Monday, May 17, 2010

Nationwide Gymnastics Championship Tournament 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

About 100 gymnasts from provinces throughout the country have participated in the onwide Gymnastic Tournament 2010 Nationwide Gymnastic Championship Tournament 2010 over five days from the 14th to the 18th of May in Phnom Penh to compete to become the 2010 gymnasts champion in Cambodia.

Nationwide Gymnastic Championship Tournament 2010 is organized by the Department of Physical Education and Youth in the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MoEYS) in collaboration with the Cambodia Gymnastic Federation (CGF) in Cambodia.

Nay Sophanna, Secretary General of the Cambodia Gymnastic Federation (CGF), said that every year the Cambodia Gymnastic Federation has organized the nationwide gymnastic tournament but this year’s competition is organized by the Department of Physical Education and Youth in the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports.

The purpose of the competition is to select the champions of Cambodian for 2010. It is also to select the best performers of gymnastics to attend the future national and international competitions. Another objective of the tournament is to promote people health care as well as to develop the gymnastics in Cambodia.

Pich You, National Coach of the Gymnastic Team at the Cambodia Gymnastic Federation, said that the nationwide gymnastic tournament is divided into two categories including male gymnastic and female gymnastic competitions. The competition also divided into two subjects in which there is Gymnastic Aerobic competition and Gymnastic Artistic competition.

Pich You continued to say that the competition takes place from May 14-18, 2010 at the National Stadium Complex in Phnom Penh and the entry is free of charge for all people to watch.

Relating to the gymnastic awards, You pointed out that the competition has three-classification awards and prizes in which the first winner will receive the gold medal, along with a mount of money and other matrials; the second winner receives silver medal with a mount of money, and the third winner receives bronze with a mount of money.

She stated that the awards and money are generously provided by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport. She added that since the establishment of the Cambodia Gymnastic Federation in 1980 and organization of the nationwide gymnastic tournaments so far, Cambodian gymnastics have been promoted and developed in Cambodia. The federation has also been sending Cambodian gymnasts to attend international gymnastic competitions every year abroad. And as results, they have not received any medals but received many “Letters of Appreciations” from the gymnastic tournament organizers. ///

Cambodia Selected Wu-Shu Champions for 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MoEYS) in collaboration with the Cambodian Wu-Shu Federation (CWF) have organized the Nationwide Wu-Shu Championship Tournament 2010 for five days from the 7th to the 11th of May at the National Stadium Complex in Phnom Penh.

About 300 Wu-Shu players in Phnom Penh have attended the Nationwide Wu-Shu Championship 2010 to compete for Wu-Shu champions 2010 in Cambodia. As results, 26 people received gold medals, 26 people received silver medals and other 34 people received the bronze of the nationwide Wu-Shu Championship 2010 in Cambodia.

Bou Chom Serey, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, said that his ministry appreciated it’s work with CWF in its collaboration with MoEYS for organizing this competition successfully. He added that the ministry appreciates all sport delegates and athletes who have participated in this year’s competition in Phnom Penh.

‘On behalf of the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, I am very proud and appreciate your hard training, hard work and successes in this year’s competition. I would like to encourage all of you to continue your training in order to win other competitions in the future,” he said during closing remarks of the Nationwide Wu-Shu Championship Tournament 2010 in Phnom Penh on May 11th.

Chom Serey pointed out that the success of Wu-Shu players have shown about their hard training and hard works in the competition, and has also shown the improvement and development of the Wu-Shu trainees and sport in Cambodia.

“I would like to call on Cambodians especially youths to enjoy playing the sports because playing of sports will bring them good health and intelligence and they can avoid drugs abuse and other illegal activities affected to Cambodian society,” he said.

Mao Chanthavuth, Secretary General of the Cambodian Wu-Shu Federation (CWF), revealed the number that there are 285 Wu-Shu players including 140 female from 13 Wu-Shu Clubs in Phnom Penh attended this’ s competitions in Phnom Penh.

The Wu-Shu competition has divided into two categories in which there are male Wu-Shu competition and female Wu-Shu competition. The competition has two subjects including Taolu (Showing) subject and Wu-Shu Sanshou (Fighting) Subject and there are eight weighting categories including 45 kg (male), 48 kg (male), 52kg (male), 56 kg (male), 60 kg (female), 65 kg (male), and 70 kg (male).

“The medals and prizes are generously provided by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport,” he said. ith a mount of money

Chanthavuth remembered about the history of Wu-Shu by saying that this sport is a Chinese sport that was introduced to Cambodian athletes late in 2000. Across the world, this ancient and energetic sport is enjoyed in 122 countries in the world.

Wushu was also known as modern wushu or contemporary wushu is both an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts, he said, adding that it was created in the People's Republic of China after 1949, in an attempt to nationalize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts.

He said that since the establishment of CWF in 2010 so far, there are 20 Wu-Shu clubs and associations with about 1,000 trainees in Cambodia. He added that to promote the training of Wu-Shu in Cambodia, his federation plans to establish more and new Wu-Shu clubs in cities and provinces across the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Medical Organizations Signed MOU to Promote Healthcare

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Mahkota Medical Centre (MMC), a Malaysian based hospital has singed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MEGA We Care Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (MEGA WCRHAC), Caminco Insurance and Haung Association of Cambodia to provide a better health education and medical services for people in Cambodia.

The official MoU Signing Ceremony between Mohkota Medical Centre and MEGA We Care Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia Caminco Insurance and Haung Association of Cambodia was made by Christine Lee, Director of Clinic Support Services and representative of the Mahkota Medical Centre and the representatives from MEGA We Care Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia, Caminco Insurance and Haung Association of Cambodia on the 7th of May in Phnom Penh.

Christine Lee, Director of Clinic Support Services and representative of the Mahkota Medical Centre, said that it marked the first time as Mohkota Medical Centre has signed a MoU with MEGA We Care Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia Caminco Insurance and Haung Association of Cambodia in Cambodia.

Christine Lee continued to say that the purpose of the MoU signing was to provide a better health education as well as provide medical services and the promotion of Cambodians’ health care in Cambodia. She added that a part of this signing of MoU also aimed to create partnership and cooperation among the association members and seek time to provide alternatives of health care services to the Cambodian communities in Cambodia.

“The Mahkota Medical Centre is very pleased to partner with Cambodian health associations, to work and providing the health education for Cambodians as well as to improve the peoples’ health care in Cambodia. We hope that with our establishment of our hospital office here and this MoU signing ceremony, we will able to provide a better health services for the people in Cambodia and to promote the progress in Cambodia,” she told reporters after the singing of MoU in Phnom Penh.

She pointed out that the Mahkota Medical Centre was established in 1994 in Malaka, in Malaysia. The centre provides a comprehensive one-stop centre for health services with a full rage of diagnostics, radiology, clinical laboratory, and other medical facilities and health services. She said that the Mahkota Medical Centre is currently staffed by 55 full times medical specialists of various disciplines. The centre’s management comprises a team of managers with varying qualifications.

The Mahkota Medical Centre’ s medical and surgical services included Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicines, Cardiology, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Nick Surgery, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Hematology and Haem-Oncology, Nephrology, Internal Medicine, Neurosurgery, Hematology, Pediatric, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Psychiatry, and Urology ,and so on, she said, adding that the special services included Cancer Centre, Dental Surgery Centre, Endoscopies Centre, Haemodialysis Centre, Health Screening Centre, Heart Centre, Laboratory Centre, Physiotherapy, IVF Centre, Radiology, Urology Centre and so on.

