Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cambodia-Vietnam Strengthen Good Cooperation and Friendship

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam have strengthened their cooperation, solidarity and friendship to make immortal ties and friendship between the two countries in the future.

The strengthening of the two-country friendships and cooperation was made through the state-visit of Vietnamese President H.E. Nguyen Minh Triet and Spouse, and other Vietnamese delegates who paid a state visit from 26th to 28th August 2010 in Cambodia.

Koy Kuong, Spokesperson and Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said that so far, the cooperation, solidarity and friendships between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Social Republic of Vietnam has been strengthened and promoted. The progress of investment, trade and tourism between the two countries has also greatly increased in Cambodia.

“The state visit of the Vietnamese Prime Minister has promoted the bilateral friendship and cooperation and other sectors between the two countries,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a telephone interview on August 27th.
Mao Thora, Secretary of State of Commerce, said that trade between the two countries has been increased steadily over the past 10 years, from US$ 146 million in 2001 to more than US$ 1 billion in 2009.

He said that the trade for the first half of 2010 alone was US$ 862 million, with Vietnamese exports accounting for about US$ 728 million. Those export figures were a 34 percent rise from the same period last year. Vietnamese investment in Cambodia was US$ 150 million for the first seven months of this year, in seven main sectors including telecommunications, banking and finance, air transport, agriculture, light industry, rubber, mining, energy and healthcare.

Chea Sokhom, Secretary General of the National Committee for Organizing National and International Festivals (NCONIF), said that the state visit of the Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triat was made after the official invitation of Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of the Kingdom of Cambodia, who visited on October 22-25 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

H continued to say that the purpose of the Vietnamese President’s visit wants to promote relationship between the two countries and promote trade and investment of the two countries. during the visit, the Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet and his wife, met with Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni; the Senate President Samdech Chea Sim, the National Assembly President Samdech Heng Samrin; and Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
The Vietnamese President also met with two leaders of Buddhist Monks Sects, Samdech Tep Vong and Samdech Bou Kry; and Vietnamese communities and business people in Cambodia. He also attended the establishment of the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) radio representing office in Phnom Penh.

VOV Representive Office Launched in Cambodia

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Voice of Vietnam Radio (VOV) has officially launched on August 27th in Phnom Penh in order to promote bilateral tie and cooperation, solidarity and friendship between the two countries. The official opening ceremony of Vietnam’s VOV Radio was inaugurated under the presidency of H.E. Nguyen Minh Triet, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and H.E. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information of Cambodia at the Inter-Continental Hotel, participated by Cambodian government officials and Vietnamese media experts.

Mr. Vu Van Hien, Director General of the Voice of Vietnam Radio, said that it marked the first time as VOV Radio has officially opened its representative radio office in Cambodia to provide information between the two countries as well as from other countries for people in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

The Director General continued to say that the purpose of the VOV Radio establishment aims to report information from Cambodia to Vietnam as well as to promote cooperation and the tie of friendship, solidarity between the two countries in the future.

“We are very pleased to establish our VOV Radio representative office in Cambodia. The main objective of establishment for the VOV Radio office is to report information from Cambodia to Vietnam and to promote cooperation and the tie of friendship between our two countries in the future,” he said during opening speech at the opening ceremony of VOV office in Phnom Penh.

He pointed out that VOV Radio is one of the main leading media institutions of the state and Vietnamese government. Currently, VOV Radio has a total of 6 channels with over 200-hour quantity per day in Vietnamese language, 12 foreign media languages and other 12 ethnic languages inside and outside the country.

VOV Radio now has also been developing strongly via multi media publications with four types of media including: speaking newspapers, pictured newspapers, electronic media, and printed newspapers, he said, adding that currently, there are over 2,000 reporters working for VOV Radio in the world. And VOV Radio operating and broadcasting in seven counties including Bangkok (Thailand); Paris (France); Russia, Tokyo (Japan); China; Egypt, United States; and Laos.

Ngo Thi Hoa, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh, said that the VOV Radio office is very important for the relations between the two countries because it will report information from Cambodia to Vietnam. He added that this new office will help expand the reach of VOV Radio, which currently has three reporters and broadcasts in Svay Rieng, Kampot and Preah Sihanouk provinces.

H.E. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Cambodia, appreciated and strongly supported with the establishment of VOV Radio office in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

“I think that this establishment of VOV Radio office is very important for Cambodians because it will provide useful information and knowledge for them so that they can be able to promote social developments and economic growth as well as poverty reduction in Cambodia,” he said. “On behalf of the Ministry of Information and the Royal Government of Cambodia, I strongly welcome and support with the establishment of VOV Radio office in Cambodia,” he added.

Since 1979, Vietnam has been helped the National Radio of Cambodia, AKP newspapers and other areas, he said, adding that currently, VOV Radio has provided FM radio machines for three Cambodia’s provincial radio stations in Svay Rieng, Kampot and Preah Sihanouk provinces in order to worldwide broadcast information in reaching all people in Cambodia.

According to the Ministry of Information’s report, there are over 500 media institutions including newspapers, magazines, electronic media, televisions and radios in Cambodia.

KOICA To Provide Human Resource Development Center Project

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will donate Human Resource Development Center project for the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) with the estimated cost of US$ 6.5 million.

Mr. Son Sung-il, Deputy Representative of KOICA Cambodia, said that the project was designed with the purpose to improve national competitiveness of Cambodia through human resource development program.

He added that for next five years, expected to start from 2010 to 2014, the project will cover the establishment Human Resource Development Center equipped with modern teaching materials, creating human resource development program including Information Technology, and Technical Training courses, and dispatching Korean experts.

“The final agreement over this project will be signed by the two countries after the last seminar was held on August 31st, focusing on the presentation and discussion of result of basic design study of Cambodia-Korea Human Resource Development Center with all project’s stakeholders like KOICA, RUPP, and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport,” he said.

He pointed out that this project is a part of Official Development Assistance from the Republic of Korea following the official request from the Royal Government of Cambodia to support infrastructure development that will benefit education sector in Cambodia.

KOICA in cooperation with RUPP will organize a seminar on 31st August 2010 in Phnom Penh to discuss about the result of basic design of Cambodia-Korea Human Resource Development Center, he said, adding that the seminar will be chaired by H.E. Lav Chhiv Eav, Rector of the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and Dr. Shin Eui-Cheol, new Representative of KOICA office in Cambodia.

He added that during this seminar, the KOICA’s Basic Design Study team will present their study result and collect feedback to reach to finalize their study report.

According to Mr. Son Sung-il, the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is a Korean government’s agency responsible for Official Development Assistance (ODA) to developing countries. KOICA’s programs can be broadly classified as human resources cooperation programs such as Invitation of Trainees, Dispatch of Experts and Korean Overseas Volunteers (KOVs) and development cooperation programs such as Development Study, and Project-Type Cooperation.

In 2008, South Korea gave Cambodia US$ 13.1 million in aid and US$ 30 million in loans. So far, KOICA has been implemented a total of 20 main projects in Cambodia in which 10 projects in Phnom Penh and other 10 projects implementing in provinces.

This year, KOICA plans to implement seven projects including Irrigation System Construction in Batheay Region within US$ 2.5million; Irrigation-based Rural Development in Kampong Cham within US$ 2.4 million; Capacity Building of Siem Reap Provincial Hospital within US$ 3.3 million; Human Resource Development Center Construction within US$ 6.5 million; National Base Map Production within 2.5 million, Siem Reap Ring Road Construction within US$ 9.2 million; and Solar Hybrid Power Energy System Construction within US$ 2.2 million.

Phnom Penh Crown Football Team Won Metfone Cambodian League

By BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Ten selected football teams from cities and provinces throughout the country have attended competition of “Metfone Cambodian League 2010”, started from the 27th of March to the 22nd of August 2010 at the National Sport Complex in Phnom Penh to compete for becoming the Champion of Metfone Cambodian League 2010.

The first “Metfone Football League” competition was organized by the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC), and supported by the Metfone Company which is the Vietnamese Telecom company operating in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

As result, the Phnom Penh Crown Football Club has won the Championship of the “Metfone Cambodian League 2010”.

Gen. Sao Sokha, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), Chief of the Military Police Headquarters and President of the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC), said the winners of the Metfone Cambodian League has shown about their hard training, hard works, commitments and talents in competition.

The FFC’s President Gen. Sao Sokha continued to say that they are Cambodia’s qualified football teams for the future national and international football competitions inside and outside the country.

“I am very proud with the football winners of the “Metfone Cambodian League 2010”. Their championship winners have shown about their hard works, playing experiences and talents in competition,” he told reporters after the handing over ceremony of awards and prizes for the football winners on the 22nd of August 2010 in Phnom Penh.

Gen. Sao Sokha added that since the Football Federation of Cambodia has organized both national and international football competitions especially Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Football Cup so far, Cambodian football has been developed and promoted good experiences. They can also compete with foreign football players in the region.

Ouk Sethycheat, General Secretary of the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC), said that the event marked the first time for FFC organized the “Metfone Cambodian League” in Phnom Penh to select the best football player for Metfone Cambodian League in 2010.

There were a total of 10 selected footfall teams for the top ten football teams of Cambodia to participate in this competition, and the football teams were selected by the Football Federation of Cambodia, he said, adding that the “Metfone Cambodian League 2010” had begun from the 27th of March to the 22nd of August 2010 and took place everyday on Saturday and Sunday at the National Sport Complex in Phnom Penh.

