Selected Impromptu Comments at the Closing of the Annual Conference of Stock-taking of 2014/15 and Directive Settings of 2015/16 for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries [Unofficial Translation]

In addition to the prepared text delivered at the closing session of the Annual Conference of the 2014/15 Stocktaking and 2015/16 Directives Setting for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Samdech Techo Hun Sen made the following selected extempore comments:

Barriers to Exports from Low to High Income Countries

I wish to add a few things here. There is an organization called OPEC (Oil Producing and Exporting Countries) who is doing the oil exporting. In this region, we have a mechanism for those who grow and produce rubber. We need to work harder with our partners. Cambodia is holding its rotating chairmanship. There is also one other initiative I started since 2005 in the framework and to attract attention of the ACMECS countries on issue of setting up a rice exporting countries (REC), in which Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar are members. This is an issue that is continuing to be discussed.

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Extempore Comments at the Inauguration of the Royal Phnom Penh Hospital in Phnom Penh [Unofficial Translation]

Private Health Investment Opportunity

I am so glad today to have come and joined with all of you in putting this Royal Phnom Penh Hospital, investment made by the Bangkok Dusit Medical Service PCL, into official use. I am so glad that this new project has taken shape under the initiative of Dr. Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, who is regularly in contact with me for consultation and support on this investment project. On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, allow me to express my profound thanks for investment in the health sector. The Royal Government has done everything possible to allow private investment not only in economy but also in health and education. Thanks to this effort and policy, it is now a common scene to everyone that Cambodia has got various hospitals, private clinic, university and schools.

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Selected Extempore Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presenting Ceremony of the Asia-Europe University [Unofficial Translation]

I am so happy today to be able to come preside over the graduation of 1,823 students of the Asia-Europe University in the early part of the Year of Horse of the Buddhist Year of 2558. It is a good thing to present diploma at the start of a New Year like this. I listened to the report of the Asia-Europe University (AEU) rector, Duong Lieng, concerning the progress made by the University. First started as a non-governmental organization in area of education, the University has now a 15-storey building of its own.

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Speech On the Occasion of Official Launching of Cambodia’s Trade Integration Strategy 2014-2018, Peace Palace

Excellencies, Ambassadors to the Kingdom of Cambodia,
Ms. Claire Van der Vaeren, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Cambodia,
Mr. Eric Sidgewick, ADB Country Director for Cambodia,
Dr. Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework,
Mr. Bernhard Schlachter, Executive Officer of the UNOPS,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, National and International Guests,

It is my pleasure to attend theLaunching of Cambodia’s Diagnostic Trade Integration Strategy 2014-2018”, organized by the Ministry of Commerce in cooperation with relevant ministries and institutions. On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia and myself, I wish to highly commend the management and officials of the Ministry of Commerce for contributing to the formulation of “Cambodia’s Trade Integration Strategy 2014-2018” which is based on the political platform and the

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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Groundbreaking Ceremony to Construct the bridge at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam at Chrey Thom, Kandal Province

I would like to take this opportune moment to express my sincere thank to the Vietnamese people who live and are present also on the other side of the river for this occasion. I am so happy today to be able to come here with Prime Minister HE Nguyen Tan Dung for the launching of the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the 428 meters Chrey Thom-Long Binh Bridge – a historic indicator of the history of the two countries relations.

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Selected Impromptu Comments during the Meeting with the Employers/employees of the Preah Sihanouk Autonomous Port to Commemorate the International Labor Day (Unofficial Translation)

I am so glad that we have the opportunity to meet once again in the Preah Sihanoukville Autonomous Port on the 127th anniversary of the International Labor Day. As promised, I have to make my schedule to come here every year, though dues to unexpected circumstance I also could not make it a few times. Today, the 127th anniversary of the

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