To improve and strengthen Cambodia’s medical doctors’ professional skills, she said that her hospital plans to invite 200 Cambodian Medical Doctors or Health Officials to visit the Mahkota Medical Centre in the future, she stated, adding that the hospital will also conduct “Health Talks” meetings to discuss about health issues especially how to make a better life and healthcare for people in Cambodia in future. /

Government to Build Good Quality and Durable Roads

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia is going to build good quality and durable roads in order to make better serve the communications services, poverty alleviation and economic development in Cambodia, said the government high official.

H.E. Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Public Work and Transport (MPWT), said that to promote safety and to serve communication services, the government will construct good quality and durable road as well as to improve national infrastructures in Cambodia.

“As you aware, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport has been tasked with the mission by the Royal Government of Cambodia to be responsible for managing and implementing and maintaining transport infrastructure to better serve the communication services through out the country,” he said during opening remarks of the national workshop on “How to Build Roads with Good Quality” on May 11th.

The Minister continued to say that this noble mission requires us to pay great attention to the sense of responsibility in order to successfully fulfill our mission by taking all possible measures in order that our road infrastructure will be able to serve the public within safety in all seasons. He stated that the government considers that transport sector is the most efficient and it is the precondition for national economic development.

“Let us recall that Samdech Techo Hun Sen, our Prime Minister always repeats that ‘Where is road, there is hope’. Road Construction and Road Development facilitate all sectors including trade, tourism, agriculture, education, and health. In addition, it helps to alleviate poverty and facilitate the social developments at national and international level,” he said.

He added that if the roads are better built with good quality and can be used for long period according to their life span, the cost of maintaining of these roads will be less and eventually the transport fares are also reasonably cheap, thus helping high productivity, high living standard of people and high economic growth.

“In fact, our Royal Government has spent more funds to construct, maintain and develop roads infrastructures which are considered to be top priority for our economic developments. Those funds come partly from our government from loans by International Financial Institutions and grant aid from friendly countries,” he said. “We consider that those roads that have been built by those funds are our “national properties” that we all together must take care and manage them in a sustainable manner,” he added.

Currently, road network that stretches across the country through different geographical areas with different weather and climate cause different negative effects to roads such as national phenomenon heavy traffic areas human factors in Cambodia, he said, adding that besides roads construction and roads maintenance does not only depend on technical issues but it is also depend on recited to financial and economical matters, and other relevant authorities. In fact, the Ministry of Public Work and Transport is the sole authority to directly manage and implement road constructions to better serve the public.

“As I have already stated the definition that roads are our properties has its complete and meaning for us to consider to find out necessary measure to build roads with good quality will help facilitate and boost all sectors including politics, economy particularly this will help alleviate the poverty, reduce spending and increase national revenues,” he said.




U.S. Embassy Hosted Concert by The Band Dengue Fever

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh has inaugurates its celebration of the 60th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cambodia with a free concert in the park across from Wat Botum Vatey on May 13th, 2010.

The concert was headlined by the Los Angeles Band Dengue Fever which is led by Chhom Nimol, a well known Cambodian vocal artist. The DJ and hip hop artist Pou Khlaing opened the event which highlighted the cultural connections between the two countries.

“The U.S. Embassy is thrilled to be able to host Dengue Fever for a free concert in Phnom Penh, 2010, as part of our celebration of the 60th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and the United States,” said Carol A. Rodley, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia.”

The main purpose of the free concern was to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Cambodia.

“I cannot think of a better way to kick of this celebration than to have an acclaimed American band performing music influenced by some of the great Cambodian artists of the 1960s,” she said. “Sinn Sisamouth, Ros Serey Sothea, Pan Ron and many other artists perished more than 30 years ago under the Khmer Rouge, but their musical legacy lives on to inspire and delight new generations of listeners, not just in Cambodia but around the world,” she added.

She continued to say that on 11th July 1950 the United States officially recognized Cambodia and both countries will commemorate the anniversary with a series of events in Phnom Penh and in Washington that will be announced later in the year.

Dengue Fever is Cambodian songstress Chhom Nimol, Zac Holtzman (guitar/vocals), Ethan Holtzman (keyboards), Senon Williams (bass), Paul Smith (drums) and David Ralicke (horns). They have released three albums, Dengue Fever, Escape from Dragon House Venus on Earth and the DVD/CD soundtrack to the band’s documentary Sleepwalking through the Mekong, in addition to a collection of lost Cambodian classics, Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia. They are based in Los Angeles.

H.E. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information, and Spokesman of the Royal Government of Cambodia, praised the good cooperation and diplomatic relations between U.S.A and Cambodia. He said that the good cooperation and diplomatic relations between the two countries have been promoted and improved almost all sectors. The United States has also been provided much humanitarian assistance for the development and improvement of health issue, education, laws enforcement and the promotion of democracy in Cambodia. /

Cambodia Enthuses Sony’s FIFA Football Promotion Family Fair

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Sony Electronics (Singapore) Company Limited, SUNSIMEXCO Company and K.Four Company in collaboration with the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) have organized the “Sony’s FIFA Football Promotion Family Fair” in Phnom Penh to celebrate the FIFA World Cup™ South Africa, which will take place on the 1st of June 2010 in South Africa.

The “Sony’s FIFA Football Promotion Family Fair” was conducted for five days from the 5th to the 9th of May at the National Stadium Complex in Phnom Penh and the entry was free of charge for all people in Cambodia.

Mr. Vincent Yip, General Manager of the Sony Electronics (Singapore) Company Limited, said that it marked the first time the Sony Company, SUNSIMEXCO Company and K.Four Company in collaboration with the Football Federation of Cambodia have organized this “Sony’s FIFA Football Promotion Family Fair” in Phnom Penh.

The General Manager Vincent Yip continued to say that Sony Electronics (Singapore) Company Limited has signed an eight-year agreement with FIFA giving it worldwide marketing and promotional tie-ins for events between January 1st, 2007 and December 31st, 2014 including the flagship FIFA World Cup™ events in 2010 and 2014.

The main purpose of the event was to celebrate the “FIFA World Cup™ South Africa 2010” which will take place in June 2010 in South Africa. It is also to introduce and promote the Sony’s latest products which are the best of the ICT products for Cambodians.

“We are very proud to organize the ‘Sony’s FIFA Football Promotion Family Fair’ in Phnom Penh to celebrate the FIFA World Cup™ South Africa 2010. We think that this event will become an exciting opportunity for Cambodians because we have organized many different events including the displaying of Sony’s latest series products, soccer games, Futsal competition, and lucky draws,” he told reporters at a press conference on May 5th.

Sony’s lasted and newest series of Sony’s products included BRAVIA 3DTVs, BRAVIA LCDS, Handycam Camcorders, Cyber-Shot Cameras, and other Audio Systems. The Sony’s important products which have been displayed in this event included BRAVIA LX 900 3DTV, BRAVIA LX 900, and 3D Sync Transmitter, BRAVIA NX LCDTV, BRAVIA Internet Widgets, and Cyber-Shot DSC-TX5, and other modern products.

“As a partner of FIFA, the Sony Electronics (Singapore) Company Limited commits to provide its best experience of FIFA World Cup events via its important involvement and participations including electronic footfall games, football movie games, and music,” he said. “The Sony will promote its activities of products promotion and marketing for over 40 main events in the event of FIFA World Cups including FIFA World Cup™ 2010 in South Africa, FIFA World Cup™ 2014 in Brazil, FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup and FIFA Interactive World Cup in future,” he added.