Sethycheat added that as result of the “Metfone Cambodian League 2010”, Phnom Penh Crown Football Team won the Preah Khan Reach Football Team with 4-3 goals and became the Champion of the Metfone Cambodian League 2010, while the Build Bright University (BBU) Football Team took the third place and Naga Corp Football Team took the fourth place.

According to the FFC officials, the football team who won the championship received a cup with 24.000.000 riel (about US$ 6,000) prize; the runner up received 12.000.000 riel (about US$ 3,000) prize; and the third place winner received 4.000.000 riel ( about US$ 1,000) prizes; the Top Scorer received 2.000.000 riel (about US$ 500); the Fair Player received 4.000.000 riel (about US$ 950); the Best Team Referees received 4.000.000 riel; Best Goal keeper received 1.000.000 riel (about US$ 250); the Best Coach received 2.000.000 riel (about US$ 500); and the Best Player received 2.000.000 riel.

Keo Sok Ngorn, a football player of the Phnom Penh Crown Football Team whom he has gained two goals for his team’s victory which was pleased with his team’s football championship success.

“I am happy as my team won the ‘Metfone Cambodian League’ in this year. To maintain my team success, I think that I will continue to train harder and attend more football competitions in the future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview.

He emphasized that early this year, his team also attended competition of the Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Football Cup 2010 which was organized by Football Federation of Cambodia in Phnom Penh but as result his team had not received the championship.

He added that however, his football will attend the future both Samdech Hun Sen’s Football Cup and Metfone Cambodian League and try to compete and win more championships in Cambodia.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Public Sport Regional Phnom Penh Center Championship

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and Phnom Penh Municipality have organized the “Public Sport Regional Phnom Penh Center Championship 2010” from the 6th to the 20th of August at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh to select the champion of Public Sport

About 200 athletes from 12 different sport institutions in Phnom Penh have attended the competition. The 12 sport units from military court’s football team; the Secretariat of the National Assembly’s football team; CMAC’s football team; Senate’s football team; the National Management for Disaster’s football and volleyball teams; Ministry of Information’s football and volleyball team; Phnom Penh Municipality’s basketball, volleyball and athlete teams; 911 Military Paratrooper’s volleyball team; Institute of Sport and Education’s basketball; Ministry of Interior’s athletes; Ministry of National Defense’s athlete team; and Build Bright United’s athlete teams.

H.E. Bun Sok, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, said that the event is a chance for all athletes to show their talents in competition to gain success for their sport units. He added that the competition will help the Ministry to select the qualified athletes in preparing upcoming national and international public sport events inside and outside the country.

“I would like to thank and praise the Department of Education Youth and Sport for its good cooperation with MoEYS, organizing this event in Cambodia. This event and activity is not only to provide us to select the talent and qualified sport people but also provides human resources within strong physique, good health, good intelligent, and strong spirit,” he said during his opening remarks at the Public Sport Regional in Phnom Penh Center.

H.E. Bun Sok continued to say that this sport event will also able to provide a solidarity, cooperation and friendship between the Kingdom of Cambodia and other countries in the world like a slogan “sport is diplomacy of peace”.

Under the wisdom leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Cambodia has full peace, political stability and security which made Cambodians able to develop their country within development and the progress, he said, adding that and so far, many big achievements such as roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals, have been made by the Royal Government throughout the country.

Besides these achievements above, Cambodia’s sport sector has also been developing and promoting almost every sport and can compete with other counties in the region.

“From now on, I would like to appeal to all sport delegates to pay more attentions and continue to strengthen and enlarge more establishments of the sport associations or clubs among the public ranks in their ministries or communities in cities and provinces across the country so that we can prepare or select the best athletes or qualified sport players for attending the future national and international sports tournaments in the future,” he said.

He added: “I would like also to appeal to all athletes who have participated in this year’s public sport competition that this competition is just to measure about your techniques and capacities and is also to strengthen good cooperation, friendship and solidarity among all participants. Therefore, you have to work hard and try your best to compete with each other to gain victory for your sport units.”

Last year, Cambodia sent 122 athletes to attend the 25th SEA Games in Laos with the participation of 11 countries including Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

As results, Cambodia athlete teams won 40 medals including three gold medals, 10 silver medals and 27 bronze medals from this international competition.

H.E. Bun Sok said that Cambodian sport subjects which won the medals from the 2009 SEA Games are Petangue (two gold medals), (three silver medals and five bronze medals); Wrestling (one gold medal, three silver medals, and three bronze medals); boxing (one silver and four bronze medals); Taekwondo (three silver medals and four bronze medals); Shuttle Cock (seven bronze medals); Wushu (two bronze medals); athletes (one medal); and Tennis (one bronze medal).

In the 2007 SEA Games, in Thailand, Cambodian athletes received 18 medals including two gold medals, five silver and 11 bronze medals from all competitions.

Chan Sam An, Deputy Governor of Phnom Penh Municipality, said due to the progress and the development in Cambodia, so far Cambodian sport has developed and promoted peace, political stability and security prevailing nationwide in Cambodia.

Cambodia’s athletes’ techniques and playing experiences have been also strengthening and developed and can compete with neighboring countries, he noted.

Mr. Meas Sok Chamroeun, Chief of the Public Sport Competition Organizing Committee, said that there are 12 sport units including seven football teams; four volleyball teams; two basketball teams; and four athlete teams in this year’s competition.

The competition has been conducting from the 6th to the 20th of August 2010 at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh, he said, adding that the competition is aimed to select the best athletes to promote the public sports in order to encourage the public to enjoy playing sport and developing the sport in the future in Cambodia.

Cambodia to Prevent the Outbreak and Epidemic of Dengue Fever

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Ministry of Health has taken measure to combat the outbreak and the epidemic of the dengue fever which will is most prominent during the rainy season.

H.E. Dr. Eng Huoth, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Health, said that the dengue fever has quickly created health problems in developing countries especially the countries in the tropic region and in Southeast Asia region across the world.

The breakout and epidemic of the dengue fever have increased in the region and the number of people who have been affected and died by dengue fever also has increased yearly, he said, adding that most people who get infected and die from dengue fever are children.

“Dengue fever is considered a very serious disease which has threatens children under 15 and its outbreak and epidemic occurs nationwide both in cities and rural provinces or rural areas in the country,” he told the municipal and provincial health officers at a workshop on “situation control of outbreak and epidemic of dengue fever” on August 10th in Phnom Penh.

He added that the Ministry of Health has paid close attention and has taken measures to prevent and combat this epidemic from happing in our country. The Ministry of Health has encouraged all the state municipal and provincial health officers to carry out five strategic measures including: conduct a better research-control and disease data analysis; disease treatment and healthcare with highest effectiveness and responsibilities; destroy epidemic agents and prevent disease outbreak and epidemics which can lead to y eliminating it.

“I would like to give advice to all state hospitals, referral hospitals and health centers to prepare an action plan, working plan to strengthen their resources, structure and functions for responding to the outbreak and epidemic of the disease in case it will happen in the future,” he said.

Dr. Ngan Chantha, Deputy Director of the National Malaria Center and Manager of the National Dengue Fever Program in the Ministry of Health, said that the dengue fever is still a major concern for Cambodia. It has been claiming a lot of Cambodian children’s lives every year.

Since April until the end of October 2009, about 20,000 Cambodian people whose ages are less than 15 years old were affected by the dengue fever, and a total of 34 children have died from this disease in Cambodia, according to Dr. Ngan Chantha.

He said that the dengue fever is now highly erupting in Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Kandal, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampot, Kratie and Siem Reap provinces.

“There are more children who have been infected by the fever because they are bitten by the tiger mosquito which live near, dams, roads and building construction in Cambodia. On the other hand, there has been a lot more rain this year and most people have not used mosquito nets and Abets to protect the spread of the dengue fever,” he told reporters after a short break of workshop on “situation control of outbreak and epidemic of dengue fever” on August 10th in Phnom Penh.

According to the statistic figure of the National Malaria Center, in 2010, there are 4,246 people infected by the dengue fever including 11 children fatalities in the first seven months in 2010 compared to the same period in previous year with 6,306 people infected dengue fever and 17 children fatalities. In 2007 there were 38,390 people infected and 393 people fatalities compared to the same period in 2008 with 7,734 people infected and 56 people fatalities.

Dr. Ngan Chantha stated that to prevent the pandemic of the dengue fever in Cambodia, so far the National Malaria Center and the Ministry of Health have been working to improve and strengthening its health care management in all health centers and referral hospitals in cities and provinces across the country.

He emphasized that last year, the Ministry of Health distributed freely a total of 216 tones of abets and other materials to people in 24 cities and provinces and this year, the ministry has also distributed 102 tones of abets for people in 24 cities and provinces across the country in order to prevent the spread of disease in communities.

The ministry is now preparing about 100 tones of Abets and other related materials for distributing to the people for between November and December incase the disease increases by the end of this year, he said.

Cambodia’s 10 Year-Action Plan for Road Safety 2011-2020

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

With financial support from Goble Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), the National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) in collaboration with Handicap International Belgium (HIB) has organized the workshop on “Developing Cambodia’s 10 year-action plan from road safety 2011-2020” over two days from the 12th to the 13th of August 2010 at the Sunway Hotel in Phnom Penh. The workshop is aimed to set up developing Cambodia’s 10 year-action plan for road safety 2011-2020 in Cambodia.

