Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, this morning held bilateral talks with H.E. Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, on the sidelines of “the 10th Anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership Summit” and “the Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference” in Indonesia.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, Distinguished National and International Guests,
Farmer representatives, Professors, students, all participants!
Today, it is my great pleasure to preside over the “2014-2015 Stocktaking and 2015-2016 Direction Setting Conference” organized by Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries”. At the outset, I wish to extend my warm welcome to Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished National and International Guests, Professors, Students and farmer representatives, participating in this meaningful conference.
AKP Phnom Penh, April 07, 2015 – -
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HunSen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has extended his warmest greetings and best wishes to all Cambodian compatriots living in the country and overseas on the occasion of the upcoming Traditional Khmer New Year (the Year of Goat), to be held from April 14-16.
Following are the excerpts from his New Year message of greetings:
My wife and I are glad to be able to join with all of you, Excellencies, Lok Chumteavs, ladies and gentlemen for the inauguration of the Al Serkal Mosque today. I thank the report of Minister of Religious Affairs HE Min Khin and that of HE Osman Hassan. This location was in fact commenced since before 1970 after the visit of head of state of Mauritania to Cambodia. It was built into a mosque. It was because of the coup in 1970 that it had become a military office. Pol Pot later destroyed religions in Cambodia – Buddhism, Islam or Christianity. From 1979 through to 1992, there were not many people living in this area. I did not know that the mosque was here since before 1970.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Distinguished National and International Guests,
Today, it is my honor and pleasure to participate in the Closing of the 2013-2014 Stocktaking and 2014-2015 Direction Setting Conference of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport. At the outset, I would like to congratulate on the best result of the conference, considered as an important annual event of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS). Indeed, through this conference, we are able to see not only a proud result that the management and all education officials have achieved, but also an opportunity for all stakeholders to understand and further participate in implementing comprehensive reform program of education sector in the spirit of ensuring our national education sector to be more developed responding to new trends of Cambodia’s Socio-economic situation and global trends.
In addition to the prepared text at the Annual Review Conference of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports for the 2013/14 and Directive Setting for 2014/15, Samdech Techo made some of the extempore comments:
Students with Mentions D or E Can Study Medicine
Though the conference had not discussed this topic and the Royal Government has yet to issue a letter of notification, I have one matter to bring to your attention. I just consulted with concerned institutions on this issue of getting permission to study medicine. Previously, we had set a ceiling that only graduates of A, B and C mentions of the secondary school would be allowed to study medicine. Those with E and D would not. In the context of reform relating to exam taking by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, where exam will be conducted in a strict manner, from now on, we will offer chance for students who would get a D or an E in their mentions to go on to medicine too. Let me affirm, this will apply only with those passed the exam in 2014 and later.
Will South China Sea Issue Be Resolved in Malaysia?
I urge that HE Hang Chuan Naron, Minister for Education, Youth and Sports to review this issue of scholarship to be provided by the US first lady. ASEAN leaders now use my term comparing South China Sea to a hot piece of stone. It is not a hot potato. The difference is the heat in potato, after a while, will recede and people can eat it. As long as the hot stone is concerned here, it will be impossible. Sultan of Brunei and President of Myanmar said maybe Excellency could help bring down the heat of the stone in 2012. I assured them to reach lower temperature or not would depend on those countries involved.
Make Efforts for Yourself, Community, Nation
I am so glad to see the progress all of you have made in the University of Cambodia with the development in infrastructure, competence of professors, etc. However, the point of interest here has been the ability for students to find jobs. I mean we need top address a qualified training issue so as to let graduates to be able to either create a job for self-employment or to seek jobs. As the Samdcech Techo-Handa Vision 100 Scholarship Students is provided to students who passed the test I am encouraging you to make your best in your study here.
I am so happy to return to this province for the groundbreaking ceremony to build the 174 Km National Road 58. If I am not mistaken, last year, with HE Bu Jianguo, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, I came to the province of Banteay Meanjei on March 10, 2014 to put into official use the National Road 59 linking the National Road 5 to the province of Pailin. This means that a year ago we put into official use a 100 Km road and now we are building another 174 Km road today. I am so proud of the development in the Kingdom of Cambodia despites some obstacles. It is normal for a country in development that there are some peculiar issues. I am sure the Cambodian people will come up with judgment of what has been happening.
Most Female Students, Quality Education
I am so glad today to be able to join with all of you once again in presenting diploma for 3,169 graduates of the Vanda Institute. This institute has the most female students. This is what the Royal Government would like to have. When I presided over the inauguration of AEON Supermarket and Mall, I met a number of young employees. They claimed to have graduated from Vanda Institute. In another inauguration ceremony of the Cho Ray Hospital Phnom Penh, accountants working there also told me they graduated from Vanda Institute. This has ascertained the fact presented in the report that among 3,169 students, 2,672 of them have already found their jobs.