Friday, June 25, 2010

Premier’s Volleyball Cup 2010 Holds in Phnom Penh

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

A total of 10 Volleyball Teams from cities and provinces have attended the Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Volleyball Cup 2010 on June 12th at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh to compete and to become Championship of the Premier’s Volleyball Cup 2010 in Cambodia. The Volleyball tournament was organized by the Cambodian Volleyball Federation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS).

Lak Sam Ath, General Director of the Sports Department in the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, said that the volleyball competition marked the second year as the Cambodian Volleyball Federation and the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport has organized Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Volleyball tournament in Phnom Penh in order to select the best volleyball players as well as the new champions of volleyball team in Cambodia.

The General Director Lak Sam Ath continued to say that the purpose of the volleyball competition was to recruit qualified Cambodian volleyball players and champions for 2010 in Cambodia. It is also to prepare for the future national and international volleyball competitions and to promote and develop the volleyball in Cambodia.

“This volleyball tournament is important because it will help promote and develop the volleyball in Cambodia. It is also to promote people’s healthcare and to encourage people to play the sport in order to avoid using drugs and other illegal activities which will affect on society and development in Cambodia,” he said.

The Volleyball tournament 2010 is divided into two poles including A and B and it will take place every Saturday and Sunday at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh.

Relating to the competition’s prizes, Sam Ath said that those who will win the first class of the Volleyball cup 2010 will receive a trophy, along with amount of money, those who come in second place receive amount of money and those who will finish in third place also receive amount of money. He added that the prizes will be given by Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

“I hope that through this event we will able to attract Cambodian people especially youths to play volleyball as well as to promote their health and to help develop the sport in Cambodia in the future,” he said. /

Cambodia Estalished National Tennis Training Centre

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

With financial support from the Cambodian Country Club (CCC) and EZECOM, the Tennis Federation of Cambodia (TFC), has established the Cambodian National Tennis Training Centre (CNTTC) on June 18th at the CCC in Phnom Penh.

The purpose of the CNTTC establishment is to promote the playing tennis sport as well as to develop tennis and encourage people to play tennis in order that they can become the best player in tennis in order to attend both national and international tennis tournaments in the future.

H.E. Dr. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce, and President of the Cambodian Tennis Federation, said that the establishment of CNTTC centre was important because it will become a resource and sport centre for people to play tennis in order that they can enjoy the sport and improve their health, and promote the development of sport in Cambodia.

“When we started the Tennis Federation in Cambodia was just trying to review the sport not the event, thinking of having a tennis center establishment in Cambodia, and we now have the training centre in Phnom Penh. Thus, the establishment of the CNTTC has marked the progress of TFC in promoting and developing tennis,” he said. “We believe that with the establishment of the new national sports training centre will be able to promote and develop the playing tennis as a sport in the Cambodian future,” he said during opening remarks delivered to the opening ceremony of the CNTTC in Phnom Penh,” he added.

H.E. Dr. Cham Prasidh stated that due to the hard work of the Tennis Federation of Cambodia, currently the federation has been conducting tennis training for over 2500 kids in Cambodia. He added that to encourage and promote children and youths to enjoy playing tennis, TFC plans to enlarge and establish the mini-tennis courts at every primary school, and conduct the tennis training at every high school in cities and provinces across the country in the future.

Tep Rithyvit, Secretary General of the Tennis Federation of Cambodia, said that in current years, with financial support from the International Tennis Federation, the Tennis Federation of Cambodia has conducted tennis training for children in a total of 45 primary schools in Cambodia.
“Today, we have 45 schools in Phnom Penh. We expose about 9600 kids directly to tennis and directly, we expose close to 25, 000 kids so we go into classes their at break times and we teach tennis, and we do that on weekly basis to each of the 45 schools in Phnom Penh,” he said.
Rithyvit continued to say that his federation also planed to conduct training for more Cambodian tennis coaches’ capacity building and players in the future. He said that TFC plans to organize Cham Prasidh’s Tennis Cup 2010 on July15-24, 2010; Cambodia Open Cup 2010 in October; and the 15th Tep Khunnah Memorial Tennis Cup in the end of December 2010 in Phnom Penh. /



Thai Trade Exhibition 2010 Held in Phnom Penh

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Department of Export Promotion in the Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai Government and the Royal Thai Embassy to Cambodia has organized the Thai Trade Exhibition 2010 for six days from the 17th -22nd of June at the Diamond Exhibition Center located in Koh Pich (Diamond Island), Phnom Penh.

A total of 170 Thai companies with 263 exhibitions booths including household appliances, food and garment, textiles and leather, arts and handcrafts, chemical and cosmetics, construction materials, stationery and cultural products, pharmaceutical, and agricultural products were displayed at the Thai Trade Exhibition 2010 in Phnom Penh.

The Opening Ceremony of the Thai Trade Exhibition 2010 was presided over by Mao Thora, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce and Mr. Sri Rakroath Thakpaknak, Director General of the Department of Export Promotion in Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai Government on June 17th at the Diamond Exhibition Center in Koh Pich, Phnom Penh.

The Secretary of State said this event is important because it will help the Ministry of Commerce as well as the Royal Government of Cambodia in promoting business opportunities, trade and investment in the Kingdom of Cambodia. He added that the event will also help promote and strengthen the cooperation and friendship between the two countries in the future.

The purpose of the Thai Trade Exhibition was to display the Thai trade and Thai products which are the best products produced by Thai companies, said Thapaknak, adding that it was also to promote and enlarge the trade, businesses, investments, cooperation and alliance between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Kingdom of Thailand in the future.

“The Department of Export Promotion in Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai Government is very pleased to organize the Thai Trade Exhibition 2010 in Phnom Penh. The purpose of the event is to promote trade, businesses, investments and cooperation between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Kingdom of Thailand in the future,” he said during opening remarks at the Thai Trade Exhibition in Phnom Penh.

To promote the exhibition, business opportunities and Thai products, the Department of Export Promotion in Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai Government will continue to organize more Thai Trade events as well as Thai Fruits exhibitions every year in Cambodia in the future, he added.

Jiranun Wongmongkol, Minister Counselor (Commercial) in the Office of Commercial Affairs in the Royal Thai Embassy in Cambodia, said that according to the report of the Royal Thai Embassy, for the trade between Thai and Cambodia in 2009, the Thais gained a total of US$ 1,658 million. She emphasized that the Thai trade into Cambodia in 2009 has decreased 22 percent if compared with 2008’s trading revenues due to the declined demands or buying from Cambodian clients.

She added that to promote the Thai Trade as well as Thai products, the Department of Export Promotion in Ministry of Commerce of Thailand will organize the Thai Beauty Exhibition on July 2nd-5th, 2010 at the Paragon Cambodia Town Center in Phnom Penh. /









The 16th Cambodia “Disaster Risk Reduction Forum”

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) in collaboration with Plan International has organized the 16th Cambodia Disaster Risk Reduction Forum for two days from the 16th to 17the of June at the Sunway Hotel in Phnom Penh.

The purpose of the 16th Cambodia Disaster Risk Reduction Forum is to find solutions, measures and an action plan to prevent climate change in Cambodia, according to the Cambodian Disaster Risk Reduction Forum organizers.

H.E. Nhim Vanda, First Vice-President of the National Committee for Disaster Management, said that the forum is important because it will help pave the way for the Royal Government of Cambodia to prepare its action plan and protect the issue of climate change in Cambodia.

The First Vice President stated that currently climate change or global warming is a main concern for the people in Cambodia as well as the people in region and in the world. He added that to prevent this from happening, the governments and concerned authorities have to take action and measures and prepare their action plans in combating it.

“I have noted that this year’s rainy season, the rain started very slow in some cities and provinces across the country and some areas are hot and suffer from drought. This was because of the natural disaster and climate change which is happening in our country,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview on June 16th in Phnom Penh.

He added that to prevent these, the government and all concerned authorities now have to work harder and prepare their action plan, and also need to work together to combat the climate change and global warming in Cambodia.

Mr. Atiq Kainan Ahmed, Regional Climate and Disaster Resilience Specialist of the Plan International, said that climate change poses a real threat to the world’s poorest people, particularly when it comes to their ability to earn a living and feed their families.

He stated that the climate change hits poor people first and worst because of the places where they live, the quality of housing, and their dependence on the land and agriculture.
He added that climate change has recently been added to the development agenda within Cambodian government and the governments of other countries, and has been made a priority among academics and NGOs.

“Cambodia is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change due to a combination of its climate-related natural hazard and low capacity,” he said. “The combination of these factors, as well as low public awareness, creates a pressing concern among NGOs and the Cambodian government.”

According to a United Nations Environment Program’s report in 2009, Phnom Penh is the third most vulnerable city in Asia in terms of natural disaster. From 1987-2007, there were 12 floods, 1125 deaths and 5 droughts which have cost the government more than US$ 300 million. If the sea level increased 1 meter higher, 56 percent of Koh Kong town’s territory would be covered by water. /

United States Returned Khmer Ancient Artifacts

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The United States of America has returned a total of seven items of the Khmer Artifacts which were confiscated from looters and smugglers during in the period of 20 years in its country. These seven items of the Khmer artifacts weighted 500 pound equal to 200 kilograms, and were brought by the hospital ship USNS Mercy to Cambodia on June 15th.

