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Friday, 14.12.2007: Cuba and Cambodia Increase Cooperation

Posted on 15 December 2007. Filed under: Week 538 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 538

“Phnom Penh: The Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Cuba are strongly interested in a more intensive cooperation between the two countries in the fields of economy, science, and technology.

“Due to this, a Cambodian delegation, led by Prince Sisowath Chivannariddh, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and a Cuban delegation, led by Mr. Ramon Ripoll Diaz, the Cuban First Deputy Minister of Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation, had a meeting on the morning of 13 December with each other for approximately three hours, which led to an agreement to sign a protocol on the Third Conference of the Joint Committee for Cooperation in Economy, Science, and Technology, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

“This third conference of the joint committee produced results in each of the fields of bilateral cooperation.

“Concerning the bilateral cooperation in the fields of education and sports, the two sides expressed their satisfaction with the implementation of the Agreement on Cooperation in Sports between the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education, and Recreation of the Republic of Cuba, signed on 13 February 2006 in Havana. The Cuban side stated that they are prepared to welcome and to arrange training courses for Cambodian athletes in Cuba. The two sides agreed to add Cuban sports trainers in Cambodia through these contracts. Cambodia asked Cuba to help to hold short-term training courses for Cambodian officials of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports about the public literacy campaigns of the Republic of Cuba.

“As for scholarships, Cuba expressed its offer to provide scholarships to all Cambodian students who are studying in Cuba until they finish their courses, and the Cuban side also informed Cambodia about the list of all scholarships to be provided by Cuba to the Asia-Pacific region for 2008-2009.

“Regarding the bilateral cooperation in trade, the two sides agreed to seek ways to establish trade relations between the two countries. The two sides agreed to encourage trade representatives of the two countries to meet and to exchange experiences with each other in order to promote bilateral activities, joint businesses and cooperation between the Chambers of Commerce of both countries. The two sides agreed to discuss also to hold trade exhibitions in each country.

“Concerning industry, Cuba provided training courses in different topics on food processing, and advanced-level courses for specialists. Cuba reaffirmed its wish to participate in investment in a sugar factory by providing engineering services, the results of research, basic engineering, detailed information, discussions related to the construction, and training of staff. Cuba expressed to be ready to accept requests from Cambodia for technical discussions on the sugar industry through the Tecno-Azucar enterprise. Cambodia asked Cuba to provide technical assistance on ethanol development for biofuel.

“As for the fields of radio and television, Cuba expressed its wish to create an agreement on the exchange of programs and on cooperation in the fields of radio and television.

“As for biotechnology, Cuba expressed the hope that the Cambodian Ministry of Health should create appropriate conditions for the medical registration of biotechnological products in Cambodia, in accordance with laws and regulations created by the Ministry of Health. Cuba expressed the wish to introduce its technological products into the Cambodian market, and signed a trade contract directly with the Ministry of Health in order to supply its vaccines for hepatitis B and for general diseases.

“The two sides agreed to exchange information so that biotechnology enterprises of the two countries can find business opportunity in this field. The two sides agreed to initiate a process of medical registrations in accordance with Cambodian regulations for hepatitis and tetanus vaccination, and for vaccinations for children.

“The two sides agreed to inform institutions or enterprises that deal with the import of vaccines for diphtheria and tetanus (Vadiftet). The two sides agreed to encourage the development of joint projects and the exchange of information on vaccinations. The two sides agreed to initiate a process of medical registrations by the Cambodian authorities for the control for products, such as Lor Epocem [sic] (Erythropoietin human recombination 2000, 4000, and 10000, and UI.Lor Leuko [sic] (Filgrastin). Cambodia asked Cuba to send Cuban doctors to provide services in Battambang, which lacks services and specialists in stomatology, gastroenterology, and surgery. Cambodia asked Cuba to send professors to help with the training at the University of Health Sciences, and it also asked for Cuba to provide scholarships to officials of the Ministry of Health.

