Feb 7: The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPTC) announced new charges
for telephone subscription and usage. As of March 1 for fixed telephones: monthly
rentals will be $15 per month; calls to fixed telephones within the same area will
be US 3 cents per minute (first 50 minutes of calls made to MPTC will be free); calls
to mobile phones in the same area will be US 8 cents per minute. Long distance calls
to fixed phones will be US 50 cents per minute; calls to mobile phones will be US
60 cents per minute.
Feb 11: Two days of training for Cambodian Immigration Police officials
began at the U.S. Embassy. Training was designed to enhance the officers' skills
at detecting fraudulent travel documents and other false paperwork, and was conducted
by three officers of the U.S. Immigration and Natrualization Service (INS). More
than 100 police officers from the Immigration Division and the Crime Suppression/Interpol
Unit attended the course. According to an embassy press release the aim of the program
was "to enable the officers to better detect counterfiet documents used by alien
smugglers, narcotics traffickers and others involved in organized crime."
Feb 14: Her Majesty Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk presided over the
foundation stone laying ceremony for the new terminal at Pochentong Airport. Co-Prime
Ministers Norodom Ranariddh and Hun Sen were in attendance. The multi-million dollar
project is being undetaken by Societé Concessionnaire de l'Aeroport.
Feb 14: The new Indian Ambassador H.E. Jasjit Singh Randhawa presented
his credentials to His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk at the Tevea Vinichhay Palace
of the Royal palace.
Feb 14: The Australian Embassy said Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs
Alexander Downer has announced a contribution of an extra US$3 million over three
years from Australia's overseas aid program to combat the effects of anti-personnel
landmines in Cambodia. This is in addition to the US$9.1 million announced last year,
which included US$6.8 million for CMAC.
Feb 15: Raffles International announced that Ms. Siv Samnang has been appointed
to head up "Special Projects" for the group. Her responsibilities will
include special events coordination, marketing communications, and visitor protocol.
Raffles has the contract to restore the Hotel Le Royal and Grand Hotel d'Angkor.
Feb 17: The Cambodian Labor Organization announced that they would hold
a workshop on Feb 19, 20, 21 to disseminate research on workers' conditions, the
settlement of workers issues and the formation of trade unions.
Feb 18: The French Government donated six computers, three printers, two
fax machines, and related equipment to the Ministry of Interior to assist with the
preparations for commune and national elections. As well, multi-lingual software
(Khmer, French, English, German and Japanese) was donated and will be installed to
help with the development of voter registration lists and electoral maps. The contributions
were valued at US$150,000 and are part of French assistance to help with Cambodia's
Feb 18: The Women's Media Centre of Cambodia and the Cooperation Committee
of Cambodia previewed a film "NGOs in Cambodia" at the Hotel Sofitel Cambodiana,
part of their NGO short film project. Sponsors included: AusAID, ACR, PACT, PADEK,
CRS, OXFAM UK, USAID, UNDP, and CARERE.
Feb 18: B.A.T. Cambodia Ltd announced that it would hold a press conference
on Feb 21 to introduce Mr. Paul Adams, Regional Asia-Pacific Business Unit Director,
BAT. Mr. Adams was to unveil BAT's model for a two phase expansion of its current
facilities, plus officially launch three new state-of-the-art machines for the Cambodia