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Wednesday, 13.6.2007: Samdech Hun Sen Says Social and Economic Inequalities Encourage Society to Be Progressive

Posted on 14 June 2007. Filed under: Political Parties, Week 512 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 512

“Phnom Penh: Samdech Hun Sen said on 12 June that although Cambodia is proud about the social development during the last few years, the Royal Government of Cambodia still has some concerns, because while poverty declined, the social and economic inequalities grow.

“Samdech Prime Minister said at the launch of the World Bank document “Cambodia Equity Report 2007: Sharing Growth” that in fact, we know that in our world there might be no society or government that can guarantee that the social and economic inequities will be solved 100%. We are all witnesses of failure in the efforts to construct a society with 100% equity.

“Samdech said that social and economic inequalities, within certain appropriate limits, are also a fundamental factor and result in an encouragement to society to move ahead by overcoming them and to develop.

“The Royal Government of Cambodia and the World Bank cooperated to arrange the launching of this report about equity in Cambodia in 2007.

“Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon, the Minister of Finance and Economy, said that the theme and time of the arrangement of the launch is really appropriate to the situation and to the circumstances of development of Cambodia, which is strongly moving forwards and maintains a two digits economic growth rate during the last three years.

“Mr. Keat Chhon said that it is not just by chance that the Rectangular Strategy contains the word “equity;” therefore, to continue to solve problems faced, especially to reduce the gaps and inequities, the Royal Government of Cambodia operates development projects and conducts big reforms in the fields of economy and finances, including public financial reforms, and a strategy for financial development 2006-2015, and it is also strengthening partnerships according to the declarations of the Royal Government with bi-lateral and multi-lateral partners, aiming to achieve harmonized and equalized results.”

“Ms. Nisha Agrawal, the World Bank Country Manger for Cambodia, said that the report evaluating poverty, which was made public in early 2006, is very important, which shows that in general the poverty did decline in Cambodia in the last decade. She said, ‘The present report on equities is also an important report, and we hope that there will be a change, according to the views about inequities in the report.’

“Ms. Nisha Agrawal said that the two reports show the importance of basic analysis, and that the policies have to consider data both relating to quantity and to quality. Especially the two reports show the important work of the National Institute of Statistics, and the need to conduct observations of high quality, and regularly observe the situation of families in the future, as these data can be used to observe the development of overcoming poverty, and the achievement of equity.

“Samdech Hun Sen said that it is important at this time not to guarantee a definite equity in society, but to try to guarantee social equity – i.e. to guarantee to provide the people of all social classes equity and justice, that means that they receive the opportunity for development and for participation in all activities for their whole life, and it is important to guarantee that the people in poverty are definitely not to be left out, and without any care.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1364, 13.6.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1364, 13.6.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen Says Social and Economic Inequalities Encourage Society to Be Progressive
  • Ministry of Interior Decides to Register Kem Sokha’s Party Officially
  • Pornographic CDs Sold on Top of Dangrek Mountains [Oddar Meanchey]
  • Floods in Bangladesh Kill Nearly 100 People
  • Heat Wave Kills 26 People in Pakistan

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6064, 13.6.2007

  • Norodom Ranariddh Party Decides to Appeal [over Ranariddh’s case]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3183, 13.6.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Demands Hun Sen to Solve Issue of 1,554 Families Evacuated from Sambok Chap Village [Phnom Penh – because most of them do not have accommodations]
  • Asian Human Rights Commission Urges Donor Countries to Pressure the Cambodian Government over Procedures and the Independence of the Courts

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4309, 13.6.2007

  • Thai General [Wattanachai Chaimeunwong] Denies to Have Made the Accusation that Khmer Muslims Are Involved with JI Terrorist Group
  • NGOs Urge Government to Speed Up Law on Access to Information

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3060, 13.6.2007

  • Government Decides to Cancel Five Forest Concessions formerly Given to Companies [reason not mentioned]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #425, 13.6.2007

  • Ky Tech, President of the Cambodian Bar Association, Says Global Witness Report on Thieves’ stealing “Cambodia’s Family Trees” Is Not True

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