INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
The Royal Government has
created a National Information and Communication Technology Development
Authority to promote and implement information and communication technology to
maximize economic growth and development. Royal Decree NS/RKT/0800/152. August
FLOODS AND DROUGHT
The report lists agricultural and property
losses, human casualties, infrastructure development, and flood relief
distribution. Report 56 (COM). October 4, 2000.
CHINESE ELECTRICAL POWER DEVELOPMENT
Draft Law on Approval of Royal
Government of Cambodia to Guarantee the Payment to China Electric Power
Technology Import and Export Corp. (CETIC) was approved with minor revision. The
law approves CETIC's role in revitalizing the Kirirom hydro-electricity
generator at a cost of $26 million. Minute 10 (COM). September 12, 2000.
The Minister of Economy and Finance tentatively
approved in principle the proposed expenses of $504,000 on phone billing
software made by the Minister of Post and Telecommunication on August 18, 2000.
Letter 4273 (MEF). October 24, 2000.
TAX EXEMPT FLOOD RELIEF
The Royal Government approved the tax
exemption on material assistance from the Royal Government of Japan that arrived
at Pochentong International Airport as flood relief on September 16, 2000.
Letter 1558 (COM). September 16, 2000.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION REGISTRATION.
The Royal Government has
outlined the procedures involved with the registration of professional
organizations. Prakas 277 (MOSALVY). October 11, 2000.
PAID HOLIDAYS 2001
All employees of enterprises/establishments
stipulated in Article 1 of Labor Law shall have 22 days off for the calendar
year 2001. These days-off include one day for New Year, one day for 7th January,
one day for International Women's Day, four days for Khmer New Year, one day for
International Labor Day, one day for Buddha's Birthday, one day for Plowing Day,
one day for International Children's Day, one day for the Queen's Birthday,
three days for Pchum Ben, one day for Constitution Day, one day for Paris Peace
Accords, three days for Water Festival, one day for Independence Day, and one
day for International Human Rights Day. Prakas 298 (MOSALVY). October 26,
UNLICENSED CLINICS AND PHARMACIES CRACKDOWN
The Ministry of Health
issued notification to unlicensed drug stores and clinics to stop their
activities. One week will be allowed for compliance. All Khans shall compile
statistics on all licensed drug stores.
Announcement 104 (MPP) Phnom Penh Municipality Permanent Committee Meeting.
The issue of dredging the islet at the mouth of the Bassac River was also
discussed. October 18, 2000.
COMBATING SEX TOURISM
The meeting was presided over by HE Sum Manit
and focused on a proposal to the Royal Government to have strict measures on
foreigners who commit debauchery in the Kingdom of Cambodia. After a thorough
discussion, the meeting decided as follows:
- The Royal Government does not promote sex tourism;
- Laws targeting only foreigners cannot be drafted and implemented. The law
must be applied equally to everyone;
- The Law on Suppression of Kidnapping, Sales, and Trading of Human Beings
must be strictly implemented;
- Ministry of Interior should co-operate with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
International Co-operation to make a blacklist and send it to competent
officials at international entrance points as a basis for granting
- Ministry of Justice should contact the courts and prepare detailed reports
on previous court releases of accused sex criminals;
- Through Ministry of Justice, the Government should work with Ministry of
Women's Affairs to prepare a Sub-Decree on Implementation of Law on Suppression
of Kidnapping, Selling and Trading of Human Beings.
Report 52 (COM). September 20, 2000.
RIGHT-HAND DRIVE CRACKDOWN
The Ministry of Public Works and
Transport has announced that January 1, 2001 shall be the last day for
right-hand drive vehicles to be allowed to be on public roads. After this
deadline, any right-hand drive vehicle still operating on public roads shall be
confiscated as State property. Furthermore, any car that has its steering wheel
changed at garages that have no permission from Ministry of Public Works and
Transport will not receive a safety certificate accepted by the Ministry and the
car will not be issued a car registration card, license plate, or transfer
document.. Announcement 017 (MPWT) September 26, 2000.
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