Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today, I am honored and delighted to participate in the opening of the national dissemination conference on the three fundamental laws related to the judiciary branch, viz. Law on the Statute of Judges and Prosecutors, Law on the Organization of the Court Organs and Law on the Organization and Functioning of the Supreme Council of Magistracy, organized by the Ministry of Justice with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Overall, today’s conference reflects the Royal Government’s new achievement in the legal and judicial sector in addition to achievements during the previous Legislature such as Criminal Code, Code for Criminal Procedures, Civil Code, Code for Civil Procedures and other laws.
His Excellency Mr. John Murray McIntire, Vice President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
Her Excellency Ms. Hoonae Kim, Director for Asia and the Pacific Division of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished guests
All the Participants,
Today, I am honored and delighted to participate in the regional workshop on “Transforming Rural Areas: Strategic Vision for the Asia and Pacific” which is co-organized by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. I would like to extend my sincere thanks and high appreciation to the International Fund for Agricultural Development for initiating this workshop and collaborating closely with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to make this important event possible in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Tertiary Education Development
I am glad to be able to join with all of you and Buddhist monks present here in this joyous event to grant diploma for 1,210 graduates of the IIC University of Technology. It is now my third time to come to the IIC graduation event. I am so impressed by the report of HE Chhuon Chanthan in relation to progress made by the university. In general, we all noted the development of human resource within the framework of the state and private tertiary education not in just quantity but also in quality.
Private Health Investment Opportunity
I am so glad today to have come and joined with all of you in putting this Royal Phnom Penh Hospital, investment made by the Bangkok Dusit Medical Service PCL, into official use. I am so glad that this new project has taken shape under the initiative of Dr. Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, who is regularly in contact with me for consultation and support on this investment project. On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, allow me to express my profound thanks for investment in the health sector. The Royal Government has done everything possible to allow private investment not only in economy but also in health and education. Thanks to this effort and policy, it is now a common scene to everyone that Cambodia has got various hospitals, private clinic, university and schools.
On CUS Progress, Scholarships and Job Finding Rates
It is a great pleasure that I have the chance to join with all of you to officially celebrate the graduation and diploma presenting ceremony for 6,748 students of the Cambodian University of Specialty (CUS). I would like to express my appreciation for the efforts made by CUS’s progress, according to the report of Rector Sdoeng Sokhom. I am so happy to see that CUS has made progress from year to year and the effort made to find jobs for graduates.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
Today I am delighted to attend the opening of the International Investment Conference 2014 held under the theme of Cambodia: New Era of Opportunity “Growth, Change and ASEAN Integration” which is organized by the International Business Chamber of Cambodia. This event is indeed Cambodia’s first biggest international investment conference held in 2014 after the formation of the Royal Government of the Fifth Legislature which is born from a free, fair and transparent general election on July 28, 2013.
First of all, I would like to ask everyone to congratulate our heroine, Sorn Seavmey and her coach, Mr Choi Yong Sok, who brought fame to our nation.
Tonight, our nation is proud of our first gold medal of the history. According to the statistics of the Asian Games, China ranks first with their 151 gold medals, while this is the first and only gold medal for Cambodia. Therefore, we celebrate this special occasion by making a parade and holding a welcoming conference by the Royal Government here at the Peace Palace. According to the report by HE Thong Khon and mass media, this is our first gold medal since 1954. Is it the first medal in 60 years for Cambodia?
Refugees to Come to Cambodia Voluntarily
… I would continue to appeal for continuation of effort to strengthen quality of education. Each school or university needs to work on quality of education because our human resource will have to compete in job market locally, in the region and in the world. I am ambitious. Today there will be clarification by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Interior on issue relating to the agreement signed with Australia to allow voluntary resettlement by certain refugees to Cambodia. It is an obligation that Cambodia has to fulfill. There is of course differing opinion in Australia on this issue between the ruling and opposition parties. Here, we also have those who staged demonstrations at the embassy. They have not had access to agreement. However, there is a point mentioned in the deal that the resettlement will be on voluntary basis. No one is to be forced to come to Cambodia.
One-Year Anniversary of the First Cabinet Meeting
I am so glad today to be able to participate with all of you in this ceremony to present diplomas for graduates of the Chamroeun University of Polytechnics. Today, as everyone could recall, is the first anniversary of the first Cabinet meeting after the first parliamentary session on September 23 of 2013 under the presidency of HM the King. It also falls on the Phjum Ben day or the fifteenth day of the Buddhist ceremony. Our Phjum Ben day this year falls on 23 September 2014, when last year it was the day that HM the King summoned all 123 members of the National Assembly for its first meeting. Only 68 of them were present. On 24 September 2014, we started the process of establishing the Royal Government, which was yesterday. On the 25 September 2013, we held the first Cabinet meeting when we launched the Rectangular Strategy Phase III.
In addition to the prepared text pronounced at the dissemination and launch of the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) for 2014-18, Samdech Techo Hun Sen made the following impromptu comments.
Just a Question of Time
I wish to say a little more here. Some of you here, including also those of you who are foreigners living here from the year before, may have remembered the situation from last year. After the negotiation failed, the situation in Phnom Penh was in turmoil. On 16 September, the negotiation seemed to have made some progresses but on 17 September, it failed. However, I was still optimistic. At least a few foreign ambassadors met me then.