Nov 17: The first graduating class of the Certificate in Contract Law Program
were awarded certificates. The 42 graduates had received 400 hours of theoretical
and practical training in Free Market Contract Law, Cambodian Law and Contracts,
Modern Contract Forms, Drafting Contracts and International Contracts. The program
was developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice as a "Continuing Legal
Education" program funded by USAID and the Asia Foundation. Course materials
were developed from scratch by lawyers from the U.S., Australia and France. Graduates
included staff from 11 ministries and secretariats, three courts, three university
programs and private human rights organisations.
Nov 20: UNDP announced an agreement signed with the Council for the Development
of Cambodia (CDC) for a $1,782,000 cost-shared project to support the Phnom Penh
Squatter Communities and Municipality for Participatory Urban Dedvelopment. The objectives
of the project include: a) to build at the Municipality's policy-making and operational
levels the capacity to establish and sustain participatory decision-making processes
involving urban planning, development and management partners with reference to squatter
communities; b) to strengthen and expand the community development process being
developed through the work of NGOs and community based organisations among Phnom
Penh squatters; and, c) to generate a set of solutions to achieve secure land and
housing tenure and improve living conditions of the urban poor. Funding is being
provided by the United Kingdom's ODA and the UNDP.
Nov 22: Reuters reported: "China's Deputy Trade Minister Li Guo Hua
ended a five-day trip to Cambodia with local officials saying it could help boost
business links. 'It was a success,' said Cambodian Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh,
adding that an economic cooperation agreement was signed and Bejing promised an aid
grant of about $10 million."
Nov 22: Japanese Ambassador Yukio Imagawa signed a series of grants totalling
$172,977 for various organizations to help meet Cambodia's "grass roots"
requirements. Grants included: $37,901 to the Khmer Foundation for Justice, Peace
& Development, $17,445 to Action International Contre la Faim, $17,481 to ADHOC,
$63,000 to the Education Office in Kompong Speu Province and $37,150 to Population
Nov 22: Reuters reported from Canberra: "Cambodia will investigate
allegations its navy is involved in drug trafficking, its Foreign Minister Ung Huot
said. Ung Huot told Reuters the government took a serious view about the allegations,
contained in an article in the Far Eastern Economic Review. 'It brings awareness
to us, sometimes the government doesn't know,' the visiting minister said . 'It's
an opportunity for investigation, we will do it.'"
Nov 23: The World Food Programme (WFP) approved a US$19.4 million program
of food assistance for Cambodia to assist an estimated 1.56 million people during
l996. WFP estimates that total food needs in l996 will be 62,900 tons. The majority
of the food aid will be distributed through food for work projects in targeted communes
where food aid is required. The process of targeting communes for l996 has started
with a wet season crop assessment in cooperation with FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture.
Nov 23: H.M. King Norodom Sihanouk issued a declaration protesting against
journalists who had written that "King Sihanouk (sic), Prince Norodom Ranariddh
(sic) and H.E. Hun Sen (sic) were waging a struggle for power (sic), of which Prince
Norodom Sirivudh (sic) is the victim." The King said that since taking the throne
he had never engaged in any political struggle and that he had never sought to exercise
Nov 24: Reuters reported: "China Shipbuilding Trading Co Ltd has won
a contract to supply materials and equipment to upgrade Cambodian railways, the company
said. 'This is for emergency rehabilitation, it's for equipment and material such
as steel rails...it's not a full rehabilitation,' said Tom Kinson of EPAC Resources,
the state-owned company's Cambodia representative. The agreement, worth $870,000
under an Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan to Cambodia, was signed with the Ministry
of Public Works and Transport."
Nov 24: The first Franco-Cambodian Medical and Pharmaceutical Colloquiem
was held at the Faculty of Medicine under the direction of H.E. Dy Narong Rith, undersecretary
of state for health. The meeting enabled discussions to take place between French
and Cambodian doctors on regulating pharmaceuticals.
Nov 26: Reuters reported: "One of Europe's biggest freight forwarding
agents, Panalpina France, will soon open for business in Cambodia, a company official
said. Marie Pauwels, Panalpina's Cambodian representative, said the European company's
French operation was optimistic that Cambodia's cargo market had potential for the
development of a 'high quality service' operation.
'I think it's a good time for setting up business here, for the transport sector
I am sure there is a good opportunity. There will never be a big transport sector
here but there is a market.'"
Nov 27: Reuters reported: "Sixty Cambodian soldiers have completed
courses in Australia that will help them train colleagues in counter-insurgency techniques,
Australian Embassy staff said.
The Cambodians spent about one month at the Australian armed forces camp in Tully,
northern Queensland and returned to Phnom Penh on November 19.
'They will form the core of a counter-insurgency school,' that is to be built in
southern Cambodia with funding and equipment from the Australian government, said
an attache at the embassy."
Nov 27: Reuters reported: "King Norodom Sihanouk has called for an
independent group to investigate the August shooting of three foreigners outide the
house of co-Premier Hun Sen... 'I would like to assure you that yourself and the
other victims of this regrettable incident have all my sympathy and support,' Sihanouk
wrote in a November 24 letter to the British victim Greg James.
James had a bone in one arm shattered by bullets.
'I am requesting the Royal Cambodian Government to appoint a team of neutral and
independent investigators to make sure that justice is rendered to the victims,'
added the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters on Nov 27."
Nov 28: The Cambodian Development Resource Institute began a two-day seminar
on dispute resolution in Cambodia.