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Illegal Fishing Prevention
The Office of the Council of Ministers informed the Koh Kong provincial authorities

that the Royal Government agreed to continue to recognize the validity of the right

for Thai boats registered in the name of Cambodian citizens that had paid taxes until

the end of 2000 to fish in Cambodian waters. Announcement #172 (COM). November 8,

2000.

Mark Registration
The Council of Ministers has revised the Draft Law on Marks, Trade Names and

Conduct of Unfair Competition revised the content of Article 5. Beside this revision,

the Council of Ministers approved the content of the Draft Law on Marks, Trade Names,

and Conduct of Unfair Competition as proposed by Ministry of Commerce and the Inter-Ministerial

Meeting. Announcement #1782 (COM) on Outcome of the Oct 27 2000 Plenary meeting of

the Council of Ministers. November 14, 2000.

France-Cambodia Investment.
The Royal Government and the Government of the Republic of France have signed

an agreement for Mutual Promotion and Protection of Investments. Announcement #1782

(COM) on Outcome of the Oct 27 Plenary Meeting of the Council of Ministers. November

14, 2000.

Asean-Australia-New Zealand
The COM relegated authority to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to review the

position of the Royal Government toward ASEAN, Australia, and New Zealand so to have

a consensus with ASEAN without offending Australia and New Zealand. Announcement

#1782 (COM) on Outcome of the Oct 27 Plenary Meeting of the Council of Ministers.

November 14, 2000.

Fishing Lot Reductions
In order to improve the standard of living in the rural areas, the COM relegated

authority to Ministry of Agriculture to shrink the size of large fishing lots and

cancel the small ones for traditional subsistent fishing. The fishing lots reserved

and for study and rehabilitation must be put for public bidding in 2001. Announcement

#1782 (COM) on Outcome of the Oct 27 Plenary Meeting of the Council of Ministers.

November 14, 2000.

Repair of National Road 6
Contract # 2372 on Repair of National Road 6 (September 16, 2000)

The distance of the road to be repaired and covered with gravel is 26 kilometers

spanning from Siem Reap provincial town to Kralanh district. The contract was entered

into between Ministry of Public Works and Transport and Siem Reap Provincial Office

of Public Works and Transport and is worth R393,137,000. Contract #2372 on Repair

of National Road 6. September 16, 2000.

Gambling Tax Exemptions
General mangers of all gambling-related enterprises were informed that their

companies have received exemption from profit tax, minimum tax, VAT, or turnover

tax. However, they have an obligation to pay other taxes such as patent tax, taxes

on salary and fringe benefits etc. As for non-gambling activities such as restaurant,

hotel, and entertainment services, the company must fulfill tax obligation according

to the laws in force. Announcement #024 (MEF). December 7, 2000.

Terrorism
Creation of a Secretariat of Join-Interministerial Committee for Monitoring and

Suppression of Armed Terrorists. The Committee is to study and monitor every act

of terrorism, propose prevention and suppression measures, proposed to the government

temporary suspension of government officials connected with the act of terrorism,

cooperate and coordinate with the countries where the armed terrorists are staying

for arrest and extradition and report to the Royal Government. Decision #64 &

#65. November 28 and December 4, 2000.

Wildlife Trafficking
A disagreement between customs agents and military police in Takeo's Kirivong

District over the legality of the export of 314 crocodiles to Vietnam resulted in

the customs agents being handcuffed and detained at the military police base. The

Ministry of Defense was asked to take strict measures against the military police

commander involved. Letter #5094 (MEF) re. Unethical Behavior of Kirivong District

Military Police Commander. December 1, 2000.

Vietnamese MIAs
The RGC has created the Committee for Finding and Repatriating the Remains of

Vietnamese Armed Volunteers During the War in Cambodia. The committee is to search

for the remains of Vietnamese soldiers who died during the war in Cambodia, oversee

and coordinate all activities relating to the implementation of the agreement and

exchange information with their Vietnamese counterparts. Decision #63 (RGC).

Road Tax Sticker Forgery
Co-Ministers of Interior were informed that road tax stickers for motorcycles

were being forged and sold at lower prices than genuine road tax stickers. The Ministry

of Economy and Finance requested measures be taken to have the forgers arrested and

punished according to the law.

This Weekly Law Update is produced from material provided by Dirksen, Flipse, Doran

and Le (DFDL). It has been edited for publication. A full version is available via

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