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The Gecko: 17 December, 2004

The Gecko: 17 December, 2004


the CG meetings there was a lot of back and forth between government officials and

donors. One senior minister, when explaining why the new government had taken one

year to form, said it was the donors fault as they had not pushed the various parties

hard enough to come to a deal.

** With all the talk about fighting corruption, one bureaucracy watcher says the

inevitable has already happened. With the addition of so many new Secretaries of

State to the government, the number of forms required to get permission to do anything

has started to increase. One source says that it used to take two forms to register

an association but it now takes six.

** An Inter Press Service news story from Paris reported the following on December

14: "...The World Bank announced sanctions last month against the French firm

Thales Engineering and Consulting (THEC) and one of its leading executives Jeremy

Purce for 'fraudulent practices in relation to ... the Cambodia demobilization and

reintegration project.' The 6.9 million dollar World Bank project was set up to assist

the demobilization of about 30,000 soldiers and their reintegration into civilian

life. The French firm was barred on the basis of 'multiple misrepresentations of

fact' from the company, the World Bank said. 'Reliance upon these misrepresentations

of facts led to an inappropriate contract award to the winning bidder.'"

** A whole bunch of noses are bent out of shape as a result of a recent short list

announcement on a construction contract being offered by the Ministry of Industry,

Mines & Energy. The U.S. corporation Caterpillar did not pass muster as the Ministry

said it "did not have the financial wherewithal to compete," according

to one informed source. Two local companies that did make the short list have as

their claim to fame their ability to run casinos.

** A great mystery has finally been resolved. One Cambodian woman says she knows

why barangs have so many freckles and moles. It's because they eat too much food

out of a refrigerator without heating it up first.

** Best wishes to British Ambassador Stephen Bridges and his wife Kim as they head

for Bangladesh. Bridges revealed at his farewell party why he is not retiring yet

to his beachside villa in Phuket. During his tenure here in the Kingdom, he lost

too much money to Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh playing golf.


  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release