Gen. Khan Savoeun, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Interior (MoI), said that in recent years the deaths caused by accident has increased every day, and is still a main concern for Cambodians. He added that road accidents has also become a main subject and is the second biggest concern and worry for the Cambodian government disaster after HIV/AIDS in the country.

He emphasized that according to the Ministry of Interior covering the first six moths of 2010, there are 3,040 cases of road accidents involving 6,346 victims, 931 out of whom were killed, 2, 853 seriously injured, and 2,562 slightly injured without a mention of orphans, widows, disability and assorted tragedies left behind by the road accidents, therefore making the Royal Government of Cambodia’s poverty reduction policy difficult.

Moreover, road accidents have also imposed financial burden on surviving family members of the victims. In 2009, road accidents costs Cambodia US$ 248 million and this money, if there were no road accidents, could be used to serve the social interests such as construction of hospitals, roads and bridges and so on.

“I would like to appeal to all our Cambodian road users to respect traffic laws by using proper helmets; belt wearing, not drink-driving and over speed driving. You must note that there is only your participation that we can reduce traffic accident, road crashes, deaths or injuries caused by the road accidents,” he said during his opening remarks at the workshop on road safety plan 2011-2020.

He called on NRSC and involved ministries and NGOs to continue their hard work in educating of gradual behavioural change of road users toward a culture of respect for the law by adopting a habit of wearing helmets, putting on rear mirrors, registration number plates, wearing safety belts when driving, respecting traffic signs, undergoing technical check-ups of vehicles and so on. He added that efforts will also be added to prevent over speeding and drink-driving offences, which often result in the serious injuries.

Ryan Duly, GRSP Mekong Program Manager, said that the long-term commitment of the Royal Government of Cambodia, the National Road Safety Committee and partners to reduce road crashes and causalities is impressive, demonstrated by this workshop. In side this plan are the proposed key goals, targets, actions and measurable road map to improve road safety for all citizens of Cambodia.

Ryan Duly said that by developing this 10 year-plan, Cambodia is one of the first countries to commit and align themselves to the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2010-2020. The outcome of this decision is the UN General Assembly Resolution 64/ 255 “improving road safety” which lays out the UN’s pledges and recommendations for the next 10 years.

“I highly encourage all Cambodian stakeholders to read this important document. You will see that Cambodia is well on its way to following many of the recommendations outlined in this Resolution. Of course, one of the key outputs of the resolution is the development of the Decade of Action Plan at the global level, and the encouragement by the UN for each country to develop their own,” he said.

“GRSP is very proud to have provided financial and technical support, especially in partnership with the NRSC, MoI and HIB, to the process of developing the Cambodia Plan and you will have a chance to study and discuss it at this workshop. I am pleased to see that Cambodia’s Plan is indeed based on the proposed global actions, with local adaptation which ensures relevant to Cambodia’s situation and needs,” he added.

He said that as the UN Resolution clearly states, this strategy of cooperation between government, civil society and business is the only way that a solution to road safety can be achievement. GRSP, as its name highlights, believes in this approach and is committed to creating and sustaining partnerships for road safety.

“However, critical to the success of the plan will be to ensure adequate funding is committed to implementing the actions. I strongly encourage the NRSP and stakeholders to prioritize increased funding and investment. Without adequate funding, it will be very difficult to achieve your goal of reducing roads crashes and casualties, and improving road safety,” he said.

CAMEMIS Initial Introduction to Cambodia’s Schools Management

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

CAMEMIS, which is a free web-based software application for educational establishments to manage student data, was firstly introduced to Cambodian teachers and Information Technology (IT) experts for use in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

The first introduction of the CAMEMIS was conducted and presented by Mr. Kaom Vibolrith, CAMEMIS Author, and a Cambodian-German nationality, with over 100 participations who are school teachers, education officers and IT experts from about 50 different state universities and colleges and private universities and institutions in Phnom Penh.

Kaom Vibolrith, CAMEMIS Author and Presenter, said that the event marked the first time as he has organized the workshop on CAMEMIS-Free Education Management Information System for school teachers and people in Cambodia. He added that the main purpose of the workshop was to introduce his CAMEMIS finding of new technology for people and the use in Cambodia.

CAMEMIS is an Education management information systems which provides capabilities for entering student test and other assessment scores through an electronic grade book, building student schedules, tracking student attendance and managing many other data needed in a school or college (staff management, academic management, etc) especially parent involvement with school.

Vibolrith said that he has spent over two year to design and create this CAMEMIS software and program.

“In developed countries, School administrator uses commercial software to manage education information system. This is includes Student, Teacher, Instructor and School management. Due to the cost of commercial software, schools in less/ developing countries are not affordable to use this commercial software,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview on August 12th.

He added that the CAMEMIS is created to lower the cost of using education software in less/ developing countries with local support, maintenance and training especially it’s supported local language in each country.

Mr. Kaom Vibolrith has worked for more than 10 years in software development for many German companies before founding Vikensoft Company. He had participated in many projects such as Content Management System (Internet Portal Wiesbaden State in Germany), E-Learning Platform (Webcom Teach 3.11), Restaurant Community Platform (BarWatch), Hotel Management (FairSales, FairChain), Supplier Relationship Management on Demand (Futura Sourcing).


Mr. Rapid Sun, Director of CAMEMIS for Cambodia, said that CAMEMIS was authored by Mr. Kaom Vibolrith and co-authored by Mr. Stephen Hahn in Germany.

The Director Rapid Sun continued to say that CAMEMIS is a trademark of Vikensoft Company in Germany. It has been registered for copy right internationally. Vikensoft is newly established in 2010. Mr. Kaom Vibolrith is Chairman of the company. He added that CAMEMIS is a free education management information system. Private and Public schools are encouraged to use CAMEMIS with free of charge.

“We will charge only for maintenance, support and training with low cost compared to other commercial product and open source software. This charge is only for private schools. For public schools, we are planning to cooperate with Ministry of Education, Government Agencies/ Associations responsible for education or donor agencies to support these public schools,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an email interview on August 13th.

He added that CAMEMIS currently is also available in five languages including Khmer, Vietnamese, Thai, German, French and Indonesian. It is now available for use in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Police Received Training on ID Card Production Equipment

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The General Commissariats of the National Police in the Ministry of Interior has closed a training course on ID Cards Production equipment for personnel police. The course was conducted for two months from June 2nd to August 6th, 2010 in Phnom Penh.

The training course was financially supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). A total of 76 police officer ID cards, who were selected from 24 municipalities and provinces, had attended the ID Cards Production Training in order to learn about the new information technology and ID card production equipment.

Lieutenant Gen. Yun Chhunny, Deputy Police Commissioner of the General Commissariats of National Police in Ministry of Interior, said that this marked the second time that UNDP has provided its supports to the Cambodia Identity card program contributing to the strengthening of democracy and electoral processes in Cambodia.

The support also contributes to the human capacity, particularly to police officers in equipping themselves with modern technology.

Gen. Yun Chhunny added that identity card is an essential document that can be used for several purposes including in daily life, to elect their representative through elections and also to contribute to strengthening democracy in Cambodia.

“I would like to take this opportunity to urge all police to apply effective knowledge gained in conjunction with respect to code of conducts that officers have to follow in order to receive support from the citizen. Furthermore, after receiving this equipment, please take care and use it according to its proper technically,” he said during his closing remarks on August 10th after they graduated for four days in Phnom Penh.


Gen. Chhunny added that on behalf as General Commissioner of the National Police, he would like to express his profound thanks to UNDP, development partners, colleagues who were in charge of the providing support to this information technology training course and procuring the equipment for ID Cards production.

“I am pleased to inform that we will distribute these to all provincial and municipal police commissariats to be used for ID card production in order to contribute to strengthening democracy in Cambodia,” he said. “We hope that we get more assistance in the future,” he added.

Elena Tischenko, UNDP Country Director, said that UNDP’s support to the Cambodian National ID Program is part of a broader effort to strengthen democratic reform and electoral processes in the country through technical assistance and capacity developments.

Elena Tischenko continued to say that for many years, UNDP has been closely involved in electoral support program including assisting Cambodia to conduct elections and adhere to the international standards of inclusive democratic processes.

“The nature of our partnership has evolved from event-related electoral assistance to strengthen capacities, mechanisms, and instruments in between the ballots. It is in this context that UNDP-support project, strengthening democracy and electoral processes in Cambodia, is seeking to assist Cambodia,” she said.

She added that in achieving the following broader objectives: the evolution of democratic values, increased and improved access to information, empowering citizens to exercise their civic rights and understanding their obligation and responsibilities as stated in the Cambodian Constitution, and promoting dialogue between the government, political parties and civil society to foster greater political tolerance.

In 2000, the Royal Government of Cambodia launched its national ID cards program with the aim of providing all Cambodians with a legal identity documents which could be used for various purposes including business transactions, employment contracts, voting in elections and so forth. These ID cards have been issued for the 10 years, she said.

According to the Ministry of Interior’s statistics, several million ID cards will either expire or due to be issued for the first time to Cambodians aged 15 or older during the period of 2010-2013. The estimates for the year 2010 alone show that more than 2 million ID cards need to be renewed/ issued, with an additional 5 million to follow for the period 2011-2013.

“To respond to the need of renewal and issuance of so many identity cards to Cambodian citizens, the Ministry of Interior, together with its partners, have carried out extensive planning and preparations,” she said. “This includes strengthening IT capacities of Ministry of Interior through the information technology training program. The new computer-based ID card application system incorporates the latest in technology and it is essential that operators are equipped that operated with the rights skill to use in the filed.”

