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Thursday, 14.2.2008: The United Kingdom Will Grant US$15 Million Financial Support for the Development to Cambodia

Posted on 15 February 2008. Filed under: Week 547 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 547

“Phnom Penh: The Senior Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Mr. Keat Chhon, and the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Mr. David Reader, signed an agreement on financial support through a grant of US$15 million to implement the national development strategic plan for the next three years.

“The funds to support this program will be granted to the Royal Government directly through the national budget. The purpose of this program is to provide additional funds to implement poverty reduction programs proposed in the national development strategic plan of the Royal Government of Cambodia, as well as to speed up and strengthen reforms in public finance administration, customs, tax, and land management, allowing wider access to basic services including education, health care, business facilities, the right to land ownership for the poor, and to improve the effectiveness of the grant for government capacity building programs.

“Mr. Keat Chhon, Senior Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance, said that the cooperation agreement to reduce poverty and to improve development is the first step of the joint commitment of the grant recipient and the development partners to ensure the effectiveness of the grant, by providing financial assistances through the Royal Government’s system. ‘On behalf of the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia, I would like to assure you of our commitment to transparently use the assistance donated by our development partners, and to fully assure you that the funds will be used for the expected objectives with transparency, and we take all measures to avoid any misuse of the aid for purposes different from the planned and agreed objectives. We would like to vow to use the development aid efficiently and make sure that it will maximize the benefits for the poor.’

“The British Ambassador Mr. David Reader added, ‘The Royal Government of Great Britain would like to compliment the Royal Government of Cambodia for its initial implementation of the multi-donor budget support program. This kind of direct funding is not only a major step toward the improvement of the ownership of Cambodia of its own development programs, but also an improvement of the cooperation with other development partners. This program will help the Cambodian government to speed up its reform efforts to stimulate growth and eliminate poverty. This program is our main endeavor to support the Cambodian government to achieve our joint commitment: to reduce poverty, to improve governance, to solve the problem of corruption, and to respect human rights.’ This grant will be given in the context of multilateral cooperation for the elimination of poverty and development, funded by the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom, the European Commission, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, and the World Bank.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6271, 14.2.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 14 February 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #43, 14.2.2008

  • Hisham Mousar [officials in charge of observing the Khmer Rouge tribunal for the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association]: Issuing a Verdict in Nuon Chea’s Case Maybe Interfered by Ruling Politicians
  • Monk Yoeung Sin [President of the Association of Kampuchea Krom Khmer Monks]: Kampuchea Krom Khmers and Monks Lose Belief in Yuon [Vietnamese] Government over Promise to Release Six Kampuchea Krom Khmer Monks
  • Phnom Penh Authorities Refuse to Provide Wat Phnom Site to Human Rights Party to Hold Public Forum
  • Armed Forces Prevented Workers of Phnom Penh Garment Factory from Holding a Strike [demanding owner provide payment for food and wages monthly – Meanchey, Phnom Penh]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1567, 14.2.2008

  • Cases of Rape of Children and Women Strongly Increased in 2007 [according to Ny Chakrya, chief of investigation department of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association]
  • There Was Once a Japanese Village in Ponhea Leu District [Kandal] in the 17th Century [according to professor of archaeology Hirorshi Sugiyama of the Nara Institute (of Science and Technology?)]
  • A Man Who Has Two Children Raped a 13-Year-Old Girl; He Was Arrested Two Hours Later by Police [12 February – Mittapheap, Sihanoukville]
  • New Thai Government Considers Making Muslim Provinces in the South Autonomous

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #109, 14.2.2008

  • Sam Rainsy: Sam Rainsy Party Prepares to Receive Confidence [votes] from Khmer Citizens to Lead the Government in 2008
  • Authorities Raided You Hour Guesthouse and Arrested 25 Drug Users and Robbers [13 February – Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6271, 14.2.2008

  • The United Kingdom Will Grant US$15 Million Financial Support for the Development to Cambodia
  • 40 Military Chiefs Trained in English [at the Cambodian-Indian Center for English at the Royal Academy of Cambodia]
  • Thailand Prepares to Hold Trade Fairs in Siem Reap and in Phnom Penh

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3387, 14.2.2008

  • Before 1979, China Provided US$1 Billion Grant Aid to the Khmer Rouge Regime [according Lao Mong Hay, researcher at the Asian Human Rights Commission, Hong Kong; he added that after 1979, China provided another $1 billion grant aid to the Khmer Rouge to fight the Vietnamese in Cambodia who had ousted the Khmer Rouge regime]
  • Sam Rainsy: Only the Sam Rainsy Party and the Cambodian People’s Party Are Final Competitors in the 2008 Elections

Phkay Proek, Vol.12, #333, 14.2.2008

  • Apsara Authority Plans to Give Compensation of $5,000 per Hectare of Land to Mr. Son Chhay [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Phnom Penh – for Son Chhay’s three hectares of land in the Angkor area, Siem Reap]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4515, 14.2.2008

  • Eng Chhay Ieng [secretary-general of the Sam Rainsy Party: Sam Rainsy Party Meets a Storm [Ms. Mu Sochua, deputy secretary-general of the Sam Rainsy Party accuses the Cambodian People’s Party of having a strategy to destroy other parties]
  • Russia Holds First Forum of Diplomats in Cambodia
  • Scientists Concerned about Use of Fake Medicines for Malaria Treatment in Cambodia and in the Region
  • Government Provides Further $4 Million Special Finance to Rice Millers’ Federation
  • Phnom Penh Police Commissioner [Touch Naroth]: Nearly All Entertainment Clubs Distribute Drugs and Operate Drug Abuse
  • Municipality Requires Motorcycle Sellers to Provide Two Helmets to Every Buyer of a Motorcycle

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #620, 14.2.2008

  • Yuon [Vietnam], China, and Russia Were Chiefs of the Killing Fields Regime of Democratic Kampuchea [a letter to the editor]

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