The official handing over ceremony of the Khmer ancient artifacts was made between Mr. John Johnson, Spokesman and Representative of U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Carol A. Rodley, and Mrs. Liza Franchetti, Director of the Pacific Partnership Project with Cambodian government, and H.E. Khim Sarith, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts on June 17th at the Sihanouk Port in Sihanouk province.

The U.S. Army which are the partners of the hospital ship USNS Mercy are very happy to return these sven items of Khmer ancient artifacts to the Royal Government of Cambodia, said Johnson.

Johnson continued to say that the seven items of Khmer ancient artifacts were confiscated from looters by the U.S. custom and immigration officers and were kept for over 20 years in the United States of America.

“The United States is very pleased to return the Khmer ancient artifacts to the original place and the Royal Government of Cambodia,” he said. “We hope that these ancient artifacts will be maintained and preserved by the Cambodian government for the next generations in Cambodia.”

The artifacts include several pieces smuggled from Angkor Wat, a Buddhist temple located 200 miles from the capital city of Phnom Penh. The pieces include stone sculptures with ornate carvings of lions, dragons and human figures. The artifacts are believed to be from the Angkor Period, which spanned from 802 until 1431 A.D.

H.E. Khim Sarith, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, was great full that the hospital ship USNS Mercy team and the United States for their work and that they returned these Khmer artifacts to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts as well as the Royal Government of Cambodia I have a lot of gratitude and appreciate the US government and the hospital ship USNS Mercy team in returning these Khmer ancient artifacts to the Kingdom of Cambodia. We will maintain and preserve these ancient artifacts for the next generations in Cambodia,” he said.

The Secretary of State pointed out that these Khmer ancient statuses were constructed by the Khmers during between the 4th Century and the 12th Century in the Empire of Khmer. He added that these ancient statues were the souls and traditional cultures of Cambodia which are value to culture in Cambodia. /




China Donates Military Trucks to Cambodia

BY BUTH REAKMSEY KONGKEA

General Chhum Socheat, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, said that the People’s Republic of China has promised to give a total of 257 new military trucks and 50,000 military uniforms to Cambodia.

The Peoples Republic of China promised to donate 257 military trucks and 50,000 military uniforms during a meeting between Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, and the Chinese President Hu Jintao in Shanghai while he was officially visiting Shanghai, China, in May 2010.

Socheat said that now as promised, the Chinese ship named “NA DANXIA” which carried a total of 257 military trucks has landed in Sihanoukville Port in Preah Sihanouk province on June 18th, 2010.

“We are happy and honored as China has provided a total of 257 military trucks to the Kingdom of Cambodia in order to promote and strengthen a deeper military cooperation between the two countries in the future. We commit that we will use these military trucks for the sake of the Cambodian military purpose only in Cambodia,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a telephone interview on June 18th.

He stated that according to the plan, the China’s military trucks will be driving to Phnom Penh on the 21st of June in order to make a handing over ceremony of the vehicles which will be made under the presidency of General Moeung Samphan, Secretary of State in Ministry of National Defense at the Military Airport in Phnom Penh, and a signing ceremony which will be made between the Deputy Prime Minister Tea Banh, Minister of National Defense and Chinese government’s representative on 23rd June at the Headquarter of Ministry of National Defense in Phnom Penh.

He said that China had a history of supporting the Cambodian military, having funded the construction of a military training school and a military hospital. He added that the Royal Government of Cambodia also plans to purchase additional military lorries from China for the use of the Ministry of Interior, but had not yet received information about the exact cost of each vehicle. /

Sam Rainsy loses Lawsuit against the Cambodian Foreign Minister

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

H.E. Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has announced his victory of defamation case against Sam Rainsy, His victory announcement of defamation case against Sam Rainsy was made during a press conference on June 15th at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Phnom Penh.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that the French Court has made a right decision and because he is an innocent person who was defamed by the opposition party, Leader Sam Rainsy.

“I am happy that the Court’s decision has upheld a defamation conviction against Sam Rainsy as he called me a ‘criminal’. I am also pleased as the French Appeal Court found justice while regarding me,” he told reporters at the press conference. “Sam Rainsy accused me of being one of the headmen of the Khmer Rouge’s Boeung Trabek’s prison which was one of the notorious Khmer Rouge’s Re-Education Camps in Phnom Penh.

Sam Rainsy also accused me of being a criminal of the Khmer Rouge regime but in fact i was also a victim and a innocent person who lived under the this terror and the killing field’s regime, he said, adding that he had about 30 relatives who were killed during the Khmer Rouge’s terror regime between 1975 to 1979.

“I think that Sam Rainsy’s allegation has seriously damaged my reputation and this issue is not about freedom of expression. He accused me of being a criminal,” he said.

On the 20th of May 2010, the French Appeal Court opened a hearing for Sam Rainsy’s case, which stems from passages included in Sam Rainsy’s 2008 autobiography – titled Rooted in Stone – alleging that the Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong led the notorious Khmer Rouge Boeung Trabek “re-education camp”. The camp held diplomats and government officials led by Lon Nol, some of whom were sent to S-21 prison or Tuol Sleng prison in Phnom Penh for torture and questioning.

Relating to his compensation, H.E. Hor Namhong said that he was not interested in the payment and he asked only for only one Euro in compensation from Mr. Sam Rainsy.

“I did not want money from Mr. Sam Rainsy and I asked only for one Euro in compensation,” he said. “I think that just one Euro would be enough for my honour.”

Deputy Prime Minister emphasized that besides filing his complaint against Sam Rainsy at the French Court, he has also filed a similar complaint to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, also in 2008, but so far no action has been taken on the case.

Sam Rainsy now is staying in a self-imposed exile in France after receiving in January a two-year jail term from the Svay Rieng provincial court for his activities in uprooting border markers in October 2009 along the Vietnamese border.



Women and Children Became Target of Tobacco Industry’s Marketing

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Many women and youths now are becoming the target of the marketing of tobacco industry in Cambodia. This is seriously impacting on the peoples’ health especially women and youths are the main resources in developing in Cambodia.

H.E. Im Sithay, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, said that due to the progress and the development in Cambodia, much tobacco industrial companies have been established and selling their tobacco products for people in Cambodia.

The Secretary of Sate continued to say that to promote and advertise their tobacco product or cigarettes for Cambodian smokers, the tobacco companies have targeted the women and youths to be their marketing for cigarettes’ sales in Cambodia.

“I am very worried about our Cambodian women’s health as well as children and youths’. Although they do not smoke or use the tobacco directly they now are becoming the target of the tobacco industry’s marketing in this country,” she told a recent press conference in Phnom Penh.

Besides working as beer promoters many Cambodian women especially young girls are also employed as the cigarettes’ promoters or advertisers in order to sell the cigarettes at every restaurants or beer gardens in cities and provinces across the nation, she said.

She added that the promoting and advertising of the tobacco and cigarettes are not only attracting the buyers but also attracting the women and young people to try it and finally, they are addicted it in the future.

“To prevent peoples’ health from being affected by the use of tobacco and cigarettes in the future, I would like to appeal to all Cambodian women especially those women and youths who are working as the cigarettes’ advertisers and promoters across the country to stop longer working as cigarettes’ advertisers and choose other occupations to do so that they work to help the government in promoting and improving public health and our peoples’ healthcare in the future,” she said.

To provide new professional skills for those women or young girls who wanted to stop working as beer and cigarette’s promoters and advertisers, the Royal Government as well as the Ministry of Women’s Affairs will provide professional training such sewing, hairdressing , beauty, and other professional skills for them in the future, she said.

H.E. Toan Sa Im, Under Secretary of Stated of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS), said that currently, many tobacco and cigarette advertisements via television, radio and newspapers have been declined but many tobacco and cigarette banners now are still posting on almost every main streets and other places in cities and provinces.

Many concerts have been also performed to advertise about tobacco and cigarettes in every festival in Phnom Penh and other provinces in Cambodia, he said, adding that tobacco and cigarettes’ advertisers are also given prizes or cigarette free in charge for those who attended the concerts.

He emphasized that these activities have attracted people especially women and children to use the cigarettes and later they are addicted and become new smokers in Cambodia.

“I think that the current tobacco industry’s advertisements are easily to attract our women as well as children to use the cigarettes, and if we do not take any action and measure to stop it, our women, youths and children will become the victims of the tobacco or cigarettes’ influence in Cambodia in future,” he said. “Therefore, I would like to appeal to all concerned ministries, authorities and people to join work and continue to educate our people about the danger of cigarettes,” he added.

H.E. Toan Sa Im stated to be aware about the danger of tobacco and cigarettes for Cambodian children and students, so far the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports has included the danger of tobacco and cigarettes and its advertisements into school curriculums for teaching in primary schools and high schools.

“Ministry in collaboration with Ministry of Health and other related ministries and institutions have been also produced many posters, video spots and other learning materials for students and the public in Cambodia,” said Sa Im.

Chak Rany, Representative of the ADRA, said that the use of tobacco and cigarettes have impacted on the users both their health and their incomes. In order to prevent and reduce the use of tobacco and to improve the people’s health, the government should prohibit all kinds of tobacco and cigarettes’ advertisements in Cambodia.

She added that Cambodia has identified as having one of the highest rates of cigarette smokers 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.

Dr. Yel Daravuth, National Professional Officer 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 added that that unless urgent action is taken, there will be more 8 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.

Garment Sector Remains strong to Provide Jobs for Cambodians

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The garment industry still remains a strong sector which provides jobs for Cambodians and to contribute for social development and economic growths in Cambodia. The affirmation was made by H.E. Mao Thora, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Commerce.