She continued to say that the national ID cards is an important legal document that can be used by all Cambodians for a variety of administrative purpose including employment or unemployment benefits, health care support, education, taxation purposes and voter registration.

Cambodia to Combat Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Since the outbreak of the pig disease called “Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome” (PRRS) occurring in Cambodia in recent weeks, the Royal Government of Cambodia is now working hard to combat the outbreak and the epidemics of the PRRSD disease and stop the import of all kind of the pigs and pork from neighboring countries across the borders into Cambodia.

Kao Phal, Director of Animal Health and Food Production Department (AHFPD) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries (MoAFF), said that PRRS disease is becoming a challenging and more concerned diseases for people in Cambodia.

To combat this PRRS disease, on August 12th, his authority has invited about 100 pig farm companies’ owners or representatives whom are the stakeholder and his provincial AHFPD officials to meeting at the AHFPD office in Phnom Penh in order to discuss how can they work to respond to the PRRS crisis and to help the farmers, he said.

The main objective of the meeting was to find measure and action to combat the PRRS disease which is the new pig disease happening and threatening peoples’ lives in Cambodia. It is also to discus how to find the solution and actions to prevent the disease as well as to help the farmers whose pigs are sick and have died by these diseases.

“The farmers are the feeders of animals or pigs and they are also the customers or buyers of the pig farm companies. And now if they cannot feed their pigs because of PRRS disease, how can the pig companies sell pork for them? Therefore, for the benefits both pig farms and local farmers, all pig farm companies should cooperate and help them how to prevent the disease,” he said during a meeting with a group of about 100 pig farm companies’ owners or representatives on August 12th in Phnom Penh.

He called on all stakeholders especially pig farm companies and pig depots to cooperate working closely with the government especially the Animal Health and Food Production in sharing information and pig treatment and in combating the PRRS disease in Cambodia. He also appealed all people to continue eat pork as normal because the PRRS disease does not affect people’s health.

Relating to the prevention of the classical swine fever and PRRS disease, Kao Phal said that to prevent the outbreak of the Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome for people in Cambodia, his authorities have recently issued an official announcement to stop the sale and import of sick pigs and pork products in Cambodia.

He stated that AHFPD and MoAFF have often convened its AHFPD experts about how to find measures and actions to combat pig disease as well as sending its animal health experts to meet the farmers where the outbreak of PRRS happened in cities and provinces in Cambodia to begin with.

On August 4th, the Royal Government of Cambodia signed by Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has issued an announcement on measure to prevent illegal pig’s importation into Cambodia. These announcements were made after the area investigation were done by the MoAFF and Health Ministry Officials following the exposure of many cases of the pig that suffered in many provinces in Cambodia in early August 2010.

“After receiving the announcement of the Government on measure to prevent illegal pigs import in Cambodia, the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries led by H.E. Dr. Chan Sarun has immediately convened its technical experts to tackle and finding solution to respond to the prevention of the disease,” he said.

According to the Government’s announcement, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has ordered the Ministry of Interior to issue regulation to all provincial and municipal governors to strictly ban the import of pigs from neighboring countries; the Ministry of Economy and Finance and Ministry of Commerce must issue an order to their competent agents based at the borders to immediately stop importing of pigs and pork productions without license; the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries must take immediately and necessary actions and measures to combat the all kinds of outbreaks and epidemics of the pig disease; investigate and conduct research on pigs’ health, pig farms situations, and bio-security; and disseminating the diseases to the whole the people. The ministry must also pay attention and controlling on pig killings; hygiene of pork; confiscate and destroy all disease pigs or spoiled foods (pork) within efficient procedures.

Mr. Kim Norleak, General Manager of the C.P Cambodia Co., LTD which is one of the biggest pig farm company in Cambodia, said that since the outbreak of PRRS disease in Cambodia, his company’s pork sales as well as the farmers’ pig business under company’s control have been declined if compare with years when the disease has not occurred. He stated that so far, his company sold only between 60 to 70 pigs per day but now selling from 250 to 300 pigs per day as the disease is not happened in Cambodia.

“I am now very concern about my pig farm business since the outbreak of the pig disease has been occurring in Cambodia. I think that if it is still continued and if there is no immediate intervention and measure, it will be affected on the whole farmers’ pig feeding in Cambodia,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview.

To prevent the pig disease, his company has been working hard in doing the bio-security and take care of his pig farms and his buyers in cities and provinces across the country, he said, adding that his company has also sent its technical pig experts to train the farmers whom they are his company’s customers and who have bought small pigs from his company to feed about how to take care and prevent the pig diseases.

There are over 4,000 pigs in his pig depots and pig farms in Cambodia, he noted.

Dr. Monivann Tan, Vice-President of Mong Rethy Group, said has supported Cambodian government in issuing announcement to stop import of pigs from neighboring countries.
He added that the governments announce will help the farmers to feed their pigs and animals for sales into Cambodian markets and to supply the buyers in Cambodia.

“I strongly support the government to stop the import of pigs from abroad into Cambodia. I think that this measure is good because it can to help to prevent the outbreak of the disease as well as to help our farmers to feed their pigs to earn money to support their families,” he said.

According to the AHFPD’s reports, Cambodia needs a total of 4,000 pigs for food per day but so far, Cambodia’s local pig farms can supply only 2,000 pigs per day in Cambodia. Therefore, it demands other 2,000 pigs from our neighboring countries to supply the lack of pigs in the country.

PM Calls for International Conference to Solve Border Issues

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has called for the meeting of the international conference to help resolve Preah Vihear Temple’s areas dispute, saying that bilateral approach between the two countries has broken down.

The Prime Minister said that Cambodia-Thai Preah Vihear Temple border dispute may reach bloodshed, saying that only an international conference, with the participation of the ASEAN country member countries, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), all other countries and the 19 Signatory member Counties to the Paris Pease Accord, can help to resolve the border issue.

“I think that now the use of any bilateral mechanism to resolve Preah Vihear border issue has broken down and cannot work anymore. Therefore, I am appealing for a multilateral participation from ASEAN, the UN Security Council, all other countries and the signatories to the Paris Peace Accords to help resolve the border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand,” he told government officials at a ceremony early this week.

Prime Minister said that Preah Vihear Temple is the hottest issue, not a laughing matter and can also reach bloodshed. The Prime Minister warned that any attempt by Thai troops to evict Cambodian troops from the 4.6 square kilometers of Preah Vihear Temple’s land will result in bloodshed.

“It is true that Cambodia is weak, Cambodia is small, but an ant will not let an elephant sleep peacefully and no one in this world has a steel-plated head and if you invade, we will fight, but fight inside our territory,” he said.

Besides calling for the meeting of international conference over Preah Vihear border issue, Samdech Hun Sen said that he will also ask United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to help mediate talks between Cambodia and Thailand over Preah Vihear border dispute. He stated that he will raise this issue with Mr. Ban Ki-moon during his official visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia on October 27-28, 2010.

“We will request the United Nations Secretary-General to be the coordinator for Cambodia-Thai Preah Vihear Border issue during his visit in Cambodia,” he said.

It is noted that Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s appeal was followed by Thailand’s Prime Minister Minister Abhisit Vejjajeva’s threat to cancel the 2000 MoU and to use force to evict Cambodian civilians and troops from the 4.6 square kilometers of land surrounding Preah Vihear Temple.

In response to the Thai Prime Minister Abhisit’s threat, on August 8th Samdech Hun Sen sent two official letters to the Chief of the UN Security Council accusing Thailand of violating the UN Charter and bilateral agreements with Cambodia, saying Cambodia will defend its territory at any cost.

“Cambodia will not use force to invade any countries, but Cambodia reserves the rights to use force to defend its territories. Cambodia never knew about the 4.6 square kilometers of overlapping area, there is no overlapping area. And if (Thailand) wants to use force to evict us from the area, please try!” said Prime Minister.

In his letter sending to the UN Security Council, Samdech Techo Hun Sen has drawn the attention to the UN Security Council to the fact that Preah Vihear Temple issue had been settled once and for all by the Franco-Siamese Convention of 1904, the Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 and the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of 1962 and the 1908 maps which were accepted by the then Siamese king.

The Prime Minister’s letter had also drawn the UNSC's attention to the verdict of the ICJ which stated that “the Temple of Preah Vihear is situated in territory under the sovereignty of Cambodia;” and that “Thailand is under an obligation to withdraw any military or police forces, or other guards or keepers, stationed by her at the Temple, or in its vicinity within Cambodian territory.”

The letter accused Thailand of violating articles 2.3 and 2.4 of the UN Charter. The letter also stressed that Cambodia re-affirms its policy not to use force to settle any disputes, but said it reserves its “legitimate rights” to defend its “sovereignty and territorial integrity” in the face of aggression by Thailand.

The Prime Minister Hun Sen had also requested the UNSC to widely circulate the letter to all members of the UNSC for information. He added that the tense situation is caused by the Thai invasion of Preah Vihear areas on 15th July 2008 but were not under inscription of Preah Vihear temple as a World Heritage List.

On the 10th of August 2010, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajeva has also sent an official letter to Mr. Vitaly Churkin, President of the United Nations Security Council in response to Cambodia’s Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s letter. In his letter, Thai Prime Minister told the UNSC’s President that Preah Vihear controversy is “misquoted, taken out of context and misunderstood”.