Mr. Vincent Yip added that to provide the opportunity for Cambodian children to access the FIFA World Cup™ events, his company has sponsored a total of 8 Cambodian children including 4 males and 4 females which were selected from the Spirit of Soccer Organization in Cambodia to see the FIFA World Cup™ in 2007.

Ouk Sethycheat, General Secretary of the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) and Director of the National Sport Training Center in the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS), said that the “Sony’s FIFA Football Promotion Family Fair” was important as it will help FFC and MoEYS for development and promotion of the sports.

The event will also help the Royal Government in encouraging the people especially the youth and young people to play football as well as other sports in order that they can improve their health and avoid from taking drugs and other illegal commitments in Cambodia in the future, said Ouk Sethycheat.

“On behalf of the FFC’s President Gen. Sao Sokha, I appreciate Sony for organizing this FIFA Football Promotion Family Fair in Cambodia,” he said. “I think that this event is very important because it will not only promote Sony’s products but also to promote the playing football and the development of sports in Cambodia in future.” ///

Thai Airways Booms Tourism in Cambodia

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited has been a story of rapid growth and success almost without parallel in the international aviation history over the past 50 years. Few could have visualized that by 2010, as the Thai Airway could have a fleet of 85 jetliners and carry almost 20 millions passengers and 500,000 tons of air cargo annually.

Mr. Narinthorn Purnakupta, General Manager of the Thai Airways International PCL Phnom Penh, said that it was on May 1st, 1960 that Thai flew flights connecting 10 major cities in the region and one of them was located in Phnom Penh.

“This morning, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited relived its historical first flight as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration, on the Bangkok-Hong Kong route with a Boeing B747-400 repaired in the original livery design as seen on the DC-6B aircraft in 1960,” he said during his opening remarks delivered to the celebration of the Thai’s 50th Anniversary on May 3rd in Phnom Penh.

The General Manager stated that all passengers on board all Thai international flights from Bangkok today will receive golden crispy coconut trolls for dessert, which will be served in the special Thai container that passengers can keep as a commemorative souvenir, he said, adding that today Thai’s route network extends to over 70 destinations across five continents. During the early years, Thai opened such exotic destinations as Bali and Katmandu for tourism, and was the first all-jet airline in Asia with a fleet of Caravelle SE-210 aircraft.

Mr. Narithorn continued to say that the airline’s vision has always been to create an atmosphere and standard of service on its flights that reflect the traditional Thai values of hospitality, with a warm welcome extended to its flying guests. He added that this Royal Orchid Service commences with the gracious “WAI” gesture of greeting to boarding passengers and the unique cabin hostess costumes of vivid Thai silk. All these elements are designed to make travelers feel that they are already in Thailand during their flights.

He pointed out that the success of this policy can be judged by the countless international awards that Thai has received throughout its history. The recent of these accolades have included being voted “Best Southeast Asian Airline” by readers of both Global Traveler and TTG Asia magazines, and Thai being placed among the top ten world airlines by Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Business Traveler Asia Pacific, and Online surveys carried out by SKYTRAD and Smart TravelAsia.com.

In 1997, Thai Airway was the one of the five founding members of Star Alliance, which has since become the world’s largest and strongest global airline network, with its 26 members serving over 1,000 destinations in 171 countries, he said, adding that Thai Airway’s award-winning “Frequent Flyer Program-Royal Orchid Plus” which now has over 2.5 million members, gives passengers the opportunity to earn generous miles, to be redeemed for exiting awards, not only on Thai Airway but also on all other Star Alliance carriers.

“As Thailand’s national airline, Thai Airway’s corporate strategy in seeking to be a first-choice global carrier can be summed up as ‘High Trust and World Class, with Touches of Thailand’,” he said. // with pictures//



YCC Works to Promote development of Youth Participations

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Youth Council of Cambodia (YCC) which is the youth networking non-governmental organization in Cambodia has been working hard in encouraging and promoting the youth participation for development in Cambodia.

Oeur Samath, Representative of the Youth Council of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, said that YCC was established in 2001 aiming at focusing a greater participation of youth in development and provide a voice for young people in Cambodia.

The main objective of YCC is to build up the ability of youth to participate in development of all sectors; to build up good relationship and cooperation with national and international organizations and other concerned institutions to promote the roles of youth in development; to motivate society pay greater attention on youth issues by encouraging and supporting Cambodia youths activities; and to build up youth networks and coordinate your activities countrywide.

“The youths are the main potential human resources in the development of Cambodia. To encourage and promote their participations in developments, so far, YCC has been implementing many youth projects in order to build up their abilities in participating in development of all sectors in Cambodia,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a personal interview.

Samath pointed out that YCC is working with young people at the age of 13 to 27 years old and is now operating in 13 different provinces and municipality with over 4,000 networks and 400 communes through out Cambodia. He added YCC’s projects included living democracy; advanced democracy seminar; debate training and competition, advocacy and networks program including youth networking building, capacity building to youth network, annual youth conference, leadership and youth democracy festival.

Relating to Living Democracy, Samath emphasized that YCC provides training to junior high schools and high schools students, ages between 13 and 17, in cities and provinces. The course provides a foundation in democratic values that encourages young people to practice democracy in their daily lives.
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Relating to Advanced Democracy Seminar, he said that the course is designed in order to encourage active participation in politics by youths, age 18-23. Through out the course training, YCC reaches out over 5,000 young people (30 percent of them are girls) each year in Cambodia. He said that the training is designed to build and develop capacity of young Cambodian people to have analytical and critical thinking and to encourage them to express their thoughts and ideas, especially to involve themselves in public discussion on youth issues through public debate and competition. Through debate training, YCC reaches out over 3,600 young people in which 30 percent of them are girls.

Samath stated that every year since 2005, YCC has been conducting the youth conference to bring over 300 young people from at least nine different target provinces through out the nation to meet and exchange knowledge on community work with one another. He added that those young people are active youth network who have been very much involved themselves in community development in their respective provinces through the encouragement and guidance of each YCC’s provincial representative.

According to statistic figure of the National Institute of Statistic (NIS) in Ministry of Planning, there are over 14 million people in which 9.8 million people are the youths in Cambodia. //


King Norodom Sihanomi’s Birthday Celebration

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

About 150 Buddhist monks, nuns and laypeople in Phnom Penh have gathered in order to celebrate the Birthday of His Majesty the King Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, the King of the Kingdom of Cambodia, for his age of 58 years.

The Celebration of the King Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni’s Birthday was organized by Samdech Preah Sangareach Bou Kry, Leader of the Dhamayut Buddhist sect in Camnbodia, and the Rector of the Preah Sihamoniraja Buddhist University, and presided over by Samdech Kong Samol, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Royal Palace on 7th May at the Porpey Pagoda in Phnom Penh.

Samdech Preah Sangareach Bou Kry, Leader of the Dhamayut Buddhist Sect in Cambodia, said that every year Preah Sihamoniraja Buddhist University has always marked the celebration of the King Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni’s Birthday in order to bless and wish him to have a good health and long age so that he will be able to stay true for his beloved people for ever.

Samdech Preah Sangkareach Bou Kry continued to say that King Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni was the highest leader of all people in Cambodia and so far he has been working hard in helping his beloved people as well as developing his country.

