Selected Impromptu Comments at the Celebration of the 19th March-3 National Culture Day and the Closing of Nationwide Youth Arts Festival [Unofficial Translation]

To Build a Big University of Fine Arts Let me express my sincere appreciation to presence of everyone’s participation in the arts festival. Like in previous festivals, the performance arts and their compositions have clearly shown new progresses, especially the way it has widened among youth. The festival is in itself an event that guides…

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Opening of the Sangkranta Angkor 2015 in Siem Reap Province

Think of Grower When Eating Fruits

My warmest welcome to the Buddhist monks, members of the Senate, HE Sam Rainsy, the minority leader and Madame, Ambassadors and Chargé d’Affaires, foreign guests who are present here. I also welcome youth representatives from ASEAN and East Asian countries and members of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC). Since we also have the live coverage of this event, please allow me to also express my sincere greetings (over the Khmer New Year) to our compatriots in the Kingdom of Cambodia as well as abroad. Equally, our thoughts, my wife and I, are with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces members who are currently in Libya, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Mali.

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PM Hun Sen’s Greetings on the Upcoming Traditional Khmer New Year [from AKP]

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:

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Groundbreaking Ceremony to Build the National Road 58 from Poi Pet in Banteay Meanjei to Samraong City in Uddar Meanjei

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.

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Speech at the 17th Anniversary of the National Cultural Day and the Closing of the National Youth Arts Festival

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Master artists, veteran artists, artists, professors and students, 

Today, it is my pleasure to once again attend the 17th Anniversary of the 3 March National Cultural Day organized under the theme of “Youth for National Culture,” and the closing of the National Youth Arts Festival. The March 3 National Culture Day is a very important national day celebrated for the cause of cultural preservation and promotion. In this spirit, the Royal Government of Cambodia has designated the 3rd of March as National Cultural Day to be celebrated nationwide aimed to boost patriotism and passion for culture among the people from all walks of life both inside and outside the country.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at 17th Anniversary of National Cultural Day and the Closing of the Nationwide Youth Arts Festival

In addition to the prepared text, Samdech Techo made extempore comments on a wide range of topics relating to culture, which have been selected and translated unofficially as followed:

Voluntarily Accept New Culture

It is important to preserve culture for generations to come. Culture is not an invasion. Frankly speaking, it is juts that people accept other culture voluntarily. France spent almost one century in Cambodia. What culture did they leave for Cambodia? Our people and Buddhist monks had done whatever they could to keep their identity – language and alphabets so to speak. Some countries have adopted French language after the French control. Cambodia did not. That was our strong point from the past. We should look into the strong point from the past to strengthen our present and future stand on culture.

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Remarks at the Opening of the World Conference on “Tourism and Culture: Building a New Partnership” Siem Reap Province

His Excellency Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO),
Her Excellency Ms. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO,
Distinguished National and International Guests,
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xcellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today I am delighted to attend the opening of the auspicious 1st World Conference on “Tourism and Culture” under the theme of “Building a New Partnership”.

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Selected Extempore Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of the Cambodian University of Specialty – CUS [Unofficial Translation]

On CUS Progress, Scholarships and Job Finding Rates

It is a great pleasure that I have the chance to join with all of you to officially celebrate the graduation and diploma presenting ceremony for 6,748 students of the Cambodian University of Specialty (CUS). I would like to express my appreciation for the efforts made by CUS’s progress, according to the report of Rector Sdoeng Sokhom. I am so happy to see that CUS has made progress from year to year and the effort made to find jobs for graduates.

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