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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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 Comments and Press Briefing during the Extraordinary Session of the Fifth Legislative National Assembly [unofficial Translation]

Firstly, I would like to express my warmest greeting to the presence of members of the National Assembly from the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). I also convey my warm welcome to the idea raised in the speech of HE Sam Rainsy. I think if everything according to this spirit happened a year ago, Cambodian could have had one good year already (after the elections of the fifth legislative term of the National Assembly). What happened on 22 July 2014 was not much different to the spirit of the negotiation on 17 September 2013. Putting the two negotiation results next to one another, there is not much difference. Unfortunately, the situation had gone worse and sadness came to the country before conscience reigns. I strongly hope that HE Sam Rainsy and members of the CNRP will keep record of everything that we discussed on 16 and 17 of September 2013, on the phone on 9 April 2014 and again on 22 July 2014.

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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 Comments at the Inauguration of Stoeng Meanjei Overpasses in Phnom Penh [Unofficial Translation]

Local Financial and Human Resource

My wife and I are so happy to be able to join all of you in this inauguration ceremony of the Stoeng Meanjei overpasses, the third site in the city where we build overpasses to improve traffic. I am so pleased to have been here in a space of one year in between – on 26 November 2013 to review the construction and today for the inauguration. I was here that time to put into official use parts of the overpasses for the demand of traffic and that were not hindering the remaining construction. At the time, there was news that I already ran out of the country. Many of the press people here could have remembered that Hun Sen was standing right here. Today, with all of the Buddhist monks, followers, Excellencies, Ladies and our compatriots, we put into official use this major achievement.

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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 on the Celebration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – 26 June [unofficial Translation]

… Once again, I would like to express my deep thanks to foreign friends and development partners for providing always their financial and technical support to strengthening mechanism and taking measures to raise high work efficiency against drug trafficking in Cambodia at both national and international level…

Measures Taken to Facilitate Flow of Undocumented Workers Returned from Thailand

I am sure some of you here might have been sleepy as there was a football match at 3 am. Maybe there are many of you, because it is the World Cup football event, which happens

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Selected Extempore Comments on a Visit to Handicap Soldiers and Their Families at the Techo Village Development Centre at Koh Sla, Chhouk District, Kompot Province [Unofficial Translation]

It is tremendously a great pleasure for my wife and I as well as other leaders to meet you – handicap soldiers, families, teachers and Buddhist monks again today. Please allow me to excuse myself for being absent on 7 March 2012, when you organized the inauguration ceremony of a temple in your Buddhist monastery here. It was because I could not leave my late father then as he was in critical health condition. I had to ask HE Say Chhum, Vice President of the Senate, and HE Chea Sophara, Minister of Rural Development, to represent me in that very important religious ceremony.

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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 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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