He added that King Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni has also devoted his own life, his own time and properties for the benefits of the social development, the development of the human resources, Buddhism and Buddhist monks in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Heak Sopheap, Vice-Rector of the Preah Sihamoniraja Buddhist University, said that King Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni is a good King. The King is the excellent Buddhist founder of the Buddhism in Cambodia.

Heak Sopheap stated that King Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni is the tenfold conduct of King within the noble nature and supreme moral law. The King has been working hard and sacrificing both his spirit and materials to promote and develop the Buddhism and Buddhist monks’ resources in Cambodia.

“With the highest respect and love and to express our gratitude to His Majesty the King, we celebrate this birthday ceremony for him for his age of 58 years old. We wish His Majesty the King with the best of heath, luck, longevity and intellectual in order that he will be staying with us and with his people for ever,” he said.

He added that to promote and develop the Buddhism and Buddhist monk resources in Cambodia, Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom was established and funded the Preah Sihamoniraja Buddhist University in 2004 in Phnom Penh.

During the celebration of the King’s Birthday, the Deputy Prime Minister Kong Samol has offered the King Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni’s money, US$ 2,000, to the Samdech Preah Sangareach Bou Kry for the event organizing.

His Majesty the King Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom was born on the 14th of May 1953. He was elected as King by the a nine-member throne council on the 14th of October 2004 after the abdication of his father His Majesty the King Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk. //

Youth Fundraising for Orphans and HIV/AIDS Children

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Youth Team Working for Volunteers and Development (YTWAD) has raised the fundraising to support the orphaned and disabled children and also children who are living with HIV/AIDS. About 50 students from YTWAD have attended the fundraising program.

The fundraising program was initiated by Soy Pisey who is the President of the Youth Team Working for Volunteers and Development (YTWAD) and the Centre for Development of Happiness (CDH) called W-Care aiming to build up the ability of youth to participate in the development of all sectors, networking and coordinating youth activities in the society.

Soy Pisey, President of YTWAD and CDH, said that it marked the first time because YTWAD has organized the youth fundraising for helping or rescuing the disadvantaged groups especially orphans and children living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia.

The main objective of the program was to raise money from youths and students at universities and faculties in Phnom Penh to buy foods, rice, clothes and other materials for orphans and the HIV/AIDS affected children living in the outskirt of Phnom Penh.

Another objective of the fundraising program was to build up the ability of youths to participate in the development of all sectors, networking and coordinating youth activities in society, and to motivate society to pay greater attention on youth issues by encouraging and supporting Cambodian youth activities.

“We are very pleased and prefer to work voluntarily to help the Royal Government of Cambodia in developing the society and country, and we started our youth fundraising on the 1st to the 9th of May 2010 in 20 universities and faculties in Phnom Penh,” he said during an interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly on the 3rd of May 2010.

Pisey expected that at least US$ 1000 will be collected from his youth fundraising activities in Phnom Penh. He said the Youth Team Work and Development was established on the 30th of March 2010, aiming to encourage the youth and build up the ability of youth to participate in the development of all sectors, networking and coordinating youth activities in the society of Cambodia.

“We will take the money collected to buy orphan materials on May 12, 2010, and we will use the most clarity budget to contribute for the orphans,” he said. “We hope that through this activity our youth groups will learn and be able to work, cooperate and communicate with each other, understanding of the society, and work in groups focusing on developing community,” he added.

Pisey stated that to help the orphanage and children living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia, his youth group will continue holding its fundraising activities at other universities, faculties and institutions or organizing other social events in the future. He added this youth group will also participate in other social and humanitarian activities in order to help the Royal Government in developing the society and the development of all sectors in Cambodia.

Hong Sokmeng, 22, a member of the YTWAD’s Youth Group from the Pannasas University of Cambodia (PUC) in Phnom Penh, said that she was pleased and interested with her fundraising activities.

“I am happy and so proud to work for youth fundraising in order to help the orphans, disabled children and children living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia. Although I am now a student and have no more work to help developing my country but I think that through this activity at least I can help the vulnerable children and those who are disabled, abandoned and children affected by HIV/AIDs in my country,” she told The Southeast Asia Weekly.

Chea Vuthina, 19, another YTWAD’s member, has also attended the YTWAD’s youth fundraising activities in Phnom Penh. He said that it was the first time for him to join the YTWAD’s group and to help fundraising in Cambodia.

“It is my first time to participate in the fundraising and I am really interested with it. I think that this event is important because it can provide me a chance to work, cooperate and communicate with other students, understanding of the society, and work in group focusing on developing the community in Cambodia,” he said.

He added that to help developing Cambodia, he will continue his social activities and participation in other social and humanitarian events in the future./


Siem Reap Receives US$ 3.3 Million to Strengthen Hospital Project

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Cambodia has provided a total of US$ 3.3 Million in grant aid to the Ministry of Health for the “Project for the Strengthening of the Siem Reap Provincial Hospital Services” in Cambodia.

The singing ceremony of the Record Discussion was made between Dr. Eng Huot, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health and Mr. Kim Byung-gwan, Resident Representative of KOICA Cambodia Office on May 7th at the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Eng Huot said the Royal Government of Cambodia and his Ministry appreciated KOCIA’s financial support and hard works in promoting and improving the Cambodians’ heath care, peace, social developments and the progress in Cambodia.

This KOICA’s financial assistance is very important because it will help the Ministry of Health and the Royal government in improving the capacity of medical services in Cambodia, he said, adding that IT is also to strengthen the public health sector of Cambodia by applying Korean expertise and practices in the future.

Mr. Kim Byung-gwan, Resident Representative of KOICA Cambodia Office, said that KOICA has been engaged in a variety of activities aimed at “Making a Better World Together”.

He stated that since the early 1990s, KOICA has supported many development programs in Cambodia. Among those projects, the construction of a mother and child medical center is another new achievement timely response to the need of people and government of Cambodia are improving and upgrading welfare of her people, especially in health for the mother and children.

“I think that our partner countries like Cambodia can actually benefit from our cooperation program which is derived from an actual development experience of Korea, and I expect that this new center will contribute to the Cambodian government's efforts to achieve the Cambodian Millennium Development Goals (CMDGs) by reducing mother and infant mortality rate and serving as the mother and children's main treatment center,” he said at the signing ceremony in Phnom Penh.

“Lastly, it’s our sincere hope that KOICA will give an extensive opportunity and pleasant experience for all the Cambodian people to share Korea’s experiences and perspective on the development issues based on its own past experience,” he added.

Mr. Kim pointed out that a survey team of KOICA visited the Kingdom of Cambodia from May 3 to 7, 2010 for the purpose of working out the details of the Project for the Strengthening of the Siem Reap Provincial Hospital Services in Cambodia.

He added that during their stay in Cambodia, they visited the Ministry of Health, Construction Companies, and some hospitals and also discussed in more details of the project with Dr. Dy Bunchhem, Director of Siem Reap provincial Health Department, Dr. Pen Palkun, and Director of Siem Reap Provincial Hospital in Siem Reap.

Relating to KOICA’s US$ 3.3 millions aid, Mr. Kim Byung-gwan said that the main objectives of the project are to improve the capacity of medical services in the Siem Reap Provincial Hospital by the establishment of a mother and child medical center and the training of doctors and nurses; and strengthen the public health sector of Cambodia by applying Korean expertise and practices.

