Excellency Chair of the Meeting, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen!
Once again, I would like to share my view on future directions of Asia and Europe as follows:
As a matter of facts, Asia and Europe are increasingly interdependent in almost every sector, especially in pursuing our own visions toward maintaining peace and security and promoting economic and social development. In order to achieve our objective of strengthened strategic alliance between our two regions in the future, I am of the view that Asia and Europe should further enhance the partnership and cooperation in key areas: (1) trade and investment, which are the engine of growth and job creation; (2) safety and
H.E. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council and Chair of the ASEM 10 Summit, H.E. Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy, Excellencies Heads of State and Government of ASEM, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen!
First of all, I would like to express my warmest greetings and deep gratitude to the people and the government of Italy, especially to H.E. Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy, for the warm hospitality extended to me and my delegation as well as for the excellent
Distinguished National and International Guests, Commanders, Deputy Commanders, All Servicemen and Servicewomen of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF)
Today I am honored and delighted to participate with distinguished national and international guests, commanders, deputy commanders, military officers, non-commissioned military officers, servicemen and servicewomen of the Brigade 70 of the RCAF in the Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Founding of the Brigade 70. This ceremony is a good opportunity for me to meet and express my sincere regards to
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.
… 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.
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. I
I am so glad today to be able to join with Buddhist monks and compatriots in the launch of the construction of an overpass and an underpass at the Techno junction that we will, as is proclaimed by Mayor of Phnom Penh, Pa So Cheatvong, call it the Techno Overpass. Our starting had been a difficult one. We came from a capital where there were no dwellers and roads on which there were no commuters. We have now come to a state of traffic congestion in the capital after 30 years of the liberation from the regime of Pol Pot. Our needs at liberation time were different. In those days, all we needed was sufficient food for the people. There was not a big problem as far as lodging or housing was concerned. There were many empty houses available. Now we have more needs to answer.
In addition to the prepared text, Samdech Techo made the following comments on source of corruption, bon how accurate information and transparency help make bribe free and clean investment, corruption as one of the oldest diseases in the world, and appreciating any first coming investors.
No Corruption in 1980s
The central office of the Anti-Corruption Unit is formerly the command headquarters of the armed force since the French time. I would remind you that from this command headquarters, war was made under the French colony and later the war between 1970 and 1975. Later than that this place was also used for war matter. Now we have used this place as command centre against corruption. If delegates have time, maybe it is a good idea how we make war command centre into central office of Anti-Corruption Unit.