Keynote Address at the Official Launch of Cambodia Industrial Development Policy 2015-2025

Excellencies, Members of the Royal Government,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, and All Participants! 

Today, I am honored and delighted to attend this important gathering to launch and disseminate the“Cambodia Industrial Development Policy 2015-2025”(IDP), jointly organized by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) and the Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC). I would like to join Kitti Sedha Pundit Keat Chhon, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister, to extend our warm welcome and profound appreciation to all of you for your participation in this event.

Selected Impromptu Comments at the Inauguration of the Buddhist Dhamma Assembly Hall and the Birthday Anniversary of Samdech Preah Moha Sometheathibdei Nun Nget [Unofficial Translation]

At the inauguration of the Buddhist Dhamma Assembly Hall and 92nd Birthday of Samdech Preah Moha Sometheathibdei Nun Nget, Chief of the Buddhist monks of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Techo Hun Sen made some comments that CNV has selected and translated unofficially as followed:

My respects to Samdech Preah Akka Maha Sangharajathipadei Tep Vong, the Great Supreme Patriarch of Mahanikaya order of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Preah Aphiserei Sukonthea Moha Sangraajathipadei Bour Kry, the Great Supreme Patriarch of Dhammayut order of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech, Buddhist monks, Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdei Say Chhum, Samdech Krala Haom Sar Kheng, ladies and gentlemen, dear students and Buddhist followers.

Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony for the Buddhist Students and Teachers [Unofficial Translation]

National Institute of Education, 16 July 2015

Buddhist World Associated with Human Resource Training

My esteem to Samdech Preah Agga Mahā Sangharājādhipati Tep Vong, Samdech Preah Abhiserey Sokunthea Mahā Sangharājādhipati Bour Kry, and Samdech Preah Maha Sometheadhipati Nun Nget, Samdech head and vice head monks of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Today I am so happy to have the honor of taking the presence once again at the graduation and diploma presentation ceremony for 1,664 Buddhist students and teachers of the Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University. Last time we did it at the Chadomuk hall. This time, because we have more people than the hall could house, we have the celebration here. I am so joyful to have this chance to meet the two Mahā Sangharājādhipati and all Buddhist monks and other graduates.

Selected Impromptu Comments at the Celebration of the National Fishery Day at the Khnaj Reservoir, Tuol Preah Khlang Commune, Stoeng Trang District, Kampong Cham Province [Unofficial Translation]

National Fishery Day Celebrated Not Far from Birth Village

Today I am so happy to join with you all to celebrate the July-1 National Fishery Day in the reservoir of Khnaj, the village of Wat, the Commune of Tuol Preah Khlang, the district of Stoeng Trang, Kompong Cham province. This place is not far from my home village. I just met my relatives who have come from the commune of Peam Koh Snah. I also see that we have the presences of Excellencies and Lok Chumteavs, leaders of the Senate, the National Assembly and the Royal Government of Cambodia. I wish to inform you that my village is about ten Kilometers from here, to go through shortcut. It would be about 30 Kilometers if you go through normal communal roads.

Selected Impromptu Comments at the Celebration of Ramadan Iftar Dinner [Unofficial Translation]

Along with the prepared texts, Samdech Techo Hun Sen made the following comments at the Ramadan Iftar Dinner Celebration:

In Absence of Religious and Racial Conflicts, Win-Win Policy Easily Implemented

The regime of Pol Pot had ravaged religions to the roots – not only Islam but all religious faiths. After the liberation on 7 January 1979, all religions (in Cambodia) revived along with the Cambodian nation. It is noted that there have been efforts made by various religions – Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. Non-religious persons are making efforts as well. What is important and proud for us is that Cambodia does not have religious conflicts. HE Ambassador from Kuwait mentioned this in his speech and I am very grateful and feeling encouraged by it.

Unofficial Translation Selected Impromptu Comments and Response at the Fourth Session, Fifth Legislature of the National Assembly on issue of Disaster Management [Unofficial Translation]

NCDM – A Coordinator, Not Operator

The fact that I have taken the forum, I do not mean to respond to what were raised by previous speakers. I think that people can draw a judgment on this. I just wanted to make some clarifications on issue relating to responsibility. The law that we have compiled here should be a roadmap for disaster management in our country – at both national and sub-national levels. Though I was not present but I followed closely opinions expressed by members of the National Assembly. (I wish to clarify that) the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) is just a coordinating mechanism while all implementations are left to operators. Who are the operators? They are ministries and state institutions created by laws and they have been given budget already. Take for instance, should the situation requires deployment of army to places where incidents occur, the army may be deployed while the Ministry of National Defense already has its budget. They also have the means at regional, divisional or provincial military region levels. Should there be a need for the police force, the Ministry of Interior, which is its budget holder.

Selected Impromptu Comments at the Inauguration of the National Road 41, formerly called Preah Ang Duong Road [Unofficial Translation]

NR 4 Becomes a Priority

I would like to express my pleasure to be able to return once again after I came here for the groundbreaking ceremony on 18 May 2011. Please allow me to say a few things as I happened to have come along this area many times. It was started with the construction of the 4.2 meters bridge 117. It was followed by the construction into concrete later. That means I was around here quite a while. In addition to that, my late mother also contributed to the reconstruction of the Kdei Lovea Buddhist pagoda, which is not far from here. Many of my relatives, my late grandaunt included, were buried there. My late mother also has one other pagoda called Tropang Korng in Kompong Speu’s district of Samraong Tong too.

Key Notes at the Opening Ceremony of the Annual Review of the Public Financial Management Reform Program

Excellencies, Lork Chumtiev, Members of the RGC
Excellencies, Lork Chum Tiev, Ladies and Gentlemen, National and International Guests!

Today, it is my great honor and pleasure to be with Excellencies, Lork Chum Tiev, Ladies and gentlemen, national and international guests, at this important Annual Review Meeting of the Public Financial Management Reform Program (PFMRP). Let me joint HE. Minister Aun Porn Moniroth to warmly welcome Excellencies, Lork Chum Tiev, Ladies and Gentlemen for participation in today meeting.

Selected Impromptu Comments at the Opening of the 2014 Annual Review of Public Financial Management Reform Program

In addition to the prepared text, Samdech Techo Hun Sen made comments on a number of issues with unofficial selections and translations as followed:

Balance of Incomes and Expenses

Please allow me to open a bracket here. Those of you who are new to Cambodia may not have a sense of what the Cambodian financial situation was. As a Prime Minister the most difficult thing that ever happened was when there was a debt of cash and was the happiest vice versa. I once told HE Keat Chhon (then Minister for Economy and Finance) to borrow money from HE Thao Pengleat (then Governor of the National Bank) and then to the current governor Chea Chanto for monthly salary of the civil servants and armed forces. We owed the central bank and also prolonged payment for the civil servants too. The salary was meager but we were not able to pay. There was no cash. Cambodia then was said to have sixty days a month.

Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of the Royal University of Phnom Penh

Development Needs Human Resource

It is my pleasure to once again join with all of you to present diplomas for 3,523 graduates of the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). Since 1988, I have participated 19 times to present diploma in RUPP. I am so delighted to have listened to the report of HE Tith Chamnan in relation to the overall progress made in RUPP. We have all learned that this is the oldest university of the country. It has attracted most students to study here too. The maintenance of such reputation as a state university with quality education standard is a guarantee for future of our students in this and forthcoming generations. I would like to take this opportunity to give my appreciation to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports as well as leaders, rector and vice rectors, professors, staff of RUPP for making efforts in the past for the university to function.