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Friday, 8.6.2007: German Ambassador Predicts Bright Future for Cambodian Economy, but He Warns of Corruption

Posted on 9 June 2007. Filed under: Week 511 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 511

“The German Ambassador to Cambodia predicted a bright future for the Cambodian economy; however, he warned about the importance of solving some issues, such as land disputes, corruption, and social injustice.

“During a roundtable discussion organized by the Club of Cambodian Journalists, Mr. Pius Fischer, who ends a three-year mandate at the German Embassy, noticed positive and negative aspects about Cambodia. Concerning positive aspects, he said that Cambodia has peace and stability. He also noticed that the security in Phnom Penh is good, comparing it to other big cities in the world.

“He continued that peace and stability are the primary conditions for development. Furthermore, he also pointed to the economic growth in Cambodia. He said that in 2005, Cambodia had an economic growth of up to 13.5%. This growth rate made Cambodia a very progressive country in the world. He continued that the vision for the Cambodian economy is bright.

“Nevertheless, he noticed that the Cambodian economy is progressing mainly based on three factors – i.e. tourism, construction, and the garment industry. These three factors can easily get impacted negatively and cause changes. He suggested that Cambodia should rather focus on agriculture.

“Three years’ time in Cambodia made the ambassador to find that Cambodia has has also some weak points which need improvement and which have to be solved. Among the negative aspects, which he noticed, are corruption, land disputes, land grabbing, illegal logging, and the fact that there is no real separation between the executive, the legislative, and power of the courts. He said that corruption not only blocks foreign investments in Cambodia, but it also gives to a small number of people the opportunity to be well off, being above the legal ways. He criticized the long delay in the adoption of an anti-corruption law. So far, Cambodia has spent so much time on it, but the law has still not yet been adopted. He said, ‘We want to see political will against corruption.’

“He has finished his three-year mandate in Cambodia and plans to leave Cambodia in mid July, to become the German ambassador in Mongolia. Before leaving, he expressed his satisfaction at the good relations between Cambodia and Germany in diplomacy, politics, the economy, and in the field of culture.

“Germany is the second biggest market after America for the export of Cambodian garment industrial products, worth approximately $3 billion each year, and this industry provides jobs to 300,000 Cambodian people. Being committed to Cambodia and caring about Cambodia, the ambassador said that Germany provides approximately $28 million aid per year to Cambodia.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4305, 8.6.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 8 June 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1360, 8.6.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen Tells Institutions [World Bank and ADB], Which Provide Technical Assistance, to Recruit Khmer Citizens to Write Documents
  • UNAIDS Praises Cambodia for Preventing AIDS Epidemic
  • Man Very Often Rapes [16-year-old] Stepdaughter, He Is Arrested [Kompong Cham]
  • Director of Afghan Women’s Radio Station Shot to Death [by gunmen]
  • Bird Flu Spreads to Malaysia

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6060, 8.6.2007

  • Meeting of Council for Legal and Judicial Reform: Anti-Corruption Law Has Already Been Prepared by Royal Government
  • Human Rights Party of Mr. Kem Sokha Postpones Congress as It Has Not Yet Had Official Permission

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3179, 8.6.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy: In 2008, Sam Rainsy Party Will Win Over Communist Party [= Cambodian People’s Party]
  • Seng Keang Company Cuts More Than 56,000 Cubic Meters of Tress at Prey Lang, Tum Ring, per Year [according to assessment by the Global Witness and people in the area – Kompong Thom]

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.14, #1188, 8.6.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen: It Is Better to Recruit Khmer Citizens to Write Documents Than to Employ Foreign Technical People

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4305, 8.6.2007

  • German Ambassador Predicts Bright Future for Cambodian Economy, but He Warns of Corruption
  • Cambodia to Conduct [population] Census in 2008
  • Prince Thomico: Royal Family Should Stop Entering Politics, but Not Now
  • Prime Minister Compares Foreigners, Who Steal Khmers’ Ideas, to Those Who Secretly Look at Someone Else’s Watch [and then tell the owner the time]
  • [18-year-old] Schoolgirl of Wat Koh High School Attacked with Acid [by two unknown men – Phnom Penh]

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