He said that the project will be implemented for a period of two years (2010-2012) starting with the exchange of diplomatic notes between two governments. The Project will be implemented in designated areas in Siem Reap Provincial Hospital. /

Cambodia Celebrates World Freedom Day

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Cambodia in cooperation with the Ministry of Information, Press Council of Cambodia (PCC), Club of Cambodian Journalists (CCJ), and Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) have celebrated World Freedom Day under the scheme “Freedom of Information: The Rights to Know” on May 4 in Phnom Penh.
About 200 Cambodian and foreign journalists from cities and provinces across the Kingdom of Cambodia have attended the evening aiming to commemorate the fundamental principles of press freedom and also commemorate the journalists who have been killed or jailed in the line of duty.

Dr. Nouv Sovathero, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Information, said that the World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the world every May 3rd in commemorating the fundamental principles of press freedom as well as to pay solemn contributions to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

During the past ten years, the freedom of press and expression has been improved and progress in Cambodia. Many Cambodian people also access to the information and the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs), he said.

“I think that although Cambodia has just woken up from the civil war, there is a full respect of press freedom and expression if compared with our neighboring countries especially Thailand. Many people have access to the information and the use of ICTs in Cambodia,” he said during his opening remarks delivered to the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day in Phnom Penh.
Sovathero added that in order to reach the run and reach the most development of ICTs in the world journalist are also required to improve their professional skills in accordance with the advances of ICTs technologies in the future.
Teruo Jinnai, UNESCO Representative in Cambodia, said that May 3rd is a special day for all people to commemorate and observe the freedom of press. He stated in particular, this year’s World Press Freedom Day, with the scheme of the Freedom of Information, offers an occasion to remember the importance of their rights, to be informed on what pubic rights there are.
“We may not consciously exercise our right to Imagine that when we pick up a newspaper, turn on the TV or radio news, or go on the internet, it is primary because we seek to be informed; we desire to learn, because we want and need to know, but, this qualitative learning process will only happen truly if what we see, or hear, come from the media and are previously able to accurate and up to date information,” he said.

Mr. Jinnai said that in many occasions, because of a lack of resources and inadequate infrastructure to deliberate obstruction, the media, finds obstacles in the way of their rights to know. Consequently, that the right to know that they all have is also affected.
“May 3rd is also a special day for us all to remember, these courageous journalists who have lost their lives for the sake of our rights to know,” he said.
He continued to say that day by day, many journalists exercised their profession in an environment with restrictions on information, and where they are under pressure, harassment, intimidation or even physical assaults.

“Last year UNESCO condemned the killing of 77 journalists. You may have already known that 42 journalists have been killed during the first quarter of this year. This, definitely, should not be happened anymore,” he said.

He added that today they must also acknowledge the advances that have been made. Progressively, more countries are adopting the freedom of information legislation which makes it easier to scrutinize government actions, and it reinforces public accountability.

“Meanwhile, faster and cheaper technology means are being developed and more people in the world have more access to information ever before,” he said. “I recognize the Cambodian government credit and the action being taken for the promotion of the access to the information, through the opening of radio stations in many provinces in this year, and the support for the operation of indigenous community radios in Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri,” he added.

He said: “I see that key actors in the Cambodian media sector are today participating in this conference and therefore, I trust it is now the time for us to capitalize on these advances I have mentioned, by strengthening institutions, by providing the necessary training for information professionals and community media developers, by fostering greater openness within our public sectors and greater awareness among the public.”

Christophe Peschoux, Representative of UNOHCHR, said that the freedom of information is a key condition to freedom of expression. It is also a measure of the advancement of transparency, public accountability and democratic life in any given society. He said that Journalists and reporters have an important role to play in the fight against corruption. But they can only play that role if they are provided sufficient access to relevant information and if they can publish information without fear for their security or life.

“UNOHCHR would encourage the government of Cambodia to consider adopting a Freedom of Information Act. This would help facilitate the work of the media in performing its crucial role of informing the public, the government, and about the matters of public concerns,” he said. /

Monday, May 3, 2010

CTTF Conducted Southeast Asia Junior Table Tennis Championship

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

A total of 48 Cambodian Table Tennis Technical Committees and Coaches have attended the “Tournament Organization Course” training over five days from the 25th to the 30th of April 2010 in Phnom Penh. The 48 Cambodian technical committees and coaches included 12 people from CTTF, 11 people from Department of Physical Education, Department of Physical Education and Students, five people from National Training Center, five people from the National Institute of Physical Education and Sport in the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS); four from the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC).

Oknha Rat Sokhorn, President of the Cambodian Table Tennis Federation (CTTF) and also President of the Cambodian Vovinam Federation (CVF), said that it marked the first time CTTF has organized the “Tournament Organization Course” training for Cambodian table tennis technical committees and coaches in Cambodia.

The main purpose of the training is to prepare for the organization of the 16th Southeast Asia Junior Table Tennis Championship 2010 as well as to improve Cambodian table tennis committees and coaches’ skills, capacity and techniques for coaching or organizing the better national and international table tennis competitions in the future.

“Cambodia is going to host the 16th Southeast Asia Junior Table Tennis Championship on 3rd June 2001 in Phnom Penh in order to select the Southeast Asia Junior Table Tennis Champions for 2010 in Asia. So this training is important because it will help our Cambodian table tennis committees and officers in preparing and organizing this tournament well in Cambodia,” he said at an interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly.

Cambodia is scheduled to host its first international competition of the 16th Southeast Asia Junior Table Tennis Championship from June 3-7, 2010 in Phnom Penh, he said, adding that the international tournament is organized by the Cambodian Table Tennis Federation (CTTF), and funded by the Southeast Asian Table Tennis Association (SEATTA), and supported by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports.

He added that about ten countries which are from Asia countries member will attend the 16th Southeast Asia Junior Table Tennis Championship on the 3rd of June in Phnom Penh.

Mr. Sun Sothearith, General Secretary of CTTF, said that the “Tournament Organization Course” training aimed to improve and strengthening Cambodian table tennis technical committees and coaches for the organization of the 16th Southeast Asia Junior Table Tennis Championship in Cambodia.

He added that the “Tournament Organization Course” training was organized by the CTTF and taught by Mr. Chan Foong Keong, a Malaysian experienced table tennis coach and also General Secretary of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

According to CTTF, there are over 15 table tennis clubs and associations with 100 trainees in Cambodia.///



Nationwide Shuttle Cock Championship Tournament 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

A total of 217 shuttle cock players from 12 shuttle cock associations and clubs in Cambodia have participated in the Nationwide Shuttle Cock Championship Tournament 2010 over five days from the 30th of April to the 4th of May 2010 in Phnom Penh to compete to become the shuttle cock champions for 2010 in Cambodia.

Nationwide Shuttle Cock Championship Tournament 2010 is organized by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport in collaboration with the Cambodian Shuttle Cock Federation.

Tuy Bunhoeun, Chief of the Modern Sport Office in the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, said that every year the Ministry has organized the nationwide shuttle cock championship tournament in Cambodia in order to select the best players of the year.

Tuy Buhoeun continued to say that the main purpose of the nationwide shuttle cock competition was to promote and develop the sport as well as to select the best players for the future national and international shuttle cock tournaments in Cambodia and abroad.

“Shuttle cock is one of Cambodia’s potential sport subjects for attending the international sports competition in region and the world. This nationwide tournament aims at selecting the best players for attending both national and international shuttle cock competitions in future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview on April 30th.

