Key Notes at the Opening Ceremony of the Annual Review of the Public Financial Management Reform Program

Excellencies, Lork Chumtiev, Members of the RGC
Excellencies, Lork Chum Tiev, Ladies and Gentlemen, National and International Guests!

Today, it is my great honor and pleasure to be with Excellencies, Lork Chum Tiev, Ladies and gentlemen, national and international guests, at this important Annual Review Meeting of the Public Financial Management Reform Program (PFMRP). Let me joint HE. Minister Aun Porn Moniroth to warmly welcome Excellencies, Lork Chum Tiev, Ladies and Gentlemen for participation in today meeting.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Opening of the 2014 Annual Review of Public Financial Management Reform Program [Unofficial Translation]

In addition to the prepared text, Samdech Techo Hun Sen made comments on a number of issues with unofficial selections and translations as followed:

Balance of Incomes and Expenses

Please allow me to open a bracket here. Those of you who are new to Cambodia may not have a sense of what the Cambodian financial situation was. As a Prime Minister the most difficult thing that ever happened was when there was a debt of cash and was the happiest vice versa. I once told HE Keat Chhon (then Minister for Economy and Finance) to borrow money from HE Thao Pengleat (then Governor of the National Bank) and then to the current governor Chea Chanto for monthly salary of the civil servants and armed forces. We owed the central bank and also prolonged payment for the civil servants too. The salary was meager but we were not able to pay. There was no cash. Cambodia then was said to have sixty days a month.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of Tertiary and Basic Level French-Khmer Teachers and the Inauguration of the five floor B07 Building

Will South China Sea Issue Be Resolved in Malaysia?

I urge that HE Hang Chuan Naron, Minister for Education, Youth and Sports to review this issue of scholarship to be provided by the US first lady. ASEAN leaders now use my term comparing South China Sea to a hot piece of stone. It is not a hot potato. The difference is the heat in potato, after a while, will recede and people can eat it. As long as the hot stone is concerned here, it will be impossible. Sultan of Brunei and President of Myanmar said maybe Excellency could help bring down the heat of the stone in 2012. I assured them to reach lower temperature or not would depend on those countries involved.

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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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Selected Impromptu Comments in Addition to the Prepared Text on Outlook Conference 2015 – ASEAN Economic Community 2015 and Beyond: Reform Agenda

First of all, I am asking for your understanding concerning the changing of schedule. I planned to read this speech in the morning. However, since we had this protocol to accompany their Majesties to have a medical checkup in the People’s Republic of China, I then proposed two options – 1) I would send someone on my behalf and 2) we change our conference opening from morning to afternoon. It did indeed cause some difficulties to some of you. However, absence of the Prime Minister at the time when Their Majesties leave the country would not be a good protocol. I am asking for understanding from the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) as well as the conference participants. I also notice here Ms Eva Mysliwiec who mothered CDRI in our difficult time at Tuol Kork with HE Chea Chanto, then Minister of Planning. CDRI has now reached its twenty some years or in other word a fully grown young man. I also noted the presence of HE Fumiaki Takahashi, former Ambassador (of Japan to the Kingdom of Cambodia). It is good to meet everyone.

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Annual Review Meeting of the Ministry of Interior

Making further comments on the prepared text at the Annual Review Meeting of the Ministry of Interior Samdech Techo Hun Sen touches on a number of issues that are unofficially translated as followed:

Armed Forces – State Instrument

Today I wish to remind all of you on two important issues. Firstly, everyone should not forget that since after the general elections, Cambodia has just experienced calmness from early second six month of 2014, after a political conciliation was reached. Prior to the conciliation, there was an effort to topple the Royal Government through what they call “people’s power” or “color revolution.” They have declared that 2013 was the best year to change Hun Sen. External circles have asked two questions to Phnom Penh – a) is the Cambodian People’s Party still in unity. They gave a correct answer that they were; and b) were the Cambodian armed forces faithful to Hun Sen? or to the Royal Government? The reply from Phnom Penh was “not sure.” That has brought me to concluding that the demonstrations of September 15, 16 and 17 – 2013 were testing the armed forces position towards the Royal Government of Cambodia.

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Selected Impromptu Comments during the Connection of the Bridge of Nak Loeung across the Mekong River, District of Loeuk Dek, Kandal Province [Unofficial Translation]

The Tsubasa Bridge and New 500 Banknote

I have a great pleasure today to join with HE Kazuyuki NAKANE, parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, on this auspicious occasion to cast concrete for final connection of the Bridge of Neak Loeung of 2,215 meters considered as the longest bridge in the country. Before going further, I would like to affirm two things.

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Speech at the Opening of the International Investment Conference 2014 Under the Theme of: Cambodian – New Era of Opportunity “Growth, Change and ASEAN Integration”

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Today I am delighted to attend the opening of the International Investment Conference 2014 held under the theme of Cambodia: New Era of Opportunity “Growth, Change and ASEAN Integration” which is organized by the International Business Chamber of Cambodia. This event is indeed Cambodia’s first biggest international investment conference held in 2014 after the formation of the Royal Government of the Fifth Legislature which is born from a free, fair and transparent general election on July 28, 2013.

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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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