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The Vietnamese Embassy Asks Cambodia to Focus on Investment of Vietnamese Companies in Cambodia – Saturday, 1.8.2009

Posted on 1 August 2009. Filed under: Week 623 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 623

“Phnom Penh: The Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia, Mr. Ngô Anh Dũng [Ngo Anh Dung], had met with the Minister of the Council of Ministers, Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, to discuss existing cooperation in some important sectors with Vietnamese investments in Cambodia.

“An official of the Council of Ministers told reporters that after the meeting on 29 July 2009 at the Council of Ministers, Mr. Ngô Anh Dũng stated his intention to continue the existing work of the former ambassador, and he pointed to some important points that the Vietnamese government has requested to keep under attention, which are related to major investment sectors in Cambodia such as mines and energy where there is investment by Vietnamese companies. Therefore, the ambassador asked for cooperation and instructions from the Cambodian government. Regarding the oil sector, the ambassador said that both countries have large resources of oil and gas, because Vietnam has a lot of experience in these fields, as it has cooperated with Cuba, some countries in Africa, and Russia. As for agriculture and rubber plantations, the Royal Government of Cambodia had provided already 100,000 hectares as concession land. Also, the Viettel company is a licensed investor in telecommunications [brand name Metfone – 500,000 mobile phone users]. There is cooperation in culture, and in expanding tourism [after 5 years with tourists from South Korea topping the list, in 2009 there are more Vietnamese tourists than Korean] by combining tourism of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, since these three countries are similarly rich in cultural and artistic potential. Vietnam has already assisted in human resources development for Cambodia, so this is like what has already also been done before.

“In response, Deputy Prime Minister Sok An agreed that Vietnam is a country with much experience in development. Thus, Cambodia will try to ensure good and timely cooperation.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4961, 1.8.2009


This meeting followed several days of high level talks on Cambodian-Vietnamese cooperation, about which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam reported

Vietnam, Cambodia talk further cooperation

“Vietnamese and Cambodian leaders have met in Phnom Penh to discuss measures to boost the bilateral economic relations.

“During his three-day working visit to Cambodia , beginning on July 25, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Trương Vĩnh Trọng [Truong Vinh Trong] held talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Vice Chairman of the Cambodian National Assembly Heng Samrin on July 26.

“The Cambodian leaders highlighted the visit by Deputy Prime Minister Trương Vĩnh Trọng, saying that the two countries’ solidarity and friendship have been further reinforced and developed.

“Deputy Prime Minister Trương Vĩnh Trọng and his entourage also paid a courtesy visit to Buddhist Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong at the Ounalom Pagoda, and presented hospital beds, medical equipment and computers to the Cambodian Buddhist Center’s infirmary.
The same day, the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Trương Vĩnh Trọng and the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen attended a ceremony to inaugurate the Cambodian national airline – Cambodia Angkor Air, a joint venture between Vietnam Airlines and the Cambodian Aviation Administration.

“They also witness the awarding of the Cambodian Government’s license to the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) to open a representative office in Cambodia, and to set up an insurance company, and an investment development company in Phnom Penh.”

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Saturday, 1 August 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #251, 1.8.2009

  • Siem Reap Deputy Governor Om Mara Was Nominated Preah Vihear Governor
  • Dangkao Police Chief Is Accused of Assault and Using a Weapon Illegally [during a car accident in Kampot]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2011, 1.8.2009

  • Samdech Heng Samrin Asked the Japanese Ambassador, Who Has Just Finished His Term, to Help Attract Japanese People to Visit and Invest in Cambodia
  • The Director of the Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute [Mr. Srun Limsong] Was Fined Riel 100 Million [approx. US$25,000] for Violating State Land [he had cleared state forest land, destroying the natural environment, and then claimed the land as his private property, in Koh Kong]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #458-459, 31-1.7-8.2009

  • Khmer Machas Srok Expresses Appreciation to The Phnom Penh Post for Granting Money to Mr. Hang Chakra [the editor-in-chief of Khmer Machas Srok who was convicted to 12 months in prison for alleged disinformation and defamation against government officials]
  • [Sam Rainsy Party spokesperson] Mr. Yim Sovann: The Sam Rainsy Party Will Not Appeal Ms. Mu Sochua’s Case, because as Citizens Know, There Is No Trust in the Khmer Courts
  • A Khmer Pregnant Woman Committed Suicide by Jumping from the Fifth Floor of the Fortune Hotel [she died – Phnom Penh]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6717, 1-2.8.2009

