Archive for November 2012
YANGON, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) — The Myanmar government Friday vowed to fight corruption effectively, warning that corruption is an unacceptable and unpardonable misconduct in building a disciplined democratic nation and affects the dignity of the nation and the people.
In a statement on anti-corruption issued on Friday, the Home Ministry said the government is rewriting a new bill to replace the existing Suppression of Corruption Act 1948 to meet the demand of the present time and international norms.
The statement invites citizens to openly complain about bribery cases to the Bureau of Special Investigation and the Head Office of the Home Ministry.
The statement pointed out that the culture of demanding for bribes in the form of cash gifts still exists in the government departments and private enterprises as well as in interaction between government staff and departments.
It called for public participation in the elimination of bribery and corruption to ensure good governance and clean government.
PHNOM PENH, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) — Cambodian and Vietnamese Defense Ministries on Friday signed two documents relevant to a joint venture for establishing a quarry and a rubber plantation project in Cambodia.
According to a document briefed to reporters at the signing ceremony, the two deals included a quarry site establishment in Kampong Chhnang province, in which Vietnamese side will be responsible for the investment cost, and a memorandum of understanding on a feasibility study for a 6,000 hectare rubber plantation in Cambodia.
For the rubber project, at the initial phase, both sides will start to plant rubber seedlings on an area of 220 hectares.
The documents were signed between Lt. Gen. Ouk Korsa, head of Cambodian Defense Ministry’s development department, and Gen. Tran Trung Tin, head of Vietnamese Defense Ministry’s finance department and military business association. “All investment projects by the two armies have complied with the two countries’ investment laws,”said Ouk Korsa ahead of the signing ceremony.
Gen. Tran Trung Tin arrived in Cambodia on Wednesday for a three-day visit. On Thursday, he met with Cambodian Secretary of State for Defense Gen. Moeung Samphan, and the two sides agreed to further strengthen and expand military ties through capacity building and technical assistance.
28-11-2012 (Bangkokpost) The Election Commission will set up a subcommittee to investigate whether Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva still qualifies to serve as an MP after being stripped of his military rank following allegations he dodged the draft many years ago, EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said on Wednesday.
The EC’s action was in response to a petition by former senator Ruangkrai Leekijwattana, who said Mr Abhisit might be no longer qualify as an MP because he had been dismissed from military service.
Mr Abhisit was accused of using falsified documents to apply for a teaching job at the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy. He was subsequently exempted from military conscription. He did serve as a teacher.
Mr Puchong said the subcommittee was initially given 30 days to invite all concerned, including Mr Abhisit and Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat, in for questioning. However, the timeframe could be extended.
If in the end the EC ruled that Mr Abhisit was no longer qualified to serve as an MP, the case would be forwarded to the House speaker, who was empowered to seek a final ruling from the Constitution Court.
PHNOM PENH, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) — Cambodia attracted approximately 2.86 million international tourists in the first ten months of this year, up 24 percent over the same period last year, a report of the tourism ministry showed Wednesday.
The report said Vietnam remains the largest source of foreign visitors to Cambodia with 638,560 tourists, up 24 percent, followed by South Korea with 337,700 visitors, up 23 percent, and China with 265,330, up 34 percent.
Its neighboring countries, Laos and Thailand were ranked at No. 4 and 5 respectively with 201,250 Laotians and 160,030 Thais visiting Cambodia, up 90 percent and 75 percent respectively.
The country has two world heritage sites, one is Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap province and the other is Preah Vihear Temple in Preah Vihear province.
The report showed that during the January-October period this year, about 1.64 million foreign visitors had visited Angkor Wat Temple, up 28 percent over the same period last year, whilst Preah Vihear Temple attracted 14,360 foreigners, up 84 percent.
The ministry predicted that the country could attract about 3.3 million foreign tourists in the whole year of 2012.
Tourism is one of the major four pillars supporting the economy. Last year, the sector received 2.88 million foreign tourists, earning revenues of 1.91 billion U.S. dollars.
Meanwhile, the report also recorded that during the first ten months of this year, about 656,240 Cambodians had travelled abroad, up 14 percent compared with the same period last year.
MANILA, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) — A three-day workshop to address the growing phenomenon of violence against women in ASEAN countries began on Tuesday in the Philippines, a senior government official said here.
The Training Workshop on Strengthening Capacities of Communities, Practitioners and Policy Makers to Address Violence Against Women (VAW) is part of Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) commitment to advance the goals of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said.
“The workshop hopes to identify common approaches that service providers and practitioners can adapt to effectively address violence against women in the Asian region,” she said.
The event is being participated by social workers, law enforcement officers and non-government organizations (NGOs) involved in managing cases of victims-survivors of violence against women, from the ten ASEAN member-states.
The gathering aims to provide a venue for participating countries to share their initiatives, strategies, gains, challenges, and recommendations on strengthening capacities of communities, practitioners and policy makers in addressing VAW focusing on victims-survivors, perpetrators, and enabling mechanisms, Soliman said.
“This time, we need to focus on the service providers and stakeholders, particularly on strengthening the capacities of communities, practitioners and policy makers as the next step to eliminate violence against women. We are looking forward to a fruitful sharing of ideas and strategies that will effectively eliminate this social malady in the Asian region,” she said.
AKP Phnom Penh, November 21, 2012 —
Prime Minister H.E. John Key of New Zealand announced today a new pledge of NZ$200,000 (about more than US$160,000) to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) while visiting the court to gain insight into the work of the tribunal, said an ECCC’s press release.
The premier led an eight-member delegation to the court at the end of his official visit to Cambodia to attend the East Asia Summit, said the press release, stressing that it was the first time the ECCC welcomed a head of government to the court.
The announcement of the new pledge came when the premier held a meeting with Acting Director Tony Kranh and Deputy Director Knut Rosandhaug, it added.
“New Zealand will continue to help the tribunal complete its work prosecuting the senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge,” said H.E. John Key.
Following the courtesy meeting, the premier and his delegation met with Trial Chamber President Nil Nonn and Judge Silvia Cartwright from New Zealand and toured the courtroom.
“We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Government of New Zealand for its continued support to the court,” said Mr. Kranh and Mr. Rosandhaug.
New Zealand has supported the court since 2006 and contributed NZ$1 million so far. The new pledge will bring the total contribution to NZ$1.2 million (nearly US$1 million).