Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Transparency encouraged

Transparency encouraged

Transparency encouraged

Dear Editor,

I note with concern a recent article in the Phnom Penh Post (V10/N17 "Sihanoukville

highway toll deal draws fire") implying U.S. Government approval of the recent

decision to grant AZ Distribution a concession for the operation and maintenance

of National Route 4. The only discussions between Embassy and Cambodian officials

on this issue concerned the principle of privatization. In those talks, we advised

that it was the sole right and responsibility of the Royal Government of Cambodia

to take necessary measures to maintain the road subsequent to its reconstruction

by the United States. However, the United States expressed an expectation that any

arrangement involving privat-ization would be openly competed and awarded through

a transparent selection process. We did not approve - and were not informed of -

contract terms or the choice of a particular company.

The government of the United States takes great interest in the stewardship afforded

by the Royal Government of Cambodia to a gift from America's taxpayers to Cambodia's

citizens. The Government of the United States expects that all revenues collected

under the concession will be subject to strict and visible accountability and will

indeed be devoted to making significant physical improvements to the route and to

performing quality maintenance on a consistent and continuing basis.

- Kent M. Wiedemann, US Ambassador, Phnom Penh

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all