Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
National and International Guests,
Today, I have honor and great pleasure to participate with Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, National and International Guests at the official inauguration of “Golf Course in Siemreap” during the auspicious time while Cambodia people all over the country, particularly people live SiemReap, are preparing for the traditional Khmer New Year, the Year of Pig, Buddhist year 2551, which will be held on 14-16 April 2007.
Taking this pleasure occasion, on behalf of the Royal Government and myself, I am highly appreciate the initiative of the president of the Phokeethra Country Club and the investment of Phokeethra Project, which Phokeethra mean the highest supremacy or the spirit of dragon, at the Land of Angkor. I believe this is a big contribution to socio-economic development both in present and future time.
Referring to report made by the president of Phokeethra Country Club, the golf resort project is the multiple-link project and benefit a lot to socio-economic development.
Moreover, this project is environmental friendly that can be implied the foot step of Javaraman VII, who transformed this sandy land into the high-yield rice field for supporting livelihood of people and built the country into the Khmer Empire. This project is an example of investment project in the Conservation Area where we have a lot of ancient temples around. The project authorized by APSARA authority and recognized by UNESCO. Moreover, the field contains reservoirs to keep rain water that are sufficient for the use. In addition, this project helps our people, especially those live in Pouk, through creating 300 jobs. Those people are training for their new job, which will bright their future. This is the direct benefit from the job creation, furthermore, the multiplied benefit could be reap when we connect this project to tourism, sport and other sectors. It is also a center for business consultation that likely attract big investment project into our country, because golf is a most famous sport in the word that golf jockey are tourist and businessmen who seek combination of entertainment, vacation and business opportunity.
Taking this opportunity, on my own and the Royal Government of Cambodia behalf, I would like to compliment the president of Phokeetra Country Club who was serious in the project and chose SiemReap, north-west of Cambodia to build this important golf course.
At the same time, I fully support the organization of international Golf tour called Cambodia Open for the Asian Tour at this end of year 2007. This event has never been organized in Cambodia and will broadcast all over the world. I strongly believe that this golf tour will attract more tourists to visit Cambodia, especially Angkor Wat that is the historical, cultural and environmental resort as well as promote our country’s culture, history and honor.
Before closing, on behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia and myself, I would like to appeal to our people and all hierarchical authorities to continue a good cooperation with Phokeetra Country Club for smooth and efficient of Club’s operation.
Finally, I would like to wish all of you five wishes of Buddhist blessing for the forthcoming Khmer New Year, Year of Pig and Buddhist year 2551.
For the cause of contribution to the development of tourism in Cambodia toward future prosperity and progress, I announce the official opening of Phokeetra Country Club in PUAK, SiemReap, from now.