He said that there are a total of 217 shuttle cock players including 192 male players and 25 female players from 12 shuttle cock associations and clubs in Phnom Penh and Kandal province that have participated in the Nationwide Shuttle Cock Championship in Phnom Penh. He added that competition has six competition subjects and divided into two categories including male competition (Framework A and B) and female competition (Framework A and B).

Relating to the competitions awards, he added that the prize will be given to the three winners in which the first winner of the competition will receive a gold medal, along with amount of money and other sport materials; the second winner receive the silver medal with money and other sport materials; and the third winner will receive the bronze medal with amount of money and other sport material. The medals and prizes are generously provided by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports.

Naing Sopheap, 20, is one of the shuttle cock trainees for the Royal Cambodina Armed Force (RCAF) club in Phnom Penh. Sopheap has been training with the shuttle cock for over three years at the RCAF’s shuttle cock association in Phnom Penh.

He said that this year’s competition is the fourth year for him to attend and competing for the championship of the nationwide shuffle cock tournament in Phnom Penh.

“This is my fourth time for me to participate in the competition. I will try my best in the competition in order to win this year’s tournament,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly.

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

Seng Chantho Studies Law with UC to Become a Lawyer

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Seng Chantho, 22, one of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2007” students. She was born in 1989 in Kratie province and she has two brothers and one sister. She is the youngest sister in her in family. Her parents are the business people and living Kratie province.

Chantho now is studying Law at The University of Cambodia (UC) and also studying the English Literature at the Norton University (NU) in Phnom Penh. She passed the scholarship exams offered by The University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh in 2007. Before studying with UC, she studied at Preah Kossamak High School in Kratie and earned a Baccalaureate in 2007.

“I think that I was lucky to pass the scholarship exams from The University of Cambodia in 2007. I am great full to Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Dr. Handa and Dr. Kao Kim Hourn very much for offering me the chance to study free of charge with UC in Phnom Penh,” she said during an interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly.

She studied Law with UC in 2007 so far, she has been learning a lot about the subject, she could understand about the basic knowledge of laws including Constitutions, civil laws, national and international laws, the penal code and criminal law and other legislations which have been implementing in Cambodia. She was also able to read, write and speak English fluently.

“I prefer to study this major with The University of Cambodia because I wish to be a future lawyer or law professor working in Cambodia. I want to work to help the poor and to contribute to the strengthening and the promotion of rule of law and law enforcement in Cambodia,” she said. “I am now happy as my Law skills have been improved after my study with UC. I hope that my skills will be more improved increasingly after the completion of my graduation with UC in the future,” she added.

Chantho continued to say that when she completes her graduation with UC, she will then apply for the study of the Master’s degree in Law with The University of Cambodia in the future. She pointed out that besides studying with The University of Cambodia; she now is also studying English Literature at the Norton University in Phnom Penh.

She added that she decided to study the English Literature with the Norton University because she wanted to write, read and speak well, in addition to her law skills in order that she can communicate with foreign people as well as to get good job in Cambodia in the future.

Chantho stated that besides her studies with UC and NU, she is now working as internship with the Extraordinary Chamber in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh. She said that the reason why she decided to work while studying because she wanted to learn about working and other office skills and gain useful experience prior to her graduation. On the other hand, she wanted to earn money to support her studies in Phnom Penh. ///

8th European Union Film Festival Holds in Cambodia

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Embassies of the European Union (EU) Member States and the Delegation of the European Union to Cambodia is in collaboration with the Centre Culturel Fran├žais (CCF) will organize the 8th European Union Festival 2010 under the scheme “the Role of Women in Society” from the 3rd to the 9th of May in Phnom Penh, aiming to present the EU films in Cambodia as well as to promote the EU value of culture and arts for the people in Cambodia.

A total of ten EU films including German film, Finish Film, French film, Polish film, Italian film, Spanish film, Dutch film, Portuguese film, British film, and Swedish film will be displayed publicly at the CCF’s cinema hall, at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and Bottum Vadey pagoda in Phnom Penh from May 3-9.

Rafael Dochao Moreno, Charge’ d’ Affaires a.i. of the Delegation of the European Union to Cambodia, said that it is the first time for EU to organize the Film Festival under the scheme of the “the Role of Women in Society” in Cambodia.

The main purpose of the EU’s event was to promote the EU film playing as well as EU tradition, culture and arts in for the people in Cambodia. It is also to promote friendship and cooperation between EU and Cambodia in the future.

“The European Union is very pleased to present for the 8th EU Film Festival 2010 in Cambodia,” he told reporters at the press luncheon on the launch of the 8th Edition of the EU Film Festival on April 29th in Phnom Penh.

The main purpose of the festival is to present the European films for Cambodian people as well as to promote EU films playing, tradition, cultures and arts in Cambodia, he said, adding that another objective of the EU Film Festival is to celebrate the 60th Anniversary Year of the European Union, to raise and promote the role of women in the society of the world.

He emphasized that all EU films which will be played from May 3-9, 2010 in Phnom Penh will present about the value and wisdom of women in the each member states of the European Unions. They have shown their hard work, challenges and their successes in their lives.

“I hope that these films will influence Cambodian women in encouraging them to make their changes, participations and their roles in the society so that they can gain their rights as equal as men to work and develop the country in the future,” he said.

Regarding to the film festival entry, he said that the entry is free of charge for all people in Cambodia.

The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union. The European Commission has supported the rehabilitation and development of Cambodia since the signing of the Paris Peace Accord in 1991. The European Commission assistance is additional to that granted bilaterally by the individual EU member states, and covers a broad range of sectors, such as education, health, rural development, private sector development, administrative reform, and democratization and human rights. ///with pictures/ contact Nara///


Cambodia Celebrated Visaka Bochea Day

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

About 10,000 people including 480 Buddhist monks, laypeople and other people from government officials, parliamentarians and senators have gathered and celebrated Visaka Bochea Day Festival which is the full moon day of sixth lunar month at the Phnom Preah Reach Troap-Udong in Ponhear Loeu district in Kandal province on 28 April, 2010.

The celebration of Visaka Bochea Day 2554 was organized by the Ministry of Cults and Religion and the National Committee for Organizing National and International Festivals (NCONIF), and presided over by Samdech Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly to respect the Buddha Lord who passed away 2554 years ago.

Samdech Heng Samrin said that Visaka Bochea Day is the most important traditional ceremony in the Buddhism in Cambodia. It is a ceremony that Cambodian people in the country always celebrate in the monasteries every year with pleased minds on full moon day of Visaka month for the Buddha’s Memorial Day.

“Every year, Cambodia is very happy to celebrate Visaka Bochea Day to respect and remember our Buddha Lord’s enlightenment and passing away in the world. This year’s celebration has been well organized and progress and there are so many people who have participated in the event,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview at the celebration at Phnom Preah Reach Troap in Udong district, Kampong Speu on April 28.

Due to the full peace, political stability, development and the progress, all religions especially Buddhism now has been developing in Cambodia, and the Buddhism has taken such a deep root in the hearts of culture and tradition in Khmer people, he said, adding that for this year’s celebration, the Royal Government also accepted the duty as a house owner in the role of Buddhism country among other countries in the world in order to celebrate the ceremony of the “4th Trail of Civilization” on the full moon day of Visaka Bochea on the 28th of April at Bayon Temple in Siem Reap province.