Due to the tense situation of the two countries border dispute, Cambodia and Thailand have indefinitely postponed an annual border meeting in the midst of an ongoing row over Preah Vihear temple.

The 7th General Joint Border Meeting, which will be held in Thailand on August 27-28, was officially delayed because Thailand’s defense ministry had not prepared necessary documents.
According to the plan, at the meeting, both sides are expected to sign agreements on border security, cooperation on landmine disposal, prevention of drug and human trafficking, and other security measures, said Gen. Chhum Socheat, Spokesperson for Cambodia’s Ministry of National Defense.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

1st Anniversary of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Archives

BY BUTH REASKMEY KONGKEA

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office in Cambodia in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts have organized the 1st Anniversary ceremony of the inscription of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Archives in the Memory of the World International Register on August 9 at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh.

Jamie Hyo-Jin Lee, Communication Focus Point of UNESCO Phnom Penh Office, said that the event will feature speeches by His Excellency Hem Chhem, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts and His Excellency Teruo Jinnai, UNESCO Representative of Cambodia, and will conclude with art performances. He added that the Memory of the World is the documented, collective memory of the people of the world. It is the legacy of the past to the world community of the present and the future.

“The UNESCO Memory of the World Program recognizes documentary heritage of international, regional and national significance, maintains registers of it, and facilitates preservation and access without discrimination. It campaigns to raise awareness of the documentary heritage and to alert governments, the general public, and businesses to preservation needs,” she said.

She pointed out that during the three day meeting of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program, which was held on July 31, 2009 in Bridgetown, Barbados, Director General of UNESCO announced the inscription of documentary heritage on the recommendation of experts of the IAC of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program.

The historical photographs and documents from the site of the S-21 prison and interrogation center of the Pol Pot regime, currently held at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, were listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register on the 31st of July, 2009. The museum archive holds 4,186 prisoner “confessions”, 6,226 biographies of prisoners and 6,147 photographic prints, she noted.

She added that this ceremony will foster reflections on collective memory and raise awareness and bring attention to the importance of preserving and protecting our documentary heritage that memorializes our past. The ceremony will gather participants from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and other concerned ministries, development partners and NGOs, and will be held in the morning of Monday, 9th of August, 2010 at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Media and NGOs Are Partners for Good Governance and Social Accountability

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
Pa Nguon Teang, Director of the Cambodia Centre for Independent Media (CCiM), said that Media and NGOs are the partners to work and promote the good government and social accountability in Cambodia.
The media and NGOs have a main role to work and to help the government in poverty reduction, promote good governance, social accountability and democracy, respect of human rights, generate sustainable economic development and accountability in the country.
He said that the media and NGO groups should be partnered and has a good network of information sharing so that the media group can do their reporting within accuracy, fairness and credibility for the people and the government.
“I think that good governance and social accountability, the media groups and NGOs should be partnered, cooperating and working closely with each other providing information and reporting. To achieve this goal, the media should play independent roles in reporting the accurate, fair and reliable information to the people,” he said during a meeting with about 100 participants between media and NGO groups on August 3rd in Phnom Penh.

He pointed out that to increase Cambodian journalists’ capacity, with financial support from the Philippine-based Affiliated Network on Social Accountability (ANSA), the Cambodia Centre for Independent Media is implementing a project entitled “Reporting of Social Accountability Issues: Empowering the Journalists and Citizens to Report Social Accountability Issues through the Broadcast Radio”.

The objective of the project is to empower the Cambodian journalists and citizens, particularly in the rural areas, to report in the media pressing issues on social accountability. This objective also aims to contribute in promoting responsible journalism and in raising the awareness of the public on its role in monitoring and reporting public accountabilities of public officials, including private corporations and NGOs.
Dr. Pung Chhiv Kek, Executive Director of the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights (LICADHO), said that to promote democracy, rule of laws and respect of human rights in Cambodia, the media and NGO groups should be partnered and closely cooperated in working and reporting the real information from people to the government and from the government to the people.
She stated that the media and NGO groups should be often meeting and sharing their information so that they can do their reporting within accurate, fair and dependent information which can contribute to the promotion of democracy, social development and accountability in Cambodia.
“I would like to suggest that in order to provide the accurate and reliable information for the people, the journalists must play their roles independently and respect of journalism and code of conduct,” he said.
San Chey, Network Fellow of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP), said that there are four pillars of social accountability including: organized and capable citizens groups; an enabling environment, with government champions who are willing to engage; cultural appropriateness; and, access to information.
Both citizen groups and the government are important players of social accountability. Government has the duty to facilitate access to all information while citizens must assert their right to participate in governance. Citizens must organize themselves to be able to engage in this kind of participation, he said, adding that the social accountability approach presumes, first, that government keeps the door open for people’s participation and, second, that citizens are willing to engage the government. The dynamics of the relationship is constructive government-citizen engagement.
He emphasized that ANSA-EAP is a regional network established in 2008 to help cultivate the East Asia-Pacific way of doing social accountability by upholding the region's culture and norms. ANSA-EAP reaches out to various groups: citizen groups, nongovernment organizations, civic associations, the business sector, and government institutions. It harnesses and enhances the region's knowledge, expertise, and experience. Through ANSA-EAP, homegrown efforts can make people realize the direction and value of their participation in governance, further enriching the existing community of learning and practice.

Cambodia Selects Champions for Boxkator in 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS) in collaboration with the Cambodian Boxkator Federation (CBF) have organized the Nationwide Boxkator Championship 2010 over five days from the 29th of July to the 2nd of August 2010 at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh.

A total of 279 boxers including 72 female from 14 boxkator boxing clubs and associations in Phnom Penh and provinces have attended the nationwide Boxkator Championship in Phnom Penh.

As a result, 15 boxers won the championships 2010 while other 15 boxers took second place, and 19 boxers took third place of the competition.

H.E. Meas Sarin, Under Secretary of State for the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, said that the competition is important because it will help MoESY as well as Cambodian government to preserve and promote Boxkator which is a Khmer ancient muscle art and traditional culture in Cambodia and in the world.

The event will also help to encourage Cambodian people especially the youths to partake in sport in order that they can improve their health and help contribute to development of human resources, progress and prosperity in Cambodia, he said.

“Boxkator is a Khmer ancient boxing which is the greatest value art and traditional culture for Cambodian people. To preserve it for our next generations, we have to develop and promote the training of Boxkator in our country for the future. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to Cambodian people especially the youth to train and participate in Boxkator boxing so that they can improve their health and contribute to the progress and development in our country,” he said during his closing remarks and awards ceremony on August 2nd in Phnom Penh.

Regarding to the winners of the Nationwide Boxkator Championship 2010, he said that the winners have shown hard training, hard work and commitment to fighting. He called on all Boxkators to continued their training and hard work and to prepare for future Boxkator competitions in Cambodia.

Hok Chheang Kim, Secretary-General of the Cambodian Boxkator Federation, said that it marked the fourth year as CBF and MoEYS have organized nationwide Boxkator competitions in Phnom Penh. He stated that the main purpose of Boxkator competition was to select the best Boxkator fighters and Champions for 2010 in Cambodia.

Relating to the Boxkator competition, Hok Chheang Kim said that there are a total of 279 Boxkator boxers from 14 Boxkator clubs and associations in cities and provinces have attended the nationwide Boxkator Championship competitions in Phnom Penh.

Last year, there were 277 Boxkator boxers including 51 female attended the Nationwide Boxkator Championship 2009 in Phnom Penh, according to Chheang Kim.

Regarding to this year’s competition, he said that the competition is divided into two categories in which there is “fighting” and “display boxing” with 6 subjects.

Say Tevin, 22, from Boxkator Academy School in Phnom Penh, has attended the Nationwide Boxkator Championship 2010 in Phnom Penh. He has been competing in Boxkator with Master Trainer Sean Kim San, who is the President of Cambodian Boxkator Federation. He won the Boxkator championship and received a gold medal.

“I am happy and this is my fourth year as I have won the Championship and received my rewards from the Nationwide Boxkator Competition in Phnom Penh. I think that to promote Boxkator as well as spread it out to the world, I will continue to train and attend more competitions in the future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly.

Tevin has been attending since 2007, 2008 and 2009 nationwide Boxkator competitions in Phnom Penh and as result he has won the gold medals from all these competitions.

Bith Pheak, 21, another Boxkator boxer from Reach Proek Boxkator Club in the Phahasasra University in Cambodia, has also participated in the competition in Phnom Penh. He began his Boxkator career with a veteran Boxkator trainer in Reach Proeuk Boxkator Club 2008.

He said that last year, he has also participated in the nationwide boxkator competition organized by the MoEYS but as result he was unsuccessful. He added that he has gained two medals including one gold medal for his individual subject and one silver medal for fighting from this year’s competition.

“I am happy as I have received two medals from the Nationwide Boxkator Championship 2010 in Phnom Penh. I think that I am able to win this year’s competition because my hard training, hard work and patience for the competition,” he said. “I will continue to train hard and will attend more Boxkator competitions in the future.

BAC Disseminates “Awareness of New Criminal Code” for Lawyers

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Bar Association of Cambodia (BAC) has conducted a workshop on the “Awareness of theCriminal Code” for three days from the 2nd to the 4th of August for Cambodian lawyers. About 100 layers have attended the workshop to learn about the new criminal codes.

Chiv Song Hak, President of the Bar Association of Cambodia, said that the purpose of the workshop was to disseminate the new criminal code which was prepared and made by the Royal Government of Cambodia under the financial support of French Cooperation since 1998.

