Electricity Use in Cambodia Does Not Yet Meet Proper Standards – Friday, 7.8.2009

Posted on 8 August 2009. Filed under: Week 624 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 624

“Phnom Penh: Nowadays, electricity use and management in Cambodia, by both the state and the private sector, is not yet up to international standards.

“A Secretary of State of the Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Energy, Mr. Ith Prang, said during the closing of a workshop at the Phnom Penh Hotel on 6 August 2009, ‘The ministry and the Royal Government of Cambodia intend to manage electricity use both in the state and in the private sector to meet standards like in modern countries such as America, Canada, China, Japan, and Russia. Therefore, from now on, we have to strengthen and study also hydro-electricity standards at the present time, so that they comply with international standards.’

“Mr. Ith Prang added that now, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is drafting detailed electrical technical standard recommendations for the field of civil construction, and also for electrical technology and for hydro-electric establishments in Cambodia.’

“According to the Deputy Director of the Department of Energy of the Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Energy, Mr. Bun Narith, at present, the management and the usage of electricity in Cambodia do not follow proper standards, including the general use of energy, the connection of electricity from place to place, the building of different construction elements along the roads where electric posts are planted etc… ‘These are problems that we need to improve in the future.’

“The head of the Department of Hydro-Electricity of the Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Energy, Mr. Much Chhun Hon, said that care has to be taken so that the production, dispatch, distribution, and use of electricity are effective and safe, and the means for these activities, including all tools and materials, must be handled under real, proper standards, both in state and in private services.” Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #256, 7.8.2009

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 7 August 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #256, 7.8.2009

  • The Ministry of Information Asked [foreign-language and Khmer newspapers and magazines] to Use the Wording “Khmer temple Preah Vihear”
  • Confirmed A/H1N1 Flu Cases Increase to 22 in Cambodia
  • Electricity Use in Cambodia Does Not Yet Meet Proper Standards

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2016, 7.8.2009

  • [Two] Siamese [Thai] Parliament Members Sue [Thai Prime Minister] Abhisit Vejjajiva over the Sea Border with Cambodia [for not reacting when Cambodia agreed with the Total petroleum company about investments of the Total petroleum company to explore oil] – [Like in July 2008, the Thai parliament monitored the activities of the administration, so the minister of foreign affairs had to resign, as it was proven that he had acted without getting the agreement of the parliament]
  • Civil Society [the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association] Supports the Prime Minister over Criticism that the Government Is a Dictatorship [a senior ADHOC staff said: No, it is a constitutional monarchy]
  • Investment Projects of the GMG Company of South Korea [to invest in the media, to create an art university, and to develop Special Economic Zones] Is Welcome [by the government]
  • [More than 800] Workers of the Suit Way Garment Factory Strike to Demand Their Salaries, after Knowing that the Owner of the factory Had Ran Away [Phnom Penh]
  • Police Raided the Iris Bar and Arrested the Korean Owner and 29 Sex Workers [Phnom Penh]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #463, 7.8.2009

  • [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian and spokesperson] Mr. Yim Sovann Said that Mr. Hun Sen Creates a New Obstacle for the Freedom of Expression [Prime Minister Hun Sen recently warned to take legal action against those calling the government a dictatorial regime]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6722, 7.8.2009

  • Siam [Thailand] Sent Again a Letter Protesting that Cambodia Should not Reconstruct a Market at the Preah Vihear Temple [without mutual agreement]
  • ASEAN Recognizes only 180 Cambodian Engineers [as properly qualified] among the 10,000 Engineers in Cambodia

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4966, 7.8.2009

    The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) Decided to Reassign an Activist Human Rights Staff [Mr. Pen Bunna] from Ratanakiri [to another province, to end his conflicts with the provincial court, after local officials accused him of provoking citizens to protest against land grabbing]

  • Cambodia Will Establish an Electricity Plant Powered by Coal Soon [in Sihanoukville with an investment of approx. US$160 million, by the Malaysian company Leader Universal Holdings Berhad]
  • Cambodia and Thailand Agreed to Lift Visas by 2010
  • About Ten Monks Changed Their Monk’s Robes and Had a Party, Assaulted People, and Extorted Money from Passers-By; Police Have Arrested Seven of Them [Battambang]
  • Understanding and Studying Khmer Culture and History through a website: http://www.smartcambodia.com [this website is created by Mekong.Ads, a business unit of Smart International Consulting, and Dr. Michel Tranet]

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