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Detailed document is a big hit

Detailed document is a big hit

T he Royal Government's planning document for the development of Cambodia got a

"thumbs up" from participants at the Tokyo aid conference.

The 79-page

document, titled the National Programme to Rehabilitate and Develop Cambodia,

outlining steps for the country's reconstruction, was praised for setting the

tone of the conference.

Minister of Information, Ieng Mouly, told The

Post:: "The document indicated the political will, policies and priorities of

the government."

He added that the document, produced by Cambodia's

National Committee for the Rehabilitation and Development of Cambodia (NCRDC),

was presented to all participants at the meeting.

Keat Chhon, senior

minister in charge of Rehabilitation and Development, spent two months drawing

up the document with the help of 11 committees.

"Initiatives envisaged by

the National Programme are the result of extensive consultations involving 110

ministers, high officials of the Royal Government, and national institutions,

with the participation of Cambodians from all over the world, and international

technical assistance," said Chhon.

Carol Lancaster, US Agency for

International Development, said: "I am impressed with the analysis contained in

the program."

The Honorable Gordon Bilney of Australia called it "an

excellent and ambitious program".

Onesta Carpene, director of Australian

Catholic Relief said, "The document impressed everyone with its detail, its

comprehensiveness and the professionalism of its presentation."

Norbert

Klein, of Lutheran World Services said, "It is not an exaggeration to say it

helped set the tone for a very successful conference.

"It was made

available to all the participants beforehand, and it was clear from their

statements, they were responding to the report itself.

"It is highly

commendable that the government was able to produce in this short time this kind

of document. It was very impressive," Klein said."

Carpene and Klein were

two of four representatives from international and Cambodian NGO's at the

conference.

Issues focused on at the conference included macro-economics,

public finances, public investment schemes and world integration of the

Cambodian economy .

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