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 during the Inauguration of the Hydropower Station of Russei Jrum Kraom, Mondul Seima District, Koh Kong Province [Unofficial Translation]

Biggest Hydropower Station So far

Today, I am so pleased to be able to join with our people to put into official use the 338 MW hydropower station of Russei Jrum Kraom – the biggest hydropower station we ever built so far. We used to put into official use the power station of only dozens of MW power. Today, we have a 338 MW power generation station which, for us, is a big scale of power station. As for China, on their Yangtze River, they built one of tens of thousands of MW. In 2018, we hope to have another hydropower station ready and it will produce up to 400 MW.

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