Although there was a global economic crisis, Cambodia’s garment sector remained strong in terms of providing jobs for the people in Cambodia, he said, adding that the garment sector is one of the four pillars which are the main potential sectors in providing and generating jobs for Cambodians to work for social development and economic growth in Cambodia.

H.E. Thora added that the four potential pillars included garment, agriculture, tourism and construction.

“Current years, despite the global economic crisis, the garment sector still remains a strong sector in providing a lot of employment to the people in Cambodia. It has also contributed to the developments and economic growth in Cambodia,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a telephone interview.

To generate jobs for Cambodians as well as to increase economic growth and reduce the poverty in Cambodia, the government continues to encourage and promote the establishment of the small entrepreneurs and local business productions including agricultures, industries, fisheries, and textiles, he said.

“The government will also promote the quality and safety of food and products, maintain products’ price, markets enlargement, and taking action against the illegal products, bureaucracy, corruption, and the fraud of trade marks in Cambodia,” he added.

According to a Ministry of Commerce’s statistic figures in 2010, there are currently 320,734 workers, among them 293,664 women, are working in 269 factories in Cambodia.

The statistics show that the total garment exports to foreign countries in 2009 amounted US$ 2,385 millions, of which US$ 1,486 millions to the United States of America, US$ 577 millions to European markets, US$ 184 millions to Canada and US$ 136 millions to other countries in the world.

The statistic has also showed that Cambodia’s general exports to foreign countries in 2009 were US$ 3,907 millions, and the imports were US$ 5,448 millions.

According to report of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, there were 53,097 garment workers who had lost their jobs because of the closure of 122 factories in 2009. The report said there were 58 strikes occurred in 2009 as compared with 105 strikes in 2008, or represented only a decline of 44 percent in the number of strikes. ///

Cambodia Takes Measures to Solve Cambodian Migrant Workers

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The flow of migrant workers from Cambodia to Thailand has increased sharply in recent times. As of early 2010, it is estimated that there are at least 250,000 registered and unregistered Cambodian migrants cross the borders using regular channels. This has created more concerns for the Royal Government of Cambodia.

The Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam On, said that the flow of Cambodian labor migrant workers from Cambodia to Thailand is high a concern of the Royal Government. They migrate with very little information about work prospects, living conditions, and the risk involved.

To resolve this problem, the government now is working very hard in educating, providing the training skills and generating the jobs for the people in Cambodia, adding that the government has issued the measures and policies towards the protection and coordination of the Cambodian migrant workers to work abroad.

Her Excellency Men Sam On said the government through the Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor and Vocational Training has prepared the policies for sending the Cambodian workers to legally work abroad and has cooperated with involved countries.

She added that at the same time, the government has also issued the additional measures to reduce the labor migrants in finding risky jobs to work abroad and encourage the sending of Cambodian workers to work in foreign countries legally.

“In the framework of Cambodia’s employments, the Government of Cambodia has encouraged and promoted the local and international investments to do their businesses in order that they can generate jobs for our people in Cambodia,” she said. “The government has also allowed the establishment of private companies in recruiting Cambodian workers and sending to work legally in a number of foreign countries such Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and Korea,” she added.

In order to facilitate and reduce the expenditure of the worker’s oversea traveling, the government has also issued a sub-decree dated 20th November 2008 on “Providing of Normal Passport for Cambodian workers” which allow them to spend a total of US$ 24 for the passport will be made within 28 days, she emphasized

She said that to ensure the workers’ rights, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor and Vocational Training has established a total of 36 vocational training centers including short term and long term professional skills trainings for middle schools and higher education schools in 22 cities and provinces in Cambodia. It has also created a total of 7 professional disable training centers within about 10,000 disabled people are studying every day in Cambodia. Currently, over 3,000 disabled people have generated their own businesses and working with a number of private companies in Cambodia.

“For labor migration, if we can govern it well both employees and employers and the sending countries and receiving countries will receive a lot of benefits, but if there is no well management, many labor migrants will become the victims of all types of human trafficking and labor exploitations,” she said.

She called on Cambodian people to find job opportunities in Cambodia and not to migrate illegally to Thailand because they are very risky with their work safety, human trafficking and labor exploitations.

Chu Bun Eng, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Interior, and he is also Executive Director of the Cambodian Women for Peace and Development (CWPD) and PROMDAN Project Manager, said that Cambodian migrant workers contributed to the Thai economy by expanding the contribution of labor-intensive sectors to the country’s gross domestic products (GDP), while the lower cost of labor makes Thai export more competitive; worker remittances support households back in Cambodia; benefits are generated at high human cost to migrant workers and their family members, for example depts., poor health, disability, family breakdown, and single parenthood.

To help and rescue Cambodian migrant workers from all kinds of human trafficking and labor exploitations, in 2001-2010, non-governmental organization (NGOs) in Cambodia and Thailand worked together on a project called “PROMDAN”, which promoted informed and safer migration of Cambodians to Thailand as well as making health and a number of legal support services available to Cambodian workers, she noted.

She stated that “PROMDAN” Project activities focused in Prey Veng and Kampong Cham provinces and Rayong province in Thailand. The key outcomes and lessons were as follow: pre-migration education resulted in informed and planned migrations; returned migrants reported more successful migration experiences; collaboration between NGOs and health authorities in Cambodia and Thailand resulted increased understanding and access to essential health services among migrants; improving the livelihoods and the access to rights of a high number of migrants which will require system-level changes in the management of labor migrant; relevant government entities in Cambodia and Thailand will need to work together to benefit the people and the economies and the two countries.

In 2003, Cambodia and Thailand signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to regulate labor migration from Cambodia. Cambodian authorities were also invited to conduct a nationality verification of those relations already in the country.

The implementation of the MOU began in 2006, when Cambodia started to respond through authorized private recruitment agencies. However, the streams of undocumented migrants continue. High costs, a long waiting time and a mismatch between job, skills and salary expectation all make irregular channels cheaper and faster for migrant workers. //

HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria are Still Threatening for Peoples’ Live

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

H.E. Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, said that currently HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria are still threatening a lot of people’s lives.

“As you know, despite the progress in the past controlling HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), and Malaria, there are a lot of challenges to overcome, so that Millionaire Development Goals (MDG) target will be met by 2015 worldwide. They have been threatening a lot of challenges and people’s lives in Cambodia,” he said at a Workshop for Proposal Development GFATM Round 10 in Phnom Penh.

The Minister continued to say that globally, the three diseases are still major public health problems and account for nearly five millions deaths per year. He stated that particularly, WPRO Region still holds around one third of the global TB burden. Additionally, even though countries in the region have lower HIV/AIDS prevalence than that of sub-Sahara African countries the HIV/AIDS and TB are still the threatening a lot of patients lives.

“There is still limited access to diagnosis and care of HIV/AIDS and TB/HIV co-infected patients,” he said. “Although malaria incidence has been drastically on the decline, challenges still remain to be addressed which include drug resistant cases of malaria, malaria at cross borders and for migrants of mobile population,” he added.

With the support from various partners including donor agencies, impressive achievements have been made by Ministry of Health. These include: the reduction of HIV prevalence among adult population from 2 percent in 2008 to around 0.7 percent in 2009, the decline of prevalence of TB of all forms from 928/100,000 populations in 1990 to 665/100,000 populations in 2007.

The Minister said that despite the above achievements, Cambodia still faces a number of challenges so that the country could reach MDG goals. Challenges include: the still high prevalence and incidence of TB, the continuity of comprehensive care for HIV/AIDS patients, and the further efforts to reduce incidence of malaria, including drug resistant cases.

“Therefore, so as to further improve the prevention and care of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, and particularly to obtain the MDG targets more efforts will be needed in particular new interventions and innovation whereby more resources will be required in which external financial resources, especially from GFTM will be of critical importance,” he said.

To prevent and reduce the new TB affection, HIV/AID and Malaria, so far Cambodian government as well as Ministry of Health have been working hard in raising the TB awareness and proving DOT to all those who are now living with TB in Cambodia, he emphasized.

He called on the health officers to continue their work hard to find the TB patients or those who live with TB for treatment so that Cambodia will be able to achieve in reducing 100 percent of TB affection and mortality by Millionaire Development Goals (MDG) in 2015.

Dr. Mao Tan Eang, Director of CENAT, said that to reduce the rate and affection of the TB in Cambodia, with financial supports from World Health Organization (WHO), and other involved international organizations, his center has begun the DOT program since 1994.

Dr. Tan Eang said that from 1999 until 2009 his center has been enlarging DOT services and covering 100 percent in all health centers and referral hospitals across the country. He stated that due to the hard work, the number of the TB prevalence rate has been decreased.

He said that in 2009 the rate of the TB death is a total of 88 cases among the 100,000 people while there are 2,920 cases of which about 700 died in 2008. In 1990, the TB prevalence rate is 928 cases among 100,000 people in Cambodia. He added that to prevent and reduce 100 percent TB affection and mortality, the center as well as Ministry of Health will enlarge DOT services in every community, health centers and referral hospitals in Cambodia in the future.

Scholarship Student Sok Bony Wishes to be Ambassador

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Sok Bony, 20, one of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2008” students. Bony was born in 1990 in Ponhear Leu district, in Kandal province, he is the youngest with three brothers in his family. His father had passed away and his mother selling goods at a market in Ponhear Leu district, in Kandal province.

