Selected Impromptu Comments during the Meeting with Cambodian Workers in the Course of the Official Visit to the Republic of Korea [Unofficial Translation]

In the course of attending the commemorative ASEAN-ROK Summit in Busan, Samdech Techo Hun Sen took the time in his busy schedule to meet with Cambodian workers, from which CNV extracted and translated some of those comments.

Reasons Behind Accepting Cambodian Laborers to South Korea 

I would like to comment on why the government of South Korea accept the presence of our labourers in their country, especially in Busan. Is it because of the rivalry or the alliance between Cambodia and South Korea? On this issue, I would like to recall the truths on history of relationship between our two nations. As we all know, Korea was divided into two parts: North Korea and South Korea. There were times Cambodia worked with both of them, or worked only with the North side, and sometimes we work only with the South side. On the other hand, we have compromised according to our framework in foreign affair policy, and brought along a signing of diplomatic relations in 1996.

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Selected Extempore Comments during the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony for the New Khmer Generation Institute [Unofficial Translation]

I am glad to be with all of you and respected Buddhist monks, Excellencies, ladies and gentle men on this very auspicious occasion of the graduation and diploma presenting ceremony to 1997 students of the New Khmer. I am glad that this Institute of New Khmer Generation (NKGI) has grown up from formerly the New Khmer Generation League, as is reported by Director Nob Narin. As I used to mention on various occasions, getting an institute to start up is a difficult job but securing its sustainable development is no less. Some have come up with ideas and projects but could not realize them, either because of mismanagement or no participation from concerned circles. This case is true not only for projects planned by private or non-governmental organization but by government too.

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Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of the Cambodian Institute of Technology (CIT) [Unofficial Translation]

Former Students of CIT in Royal Government

I am so glad today to be able to join with all of Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen to witness the graduation and diploma presenting ceremony for 2,186 graduates of the Cambodian Institute of Technology (CIT). I find it a satisfactory result that today we are adding more into our needed human resource for national development. We have on the one hand the need to develop the country but also on the other to fill in the need for human resource to develop the country.

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

Tertiary Education Development

I am glad to be able to join with all of you and Buddhist monks present here in this joyous event to grant diploma for 1,210 graduates of the IIC University of Technology. It is now my third time to come to the IIC graduation event. I am so impressed by the report of HE Chhuon Chanthan in relation to progress made by the university. In general, we all noted the development of human resource within the framework of the state and private tertiary education not in just quantity but also in quality.

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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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Selected Comments during the Welcoming Ceremony for Sorn Seavmey, First Cambodian Gold Medalist in the 17th Asian Games, Incheon, South Korea, 2014 [Unofficial Translation]

First of all, I would like to ask everyone to congratulate our heroine, Sorn Seavmey and her coach, Mr Choi Yong Sok, who brought fame to our nation.

Tonight, our nation is proud of our first gold medal of the history. According to the statistics of the Asian Games, China ranks first with their 151 gold medals, while this is the first and only gold medal for Cambodia. Therefore, we celebrate this special occasion by making a parade and holding a welcoming conference by the Royal Government here at the Peace Palace. According to the report by HE Thong Khon and mass media, this is our first gold medal since 1954. Is it the first medal in 60 years for Cambodia?

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Selected Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony for BBU graduates [Unofficial Translation]

Refugees to Come to Cambodia Voluntarily

… 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.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduating and Diploma Presenting Ceremony for Graduates of the Chamroeun University of Polytechnics [Unofficial Translation]

One-Year Anniversary of the First Cabinet Meeting

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.

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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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