a farewell and Networking Reception on March 29th in Phnom Penh.

He added: “For the new students who are leaving soon to Japan, I would like to address my congratulation for being awarded the scholarships. On this occasion, I would like to address following three expectations: Firstly, please make the best use of the opportunity to study in Japan and to acquire a high level of knowledge and skills. I am expecting that you will come back to Cambodia and follow the path of former scholarship students to contribute to your home country. Secondly, please deepen your understanding on Japanese society and Japanese people such as work ethnics, human relations and customs. Thirdly, I hope that you will become a bridge between Cambodia and Japan by promoting the mutual understanding and friendships between our two countries.”

Dr. Phoeurng Sackona, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, said that every year, from 1993 to present 15 to 35 Cambodian students are awarded the chance to study in various universities in Japan and this is the 18th of the implementation of Monbukagakuso program was started in 1993, 282 Cambodian scholarship students have gained the opportunity to study in Japan.

She continued to say that the 19 students will represent Cambodia in many ways within the Japanese communities, their new home. She added that they will also help the government in strengthening the good relationship and friendship between Cambodia and Japan in the future.

“I would like to express my admiration to the scholarship students who made every effort to win the scholarship. In near future, you will go to study in certain universities in Japan. I do hope that you will share a lot of things with your friends and learn a lot from our Japanese friends and bring back knowledge, experiences and skill to contribute for the development of our motherland in Cambodia,” she said.

Seng Peseth, 22, a former student of The University of Cambodia (UC) who won the Kyushu University’s scholarship, said that he was very pleased to win the Japanese scholarship and to go to study in Japan. He added he has received the Kyushu University’s scholarship to study his Master Degree in International Master Program in Economics for the period of two years and six months in Japan.

“I am very pleased to receive the Japanese scholarship and to go to study in Japan. I have to thank the gratitude of the Japanese government as well as the owner of Japanese scholarships, I will commit to study hard and work hard to complete my studies with high credit in Japan. I will also plan to bring my knowledge to work in order to contribute to the development and the progress in my country in the future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly. ///

Cambodia To Organize Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Golf Tournament.

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Cambodian Golf Federation (CGF) is going to organize the competition “Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen’s Golf Cup 2010” for two days from the 10th to 11th of April 2010 at the Golf Resort in Siem Reap province.

The Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Golf Cup 2010 is organized by the CGF and sponsored by private companies such as Hung Hiep Cambodia, representing Mercedes-Benz in Cambodia, and the support of other companies and banks operating in Cambodia.

General Eth Sarath, Secretary-General of the Cambodian Golf Federation, said golf is a very popular sport where a lot of business people and leaders like playing, He added that the CGF has planned to organize the competition of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s golf cup every year in the first week of April, aiming to celebrate the birthday of Samdech Hun Sen and to welcome the upcoming Khmer New Year.

Sarath continued to say that other objective of the golf competition is to promote the playing golf as well as to select the best player for the future for national competitions in Cambodia and in the region also to promote tourism in Cambodia.

“The Cambodian Golf Federation is very proud to organize the Prime Minister’s Golf Cup 2010. We hope that through this competition, we will be able to promote the playing golf in Cambodia to select the best golf players for the future national and international golf tournaments,” he told reporters during a press conference on March 31st

CGF has received the supports from a number of companies such as Hung Hiep Cambodia, representing Mercedes-Benz in Cambodia, that promises to provide funds to support competitions for the next five years and support from other companies and banks, he said, adding that CGF will prepare a certain amount of funds for the Cambodian Red Cross to help the poor people.

At least 120 golf players including Cambodians and foreign nationals will attend the Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Golf Cup 2010 in Siem Reap province, according to Sarath.

Relating to the golf competition, Sarath described that the tournament is opened to all Cambodian golfers and foreign people who have lived in Cambodia. The maximum number of participants is limited to 144.

He stated that competition is divided into categories including Category A (HDCP 0-13) which is Tee off White and Walking for 18 holes, and Category B (HDCP 13) which is Tee of Blue (by car). The entry fee is US$ 120 for those who are the member of the golf club and this fee has also included lunch, dinners and soft drinks; US$ 140 is for those who are not the member of the club. This fee is also included meals and soft drinks.

He added that according to the organizing committee, a total of 20 golfers will be receiving prizes from the Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Gold Cup the highest prize is US$ 3,000.

According to the CGF’s report, currently there are a total of five golf and 2 golf resorts in Phnom Penh within 500 golfers in Cambodia. ///