Sok Bony is now studying International Relation (IR) at The University of Cambodia (UC) after he passed the UC’s scholarship in 2008. Before he passed the UC exams, he studied at the Sunthor Muk High School in Phnom Penh and earned a Baccalaureate in 2008.

“I was very happy that I passed the scholarship offered by UC. I am now studying very hard to complete my Bachelor Degree in International Relation with UC, and I hope that with my hard study and hard work, I will pass my Bachelor degree in next three years,” he said during an interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly.

He pointed out that he decided to study International Relations major with UC because he wanted to become a future ambassador and working to represent Cambodian people abroad.

“I decided to apply and study the major of International Relation with The University of Cambodia because I want to become a future ambassador of Cambodia,” he said. “I wanted to establish good diplomatic ties, friendship and relations in order to bring financial and humanitarian supports from other countries in the world to develop Cambodia,” he added.

He added that since he has been studying International Relation with UC so far, he learned and knew a lot about the laws and other related skills such Computer Skills, English Literature, and other majors. He could also read, write and speak English well.

“I am happy as my general knowledge now have been improving and I am also able speak, write and read English well. I also hope that with my hard study and hard work, I will compete my studies and become an Ambassador future,” he said.

To achieve his goal, he now studies very hard and reads many books related to her studies every day. Other research sources include the internet, foreign newspapers and magazines.

“I will then apply for Master degree in International Relation to study with The University of Cambodia in the future after I completed my Bachelor’s degree,” he said.

Besides his study with UC, Bony now is also working as a volunteer with Habitat Organization in Phnom Penh.


Cambodia to Provide 100 Percent for Communes’ for ICT Services

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

To promote the use of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for all the government institution levels, the Royal Government of Cambodia will enlarge and promote the use of basic and dedicated ICT services in all communes in Cambodia by 2016.

H.E. So Khun, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications (MTPC), said that nowadays, ICT sector has been playing an important role in providing a right directives contributing to the positive growth of Cambodia’s economy and social developments in Cambodia.

The Minister continued to say that to encourage the use of the ICT in Cambodia, the Royal Government will promote the use of ICT services, 100 percent use, for all khans and communes in cities and provinces across the Kingdom of Cambodia by 2016.

“It is expected that by 2016, 100 percent of communes will have basic and dedicated ICT services,” he said in a recent meeting at his Ministry.

The ICTs development has expanded exponentially in line with the Economic Growth of the country, the Government has developed a strategic plan whereby (e-Cambodia) can be accomplished at district level by 2012 providing 90 percent of district basic and dedicated services, he noted.

The Minister stated that nowadays, the telecommunications services in Cambodia are provided such as: Telecoms International Gateway with 4 providers; Voice Services provided by 4 fixed lines and 9 mobile operators; Internet (ISP) Services provided by more then 20 providers, with other services such as: Dial up, Broadband services supplied by wireless, DSL and Gpon Fibre; Leased lines; Leased fibre both domestic and International; Data centers and much more.

The Royal Government of Cambodia has also implemented a strategy for capacity building and digital content for local communities in Education, Agriculture, Commercial and Finance sectors and local Government, he said.

He emphasized that the MPTC strategy to transfer technology skills has been implemented mainly through internet outlets, specialized training providers, PC and Software vendors, SME’s, regional teacher training centers and finally through the community.

“The Royal Government of Cambodia has successfully implemented several other e-programs such as e-program for rural empowerment and community health, and e-program for education for all,” he said.

He stated that to ensure the sustainability of an ICT based, the Royal Government of Cambodia has and will continue to introduce the necessary measurements, frameworks, directives and regulations for it to succeed. He added that the MPTC decided in 2000 that it was time to open up the communications market in Cambodia and since then have licensed several mobile, VoIP and ISP operators to achieve competitive rates for Cambodian people. This initiative has certainly assisted in the commercial growth of Cambodia. ///

Nationwide Boxing Championship Tournament 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

About 700 Cambodian boxers from 15 cities and provinces and three ministries including Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Industry will participated in the onwide Gymnastic Tournament 2010 Nationwide Boxing Championship Tournament 2010 over two weeks from the 9th to the 22nd of June 2010 in Phnom Penh.

The Nationwide Boxing 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 Cambodian Amateur Boxing Association (CABA) in Cambodia aiming to compete to become the boxing championships for 2010 in Cambodia.

Mil Kado, Secretary General of the Khmer Boxing Amateur Federation, said that every year the CABA has organized the Nationwide Boxing Championship competition with the participation of boxers from various cities and provinces across the nation.

The purpose of the boxing competition is to select the best boxers for 2010 in Cambodia as well as to prepare for the future international boxing competition in the region.

“The purpose of the boxing competition is to select the qualified and the best boxers for 2010 and to prepare for the future national and international boxing competitions. It is also to promote and develop boxing in Cambodia,” he said during an interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly.

Relating to this year’s boxing competition; he said that the competition is divided into two competition subjects including Kbach Kun Boran Khmer (Khmer Traditional Boxing Kick-Boxing) and Universal Boxing. There are two categories in which there is “Framework A Boxing Competition” and “Framework B Boxing Competition.

He emphasized that the “Framework A Boxing Competition” is for competition of experienced boxers and “Framework B Boxing Competition” is for the new and non-experienced boxers.

He added that there are different awards for the winners. Those who win will receive a gold medal, along with a mount of money and other materials; the second winner receives a silver medal with money, and the third winner receives bronze medal with some money. The medals and money are generously provided by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport.

According to a CABA’s report, there are 18 boxing association within over 50 boxing clubs in Khmer Boxing Amateur Federation in Cambodia. Since the establishment of the boxing federation in 2000 so far, the federation has been generating jobs for over 600 young boxers and 78 boxing technical officers in Cambodia.

Bosba Panh Won Gold Medal to Become Judo Champion in 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

A 13-year-old girl, Bosba Panh, was considered as a Girl of Wonder in Cambodia as she has many skills and interesting work after receiving many successes in her life. She is one of the top teen young girls who has the capacity and she will become the best resource in the future.

Bosba Panh is able to sing wonderful songs, playing piano, guitar, violin and swimming. She was also able to speak four languages such as Khmer, French, English and Chinese. She recently won the gold medal and became a champion of Judo in 2010 in Cambodia.

“I am happy because I won the gold medal to become the Judo champion in 2010 in Cambodia. I think that I won the gold medal and received all my success with my Judo competitions because of my hard work, hard training and patience,” she told The Southeast Asia Weekly.

Bosba Panh was born in 1997 with a Cambodian traditional family and she is the second daughter with two brothers in her family. Her father is a Cambodian and is former famous private film-maker and her mother is a Laotian woman and working as Project Manager, Investment Climate Advisory Services in the Mekong Bank Group in Phnom Penh.

Bosba Panh began training for Judo since she was 6 years old. She said that she decided to train in Judo because she wanted to improve her health as well as to become a Judo champion in Cambodia.

“I started training Judo since I was a child. I decided to train because I wanted to improve my health; to promote the Judo sport and to become a famous Judo champion in Cambodia,” she said. “I am now happy as my dream became reality and I won tournaments and received medals and became the champion of Judo in Cambodia.”

She is currently trained by Chan Chean who is a Cambodian female Judo coach who had a third Dan Black Belt of Judo at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh. She receives a dark red belt of Judo. Since she has been training Judo, she has to attend three nationwide Judo championship competitions in Phnom Penh. As result, she won three medals including a gold medal in 2008, a silver medal in 2009 and a gold medal in 2010.

“Judo is a sport that I prefer. To improve my health and my Judo skills, I will continue to get my training until I received a black belt and if I am able to study abroad I will continue to train to take the two or three black belt Dan of Judo in the future,” she said.

Besides training, Bosba Panh is now studying the French Literature in the seven-grade at a French School in Phnom Penh. She is also learning the Chinese Literature at a Chinese private school in Phnom Penh. She also studied piano, guitar and singing since she was a child. She started her guitar lessons when she was seven years old and in less than three months she was able to play “Yellow Submarine” from the Beatles. A year after, she started her singing lessons and Khmer traditional dance “Robam Preah Reach Troab” or dance from the Royal Palace. Her teacher Narim is the third generation of dancers in her family and a member of the Royal Ballet. Bosba's ability was discovered when she met with a soprano singing teacher in China who judged her voice to be the quality of a coloratura soprano and concluded that “Bosba is born to sing”.

She said that besides her passion for music and doing well in school, she also practices judo and swimming. To develop her breathing capacity to sing well, she plays sports daily, coached by teachers who are national champions. She also takes care every morning of her domestic animals such as her birds, dog or duck. She even finds time to read one or two books a week, and even finished reading an entire dictionary.
She added that she likes living in French, Khmer, Lao and Thai cultures. She travels extensively and has relatives or friends in these countries. This has influenced her musical style of the band which blends music from the Mekong Region as well as western songs. Already she is singing in French, Khmer, Lao, Thai, Malaysian and Japanese songs.
“I have many dreams in my life. The first dream, I wanted to research medicine or medical doctor working in Cambodia. Second dream, I wish to be a musician, piano, guitar players and famous singer working to help my country. And my third dream, if I can I will get to be a champion of Judo or a second black belt Dan or a third black belt Dan of Judo in the future,” she said.
Chan Chean, Bosba Panh’s Judo Coach, said that she has about 15 Judo trainees training with her at the National Stadium every day. He said that Bosba Panh is one of the top ten Judo trainees in her club. She added that Bosba Panh was able to win the Judo nationwide competitions because of her hard work, hard training and patience.
Meng Heang, father of Bosba Panh, said that he was very happy with his daughter’s effort and hard work.