“As for agriculture, Cuba wants to exchange sugar cane seeds, and to conduct human resources training for Cambodian officials in this field. Cuba will check which benefits Cambodian traders could provide in technical assistance for sugar cane plantations. The two sides expressed the wish to cooperate also in animal husbandry. The two sides will check technical sectors in order to cooperate also in actions against bird flu.

“The two sides agreed during the third conference of the joint Cambodian-Cuban committee that the fourth conference of the joint committee on economy, science, and technology will be held in Havana in 2009. As for the specific date, it will be decided later through diplomatic channels between the two countries.

“On the morning of the same day, Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Hor Namhong, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, granted an audience to Mr. Ramon Ripoll Diaz, the Cuban First Deputy Minister of Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation.

“In this meeting, the two sides confirmed to each other the purpose of the continuation of the traditional close and friendly relations and cooperation for the well-being of the people of Cambodia and Cuba.

“The two sides also evaluated highly the results of the third conference of the joint Cambodian-Cuban committee.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4462, 14.12.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 14 December 2007

Areyathor, Vol.14, #1292, 14-15.12.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen: I Am Very Happy When Opponents Contradict the Truth [about the situation in Cambodia – this provides an opportunity to clarify the truth]
  • Election Season Approaches

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1518, 14.12.2007

  • Norodom Ranariddh Party Considers Conditions of Kem Sokha’s [Human Rights Party for joining together]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #72, 14-15.12.2007

  • Teachers and Students of Ou Baek K’am Lower Secondary School Strike, Demanding Removal of Director on Accusation of Corruption and Incompetence [Meanchey, Phnom Penh]
  • Khmer Luxury Wood Mainly Exported to Yuon [Vietnam], Then to Malaysia and Japan

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6218, 14.12.2007

  • For First Time Center for Chinese Language Created at Institute of Foreign Languages [at Royal University of Phnom Penh]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3337, 14.12.2007

  • Corruption Selling Site of Battambang Department of Education Committed under Pretext of Property Exchange Based on Hun Sen’s Approval
  • Cambodia Highest on List [by Tropic-Asia Research Institute] in Destroying Forest in Southeast Asia

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4462, 14.12.2007

  • US Ambassador Hopes Samdech Krom Preah Will Return [to the country] to Participate in 2008 Election
  • US Ambassador: Human Rights in Cambodia Move Toward Perfection
  • President of Konrad Adenauer Foundation [Bernhard Vogel]: All Developments in Cambodia Supported by Konrad Adenauer Foundation Are Successful
  • Cuba and Cambodia Intensify Relations
  • Cambodia and Thailand Sign Agreement on One Visa Use
  • Committee for Free and Fair Elections: Parliamentarians of Cambodian People’s Party Are Still Leading in Helping People [solving voters problems]
  • Black-Clad Thai Soldiers [special border protection unit] Shot Khmer Citizen to Death While He Was Looking for Vines [canes, in contested area – Anlong Veng, Oddar Meanchey]
  • World Food Program Provides Relief of More Than US$64 Million to Cambodian People

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3208, 14.12.2007

  • US Ambassador Asks [Cambodian] Prime Minister to Meet with Yash Ghai [UN Secretary-Generals Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia] at UN
  • Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng Asks for Investigation of Arrest of Tuo Thean Teu, Official of Battambang Cambodian People’s Party Working Group

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #575, 14.12.2007

  • US Ambassador Says [2008] Election Can Be Held Without Ranariddh
  • Norodom Ranariddh Party Petitions with More Than 30,000 Thumbprints, Asking Oknha Kith Meng to Remove Soy Sopheap as a Reporter of Cambodian Television Network [because he attacks Norodom Ranariddh Party and Prince Ranariddh]
  • [US Ambassador] Joseph A. Mussomeli Says Yuon [Vietnam] Was Controlling Cambodia after the Downfall of the Khmer Rouge Regime

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