The workshop aimed to contribute to the building and the development of Cambodia based on the social justice sector especially contributing to the law and justice reform in Cambodia so that Cambodia can achieve the correct state of law in the future.

President Song Hak emphasized that there are six key chapters and 672 articles in the New Criminal Code. The New Criminal Code was prepared and made by the Royal Government of Cambodia with financial support from French cooperation and with participation of Cambodian judges, prosecutors and experienced law professionals.

He added that the New Criminal Code was completed in 2008 and was passed by the National Assembly of Cambodia on the 30th of November 2009.

“The New Criminal Code is a complex criminal procedure and it is an effective tool for lawyers and the court officers to do in ensuring, protecting and maintaining the safety, security and public orders for people in country,” he said during his opening remarks at the Workshop on “Awareness of New Criminal Code” on August 2nd.

Therefore, he said that they have to learn and know this criminal code so that they can implement their works smoothly and successfully.

“I would like to praise the Royal Government of Cambodia that has prepared this important criminal code which is the main law procedures and efficient tool of the criminal court in protecting and maintaining safety, security and public order in our country,” he added.

He added that to increase Cambodian lawyers’ capacity, their working professional skills, the Bar Association will continue to conduct more training on the criminal code, civil code, civil procedural code, and other important law issues for Cambodian lawyers in the future.

According to the Bar Association of Cambodia, currently there are about 1,000 lawyers including the lawyers who are fulfilled in their careers, the lawyers who are not fulfilled and those who are out of lists in Cambodia.

Cambodia Celebrates Youth Art Festival 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

More than 500 Cambodian artists from 24 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and 10 provinces will attend the “Cambodia Youth Arts Festival 2010” from the 7th to the 11th of August 2010 at the Chaktomuk Hall Theatre in Phnom Penh.

The Cambodia Youth Arts Festival 2010 is organized by the Cambodian Living Arts with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, together with over 20 other arts organizations from provinces and Phnom Penh.

Mr. Phloeun Prim, Director of the Cambodian Living Arts and Organizer of the Cambodia Youth Arts Festival 2010, said that the tournament marked the 5th year of the competition because his organization has organized this event in Cambodia after the two youth arts festivals were held in Siem Reap and other two events held in Battambang provinces in recent years.

The purpose of the youth arts festival is to raise and promote Khmer identification, traditions, cultures and Khmer forms of arts as well as to promote Khmer cultures and arts for other countries in the region and in the world.

“The festival includes workshops, demonstrations and performances at different venues in Phnom Penh where artists from all around Cambodia and the world will have the chance to share their skills and present a great variety of art forms. On display at the festival will be traditional Cambodian contemporary and modern art forms,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview on August 4th.

He added that the festival will be honorably joined by the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts during the opening ceremony on August 7th and it will open the curtain to let Cambodian citizens, artists and observers enjoy, understand and learn the importance of the cultural heritage as well as local and international modern arts.

“Since the festival began in 2004, we have hosted exhibition booths and an outdoor stages that the public are invited to cover,” he said. “Also open to the public, for a minimal ticket fee, also there are evening performances starting at 7:00pm in the Chaktomuk Theatre.”

He added that over the course of five days’ festival, their are some forms of art which are not to be missed, including the nearly extinct “music performance” by am ethnic minority “Kreung” called Memme, currently preserved by Cambodian Living Arts with the support of UNESCO and the Department of Culture and Fine Arts in Ratanakriri province. It is followed by Tevak Srey Sou dance, recently invented by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.

Regarding to the entry fee, he said that the ticket costs $ 5 for foreigners, $ 2.50 for Cambodians and 5,000 riel (about $ 1.19) for local students.

Kong Nay, a Master of Chapei Dang Veng (Khmer Traditional music entrustment) who has attended the Cambodia Youth Arts Festival 2010, said that he was pleased to perform his Chapei Dang Veng for audiences in Phnom Penh. He added that it marked his third times he has been invited by the Cambodian Living Arts to perform his Champei Dang Veng Skills for young people in Cambodia.

“I am very pleased and honored to participate in the youth arts festival in Phnom Penh. I hope that through this event we cam promote and preserve our arts, traditions, cultures and all forms for the next generation,” he told reporters at a press conferences at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) in Phnom Penh on August 3rd. //

CRC Marks the 5th Extraordinary General Assembly

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

His Majesty the King Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has praised the excellent work of the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) under the highest wisdom leadership from Lok Chum Teav Dr. Bun Rany Hun Sen, President of CRC.

The King said that the Cambodian Red Cross under the wisdom leadership of Lok Chum Teav Dr. Bun Rany Hun Sen has been working very hard in providing its humanitarian work and assistances for rescuing and helping victims and the poor people in Cambodia. The King added that CRC’s hard work were also recognized and supported by the whole Cambodian society as well as both national and international donors inside and outside the country.

“I wish to congratulate the great success that CRC has been done and achieved so far and I also wish to praise all CRC’s leaders who cooperated, working hard and leading all members of CRC to join hands, cooperate and voluntarily work in helping and rescuing the poor in all positions in every place including cities and provinces across the Kingdom of Cambodia,” the King said during closing remarks at the 5th Cambodian Red Cross Cambodia’s Extraordinary General Assembly on the 4th of August at the Chaktomuk Theatre in Phnom Penh.

The King pointed out that the CRC’s hard work has reflected on the cleaver leadership, talents and high responsibility of Dr. Bun Rany Hun Sen in leading and carrying out her duty with energy to help her own people in Cambodia.

To support the value and humanitarian work of the CRC, the King has donated US$ 5,000 for Cambodian Red Cross for continuing its hard work and duties to help the victims and poor in Cambodia.

“I would like to praise and strongly thank the President Dr. Bun Rany Hun Sen who led the Cambodian Red Cross and brought the successes and prestige for both national and international stages in helping the victims and the poor in the country,” the King noted.

During this event, the King’s Father Samdech Norodom Sihanouk, and Queen Mother Monineath Sihanouk, contributed their own money of US$ 15,000 to the Cambodian Red Cross for helping with their activities. The donation was handed over by the King Norodom Sihamoni.

Lok Chum Teav Dr. Bun Rany Hun Sen said that since the 4th CRC’s General Assembly was established in 2006, the CRC’s positioning structures has been strengthened and enlarged and the CRC’s works has been reintegrated into all levels of the base-authorities throughout the country.

She continued to say that due to the CRC’s structural strengthening, the Cambodian Red Cross has recently established and increased 183 branches in districts and Khans and is now establishing its branch offices to other commune levels in all cities and province.

According to a CRC’s statistic report, there are 150,000 members in 2006 which increased up to over 220,000 members in 2010; the volunteer increased 5,827 people in 2006 to 11,683 in 2010; and the Cambodia’s Youth Red Cross members increased 6,362 in 2006 to 14,676 in 2010.

A total of 113,745 Cambodian victims were rescued and received the emergent humanitarian supports from Cambodian Red Cross in the 4th mandate CRC from 2006 to 2010 in Cambodia, according to Lok Chum Teav Dr. Bun Rany Hun Sen.

Government Reserves Troops to Reform Military Field

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia plans to recruit more young solders in a move to reform and perform military field, aiming to defend its territorial sovereignty.

General Chhum Socheat, Under Secretary of State and the Spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense, said that the Royal Government has prepared to recruit and reserve troops for serving the military obligation to defend the country.

The draft sub-decree on recruiting reserve soldiers was already approved by the Council of Ministers and The National Assembly and it is now waiting for the final approval by His Majesty King Preah Bat Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, the King of the Kingdom of Cambodia, he said, adding that the reserve soldiers are practiced in many other countries around the world and it has nothing related to the border conflict with Thailand.

“The main purpose of having military reservation is to reform and to enhance in military field for a long-time vision,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly by telephone on August 5th.

Socheat said the military reservation of conscription will include recalling of contracted soldiers, professional retired soldiers or those who retired from military before the retirement age. The new conscripts will be required to perform military duties between 3 to 4 months.

The Royal Government of Cambodia has adopted the conscription law in 2006 which requires all Cambodian citizens aged over 18 to 30 years to enter a compulsory military service, he emphasized.

According to the “Sub-Decree”, the reservation of soldiers will serve for five years and if necessary, will extend for two more years.

Socheat added that the military reserves are established in accordance with article 5 of the Military Duty Act which requires that all Cambodian citizens aged 18 to 30 years to enter a compulsory military service.

H.E. Dr. Cheam Yeap, Chairman of the Parliamentary Finance Committee in the National Assembly of Cambodia, said although the Royal Government plans to increase the national budget, the government has not yet have any plans to increase the budget for defense. The budget for national defense in 2010 has US$ 500 million.

“Cambodia has to prepare itself for war to defend its territory and sovereignty but it does not mean that Cambodia wants to cause a war with any nation,” he said.

On the 3rd of August 2010, the Royal Government has appointed two government high-ranking officials as four-star general for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) in Cambodia. The two four-star generals are H.E. Prak Sokhon, Chairman of Cambodia’s United Nations Peace Keeping Forces (UNPKO) and Secretary of State in the Council of Ministers, and H.E. Serei Kosal, Senior Minister of the Royal Government.