Heang has three children and Bosba Panh is the only daughter in his family. Bosba Panh is a committed student and as she studies hard and it is a key reason that she has had great success with her piano, guitar, violin, singing studies and Judo because she did well with her studies, learning from her classmates, learning from her teachers, learning from society and other sources.

“I am very proud as I have a good daughter and I wish her all the best of success in the future. As a father, I will give her a strong support encourage her to study for Master’s or Doctor’s Degree abroad in the future. I hope that she will realize her dreams and has a good destiny in the future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly.

He added that according to his family’s want, he wanted Bosba Panh to be a doctor; establishing her own pharmacy shop and working to provide treatments as well as to promote people’s healthcare and developments in the Kingdom of Cambodia in the future.



Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Cambodia Marked National Dengue Fever Campaign Day

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

In order to control the outbreak the Dengue fever and respond to people affected by Dengue fever, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and Phnom Penh Municipality and other involved ministries and institutions have marked the National Dengue Fever Campaign Day to Control the Outbreak and Response on the 25th of May at the Bak Touk High School in Phnom Penh.

Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, said that this event is very important because it will remind all Cambodians of the danger of Dengue fever and its outbreak in Cambodia.
He continued to say that the event is also aimed to raise awareness about the disease of for the people especially the students so that can join with the ministry, and to reduce and combat the outbreak of the disease in Cambodia in the future.

“I would like to appeal for all people, especially parents of children to join in and to combat the outbreak of Dengue fever by paying attention to cleaning houses,

According to a Ministry of Health’s report, in 2009 there were 11,699 people affected by Dengue fever and 38 people died of the disease. However, the number of the reported case by the fever reduced by half if compared with the previous year.

“I wish to appeal to the parents to bring their children to hospitals or health centers nearby in case they suspect Dengue fever affection so that they can get properly treated and avoid any danger,” he said. “I also call on all donor countries and development partners to continue their help to fight against the Dengue fever.”

Im Sethy, Minister of Education Youth and Sport, said at the National Dengue Fever Campaign Day that if the event was held at the start of the rainy season which will begin from May through to October during which newly born mosquito may deliver several diseases, including Dengue fever and Malaria, especially among children.

The Minister added that to the control, the rate of the fever have will highly increase between May and August which will have serious impacted on children’s health and lives and people’s moneys, he added.

To reduce and combat the outbreak of the Dengue fever, the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport have included the Dengue fever subject into schools’ curriculum, he said, adding that the Ministry also conducted Dengue fever training for teachers in Phnom Penh and provinces to teach their students to avoid the affection of the disease in the future.

The Minister added that the ministry and the schools have also organized many events in raising awareness for children, students and people at the schools every year in Cambodia.

“I would like to appeal for all teachers, parents and involved communities to continue their hard work, to join hands with involved institutions and to raise awareness about the fever for their children and students in Cambodia,” he said.

Dr. Ngan Chantha, Deputy Director of the National Malaria Center and Director of the National Dengue Fever Centre in Ministry of Health, said Dengue fever has become one of the most serious public health problems in Cambodia. He stated that the worst year on Dengue fever records was in 2007 in which over 40,000 children were affected by the fever and 407 children were killed by it in Cambodia.

Chantha added that in 1995, the mortality rate of the fever in Cambodia is 15 percent but due to his ministry and center’s hard work and activities, the death rate has dropped 0.68 percent in 2008 and 0.3 percent in 2009. /





Cambodia Marked National Dengue Fever Campaign Day

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

In order to control the outbreak the Dengue fever and respond to people affected by Dengue fever, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and Phnom Penh Municipality and other involved ministries and institutions have marked the National Dengue Fever Campaign Day to Control the Outbreak and Response on the 25th of May at the Bak Touk High School in Phnom Penh.

Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, said that this event is very important because it will remind all Cambodians of the danger of Dengue fever and its outbreak in Cambodia.
He continued to say that the event is also aimed to raise awareness about the disease of for the people especially the students so that can join with the ministry, and to reduce and combat the outbreak of the disease in Cambodia in the future.

“I would like to appeal for all people, especially parents of children to join in and to combat the outbreak of Dengue fever by paying attention to cleaning houses,

According to a Ministry of Health’s report, in 2009 there were 11,699 people affected by Dengue fever and 38 people died of the disease. However, the number of the reported case by the fever reduced by half if compared with the previous year.

“I wish to appeal to the parents to bring their children to hospitals or health centers nearby in case they suspect Dengue fever affection so that they can get properly treated and avoid any danger,” he said. “I also call on all donor countries and development partners to continue their help to fight against the Dengue fever.”

Im Sethy, Minister of Education Youth and Sport, said at the National Dengue Fever Campaign Day that if the event was held at the start of the rainy season which will begin from May through to October during which newly born mosquito may deliver several diseases, including Dengue fever and Malaria, especially among children.

The Minister added that to the control, the rate of the fever have will highly increase between May and August which will have serious impacted on children’s health and lives and people’s moneys, he added.

To reduce and combat the outbreak of the Dengue fever, the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport have included the Dengue fever subject into schools’ curriculum, he said, adding that the Ministry also conducted Dengue fever training for teachers in Phnom Penh and provinces to teach their students to avoid the affection of the disease in the future.

The Minister added that the ministry and the schools have also organized many events in raising awareness for children, students and people at the schools every year in Cambodia.

“I would like to appeal for all teachers, parents and involved communities to continue their hard work, to join hands with involved institutions and to raise awareness about the fever for their children and students in Cambodia,” he said.

Dr. Ngan Chantha, Deputy Director of the National Malaria Center and Director of the National Dengue Fever Centre in Ministry of Health, said Dengue fever has become one of the most serious public health problems in Cambodia. He stated that the worst year on Dengue fever records was in 2007 in which over 40,000 children were affected by the fever and 407 children were killed by it in Cambodia.

Chantha added that in 1995, the mortality rate of the fever in Cambodia is 15 percent but due to his ministry and center’s hard work and activities, the death rate has dropped 0.68 percent in 2008 and 0.3 percent in 2009. /





Cambodia Marked National Dengue Fever Campaign Day

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

In order to control the outbreak the Dengue fever and respond to people affected by Dengue fever, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and Phnom Penh Municipality and other involved ministries and institutions have marked the National Dengue Fever Campaign Day to Control the Outbreak and Response on the 25th of May at the Bak Touk High School in Phnom Penh.

Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, said that this event is very important because it will remind all Cambodians of the danger of Dengue fever and its outbreak in Cambodia.
He continued to say that the event is also aimed to raise awareness about the disease of for the people especially the students so that can join with the ministry, and to reduce and combat the outbreak of the disease in Cambodia in the future.

“I would like to appeal for all people, especially parents of children to join in and to combat the outbreak of Dengue fever by paying attention to cleaning houses,

According to a Ministry of Health’s report, in 2009 there were 11,699 people affected by Dengue fever and 38 people died of the disease. However, the number of the reported case by the fever reduced by half if compared with the previous year.

“I wish to appeal to the parents to bring their children to hospitals or health centers nearby in case they suspect Dengue fever affection so that they can get properly treated and avoid any danger,” he said. “I also call on all donor countries and development partners to continue their help to fight against the Dengue fever.”

Im Sethy, Minister of Education Youth and Sport, said at the National Dengue Fever Campaign Day that if the event was held at the start of the rainy season which will begin from May through to October during which newly born mosquito may deliver several diseases, including Dengue fever and Malaria, especially among children.

The Minister added that to the control, the rate of the fever have will highly increase between May and August which will have serious impacted on children’s health and lives and people’s moneys, he added.

To reduce and combat the outbreak of the Dengue fever, the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport have included the Dengue fever subject into schools’ curriculum, he said, adding that the Ministry also conducted Dengue fever training for teachers in Phnom Penh and provinces to teach their students to avoid the affection of the disease in the future.

The Minister added that the ministry and the schools have also organized many events in raising awareness for children, students and people at the schools every year in Cambodia.

“I would like to appeal for all teachers, parents and involved communities to continue their hard work, to join hands with involved institutions and to raise awareness about the fever for their children and students in Cambodia,” he said.

Dr. Ngan Chantha, Deputy Director of the National Malaria Center and Director of the National Dengue Fever Centre in Ministry of Health, said Dengue fever has become one of the most serious public health problems in Cambodia. He stated that the worst year on Dengue fever records was in 2007 in which over 40,000 children were affected by the fever and 407 children were killed by it in Cambodia.

Chantha added that in 1995, the mortality rate of the fever in Cambodia is 15 percent but due to his ministry and center’s hard work and activities, the death rate has dropped 0.68 percent in 2008 and 0.3 percent in 2009. /





Cambodia Marked National Dengue Fever Campaign Day

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

In order to control the outbreak the Dengue fever and respond to people affected by Dengue fever, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and Phnom Penh Municipality and other involved ministries and institutions have marked the National Dengue Fever Campaign Day to Control the Outbreak and Response on the 25th of May at the Bak Touk High School in Phnom Penh.

Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, said that this event is very important because it will remind all Cambodians of the danger of Dengue fever and its outbreak in Cambodia.
He continued to say that the event is also aimed to raise awareness about the disease of for the people especially the students so that can join with the ministry, and to reduce and combat the outbreak of the disease in Cambodia in the future.

“I would like to appeal for all people, especially parents of children to join in and to combat the outbreak of Dengue fever by paying attention to cleaning houses,

According to a Ministry of Health’s report, in 2009 there were 11,699 people affected by Dengue fever and 38 people died of the disease. However, the number of the reported case by the fever reduced by half if compared with the previous year.

“I wish to appeal to the parents to bring their children to hospitals or health centers nearby in case they suspect Dengue fever affection so that they can get properly treated and avoid any danger,” he said. “I also call on all donor countries and development partners to continue their help to fight against the Dengue fever.”

Im Sethy, Minister of Education Youth and Sport, said at the National Dengue Fever Campaign Day that if the event was held at the start of the rainy season which will begin from May through to October during which newly born mosquito may deliver several diseases, including Dengue fever and Malaria, especially among children.

The Minister added that to the control, the rate of the fever have will highly increase between May and August which will have serious impacted on children’s health and lives and people’s moneys, he added.

To reduce and combat the outbreak of the Dengue fever, the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport have included the Dengue fever subject into schools’ curriculum, he said, adding that the Ministry also conducted Dengue fever training for teachers in Phnom Penh and provinces to teach their students to avoid the affection of the disease in the future.

The Minister added that the ministry and the schools have also organized many events in raising awareness for children, students and people at the schools every year in Cambodia.

“I would like to appeal for all teachers, parents and involved communities to continue their hard work, to join hands with involved institutions and to raise awareness about the fever for their children and students in Cambodia,” he said.

Dr. Ngan Chantha, Deputy Director of the National Malaria Center and Director of the National Dengue Fever Centre in Ministry of Health, said Dengue fever has become one of the most serious public health problems in Cambodia. He stated that the worst year on Dengue fever records was in 2007 in which over 40,000 children were affected by the fever and 407 children were killed by it in Cambodia.

Chantha added that in 1995, the mortality rate of the fever in Cambodia is 15 percent but due to his ministry and center’s hard work and activities, the death rate has dropped 0.68 percent in 2008 and 0.3 percent in 2009. /





The 30th ASEANAPOL Conference Held in Phnom Penh

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia has hosted the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Chiefs of National Police (ASEANAPOL) Conference on 25_27 May 2010 in Phnom Penh to further strengthen cooperation and mutual assistance among the police forces of the ASEAN member countries and the dialogue partners in the region.

About 300 high-ranking police officers from the ten ASEAN member countries and the dialogue partner countries including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the representatives of the ASEANAPOL Secretariat and Interpol have also attended the four-day conference in Phnom Penh, and The opening ceremony was under the presidency of H.E. Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the 30th ASEANAPOL Conference is always hosted during a time when the world is edging out of the economic and financial crises as trouble over the economies of many countries and negatively affected almost every sector, slowing down the momentums of national construction and development in the previous decades.

The response to these challenges have also revealed the creativity of various countries in setting up economic rehabilitation fund, and within ASEAN framework, an ASEAN reserved fund worth hundreds of millions of Dollars was established in order to respond to any unexpected global challenges such the present economic sustainability of ASEAN region in the future, said H.E. Sar Kheng.

“While the whole world is busy solving the economic and financial crisis, our common enemy-transnational crime-has had an opportunity to broaden its networks targets and vulnerable groups, modern technology and globalization to carry out transnational criminal activities such as terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking and economic crime. These activities have seriously affected the social stability, resources, the lives of people and law enforcement forces,” he said during his opening remarks.

He stated that the gathering today and the discussion signify the unity of ASEAN in combating all kinds of the threats for transnational crime and recognizing the benefits of broadening cooperation inside and outside the ASEAN region to enhance the effectiveness of combating against the transnational crime through partnership building with a number of countries whose delegates are also attending this conference namely China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Representative of Interpol.

“Partnership building and cooperation at this time is even more important for as we are trying to recover from the world economic and financial crisis, we must use our limited resources properly especially in criminal investigation matters and we must use existing mechanism such as L-24/7 of Interpol, the ASEAN’s electronic database system (e-ADS) to assist the law enforcement work in order to minimize our expense,” he said.

ASEAN is an organization that has been developed noticeably especially in identifying a unified vision in constructing to ASEAN to become a peaceful, stable and developed region, he said, adding that a recent success of ASEAN is the adaptation of the ASEAN Charter by the Leaders of ASEAN countries based on the vision of the development of Political, Security Economic and Cultural Communities.

The Deputy Prime Minister continued to say that ASEAN member countries have had various legal frameworks such as the SEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism and Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters in order to coordinate and promote regional cooperation in the fight transnational crimes.

“The cooperation between ASEANAPOL and Interpol has been developing in a positive direction, and the signing of the historical agreement between these two institutions three years ago on promoting information exchange especially the connection of e-ADS to the database of Interpol has served the interest of law enforcement agencies of this technology will enable us to achieve more successes,” he said.

He added that the roles and responsibilities of police force these days are also regarded as important in the international stage. Many countries including ASEAN member countries have sent their police force to peace keeping mission of the United Nations. The 78th Conference of the Interpol highlighted the role of police force in peace-keeping mission through the signing of agreement between the United Nations and Interpol to enable these two organizations to study the possibility and to coordinate with member countries to send their police force to the peace-keeping missions of the United Nations.

General Neth Savoeun, Chief of Cambodian National Police, said the annual ASEANAPOL is a good opportunity to review the previous year cooperation and to exchange ideas, experience and to discuss any measures to strengthen and broaden cooperation and mutual assistance to enable all ASEAN forces to have similar capacity, technical and material basis in fighting against transnational crime so as to ensure happiness in the region and the world.

The participants have discussed many issues like terrorism, drug and weapon trafficking, human trafficking, economic trafficking, maritime fraud and cybercrime, and so on, he said, adding that they have also updated each other on developments on transnational crime and discuss how ASEANAPOL can increase relations with Interpol.

The General said that the Conference also focused on the progress of the Electronic ASEANAPOL Database System (e-ADS), and adopt the joint statement. //







The 30th ASEANAPOL Conference Held in Phnom Penh

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia has hosted the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Chiefs of National Police (ASEANAPOL) Conference on 25_27 May 2010 in Phnom Penh to further strengthen cooperation and mutual assistance among the police forces of the ASEAN member countries and the dialogue partners in the region.

About 300 high-ranking police officers from the ten ASEAN member countries and the dialogue partner countries including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the representatives of the ASEANAPOL Secretariat and Interpol have also attended the four-day conference in Phnom Penh, and The opening ceremony was under the presidency of H.E. Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the 30th ASEANAPOL Conference is always hosted during a time when the world is edging out of the economic and financial crises as trouble over the economies of many countries and negatively affected almost every sector, slowing down the momentums of national construction and development in the previous decades.

The response to these challenges have also revealed the creativity of various countries in setting up economic rehabilitation fund, and within ASEAN framework, an ASEAN reserved fund worth hundreds of millions of Dollars was established in order to respond to any unexpected global challenges such the present economic sustainability of ASEAN region in the future, said H.E. Sar Kheng.

“While the whole world is busy solving the economic and financial crisis, our common enemy-transnational crime-has had an opportunity to broaden its networks targets and vulnerable groups, modern technology and globalization to carry out transnational criminal activities such as terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking and economic crime. These activities have seriously affected the social stability, resources, the lives of people and law enforcement forces,” he said during his opening remarks.

He stated that the gathering today and the discussion signify the unity of ASEAN in combating all kinds of the threats for transnational crime and recognizing the benefits of broadening cooperation inside and outside the ASEAN region to enhance the effectiveness of combating against the transnational crime through partnership building with a number of countries whose delegates are also attending this conference namely China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Representative of Interpol.

“Partnership building and cooperation at this time is even more important for as we are trying to recover from the world economic and financial crisis, we must use our limited resources properly especially in criminal investigation matters and we must use existing mechanism such as L-24/7 of Interpol, the ASEAN’s electronic database system (e-ADS) to assist the law enforcement work in order to minimize our expense,” he said.

ASEAN is an organization that has been developed noticeably especially in identifying a unified vision in constructing to ASEAN to become a peaceful, stable and developed region, he said, adding that a recent success of ASEAN is the adaptation of the ASEAN Charter by the Leaders of ASEAN countries based on the vision of the development of Political, Security Economic and Cultural Communities.

The Deputy Prime Minister continued to say that ASEAN member countries have had various legal frameworks such as the SEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism and Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters in order to coordinate and promote regional cooperation in the fight transnational crimes.

“The cooperation between ASEANAPOL and Interpol has been developing in a positive direction, and the signing of the historical agreement between these two institutions three years ago on promoting information exchange especially the connection of e-ADS to the database of Interpol has served the interest of law enforcement agencies of this technology will enable us to achieve more successes,” he said.

He added that the roles and responsibilities of police force these days are also regarded as important in the international stage. Many countries including ASEAN member countries have sent their police force to peace keeping mission of the United Nations. The 78th Conference of the Interpol highlighted the role of police force in peace-keeping mission through the signing of agreement between the United Nations and Interpol to enable these two organizations to study the possibility and to coordinate with member countries to send their police force to the peace-keeping missions of the United Nations.

