Sept 8: A Ministerial Delegation, led by H.E. Ung Huot, Minister of
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, left for Vietnam to attend the
first meeting of the Joint Commission for bilateral cooperation between Cambodia
and Vietnam. The delegation, including the Ministers of Commerce and
Agriculture, the Secretary of State of Interior, and the Under Secretary of
State of Education, held meetings in Hanoi from Sept 8-10.
Sept 8: Certificates were awarded to First Deputy Governors and
officials of the Ministry of Interior who completed a CDRI workshop on
"comprehensive management and planning". The training was part of the RGC's
administrative reform program to give leaders up-to-date management and planning
techniques so that they could implement these practices in the internal reform
program with minimal assistance from outside.
Sept 8: The Human Rights Action Committee issued a public statement
saying that they "are deeply concerned by legal actions brought by the Royal
Government against newspapers critical of the government."
Sept 10: The Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank arrive
in Phnom Penh for a six day visit.
Sept 12: Reuters reported: "Cambodia will almost double its spending
on education over the next five years to try to improve standards battered by
decades of war and poverty, Education Minister Tol Lah said. The minister said
spending on education would be raised from the current eight percent of the
national budget to 15 percent by the turn of the century.
Sept 12: A donation ceremony, attended by U.S. Ambassador Charles
Twining and Co-Minister of Defense Tea Chamrath, was held in Kompong Cham to
mark the gift of 242.5 tons of humanitarian assistance equipment and materiel
valued at $2.6 million to several ministries of the RGC. Donated equipment
included a $600,000 field hospital to the RCAF, assorted heavy equipment to the
Ministry of Public Works, large quantities of insect nets, sleeping pads and
excess parachutes to be used as shelters to the Cambodian Red Cross and books to
the Ministry of Education.
Sept 13: Reuters reported: "The World health Orgnization (WHO) said
AIDS was spreading faster in Cambodia than anywhere in the region, with an
estimated 30,000 people now infected with HIV which causes the deadly disease.
Last year WHO estimated 5,000 to 6,000 Cambodians were carrying the human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV). 'What we are seing with the statistics in Cambodia
now is worse than any other country in the region,' Richard Renas, technical
officer for WHO's Global AIDS programme in Phnom Penh, told Reuters."
Sept 14: USAID Deputy Administrator Carol Lancaster arrived in
Cambodia for a four-day visit. During her stay she signed agreements for $6
million in democracy programs and visited 50 or more projects supported by the
$41 million that USAID is providing to Cambodia in 1995.
Sept 15: Reuters reported from Neak Luong: "A Danish-backed scheme to
renovate three key ferry crossings was launched... in a ceremony presided over
by First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh. The three-year US$18.6 million
project is expected to boost commercial ties with neighboring Vietnam and open
up eastern and isolated northeast Cambodia to increased economic
Sept 15: Reuters reported: "Exports from Phnom Penh port rose
substantially in the first eight months of this year over the same 1994 period,
but a row with Vietnam caused imports to plummet, a port official said. A total
of 43,759 tonnes of dry cargo, mainly rubber and logs, were exported from the
Cambodian Capital's river port between January and August, against 29,329 tonnes
in the corresponding 1994 period, port statistics show."
Sept 16: His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk left Phnom Penh for Beijing
to undergo an eye operation to help improve his vision.
Sept 16: British American Tobacco held a launch for its Player's Gold
Leaf brand cigarette in Cambodia at the Naga Resorts gaming ship. According to a
press statement, BAT's marketing manager Jean Chin said "...market research
shows that consumers in Cambodia prefer the 'British blend'.
Sept 17: The International Committee of the Red Cross issued a press
statement calling for a total ban on land mines to end human tragedy. The
statement said "A total ban on the production, stockpiling, transfer and use of
all mines targeted at persons is the most effective solution to put a stop to
this senseless waste of human resources. The ICRC is committed to this total
ban. In the prevailing mood, governments lack a political will to effect their
Sept 18: Reuters reported that Cambodian troops had surrounded a Khmer
Rouge rebel base at Koh Slar, about 100 kms south of Phnom Penh and may have
trapped Khmer Rouge general Nuon Paet who is blamed for killing three western
hostages last year.
Sept 19: The Cambodian Communication Institute held a morning seminar
on the "United Nations and Peacekeeping" to mark the United Nations
International Day for Peace.
Sept 21: The Preah Sihanouk Raj Academy opened a two day workshop
entitled "The Institutional Role of Business in Economic Development and the
Political Process" with sponsorship by The Center for International Private
Enterprise. First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh delivered the opening
address and Second Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen gave the closing address on
Sept 22. Workshop panelists included Chai-Anan Samudavanija of the Institute for
Public Policy Studies in Bangkok, Richard Loomis of the U.S. chamber of
Commerce, Mark Pilgrim of the Sequa Foundation, Edilberto de Jesus of the Asian
Institute of Management and Jose Antonio Guzman from the Chilean Confederation
of Manufacturing and Commerce.