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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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presentation Ceremony of the Western University [Unofficial Translation]

Peace and Development, Otherwise Instability and Destruction

I am so pleased to be able to meet with professors and students of the Western University today. We will have a diploma presenting ceremony together. I have noticed that more and more universities have chosen the Exhibition Centre of Koh Pich for their graduation and diploma presenting ceremony taking into consideration that there are more and more people attending their ceremonies. Mr. Te Norin, rector of the Western University, already clarified in his report about the progress made in the university. In fact, we have today 2,330 graduates – most of who have either found jobs or created ones for themselves – to be presented with diplomas. It is also a remarkable note to keep that 70% of those in pursuit of their studies also are carrying out life of work and study together.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Launch of National Disability Strategic Plan for 2014/18 and the Fifth Anniversary of the Law on Protection and Promotion of Rights of Disabilities [Unofficial Translation]

Issue of 2% of Obligatory Recruitment of Disables in Public Work

As far as this matter of disables recruited for work in public institutions, I would urge the Minister of Social Affairs, Veteran and Youth Rehabilitation (MSAVYR) to discuss with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS) on this. We have 190,000 government employees and 110,000 of them are teachers. (With regard to recruiting 2% of their staff from disables and 1% in private workplace) 2% of the 110,000 number is worth reconsidering. I urge the MSAVRY to bring this issue up with MEYS. Imagine if some disables have had to stand teaching. For other job functions, they would find something to fit them. They have their problems. One of my friends got amputated and is standing teaching with one leg. We do not want to see this.

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Selected Extempore Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) – [Unofficial Translation]

It is a great pleasure indeed that I have a wonderful chance to come meet professors and students of the Royal Phnom Penh University (RPPU) to celebrate two important events (1) graduation and diploma presentation ceremony for scholarship and fee-paying students and (2) launching of the RUPP’s five years strategic plan for 2014 through to 2018.

Progress Made by RUPP & Job Seeking Opportunity

Acting Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, HE Pit Cham Nan, made a report already about progress made by the RUPP. I would like to take this opportune moment to express

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Selected Extempore Comments during the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of the Vanda Institute of Accounting [Unofficial Translation]

Today I have a great pleasure to come to the Vanda Institute again to preside over the graduation and diploma presenting ceremony for 3,440 students. This is my eighth time here. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for the efforts made by the Institute, as is reported by HE Heng Vanda, concerning its progress and expansion of services from Phnom Penh to the city of Siem Reap and Battambang, which is under construction. The progress made by Vanda Institute in particular has shown a streamlining national movement in education as a whole since the day of liberation – 7 January 2014. With our policy at a later stage to allow private investment in the field of human resource development, the education service has become a national movement where thousands upon thousands are benefiting from.

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Address on the Occasion of the Closing of the 2012-2013 Stocktaking and 2013-2014 Direction Setting Conference of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Distinguished   National and International Guests,
Delegations of Capital/Provincial Education Office, and all Participants!

Today, it is my pleasure to participate with Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen in the Closing of the 2012-2013 Stocktaking and 2013-2014 Direction Setting Conference organized by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS). In fact, this conference has provided opportunities for us all, especially the management and officials of MoEYS at the national and sub-national levels to gather together in order to discuss, share experiences and continue seeking effective measures for the development of our education, youth, and sport sector. 

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of the National University of Management

We have just been passing from the old to the New Year (of Horse), though we are not Chinese. I would like to take this opportune moment to wish all of you the best wishes and the four Buddhist blessings.

Congratulations to 4,101 Graduates

I am so happy to be able to participate in this ceremony to present diplomas for 4,101 graduates of the National University of Management (NUM) that HE Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, had reported earlier. It is the first time in the coming New Year and I must admit that there will be many graduations to come. Let alone February and March, I have so many speeches to make and those relating to the graduation started with this ceremonial speech today for NUM.

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