General Neth Savoeun, Chief of Cambodian National Police, said the annual ASEANAPOL is a good opportunity to review the previous year cooperation and to exchange ideas, experience and to discuss any measures to strengthen and broaden cooperation and mutual assistance to enable all ASEAN forces to have similar capacity, technical and material basis in fighting against transnational crime so as to ensure happiness in the region and the world.

The participants have discussed many issues like terrorism, drug and weapon trafficking, human trafficking, economic trafficking, maritime fraud and cybercrime, and so on, he said, adding that they have also updated each other on developments on transnational crime and discuss how ASEANAPOL can increase relations with Interpol.

The General said that the Conference also focused on the progress of the Electronic ASEANAPOL Database System (e-ADS), and adopt the joint statement. //







The 30th ASEANAPOL Conference Held in Phnom Penh

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia has hosted the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Chiefs of National Police (ASEANAPOL) Conference on 25_27 May 2010 in Phnom Penh to further strengthen cooperation and mutual assistance among the police forces of the ASEAN member countries and the dialogue partners in the region.

About 300 high-ranking police officers from the ten ASEAN member countries and the dialogue partner countries including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the representatives of the ASEANAPOL Secretariat and Interpol have also attended the four-day conference in Phnom Penh, and The opening ceremony was under the presidency of H.E. Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the 30th ASEANAPOL Conference is always hosted during a time when the world is edging out of the economic and financial crises as trouble over the economies of many countries and negatively affected almost every sector, slowing down the momentums of national construction and development in the previous decades.

The response to these challenges have also revealed the creativity of various countries in setting up economic rehabilitation fund, and within ASEAN framework, an ASEAN reserved fund worth hundreds of millions of Dollars was established in order to respond to any unexpected global challenges such the present economic sustainability of ASEAN region in the future, said H.E. Sar Kheng.

“While the whole world is busy solving the economic and financial crisis, our common enemy-transnational crime-has had an opportunity to broaden its networks targets and vulnerable groups, modern technology and globalization to carry out transnational criminal activities such as terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking and economic crime. These activities have seriously affected the social stability, resources, the lives of people and law enforcement forces,” he said during his opening remarks.

He stated that the gathering today and the discussion signify the unity of ASEAN in combating all kinds of the threats for transnational crime and recognizing the benefits of broadening cooperation inside and outside the ASEAN region to enhance the effectiveness of combating against the transnational crime through partnership building with a number of countries whose delegates are also attending this conference namely China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Representative of Interpol.

“Partnership building and cooperation at this time is even more important for as we are trying to recover from the world economic and financial crisis, we must use our limited resources properly especially in criminal investigation matters and we must use existing mechanism such as L-24/7 of Interpol, the ASEAN’s electronic database system (e-ADS) to assist the law enforcement work in order to minimize our expense,” he said.

ASEAN is an organization that has been developed noticeably especially in identifying a unified vision in constructing to ASEAN to become a peaceful, stable and developed region, he said, adding that a recent success of ASEAN is the adaptation of the ASEAN Charter by the Leaders of ASEAN countries based on the vision of the development of Political, Security Economic and Cultural Communities.

The Deputy Prime Minister continued to say that ASEAN member countries have had various legal frameworks such as the SEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism and Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters in order to coordinate and promote regional cooperation in the fight transnational crimes.

“The cooperation between ASEANAPOL and Interpol has been developing in a positive direction, and the signing of the historical agreement between these two institutions three years ago on promoting information exchange especially the connection of e-ADS to the database of Interpol has served the interest of law enforcement agencies of this technology will enable us to achieve more successes,” he said.

He added that the roles and responsibilities of police force these days are also regarded as important in the international stage. Many countries including ASEAN member countries have sent their police force to peace keeping mission of the United Nations. The 78th Conference of the Interpol highlighted the role of police force in peace-keeping mission through the signing of agreement between the United Nations and Interpol to enable these two organizations to study the possibility and to coordinate with member countries to send their police force to the peace-keeping missions of the United Nations.

General Neth Savoeun, Chief of Cambodian National Police, said the annual ASEANAPOL is a good opportunity to review the previous year cooperation and to exchange ideas, experience and to discuss any measures to strengthen and broaden cooperation and mutual assistance to enable all ASEAN forces to have similar capacity, technical and material basis in fighting against transnational crime so as to ensure happiness in the region and the world.

The participants have discussed many issues like terrorism, drug and weapon trafficking, human trafficking, economic trafficking, maritime fraud and cybercrime, and so on, he said, adding that they have also updated each other on developments on transnational crime and discuss how ASEANAPOL can increase relations with Interpol.

The General said that the Conference also focused on the progress of the Electronic ASEANAPOL Database System (e-ADS), and adopt the joint statement. //







Andrew Freeman, Cocktail World Cup Telling about his Experiences

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Nagaworld is bringing to Cambodia the winner of the world’s most prestigious international Bartender competition, and one of the most respected people in the cocktail industry.

Andrew Freeman, 35, has had about 20 year-cocktail working experiences and he has been working many bars and restaurants around the world.

“I am happy as it is my first time visiting Cambodia. I hope that during my stay here I will share my knowledge with our Bartending staff at Nagaworld. I also plan to share my cocktail knowledge to the people and students in Cambodia,” he told a press conference at Nagaworld in Phnom Penh on May 25.

Andrew Freeman will share his show around Phnom Penh which will take him around to the fruit markets to discover exotic Cambodia fruit which can be used for one of his signature cocktails.

“The reason why I decided to learn making cocktails was because I like it the most and on the other hand, I wanted to become the World Cocktail Champion,” he said. “I am now happy as I have become the World Cocktails Champion in 2005,” he added.

Having successfully completed his Tertiary studies in Hospitality and Tourism in 1995, Andrew commenced work in a vacation which would become his professional career choice. The hospitality industry provided him with a variety of opportunities in the popular Western Australian venues

After his studies he traveled all around the United States and Europe and settled in the UK, where he was quickly promoted to a Bar Manager.

Andrew Freeman commenced working with profile C Lounge Restaurant and Bar. The venue was successful in winning the Bars and Club Magazine, Cocktail list of the Year 2001. It was also awarded a Gold plate Award for Fine Occasional Dining in 2002 and was also a finalist for National Bartender of the Year in both 2001 and 2002.

From C Lounge he moved to the newly opened Luxe Bar. At this A-list venue, he was employed as Bar Trainer. As a direct result of his highly skilled management and training, the venue has won a number of accolades on a National scale. These included finalist for New Bar of the Year 2002, first place winner for Bar Team of the Year 2004, numerous Cocktail List nominations and again, winner for Best Bar Team 2005.

Andrew’s high profile, skills and respect within the hospitality industry of Western Australia, have been widely acknowledged and recognized. His aptitude for Event Management has seen him keenly sought after to coordinate and manage prestigious events such as the Big Day Out in 2002 and 2003, the Lion Nathan Road show in 2003, Johnny Walker Classic 2003, Good Vibrations 2005, 2006 and the WA Launch of Bacardi Black 2005.

In the past six years, Andrew has won over two dozen awards, the latest being World Champion at the 2005 Cocktail World Cup. This was held in Queenstown, New Zealand, and involved 42 international competitors. The events were televised in over seven countries.

Flaring has also been a large part of his successful career and has seen him competing both nationally and internationally, winning further recognition and accolades.

Venue Vision (formed in 2006) is the product of a culmination of Andrew’s skills which have proven to be highly sought after. One of his clients is British American Tobacco Malaysia for whom he created and developed the HORECA SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE. More recently Venue Vision has been sought after for a number of projects throughout Asia including designing another training program for Guinness and Diageo Malaysia known as the “HERO Academy” seeing them train over 300 students through Malaysia, as well as a number of hotel chains and other private sector venues throughout Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Fundamentally Venue Vision is a doorway to the “Best of the Best” within the Hospitality arena internationally.

International Tourists In Cambodia to Increase in 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and also Chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, said that despite the world and global economic crisis, the national and international tourism has been increasing in Cambodia in 2009 and 2010.

“Under the right leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Cambodia now has a full peace, political stability, security, public order and development of all sectors

The Minister stated that although there was economic crisis in the world and region, Cambodia’s tourism sector especially the natural and cultural tourism has been attracting foreign tourists in the region.

In 2009, Cambodia has received over two millions foreign tourists and increased by 1.7 percent compared in 2008 while the world’s tourism declined by about 4 percent and ASEAN’s tourism increased only 0.19 percent, he said, adding that the tourists to Cambodia have increased by 10.55 percent to 884,657 in the first four months of this year compared to 800,243 at the same period last year.

“With the increasing of foreign tourist trend, it is expected that Cambodia will receive about 2.4 million foreign tourists and keep increasing by about 10 percent in 2010,” he said.

The Minister emphasized that for local tourists, Cambodia received about 7 million people and increased 4 percent compared with the same period last year and generated about 20 percent of employment for Cambodian garment’s workers who were unemployed due to economic crisis.

He added that to promote both national and international tourist in Cambodian, under the cleaver guidelines of Samdech Techo Hun Sen, the government will implement seven strategic plans, as follow: encourage the promotion campaign: Cambodia, the Kingdom of Wonder; Facilitate tourists’ travels and transportations and reduce the unnecessary barriers of tourism; Reduce the dynamic package tours price; increase new tourism products; strengthen the quality of tourism products; encourage the movement of local tourism; and prevent tourist security and safety.