According to the Ministry of National Defense, there are over 10 four-star-generals including Gen. Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense; Gen. Ke Kim Yan, Deputy Prime Minister; Gen. Pol Saroeun, Commander-in-Chief of RCAF; Gen. Kun Kim, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of RCAF; Gen. Meas Sophea, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of RCAF; Gen. Mol Roeup, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of RCAF, Gen. Hing Bunheang, Deputy Commander-in-chief of RCAF; Gen. Sao Sokha, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of RCAF and Commander of the Military Police; Gen. Oung Samkhan, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of RCAF, Gen. Nhiek Bun Chhay, Deputy Prime Minister; and Gen. Moeung Samphan, Secretary of State of National Defense.

Cambodian Athletes to Attend Asian Youth Games in Singapore

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) plans to send four of Cambodia’s selected athletes to attend the “Asian Youth Games” tournament in next month in Singapore.

Vath Chamroeun, Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), said that he plans to send four Cambodian athletes to attend in the “Asian Youth Games” 2010 competition which will take place on the 14th of August 2010 in Singapore. There are over 40 countries which will participate in the Games.

The four selected athletes included one Taikwondo boxer; one wrestler; one swimmer; and one athlete who is the best athletes selected from the NOCC in Cambodia, he said, adding that the purpose of participation is to compete with other participating countries in order to gain honor for the Kingdom of Cambodia.

“We are pleased to send our athletes to participate in the Asian Youth Games. We hope that within this participation, our athletes will try their best to win more medals, improve and strengthen their fighting skills as well as techniques so that they can prepare themselves for the future national and international competitions in regions,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview.

Chamroeun pointed out that the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia has also prepared and planed to send more sportspeople which will have selected from seven potential sport subjects for the 16th Asian Games tournament. The international games event will take place on the 12th of November 2010 in Kwang Chov in the People’s Republic of China.

He continued to say that that the seven sport subjects included Petanque, Beach Volleyball, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Tennis, shuttle cock and boxing.

NOCC has also planned to organize the 15th Half Marathon Competition which will take place on the 5th of November 2010 in Siem Reap province. The event will be presided over by Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, and over 3,000 athletes from inside and outside the country will participate, he said.

Chamroeun emphasized that to prepare for these international competitions, NOCC planned to send a total of Cambodia’s 12 athletes from Taikwondo and wrestling for short and long-term training in the Republic of Korea in this year.

He added that so far, a total of six Taikwondo and Wrestling boxers have been sent for the training in South Korea, and the rest will be sent in early August and the training is funded by Korean Inchon Project 2014, and taught by Korean coaches.

In July 2010, a total of 50 Cambodian sport coaches including 25 wrestling coaches and other 25 volleyball coaches were trained on “Olympic Solidarity Coaching Course in Wrestling and Volleyball” in order to build up their capacity and sport coaching skills in future. The coaching course training was organized by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) in collaboration with Cambodian Wresting Federation (CWF), Volleyball Federation of Cambodia, and taught by Amenia and Chinese experienced coaches from the Olympic Solidarity.

According to NOCC’s report, Cambodia won a total of 40 medals including 3 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 27 bronze medals from the 25th SEA Games in Laos in 2009. There are a total of 33 sports with 33 sport federations in Cambodia. /

Scholarship Student Seng Piseth Want to Become a Lawyer

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

One of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2009” students, Seng Pisith, 22, has provided an interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly on July 30th, describing about his desire in the future.

Pisith was born in 1989 in Bati district in Takeo province and has two brothers and two sisters. He is the youngest brother in his in family. His parents are the business people sending goods at the Samrong Yong market in Bati district, in Takeo province.

He now is studying Law at The University of Cambodia (UC) after he passed the scholarship exams offered in 2009.

“I am happy as I passed the scholarship exams offered by The University of Cambodia in 2009 and have a chance to study Law at the UC which is one of the well-known universities in Cambodia,” he said.

Seng Pisith studied at the Bun Rany-Hun Sen High School and he earned a Baccalaureate in 2009. He decided to study Law with The University of Cambodia because he wanted to become a lawyer in the future working in Cambodia.

“I applied to study Law with UC because I wanted to become a lawyer and working to help the poor and contribute to strengthening and promotion of laws enforcement and democracy in my country,” he said.

Pisith said that currently, besides his studies, he plans to apply for study English Literature with the Institute of Foreign Language (IFL) in Phnom Penh next year.

He added that the reason why he decided to apply for study English with IFL is because he also wanted to speak and write English well and become a future English professor in Cambodia. It is also a chance for him to apply for a foreign scholarship to study towards his Master’s or Doctoral degree at the foreign countries in the future.

He added that beside his studies, he is now looking for part-time English work so that he can earn some money to support his study as well as to gain working experiences prior to his graduation with The University of Cambodia.

Regarding staying in Phnom Penh, he said that currently, he is living with a group of his friends whom they are also students and are from Takeo provinces. He said that he pays a total of US$ 50 for his accommodation, water and electricity per month in Phnom Penh.

University of Cambodia’s Lecture on Student Leadership

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Dr. Handa Lecturer Series on “Student Leadership” was conducted by the Asian Leadership Center (ALC) and College of Management at The University of Cambodia (UC) at the UC Conference Center on July 30th in Phnom Penh.

The lecture was over seen by Dr. Katherine Marshall, Professor of the Georgetown University, Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue, and former Counselor to the President of the World Bank, and The University of Cambodia Distinguished Professor with the participation of over 1,000 UC students.

Professor Dr. Katherine Marshall said that Leadership is very important for all people especial students who are the future leaders and human resources in the country. She added that to become future leaders with leadership qualities, students must know how to build on leadership, set training on leadership, and develop their speaking.

She continued to say that they shall also look at the people that are and suitable for the leadership, working hard and interviewing and find good way to work with people around them.

Pheng Puthy, a third year economic student of The University of Cambodia who participated in the “Student Leadership” lecture session, said that he was so impressed and interested with lecture session.

“I think that this training is very important for me and as a student I need to know about leadership. I have learned lots through this training which added to my UC’s knowledge. I hope that I will have important session at UC in the future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly.

He added that to become a future leader in Cambodia, he committed to study harder, working hard, building up his leadership skills via developing his speaking , confidence and learning from other famous leaders in region and in the world.

Seng Piseth, a first-year law student of The University of Cambodia who also attended the “Student Leadership” lecture session, said that he was so interested with the session. Piseth said that it is the first time for him to attend such an important training since he passed the UC’s scholarship in 2009.

“I am very interested with Student Leadership training. I noted that to be a leader, leadership is so important and thus, we have to learn as much as we can,” he said.

CCIM Provided Training for Local Journalists

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Forty local journalists from newspapers, online newspapers and radios from different media organization have attended a training course on “Media and Accountability” from the 27th to the 28th of July in Koh Kong province in order to build and strengthen their capacity on journalism and code of conduct in Cambodia.

The media and accountability training course was organized by the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCiM) and funded by European Union (EU) and British Embassy to Cambodia and taught by Professor Kavy Chongkittavorn who is a Thai veteran and long- experienced journalist working in Asia.

Mr. Pa Nguon Teang, Director of CCiM, said that it marked the third time as CCiM has organized the journalism training for the local journalists in Cambodia. He stated that the purpose of the training was to promote and strengthen the capacity, professional journalism and media skills for the journalists in Cambodia.

“This training is very important for our journalists because it would help them to build up and strengthen their capacity and professional journalism so they can write and report accurate and fair information for Cambodians. It will also help them to perform their roles efficiently contributing to promote good government and democracy in the country” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a personal interview in Koh Kong province.

CCiM recently conducted two journalism trainings for local journalists. The two training courses included the Role of Media on Democratic Governance and Investigative Journalism and took place in Siem Reap and Sihanouk provinces, he said, adding that currently Cambodian journalists’ capacity and media knowledge is under limit and they did not knowledge worldwide about the international media contexts. Therefore, they should be trained and increase their journalism so that they can link their reports from their country to other countries in SAEN as well as in regions and the world.

“To promote and strengthen Cambodian journalists’ capacity and professional journalism, my organization will continue to organize these kinds of trainings for local journalism in the future,” he said.

He added that CCiM is an independent media organization working in Cambodia, and was established in 2007 aiming to strengthen journalists’ capacity, professional journalism and respect of code of conduct to report accurate and fair information for people, and contributing to the practice of democracy, rule of law, and the progress in Cambodia.

Kim Chansaly, Reporter of the Rasmei Kampuchea Newsapaper, based in Koh Kong who has attended the “Media and Accountability”, said that he was very pleased to participate in the training conducted by the CCiM. He added that he has been working as reporter with Rasmei Kampuchea Newspaper for over 15 years in Cambodia.

“I am happy and it is my first time to participate in CCiM’s training course in Koh Kong province. I think that this training is very important because it has helped me to learn about the journalism and code of conduct. I commit that I will use these skills for my daily works in future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview.

Government Plans to Setup Court for Protection of Human Trafficking

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia plans to establish a Children’s Court in order to protect the children from being trafficked and forms of sexual exploitation and all forms of children’s rights violation in the future.

Ith Rady, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice, said that this suggestion model proceeds upon the basis that the proposed court would be juvenile justice rather one that also exercises child protection powers.

He added that the latter would of necessity be a more complex institution that would require an examination of the role of other government departments and their co-operation. It could perhaps be a project following the development of the first model.

“The aim is to set up a model children’s Court for Cambodia at a suitable location to be introduced as part of the implementation of the new Cambodia juvenile justice law bearing in mind the current law in the first instance. The location would ideally be located in an area where a demonstrated need for it is,” he said during opening speech at the workshop on Cambodia model children’s proposal in Phnom Penh.

