During Five Years, Cambodia Has Spent About US$500 Million on Information Technology – Saturday, 27.2.2010

Posted on 28 February 2010. Filed under: Week 653 |

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 653

“Phnom Penh: The president of the Information Communication Technology Association of Cambodia [Yellow Pages: “Website not working” – maybe later again?] and president of the Young Entrepreneur Association of Cambodia, Mr. Ken Chanthan, told Deum Ampil yesterday that during the recent five years, about US$500 million were spent on information technology in Cambodia, and each year the expenses increases by 30%. Thus, Cambodia should have the ability to create software on its own. He added, ‘In Cambodia, the access to computer and information technology is just around 5% to 10%, and most of the computers being used nowadays are clone computers [no-brand-name computers] because they are cheaper and it is easier for students and civil servants to buy them.

“He stressed that actually, in developed countries, Information and Communication Technology is an important field used to create jobs for people through the provision of services, such as the creation of software to be sold abroad, or for the publication of information in the country and abroad. Also, information technology can be used in small and medium scale industries to promote competition in productivity, or to promote markets, like in the tourism sector, where ICT can be used for booking airplane tickets and hotel rooms, and for checking information about various touristic sites. Now, Cambodia needs to change to more use of information and communication technology in order to develop the country to progress, like other countries in the world.

“He went on to say that on 4 and 5 March 2010, an international company from Korea will make a visit to study the possibilities of software development in cooperation with Cambodian companies, as Cambodia has the potential with Information Technology students who can cooperate to produce software. In addition, labor in Cambodia is cheap. Therefore, if Korean companies can establish a company to produce software in Cambodia, it will boost the information technology sector to progress quickly, contributing to the development of the country, and it will create employment for Cambodian people.

“According to a report from an information technology training center about the year 2009, there were 45,700 computers being used in Cambodia, but in 2010, the number might increase up to 56,300 computers.” Deum Ampil, Vol.4, #421, 27.2.2010

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 27 February 2010

Deum Ampil, Vol.4, #421, 27.2.2010

  • During Five Years, Cambodia Has Spent About US$500 Million on Information Technology
  • The Global Fund Gives US$9 Million to Fight Malaria [the money will be used to buy 500,000 doses of anti-malaria drugs]
  • It Was the House Guard Who Killed a Malaysian Company Director and His Cook [he was arrested – Phnom Penh]
  • Twenty People in Kompong Chhnang Have Diarrhea and One of Them Died [probably Cholera]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.9, #2188, 2.2.2010

  • Thai Court Expropriated Part of [Thai ousted and fugitive] Thaksin Shinawatra’s Money: More Than Baht 46 Billion or US$1.4 Billion [confiscated, out of a US$2.3 billion “frozen” in banks in Thailand: according to a court verdict, which took 7 hours and 20 minutes to read: stating that he had abused his authority as prime minister, and he had concealed part of his assets, contrary to anti-corruption legislation; an amount of Baht 30.24 billion, or approx. US$900 million, was returned to Mr. Thaksin and his family, as it belonged to them before he took office as prime minister in 2001]
  • A Land Cruiser with the License Plate 21 8881 Killed a Woman and Injured Another Person – the Car and Driver Escaped [Phnom Penh]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.4, #613, 27.2.2010

  • Soldiers, Police, and Traders Continue to Cut Trees and Transport Them Actively in Mondolkiri, Kratie, and Other Provinces – against the Order of the Prime Minister

Koh Santepheap, Vol.43, #6895, 27-28.2.2010

  • Cambodia Has Many Publications Systems, but in Reality, their Activities Remain Limited [according to the Ministry of Information, by 2009, there were 385 newspapers, 50 printers, 172 magazines, 34 foreign newspapers, 28 foreign magazines, 10 imported press products, 11 international news agencies, 21 journalist associations, 133 printing houses, 6 printing institutions, nine private television stations, 93 private cable TV stations, and 43 private radio stations. – Apologies: classification not very clear]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.17, #3819, 27-28.2.2010

  • The Government Sued Mr. Sam Rainsy at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court [for using fake border related public documents, and carrying out disinformation, creating a downturn in democratic culture in Cambodia. The lawyer of the government, Mr. Ky Tech, said that if Mr. Sam Rainsy is found guilty, he will be sentenced to serve between 5 to 15 years in prison]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.18, #5137, 27.2.2010

  • A Vietnamese Ship Loaded with Nearly 5,000 Tonnes of Khmer Corn Escaped from the Kompong Som Port without Settling the Open Account of More Than US$1 Million
  • The 45th South East Asia Central Bank Governors’ Conferences Started in Siem Reap [on 26 February 2010]

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