Samdech Preah Sangkareah Bou Kry, Leader of the Dhamayut Buddhist sect in Camnbodia, said that that Visaka Bochea Day is very important for all Buddhist followers in the world. It has also officially recognized by the United Nations (UN) as the World Heritage Day on December 13, 2009. Samdech added that Visaka Bochea is celebrated in order to remember three important events in which when Buddha was born into the world, when the Buddha attained enlightenment, and he passed away.

“Today, Buddhism is already 2554 years old, having become a very large part of the heritage in Asia, still strongly stands and being venerated by hundred thousands people in the world, especially Khmer citizens,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly on April 27 in Phnom Penh.

Samdech stated that Visaka Bochea Day, all Khmer people including the King, leaders of the Royal Government, Buddhist monks in all ranks and all Buddhist lay devotees with happy faces and beautiful clothes, the hands holding various worshiped things such as followers, joss sticks and perfumes to worship the Buddha whose relics enshrined in a stupa erected on the mountain of Preah Reach Trop or Attharassa in the area of Udong Mountain, Ponhea Loeu district in Kandal province.

Regarding to the history of Visaka Bochea Festival, he said that this traditional ceremony has been practiced by Khmer people from generation to generation since Buddhism was brought to the land of Sovannaphumi by the two elder Buddhist monks known as Sonatthera and Uttharathera.

Cambodia chronicles mentions that the Buddha’s relic was brought to Cambodia since 1957 by former King Norodom Sihanouk. The former King Norodom Sihanouk obtained the Buddha’s relic from India and the relic was initially enshrined in Phnom Penh, former stupa located in front of the Railway Station in Phnom Penh today.

After the construction of new stupa was begun on the mountain of Preah Reach Trop in Udong in 1996, on the full moon day, month of Migasira, 2546 B.E or on the 19th December 2002, the King Norodom Sihanouk, the two leaders of Buddhist Sects, Buddhist monks, and government officials in all ranks with a congratulation of many people marched and brought the sacred relics from Phnom Penh to enshrine in the stupa where it has been completely built at the mountain of Preah Reach Trop or Udong.

According to Samdech Preah Sangkareach Bou Kry, the profound meanings of Buddha’s teachings including the consequence of practices in Dharma, it makes wholesomeness that is a good state rooted in minds through the theory of Kamma and pointed out the way for practice which is referred to the Eightfold Noble Path and leading those who insert an effort, possibly attain peacefulness throughout the mental, verbal, and physical practice until the peace, mutual tolerance from even a small family up to the whole society and the world. ///

Improving Health Sector Performance

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) which is a leading independent development policy research institute in partnership with the Oxford Policy Institute, with funding from the Department For Independence Development UK (DIFD-UK), has organized an international conference on the scheme “Improving Health Sector Performance: Institutions, Motivations and Incentives” over two days from the 26th to the 27th of April 2010 in Phnom Penh.

The conference is organized to explore the institutions and incentives that moderate the behavior of health workers and health service consumers in Cambodia. The conference has explored four main schemes including alternative organizational arrangements for delivering health services including commissioning and purchasing; the incentive associated with alternative health workers employment contracts; health workers management regime; and the incentive associated with effective use of healthcare by service customers which are related to the institutions and incentives that moderate the behavior of health workers and health service customers, according to the conference organizers.

Eng Huot, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Health, said that this international conference is important because it will help the Royal Government in improving and promoting the quality of medical service and treatment as well as to promote the healthcare of people in Cambodia.

The Secretary of State Eng Hout continued to say that according to the strategic health plan of the Ministry of Health 2008-2015, the ministry focused on the promotion of pubic people especially children and women’s health in Cambodia.

He added that the Ministry of Health has also focused on the improving and strengthening the quality of medical services, treatments, code of conduct of health for doctors and officials of their professions.

“Nowadays, the Ministry of Health is working hard in improving and promoting the health sector performance in strengthening of the effectiveness of health services, medical service and treatment in Cambodia,” he said during opening remarks delivered to the international conference in Phnom Penh.

Larry Strange, Executive Director of CDRI, said that this is the first time that the CDRI has organized an international sector conference in Cambodia.

“As some of you would be aware, CDRI’s Social Development Program is very young. However over many years our broader development policy research particular and our major research studies on poverty, its causes and dynamics, and policies for its reduction, has clearly demonstrated the fundamental role of health, and access to health services, in poverty prevention and reduction, in the maintenance of livelihoods, and in the wellbeing of Cambodia families and communities,” he said.

“We know that several factors determine individual and community health, including system and health service delivery. Setting an appropriate supporting environment for effective service delivery will allow health service providers to perform their works effectively offering a quality health service that consumers can have confidence in. Such work needs to be combined with raising awareness of and offering opportunity to health service consumers so that they may have sufficient, appropriate and timely access to the existing health services in their locality,” he added.

Larry Strang stated that there is growing international evident that the effectiveness of the health services stem primarily from the extent to which the incentives facing providers and customers are aligned with “better health” objectives.

Efficiency in health service provision requires that providers and customers have incentives to use healthcare resources in ways that generate the maximum health gains, he said, adding that equity in at least one sense requires that customers requiring the same care are treated equally irrespective of their ability to pay. Efficiency in the use of health service requires that consumers are knowledgeable about the services on the offer and which are most appropriate to their needs.

He said that although these principles are enshrined in the design of every health system in the world, they have proven extremely difficult to apply in practice. Health providers have financial obligations to their families as well as professional obligation to their patients. Health service consumers generally lack information about both their health and health services so that they under-consume or over-consume healthcare. Matters are likely to be improved until there is more empirical evidence of the way health service providers and consumers in different parts of the world are actually motivated and how these incentives are best modified to improve health sector efficiency and equity.

Health provider incentives are generated by the institutions that govern their professional behaviors, and these can be classified broadly into institutions that generate extrinsic incentives and intrinsic incentives arising from values such as altruism, beliefs, reputation and work satisfaction, he said, adding that the incentives that consumers have to use health service efficiently stem from intrinsic incentives arising from concern for their health, knowledge about the available health services and social institutions such as trust and respect that mediate their transactions with providers. //





Sale Rado Watch Company Donated US$ 5,000 to CRC

BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Sale Rado Watch Company which is Switzerland-based famous company has donated a total of US$ 5,000 to the Cambodia Red Cross (CRC) to buy ten tones of rice for helping the poor in Cambodia.

The handing over ceremony of the US$ 5,000 cash donation was made between Her Excellency Pum Chantinie, Secretary General of the Cambodia Red Cross and the Highest Representative of the CRC’s President Dr. Bun Rany Hun Sen and Mr.
Olivier Cosandier, First Vice-President of the Sale Watch Company with the participation and witness of Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Personal Advisor to Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, and Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and President of the University of Cambodia (UC) and Mr. Rikhi Thakral, Executive Director of the Thakral Group on April 30th at the CRC Headquarter in Phnom Penh.

Mrs. Pum Chantinie, Secretary General of the CRC, said that CRC was very pleased to receive a US$ 5,000-humanitarina donation provided by the Sale Rado Watch Company in buying ten tones of rice for distributing to the vulnerable people in Cambodia. She added that the donation of Sale Rado Watch Company was very important and necessary for CRC because it will help them in saving the lives of vulnerable people in Cambodia.

