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.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Closing of the Annual Conference of Stock-taking of 2014/15 and Directive Settings of 2015/16 for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries [Unofficial Translation]

In addition to the prepared text delivered at the closing session of the Annual Conference of the 2014/15 Stocktaking and 2015/16 Directives Setting for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Samdech Techo Hun Sen made the following selected extempore comments:

Barriers to Exports from Low to High Income Countries

I wish to add a few things here. There is an organization called OPEC (Oil Producing and Exporting Countries) who is doing the oil exporting. In this region, we have a mechanism for those who grow and produce rubber. We need to work harder with our partners. Cambodia is holding its rotating chairmanship. There is also one other initiative I started since 2005 in the framework and to attract attention of the ACMECS countries on issue of setting up a rice exporting countries (REC), in which Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar are members. This is an issue that is continuing to be discussed.

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Remarks at the Opening of the Regional Workshop on “Transforming Rural Areas – Strategic Vision for the Asia and Pacific”

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.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of the BELTEI International University [Unofficial Translation]

Cambodian Human Resource – Ready for AEC

I am glad to preside over the graduation and diploma presentation ceremony of our students at the BELTEI International University (BIU) and the inauguration of the new 15 storey BIU building. HE Ly Chheng, rector of the BIU has made a report on the development of this foundation – I mean you have BELTEI International Institute and BELTEI International University. I highly appreciate your active involvement in human resource development. According to the report, today we have 735 graduates for diploma presentation. As indicated in his progress report, up to 96.50% of graduates who learnt and used English as means have found employment.

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Speech on the Occasion of the Launch of the National Strategy for Food Security and Nutrition 2014-2018

Excellencies Ambassadors, Distinguished National and International Guests, Representatives of Development Partners
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today it is my great pleasure to attend the launch of the National Strategy for Food Security and Nutrition 2014-2018 which is organized by the Council for Agricultural and Rural Development in collaboration with relevant ministries-institutions and development partners.

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Selected Extempore Comments at the Dissemination Workshop on National Strategy for Food Security and Nutrition 2014-2018 [unofficial Translation]

In addition to prepared speech in the dissemination workshop on National Strategy for Food Security and Nutrition (NSFSN) Samdech Techo made comments on a number of issues:

Percentage of People Living Below Poverty Line

In addition to the prepared text, I wish to say a few things in relation to issue of nutrition and the overall development of our country. It is true that we have bright down the poverty rate of Cambodia at 100% in 1979 to a little below 19% now. We can quantify how many of the 15 million people still live under the poverty line. There is this issue of how many people who live barely above the poverty line while there is a high risk that those who already came out of poverty would fall below the poverty line again for fact of natural

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation Ceremony of Norton University [Unofficial Translation]

With Peace We Make Education

I am so happy to return for the graduation ceremony for 2,501 students of the Norton University. The University’s rector Chan Sokheang has made a report already relating to the progress made by the University. All I could recall is that the University was the one that actively takes part in the implementation of the Royal Government’s policy on issue of private investment in the field of education. I remember that in 1997, I came for the inauguration of the university itself. I am quite encouraged by the fact that in time that the country was still in war, the rector, who was then a single man, dared to invest in establishing this university.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Celebration of the 151 Anniversary of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day [Unofficial Translation]

Today I am so happy to join with you all once again to celebrate the 151 anniversary of the May-8 Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Last year and years before last, on May 8, every year, we gather here for the celebration of the day. We can say that the gathering is like a mark of ending dry season and entering the new rainy season. I would like to take this opportune moment to express on behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia and my own behalf my deep thank and gratitude for the contribution made by Excellencies, ladies, Oknha, gentlemen in this remarkable event of solidarity, humanity and a culture of sharing.

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Address at the Opening of the 3rd National Forum on Climate Change

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to be at the opening of the “3rd National Forum on Climate Change”. This forum is held just one week ahead of the 19th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 9th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Warsaw, Poland. In this connection, it is without doubt that this forum will provide inputs to the above international meetings. In addition, it is necessary for us to have better understanding of the challenges

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