H.E. Rady stated that the following is not intended to be definition but rather to provide a basis for discussion. It is important that any such institution represent Cambodian values and culture and be acceptable to Cambodian people. Financial consideration and practicability are also high relevant.

“It is suggested that the Court could be developed in advance of the passage of that legislation and in anticipation of it, which could have the advantage that it would be ready to operate or in fact be operating at the time of the passage of the law. Prior to the passage of the law, the Court would of course have to apply to existing laws but could still offer many of the procedural advantages associated with the existence of a separate court for children and assist with Cambodia’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC), which forms of the Cambodian institution. This is wholly dependent on when the legislation is passed,” he said.

H.E. Rady said that if it is passed sooner rather than later at least the process of designing the court model will have commenced. The Court could be used as a model for further children’s court development in Cambodia. He added that the court could also be used as a training center for all judges, prosecutors, court staff, and police involved in applying the new Cambodian juvenile justice law.

“Both the proposed juvenile justice law and the new criminal code are written with rehabilitation and reformation as main goals, which should also be the main goals of such a Court,” he said.

He stated that an important aspect of such a court would be the diversion of offenders out of the criminal justice system and it is noted that the new criminal code provides that a judge can order that a child offender are placed back in society with their parents, guardians or where seemed necessary, in public institutions such as rehabilitation centers or hospitals where they can remain under the court’s supervision.

Professor Alastair Nicholson, an Australian Law Expert said that the first children’s court opened in Victoria in 1906. It has always had two areas of jurisdiction including criminal offences by children and care and protection of children at risk. He added that the objective of the Children’s Court is to provide a modern, professional, accessible and responsive specialist court system focused on the need of children, young people and their families.

Influenza of A (H1N1) Increases 27 New Cases in Cambodia

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The number of epidemic for the influenza of A (H1N1) has shortly increased in the raining season this year and threatened people’s health in Cambodia, according to the Ministry of Health officials.

Dr. Ly Sovann, Deputy Director of the Disease Outbreak Department of the Ministry of Health, said that the number of epidemic of A (H1N1) has recently increased in the short period in Cambodia.

The Deputy Director Ly Sovann continued to say that according to the Ministry of Health’s report, the epidemic of the A (H1N1) has 27 new cases increasing in this year’s raining season in some cities and provinces across the country. He added that there are a total of 623 cases of A (H1N1) influenza which happened in 2009 in Cambodia.

“We are worry about our peoples’ health which could be affected by this new bird flu in Cambodia,” he said. “I would like to appeal to all Cambodian people to raise their awareness and take care of their family members from being having this dangerous disease.”

He called on the people to go or bring their family members or children to go to the state hospitals and health centers nearby in case they are feeling that they have a fever or other epidemic diseases. He also appealed to the people to bring children to get the virus vaccines at the state hospitals or health centers throughout Cambodia.

He pointed out that to prevent the disease, recently the World Health Organization (WHO) has given about 2 million of vaccines/ dots for Cambodia Ministry of Health in distributing the vaccines freely for people in 24 cities and provinces across the country.

He continued to say that the target groups of A(H1N1) vaccines injection are children whose ages are from 6 months to 24 months; pregnant women, military and police forces, and people living with HIV/AIDS and TBs.

He added that early this month, five Cambodia’s high-ranking officials including Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Deputy Prime Minister Yim Chhay Ly, and Senior Minister of Planning Chhay Than were also affected by the A (H1N1) virus affection in Cambodia.

According to the Ministry of Health’s report, since 2008 until today there are a total of 650 cases and 7 Cambodian people have been killed by A (H1N1) in Cambodia.

Cambodia Prepares Troops to Against Thais Invasion

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) has already prepared troop and its actions against the Thai offensive and invasion in case they open their fighting or invading into Cambodian territory after Cambodia's management plan for the Preah Vihear temple was accepted by the World Heritage Committee’s consideration in Brazil.

General Chhum Socheat, Under Secretary of State and the Spokesperson in the Ministry of the National Defense, said Cambodia has already planned and prepared for any Thai offensive or invasion, if there is fighting caused by the Thai’s after the Cambodia’s management for Preah Vihear Temple was accepted by the UNESCO’s Heritage Committee on July 30th.

The Spokesperson Chhum Socheat added that despite Cambodia being a small country it is not afraid with the bigger countries which intend to invade Cambodia’s borders, integrated territory and sovereignty.

“Although Cambodia is a small country we are not afraid to fight against any big country which aims to invade our territory and sovereignty. We are now ready to defend our borders, , we have enough military equipments and weapons to fight against the foreign invasion,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a telephone interview on July 30th.

He added that so far, Cambodia has already planned and prepared its troops with modern military equipment, communities and weapons for fighting in case the Thai’s begin its offensive into Cambodian military side.

General Chea Dara, Deputy Commander-In-Chief of the Royal Cambodia Armed Forces (RCAF) and Commander of Preah Vihear Temple Direction and Frontline, said that currently, the situation of Cambodian-Thai military is very tense, while Cambodia has proposed its management plan for the Preah Vihear Temple for the World Heritage Committee’s consideration in Brazil.

However, General Chea Dara continued to say that although there is military tension between the two sides, Cambodian soldiers are not worrying because they have planned and prepared for this offensive with the Thais for over two years now.

“We are not afraid and do not worry about fighting with the Thai’s because our troops under the wise leadership and order from Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, have been well positioned and prepared for this fighting and protection of the Preah Vihear Temple for many years,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly by telephone.

He added that so far, Cambodian soldiers have been deployed and positioning along Cambodian-Thai borders, and were also equipped with modern weapons and other facilities.

“Our soldiers are ready to fight and defend our Preah Vihear Temple as well as our territory and sovereignty in case the Thai’s invaded and fire into our side,” he said.

On July 23, H.E. Dr. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Council of Ministers, led a delegation to attend the Annual Meeting of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Brazil. The Annual Meeting of World Heritage Committee has taken place from the 25th of July to the 3rd of August 2010 in Brazil with the participation of over 180 countries.

During the World Heritage Committee’s meeting, H.E. Dr. Sok An has submitted Cambodia’s management plan for Preah Vihear Temple. Cambodia’s management plan included roads, schools, health centres, irrigation systems, dams, and museum centre constructions in the areas surrounding Preah Vihear Temple in the near future.

According to H.E. Dr. Sok An, the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has received Cambodia’s management proposal but the decision on Preah Vihear management plan will feature in the next meeting in Bahrain in 2011.

Preah Vihear Temple was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July in 2008. The approval of Cambodia’s bid to have Preah Vihear Temple registered with UNESCO triggered protests in Thailand and a sustained military build-up along the border by the two countries.

Preah Vihear Temple was ruled to the Kingdom of Cambodia by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 1962 after former King Norodom Sihanouk has issued it to the ICJ from the Thai military invasion in 1950s. /////

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cambodian Athletes to Attend Asian Youth Games in Singapore

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) plans to send four of Cambodia’s selected athletes to attend the “Asian Youth Games” tournament in next month in Singapore.

Vath Chamroeun, Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), said that he plans to send four Cambodian athletes to attend in the “Asian Youth Games” 2010 competition which will take place on the 14th of August 2010 in Singapore. There are over 40 countries which will participate in the Games.

The four selected athletes included one Taikwondo boxer; one wrestler; one swimmer; and one athlete who is the best athletes selected from the NOCC in Cambodia, he said, adding that the purpose of participation is to compete with other participating countries in order to gain honor for the Kingdom of Cambodia.

“We are pleased to send our athletes to participate in the Asian Youth Games. We hope that within this participation, our athletes will try their best to win more medals, improve and strengthen their fighting skills as well as techniques so that they can prepare themselves for the future national and international competitions in regions,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview.

Chamroeun pointed out that the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia has also prepared and planed to send more sportspeople which will have selected from seven potential sport subjects for the 16th Asian Games tournament. The international games event will take place on the 12th of November 2010 in Kwang Chov in the People’s Republic of China.

He continued to say that that the seven sport subjects included Petanque, Beach Volleyball, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Tennis, shuttle cock and boxing.

NOCC has also planned to organize the 15th Half Marathon Competition which will take place on the 5th of November 2010 in Siem Reap province. The event will be presided over by Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, and over 3,000 athletes from inside and outside the country will participate, he said.

Chamroeun emphasized that to prepare for these international competitions, NOCC planned to send a total of Cambodia’s 12 athletes from Taikwondo and wrestling for short and long-term training in the Republic of Korea in this year.

He added that so far, a total of six Taikwondo and Wrestling boxers have been sent for the training in South Korea, and the rest will be sent in early August and the training is funded by Korean Inchon Project 2014, and taught by Korean coaches.

In July 2010, a total of 50 Cambodian sport coaches including 25 wrestling coaches and other 25 volleyball coaches were trained on “Olympic Solidarity Coaching Course in Wrestling and Volleyball” in order to build up their capacity and sport coaching skills in future. The coaching course training was organized by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) in collaboration with Cambodian Wresting Federation (CWF), Volleyball Federation of Cambodia, and taught by Amenia and Chinese experienced coaches from the Olympic Solidarity.

According to NOCC’s report, Cambodia won a total of 40 medals including 3 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 27 bronze medals from the 25th SEA Games in Laos in 2009. There are a total of 33 sports with 33 sport federations in Cambodia.