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Oct. 6: The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications announced that a "50th

Anniversary of FAO '95" stamp would be released on Oct. 16. Those interested

in purchasing the stamp should contact the General Post Office.

Oct. 9: H.M. King Norodom Sihanouk issued a statement concerning

his position on the death penalty. The King said: "I strongly wish that the

Royal Cambodian government and the National Assembly maintain the abolition of the

death penalty like our liberal democracy and pluralistic politics, which conforms

to our actual Constitution."

Oct. 10: Reuters reported: The Cambodian government and four major

foreign hotel groups are discussing investment proposals worth more than $100 million

for the northwest town of Siem Reap. First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh...

said the government had set aside 560 hectares of land for development projects in

Siem Reap."

Oct. 10: The Cambodia-IRRI-Australia Project issued a press

statement which said: "A new threat to rice has invaded Cambodia. Golden
apple snails have recently been discovered in Phnom Penh and Svay Rieng. There

are unconfirmed reports of the snails in Siem Reap, Pursat and Prey Veng. People

initially raise the snails as food, but the snails eventually escape from ponds and

jars and infest rice fields...Golden apple snails produce bright pink egg masses

around grass, sticks, rice or anything extended above water in paddies. If the eggs

are broken a blood-red liquid is released...The shells are the color of honey, which

makes them distinct from the native Cambodian snails which have black or dark-green

shells...Please do not breed or sell this snail...help eradicate this newly introduced

pest."

Oct. 11: The Cambodian-British Centre held a reception to welcome the new

CAMSET team members: Jan Thomas, Assistant Director, Trainer Training; Liz Abbott

and Helen Drinan, Teacher Trainers.

Oct. 12: Reuters reported: "Cambodia's sole international airport

recorded almost 100,000 tourist arrivals and welcomed more than 25,000 businessmen

in the first eight months of the year, the Tourism Ministry said. The statistics,

from the interior ministry, showed the total airport arrivals - tourists, businessmen

and officials - stood at 19,624 in August, up 33.1 percent on the 14,743 who passed

through Pochentong Airport in August last year."

Oct. 12: Reuters reported: "Cambodia is expected to become self-sufficient

in rice in 1995 and may have a surplus to export after years of shortfalls, First

Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh told reporters...'Not only are we not going

to face any shortage of food, but maybe we'll have more - I strongly and clearly

believe that we will be sulf-sufficient this year,' he said after meeting new FAO
representative Ad Spijkers."

Oct. 12: British Ambassador Paul Redicliffe presented to Environment Minister

Dr. Mok Mareth a color guide book of the Preah Suramarit-Kossomak National

Park at Kirirom. The British Embassy funded the entire editorial, design and printing

costs for the book. Four Thousand copies have been printed in English and a Khmer

version will be produced later this year. Proceeds from the sale of the book will

be used by the Ministry of Environment to improve facilities for visitors to the

national Park.

Oct. 12: The Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace released its

"CICP Newsletter, Issue No. 8", which included articles on "Food Security

in Cambodia", "What does MFN Mean to Cambodia", and "Investing

in the Future".

Oct. 13: Reuters reported: Phnom Penh port...is preparing for a

boom in cargo trade as a $30 million facelift progresses, port officials say. The

comprehensive renovation project is expected to be completed by the end of l996 and

will more than double handling capacity and bring equipment up to international standards

at the river port, built by French companies in the 1950s."

Oct. 14: Swiss singer and guitarist Stephan Eicher played to a packed

audience at the Chatomuk Concert hall. A statement released on Eicher said he has

"itchy feet and his destiny does not fit with the rigid world of showbusiness.

The event was organized by the French Embassy and the French Cultural Centre in collaboration

with the Ministry of Fine Arts.

Oct. 16: Reuters reported: "Phnom Penh plans to reopen

an agricultural university in eastern Cambodia next year, the first such reopening

in the provinces since institutions of higher learning were closed under the rule

of the Khmer Rouge. Education Minister Tol Lah said on Oct. 16 the government

was restoring the university of agriculture in Kompong Cham province and hoped to

have it open by 'early l996'."

Oct. 16: Reuters reported: "Cambodia's local business community

elected tycoon Teng Boonma to head the country's first Chamber of Commerce since

the early 1970s. Boonma, the 54-year-old managing director of the Thai Boon Roong

Group, was elected late on Oct. 15 by the chamber's 24 directors after they were

picked earlier in the day....About 500 representatives from the local business community

turned out to vote for the chamber, with 46 candidates vying to represent four different

business sectors - trade, industry, agriculture and services."

Oct 16: The Japanese government announced that it would provide $515,000

to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts for the supply of equipment for the conservation

and restoration of monuments at Angkor Wat. Equipment to be supplied includes a 25-ton

rough terrain crane, a mini crawler crane, a four-ton cargo truck with three-ton

crane, cutting machines, and various air compressors and jack hammers. Overall, the

Japanese have pledged $9.6 million to the UNESCO Japanese Trust Fund for the preservation

of Angkor during the 1994-1998 period.

Oct. 17: The chairman of Cognac Otard, Mr. Henri de Castellane was

welcomed to Cambodia at a dinner in his honor held at the Hotel Sofitel Cambodiana.

Oct. 18: The British Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok arrived in Phnom Penh

for a four-day visit. The 14-strong delegation, led by Mr. Simon Makinson of MPS

& Associates, Ltd. met with various ministries, the CDC, the CIB as well as the

business community resident in Cambodia. The mission members represented a range

of interests including banking, industry, construction, tourism and law.

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