According to a report of the Ministry of Tourism in May 2010, Vietnam and South Korea are listed number one and number two of foreign tourist arrivals in January-April period of this year, increased by 38.39 percent to 138,945 and 31.81 percent to 106,347 respectively, compared with corresponding period of 2009.

Chinese tourists to Cambodia increased by 30.25 percent to 63,396 in the four-month period, ranking the third among the top ten market arrivals, compared to the same period of last year that had only 48,672.

For the month of April alone, Chinese tourists to Cambodia rose by 41.66 percent to 14,455 from 10,204 in April last year, while tourists from Vietnam and South Korea increased by 65.05 percent to 46,340 and 33.09 percent to 22,285 respectively in the month.

Eastern Thai Fruits Exhibition held in Cambodia

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Export Promotion Department in the Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai Government and the Royal Thai Embassy in Cambodia in collaboration with the Paragon Cambodia Town Center has organized the Eastern Thai Fruits Exhibition 2010 for four days from the 27th to the 30th of May at the Paragon Cambodia Town Center in Phnom Penh.

Over 30 tones of Eastern Thai Fruits exported from Chan Buri, Rak Yorng and Trat provinces in Thailand were displayed and sold within lower prices for the people in Cambodia. The Eastern Thai Fruits included Thouren fruits, Mongkhut fruits, Samav fruits, Longkong fruits, Mangoes and other fresh fruits.

Chhalothan Phaoviboon, Secretary of the Royal Thai Embassy in Cambodia, said that it marked the second time as the Export Promotion Department in the Ministry of Commerce, the Royal Thai Government and the Royal Embassy of Thailand in collaboration with the Paragon Cambodia Town Center have organized this Eastern Thai Fruits in Phnom Penh.

The main purpose of the Eastern Thai Fruits was to display and additionally express about Thai fresh fruits which are the qualified goods with fair prices and also gratitude to all Cambodian clients who have been supporting and eating Thai fresh fruits in Cambodia.

Phaoviboon added that it was also to enlarge the trade, businesses, investments, cooperation and alliance between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Kingdom of Thailand in the future.

“This year’s Eastern Thai Fruits Exhibition is considered as a successful result for all involved institutions such as state party, farmers and communities in exporting their fresh fruits for sales abroad. It has also enlarged the trade, businesses, investments and cooperation between the two countries in the future,” he said during opening remarks at the Fruits Exhibition in Phnom Penh.

Phaoviboon pointed out that the export of Thai fresh fruits into Cambodian markets have been increasing about 30 percent every year. He added that the first Eastern Thai Fruits was held from 29th April to 2nd May 2010 at the Paragon Cambodia Town Center in Phnom Penh. The exhibition got a lot of success because it was supported and bought by Cambodian buyers.

Suphara Saykachan, Chief of the Office of the Thai Export Promotion in Chan Buri province, said that the purpose of the Thai Fruits Expo is to promote the export of the Thai fruits such as Thuren, Samav, Longkong, Mangoes and Mongkhut fruits for Thai eastern provinces: Chan Buri, Trat and Rak Yorng provinces in order to avoid the fall of fruits’ prices in Thailand.

There are a total of 752,532 tones of Thai fresh fruits which have been imported for sales in the markets in region in this year, he said, adding that these amounts of the eastern Thai fruits included 332, 160 tones of Thouren fruits; 125, 650 tones of Mongkhut fruits; 230, 848 tones of Samav fruits; and 63, 876 tones of Longkong fruits.

She continued to say that amongst these exported amounts, there were only 20 percent of Thai fresh fruits which has exported for sales in important markets such as China, Japan, the United States and other European countries in the world.

“The Office of the Thai Export Promotion has seen that Cambodia is a potential market for Thailand to export its fruits for sales. And with this imported goods and trade, the Thais have been earning about 1,000 Million Baths from Cambodian markets per year. Among this number, the Eastern Thai Fruits has sold about 30 percent of its fresh fruits equals about 600 Million Baths for Cambodian markets every year,” she said.

To promote the goods export, the Office of the Thai Export Promotion will continue to organize more Eastern Thai Fruits exhibitions every year in Cambodia in the future, he said.

Jiranun Wongmongkol, Minister Counselor (Commercial) in the Office of Commercial Affairs in the Royal Thai Embassy in Cambodia, said that according to the report of the Royal Thai Embassy, for the trade between Thai and Cambodia in 2009, the Thais gained a total of US$ 1,658 million.

Wongmongkol emphasized that the Thai trade into Cambodia in 2009 has decreased 22 percent if compared with 2008’s trading revenues due to the declined demands or buying from Cambodian clients. She added that besides this Eastern Thai Fruits Exhibition, the Department of Export Promotion in Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai Government plans to organize the Thai Trade Exhibition 2010 on June 17th -20th June at the Diamond Exhibition Center in Koh Pich; and the Thai Beauty Exhibition on July 2-5, 2010 at the Paragon Cambodia Town Center in Phnom Penh.

There are a total of 165 companies with 254 stores have participated and sold their Thai goods and products in the Eastern Thai Fruits Exhibition in Phnom Penh. //

Eastern Thai Fruits Exhibition held in Cambodia

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Export Promotion Department in the Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai Government and the Royal Thai Embassy in Cambodia in collaboration with the Paragon Cambodia Town Center has organized the Eastern Thai Fruits Exhibition 2010 for four days from the 27th to the 30th of May at the Paragon Cambodia Town Center in Phnom Penh.

Over 30 tones of Eastern Thai Fruits exported from Chan Buri, Rak Yorng and Trat provinces in Thailand were displayed and sold within lower prices for the people in Cambodia. The Eastern Thai Fruits included Thouren fruits, Mongkhut fruits, Samav fruits, Longkong fruits, Mangoes and other fresh fruits.

Chhalothan Phaoviboon, Secretary of the Royal Thai Embassy in Cambodia, said that it marked the second time as the Export Promotion Department in the Ministry of Commerce, the Royal Thai Government and the Royal Embassy of Thailand in collaboration with the Paragon Cambodia Town Center have organized this Eastern Thai Fruits in Phnom Penh.

The main purpose of the Eastern Thai Fruits was to display and additionally express about Thai fresh fruits which are the qualified goods with fair prices and also gratitude to all Cambodian clients who have been supporting and eating Thai fresh fruits in Cambodia.

Phaoviboon added that it was also to enlarge the trade, businesses, investments, cooperation and alliance between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Kingdom of Thailand in the future.

“This year’s Eastern Thai Fruits Exhibition is considered as a successful result for all involved institutions such as state party, farmers and communities in exporting their fresh fruits for sales abroad. It has also enlarged the trade, businesses, investments and cooperation between the two countries in the future,” he said during opening remarks at the Fruits Exhibition in Phnom Penh.

Phaoviboon pointed out that the export of Thai fresh fruits into Cambodian markets have been increasing about 30 percent every year. He added that the first Eastern Thai Fruits was held from 29th April to 2nd May 2010 at the Paragon Cambodia Town Center in Phnom Penh. The exhibition got a lot of success because it was supported and bought by Cambodian buyers.

Suphara Saykachan, Chief of the Office of the Thai Export Promotion in Chan Buri province, said that the purpose of the Thai Fruits Expo is to promote the export of the Thai fruits such as Thuren, Samav, Longkong, Mangoes and Mongkhut fruits for Thai eastern provinces: Chan Buri, Trat and Rak Yorng provinces in order to avoid the fall of fruits’ prices in Thailand.

There are a total of 752,532 tones of Thai fresh fruits which have been imported for sales in the markets in region in this year, he said, adding that these amounts of the eastern Thai fruits included 332, 160 tones of Thouren fruits; 125, 650 tones of Mongkhut fruits; 230, 848 tones of Samav fruits; and 63, 876 tones of Longkong fruits.

She continued to say that amongst these exported amounts, there were only 20 percent of Thai fresh fruits which has exported for sales in important markets such as China, Japan, the United States and other European countries in the world.

“The Office of the Thai Export Promotion has seen that Cambodia is a potential market for Thailand to export its fruits for sales. And with this imported goods and trade, the Thais have been earning about 1,000 Million Baths from Cambodian markets per year. Among this number, the Eastern Thai Fruits has sold about 30 percent of its fresh fruits equals about 600 Million Baths for Cambodian markets every year,” she said.

To promote the goods export, the Office of the Thai Export Promotion will continue to organize more Eastern Thai Fruits exhibitions every year in Cambodia in the future, he said.

Jiranun Wongmongkol, Minister Counselor (Commercial) in the Office of Commercial Affairs in the Royal Thai Embassy in Cambodia, said that according to the report of the Royal Thai Embassy, for the trade between Thai and Cambodia in 2009, the Thais gained a total of US$ 1,658 million.

Wongmongkol emphasized that the Thai trade into Cambodia in 2009 has decreased 22 percent if compared with 2008’s trading revenues due to the declined demands or buying from Cambodian clients. She added that besides this Eastern Thai Fruits Exhibition, the Department of Export Promotion in Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai Government plans to organize the Thai Trade Exhibition 2010 on June 17th -20th June at the Diamond Exhibition Center in Koh Pich; and the Thai Beauty Exhibition on July 2-5, 2010 at the Paragon Cambodia Town Center in Phnom Penh.

There are a total of 165 companies with 254 stores have participated and sold their Thai goods and products in the Eastern Thai Fruits Exhibition in Phnom Penh. //