“On behalf of the Cambodia Red Cross’s President Dr. Bun Rany Hun Sen, I am very pleased and appreciate your company’s generous assistance donated to the Cambodia Red Cross in this time. I think that this donation is very important and necessary for CRC because it will be helping us to rescue the vulnerable people in Cambodia,” she said before receiving the donation of US$ 5,000 cash from Mr. Olivier Cosandier at the CRC Headquarter in Phnom Penh.

Chantinie emphasized that due to the climate change, droughts, flooding and other natural disasters many Cambodians have got difficulties in their living-condition. They left their villages or communities to find works in Phnom Penh and other cities and provinces in Cambodia. She said that to raise donation for helping them, the Cambodia Red Cross will celebrate a huge CRC Day Celebration on 8th May under the highest presidency of the Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen in Phnom Penh.

Olivier Cosandier, First Vice-President of the Sale Rado Watch Company, said that this was his first time to visit the Kingdom of Cambodia.

He stated that he was interested and admired the CRC’s President Dr. Bun Rany Hun Sen for her excellent activities and hard works in helping her own poor people in Cambodia. He added that to save the lives of the vulnerable people in Cambodia, his company will contribute more money for Cambodia Red Cross in the future. ///


Cambodia Celebrated the 4th Trail of Civilization and Performance

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

About 3,000 Buddhist monks from 14 different countries and Cambodian laymen and women, government officials, parliamentarians and senators have attended the 4th Trail of Civilization and Performance 2010 at Bayon Temple in Siem Reap on April 28-30, 2010 in Cambodia. The 14 countries included Cambodia, Lao, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Brunei, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Indonesia, China, Japan and Korea.

The huge event was organized by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in collaboration with the Ministry of Cults and Religions, aiming to promote the Buddhism field in Asian region and the world as well as to attract national and international tourists to visit ancient temples in Siem Reap province.

H.E. Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Interior, said that it marked the first time and an historical event for the Kingdom of Cambodia has hosted the 4th Trail of Civilization of Civilization and Performance in accordance with the celebration of the Visaka Bochea Day 2554 Festival which was the full moon day of sixth lunar month at the Phnom Preah Reach Troap in Udong district, Kandal province on April 28th.

The Buddhism was born in Sovannaphumi since the third Buddhist Era (3rd B.E) or the first century of Christian Era but Buddhism and other religions died for the period of 3 years 8 months and 20 days during the Khmer Democratic or Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979 in Cambodia. The Buddhism and other religions were re-born on the 7th of January 1979, along with all Cambodian people after the country was liberated by the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) from the Khmer Rouge’s terror regime.

After the liberation day on the 7th of January 1979, there was only a Buddhist monk in Cambodia but so far, there are 4393 pagodas with 54,764 Buddhist monks.

“I strongly believe that this event will make the tourists in the region and the world to help understand clearly about Cambodia, and attracting them to visit Angkor Wat Temple where it’s the world heritage and the human property. It is also to strengthen and expand the bond of friendship, cooperation and solidarity on culture, religion and tourisms among all countries in ASEAN member countries and in region,” he said at the Civilization Mark and View at Chaktomuk Conference Hall on April 27th.

H.E. Thong Khon, Minister for the Ministry of Tourism, said at the same time that the “Trail of Civilization and Performance” was initiated by Indonesian President Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyonbo in 2006 to show the culture and civilization of many centuries ago connected with the Buddhism.

The Minister continued to say that this cultural event is also aimed to develop and promote the Buddhism and good cooperation between Buddhism and other religions in order that they can be a bridge for establishing or bringing the peace, development and the prosperity for all people in the world. The event also aimed at promoting national and international visitors to visit cultural and religious attractions in the region and in the world.

Relating to the 4th Trail of Civilization and Performance 2010 at Bayon Temple in Siem Reap province, he said that the event included Tourism and Cultural Expert Meeting; Business Forum; Official Opening and Closing Ceremony of the 4th Trail of Civilization and performance 201; Candle lighting; Visaka Bochea Celebration; Royal audience and courtesy call to His Majesty the King of the Kingdom of Cambodia; Performance of the Scene of the Buddha when he was born, achieved enlightenment, and when he was passed away; Cultural and Traditional Performances; Planting Trees; and Launches of Flying Lanterns and Fireworks./

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). ///


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 //

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. ////

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. ///

The Best Practitioner of the Buddha Lord in Cambodia

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

At least 10,000 Cambodian people from Phnom Penh and other provinces and people abroad have come to meet with Preah Sak Khyak Vong Roath Saroeun, Advisor to Samdech Preah Sangkareach Tep Vong, and Chief of the Sovann Moni Sakor Pagoda called “Wat Samrong Andeth” locating in Phnom Penh Thmey, Russey Keo district, Phnom Penh, during the three days of the Khmer New Year Celebration, this Year is of the Tiger, in order to ask him for blessing the magic water, raising their Reasey (good luck), for happiness in their lives and families.

Most of them said that Preah Sak Khyak Vong Roath Saroeun is one of the most well known Cambodian Buddhist monks who had strong magic and performs miracles in Cambodia. He can help them to reduce there sins as well as to raise their Reasey, lucky, happiness, prosperity and successes in their lives.

Preah Krou Roath Saroeun, 62, was an orphaned child and born in Battambang province. He became a Buddhist monk since his childhood about 50 years. He was able to read, write and speak fluently with four languages including Khmer, Vietnamese, French and English.

He is now the Advisor to Samdech Preah Sangkareach Tep Vong; Chief of the Sovann Moni Sakor Pagoda called “Wat Samrong Andaeth”; Professor and Director of the Buddhist High School in Samrong Andeth Pagoda; and also President of the Nationwide Buddhist Studies Association in Cambodia. He received 12 medals from the Royal Government of Cambodia for his excellent performances and achievements in promoting and developing human resources and development of the Buddhism, construction and his social activities.

“I have been a Buddhist monk for 48 years now and I decided to become a Buddhist monk because I wanted to study the teaching of our Buddhist Dharma as well as to develop and promote the Buddhism in Cambodia,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview at the Wat Samrong Andeth in Phnom Penh.

Preah Krou Roath Saroeun has been the Chief of Wat Samrong Andeth in Phnom Penh for over 30 years. He has also lived in Kampuchea Krom in Vietnam for another 20 years. He studied and knows many magic and Buddhism skills. He can make Yoan Sak Sith (Magic Clothes) for the protection of people’s lives and their properties); He can bless the holy holly water to expel the danger of people or raising their Reasey to have good luck, success and the prosperity, and other more Buddhist skills.

“I am happy because I have also so many people inside and outside the country have known, supported and believed in me and come to get my help every day,” he said. “To spread out the teaching of Buddhist Dharma as well as to promote the Buddhism in Cambodia, I will continue to be a Buddhist monk until I pass away,” he added.

Preah Krou Roath Saroeun stated that nowadays, at least 100 people have come to get his blessing water or other services every day at Wat Samrong Andeth in Phnom Penh. He emphasized that in order to spread out the teaching of Buddhist Dharma as well as to seek the financial supports for the development of Buddhism in Cambodia, so far he has also visited about 20 countries in the world.

He said that to spread out the teaching of Buddhist Dharma as well as to seek for financial supports for the development of Buddhism in Cambodia, he plans to visit more countries in the world in the future. He added that to promote the Buddhism in Cambodia, he plans to establish the Buddhist University in Wat Samrong Andeth in near future.

There are the Buddhist middle school and Buddhist high school with over 300 Buddhist monks studying everyday in Wat Samrong Andeth in Phnom Penh.