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DFDL Law Update

DFDL Law Update

NGO DRAFT LAW

Outcome of Inter-Ministerial Meeting on Draft Law on Associations and NGOs held

on Sep 18, 2000. Originally submitted to the Council of Ministers in 1994 and later

withdrawn by the Ministry of Interior, the draft law was discussed on Sep 18 with

NGOs. There was no objection by NGOs to the proposal that the Ministry of Interior

be the place of NGO registration. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International

Cooperation insisted that NGOs be registered at the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting was adjourned and the opinion of the Prime Minister is now needed on

whether the Draft Law should be adopted in the 1998-2000 mandate of the Royal Government.

October 9, 2000.

CARDAMOM MOUNTAINS CONSERVATION

Outcome of Meeting of Focal Point of Office of Council of Ministers held on September

14, 2000. The Meeting determined that the proposal to declare the Cardamom mountains

an official environmental preservation area required thorough study, financing and

technical assistance. The meeting further determined that GAT international's Cardamom

timber concession cannot be terminated in spite of evidence that GAT illegally felled

777 logs because the Koh Kong court decided in GAT's favor and the case is still

at the Appeal Court stage. The Ministry of Agriculture was directed to make a draft

in response to Global Witness' request to designate the Cardamom mountains a preserved

area.

DEMINING

The Royal Government has created a Cambodian Authority for Management of De-Mining

Actions and Salvation of Mine Victims. Royal Decree NS/RKT/0900/160. September 4,

2000.

FLOOD RELIEF

Outcome of Interministerial Meeting on Flood Disaster Situation Held on October

2, 2000. Report #57 (COM). October 9, 2000. (Creation of Executive Agency for Coordination

with Asian Development Bank for Financing Flood Emergency Relief Decision #61 (COM)

(October 17, 2000

GARMENT INDUSTRY

The Ministry of Commerce has compiled a list of 43 garment factories grouped

into three main categories:

1. Closed

2. Temporarily Closed

3. Non-Exporting Under its Own Name Due to Lack of an Export Quota.

Prakas #3700. October 20, 2000.

EXPORT REVENUES

Letter # 4421 (MEF) Report on Quota Revenues and Expenses During the First Nine

Months of 2000. Letter #4421 (MEF). November 2, 2000.

RCAF EXPENDITURES

Report on Disbursement to Ministry of National Defense Between September 1 and

October 15. Letter #4419 (MEF). November 2, 2000.

COMPENSATION PAYMENT

Letter # 4412 (MEF) re: Request for Transfer of Fund. The Ministry of Economy

and Finance requested that $127,672 be transferred from Foreign Trade Bank of Cambodia

to Siem Reap branch of National Bank for compensation to the people affected by the

rehabilitation project along National Road 3 and Road 6. Letter #4412. November 2,

2000.

AGRICULTURAL LAND ROYALTY

The Office of the Council of Ministers informed the Minister of Economy and Finance

and the Minister of Agriculture that in order to encourage investment in agriculture,

the Royal Government will assess and impose a land concession royalty according to

soil type and geographical areas and types of crops. Announcement #803 (COM). May

31, 2000.

NEW CARS FOR THE SENATE

Contract on Supply of Automobiles to Leadership of Senate for 2000. The contract

was entered into between the General Secretariat of the Senate and Hong Ly Co. and

is worth $305,000. August 29, 2000.

CHINA RELATIONS

Request for Authorization to Negotiate and Sign Agreement on Economic and Technical

Cooperation Between Royal Government and People's Republic of China. Letter #4486

(MEF). November 6, 2000.

Draft Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation Between Royal Government

and People's Republic of China. Letter #4423 (MEF). November 2, 2000.

TRADEMARKS AND UNFAIR COMPETITION

Draft Law on Trade Marks, Name, And Acts of Unfair Competition. Objective of the

law is to protect marks and trade names registered in the Kingdom and against unfair

competition on creation and use of marks and trade names. The Draft Law consists

of 16 chapters and an annex listing international classification of goods and services

for the purpose of registration of marks created by the Nice Agreement. November

2000.

DRAFT LAW ON PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS

Outcome of Inter-Ministerial Meeting on Draft Law on Accounting, Auditing and

Accounting Profession held on September 20, 2000. The Draft Law determines the management

and organization of accounting firms and persons who conduct the business activities

for salaries in the Kingdom of Cambodia. October 6, 2000.

RIGHT-HAND DRIVE VEHICLES TAX

The Ministry of Economy and Finance requested that right-hand drive vehicle owners

who haven't paid taxes to fulfill this obligation no later than December 31, 2000.

Failure to do so and the Ministry will take necessary measures according to the laws

in force. Announcement #022 (MEF). November 21, 2000.

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