  • The Cambodian Government Lifts Visas Requirement for Citizens of Five Countries in ASEAN [it is not mentioned here which countries]
  • The Cambodian National Assembly President and a Delegation Will Attend the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly [in Thailand from 2 to 6 August 2009]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4961, 1.8.2009

  • The Prime Minister Warns about Using Cambodia as a Country of First Refuge so that the Cambodia Can Be Used to Try to Move on to a Third Country
  • The Vietnamese Embassy Asks Cambodia to Focus on Investments of Vietnamese Companies in Cambodia
  • Cambodia Found Old [ceramics] Treasures at the Preah Vihear Temple [Cambodia plans to ask UNESCO to conduct experiments to establish the age of the ceramics found]
  • Robbers Shot a Woman to Death to Take Her Motorbike [Kompong Cham]

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The Kandal Provincial Governor Was Blamed by the Prime Minister for Being Lazy in Constructing Roads – Friday, 31.7.2009

Posted on 1 August 2009. Filed under: Week 623 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 623

“Phnom Penh: The prime minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Akkak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen, used serious words on 31 July 2009 at a closing conference to sum up the task of the Ministry of Tourism, and Samdech warned the Kandal provincial governor Chhun Sirun over his negligence, not repairing roads and the river bank in Kandal.

“Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen said, ‘Since a long time, the riverbank was not repaired, but just now when the water rises, they get started. Now the water broke some parts of the riverbank, and I almost want to hit the Kandal provincial governor one day. After I phoned him and gave an order, the work started – if I had not phoned, nothing would happen.’

“Besides such serious warnings towards the Kandal Governor Chhun Sirun, Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen praised the Battambang governor, Mr. Prach Chan, who has frequently asked for funds to improve and repair many public recreational places and parks.

“Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen also repeated his previous recommendation to look at the roads. Samdech explained, ‘When I say again to look at the roads, that means: first, there must not be illegal check-points along the roads, and second, if the road is damaged, it must be repaired.

“His warning is not only aimed at the Kandal provincial governor, Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen encouraged also other governors in Cambodia to be highly responsible in repairing roads in their respective regions, and they should build more recreational places without waiting for the prime minister to shout and give orders before they take any initiative.

“Moreover, Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen instructed again all authorities on all levels not to sell any pre-schools or children’s playgrounds for whatever other purpose, they should be kept as state property.”Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #250, 31.7.2009

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 31 July 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #250, 31.7.2009

  • The Kandal Provincial Governor Was Blamed by the Prime Minister for Being Lazy in Constructing Roads
  • The Wife of Major General Vong Von and Her Supporters Went to Hit the Second Wife of Her Husband at Her House, and the Second Wife Was Seriously Injured [there is no information about any action against the violent perpetrators – Phnom Penh]
  • The Committee for Free and Fair Elections Reports: More than 400,000 Eligible Voters Failed to Vote in 2008
  • The Prime Minister Orders the Authorities to Check Foreigners Whose Visas Are Expired
  • The Cambodian and American Chambers of Commerce Will Start to Cooperate for the Development of Energy in the Greater Mekong Basin

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2010, 31.7.2009

  • The Cambodian and Siamese [Thai] Ministers of Foreign Affairs Prepare to Discuss Border Issues [on 3 and 4 August 2009]
  • The National Election Committee Does Not Understand the Comfrel Report
  • The Minister of Health Orders to Close All Unlicensed Clinics

Khmer Amatak, Vol.10, #631, 31.7.2009

  • Many Well-Known Dignitaries, Businesspeople, and Officials Earn Their Doctorate Degrees at the Chamroen University of Poly-Technology [most students of this university are government officials]


From the Website of the Chamroen University of Poly-Technology:

“Providing higher education to a growing number of qualified people who are eager to increase their knowledge in the future, CUP University is an established university of Cambodia. It was founded to complement the Royal Government in making this education available.

Recent News:

On 6 September 2007, CUP conferred the Degree of Honorary Doctor in Philosophy in Political Science upon Samdech Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly and an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Public Policy and Management upon H.E. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in Charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers.”

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6716, 31.7.2009

  • The Spreading of the Provision of Sexual Services [to tourists] Affects Tourism Sites and Khmer Women Honor Is Lost [Siem Reap]
  • Anti-Tank Mines Exploded at Two Places, Killing One Person, Injuring Two, and Destroying a Tractor and Homebuilt Small Agricultural Truck [Battambang]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4960, 31.7.2009

  • The Minister of Health: We Have Deployed Health Officials at Hospitals and at Health Centers to Respond to the A/H1N1 Threat
  • A Woman Was Raped by Her Father and Brother – Police Has Already Arrested the Father [Battambang]

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