Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM highlights achievements in Khmer New Year message

PM highlights achievements in Khmer New Year message

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
In his message for Khmer New Year, Hun Sen thanks the people for the overwhelming support his government had received to lead the country for another five years. HUN SEN’s FACEBOOK PAGE

PM highlights achievements in Khmer New Year message

Prime Minister Hun Sen has wished the people well on the occasion of Khmer New Year and spoke of his strong commitment to serving the citizens by developing all sectors and enacting profound reforms.

He also reiterated that the government faces major challenges from inside and outside the country to prevent interference in the Kingdom’s internal affairs.

In his goodwill message for Khmer New Year, which was released on April 3 and obtained by The Post on Tuesday, Hun Sen thanked the people for the overwhelming support his government had received to lead the country for another five years.

He spoke of his determination to implement the Rectangular Strategy for Growth, Employment, Equity and Efficiency Phase IV, with “steadfast, unwavering and energetic commitment” to work towards a prosperous future and meet the expectations of all citizens.

The prime minister said that despite the challenges, the government has continued to develop the country – with growth in all sectors – and to protect national independence, peace, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He said the government had prevented interference in Cambodia’s internal affairs and successfully resisted all activities related to a “colour revolution” and incitement to provoke political instability and social unrest.

These achievements, he said, had resulted in economic growth of 7.5 per cent through investment in the industrial, manufacturing, construction, agricultural, tourism and real estate sectors.

Hun Sen noted that Cambodia is transforming its economic structure from being dependent on the agricultural sector to become more focused on the industrial and service sectors.

The average annual salary was $1,042 in 2013, Hun Sen said in his New Year’s message, but that had risen to $1,563 last year.

The poverty rate had also decreased from 53.5 per cent in 2008 to nine per cent last year. It is predicted to continue decreasing this year, as will the income gap.

He said that last year, the government improved five national roads and began construction of an expressway from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville at a cost of some $2 billion, as well as the Cambodia-Thailand border bridge.

Hun Sen said 2.55 million houses, or 72 per cent of the total, were connected to the electrical grid, while some 87 per cent of the country’s 14,383 villages had electricity.

Rice production increased by 2.3 per cent compared to 2017 and had reached 10 million tonnes, the prime minister said, with a surplus of some four million tonnes, of which 620,000 tonnes were exported.

Hun Sen said there are now more than 1,500 factories, most of which are in the garment and footwear sectors, and 156,890 small and medium-sized enterprises employing more than one million workers.

The prime minister said there are more than 1,080 five-storey to 40-storey buildings and some 6.2 million international tourists visited Cambodia last year – a 10.7 per cent increase compared to 2017.

This, he said, provided jobs directly to more than 620,000 Cambodians and indirectly to more than one million. It also contributed $116 million to national revenue.

Cambodia has sent, under the umbrella of the UN, 813 soldiers, of which 66 were women, to the Central African Republic, Lebanon, Mali and South Sudan, Hun Sen said.

‘More effort required’

Social analyst Meas Nee acknowledged that Cambodia has grown in all sectors but said the Kingdom’s growth cannot compete with neighbouring countries and more effort is required from the government.

“We still don’t know what effect international criticism and possible sanctions will have. Although the government claims we are okay, we have yet to see any concrete evidence that the government can really avoid the impact of the political situation,” Nee said.

Hun Sen said in his message that the country’s recent achievements were the result of good leadership combined with support from allies, development partners and backing from the international community.

The prime minister said this new year, his government would continue to maintain peace, stability, security and public order to make the country stronger and protect the Constitution and the monarchy in accordance with the national motto – nation, religion, King.

He said the government would continue to make deep reforms in line with the five approaches – self-reflection, showering, exfoliation, treatment and surgery.

Ensuring sustained growth and good governance, he said, would continue through the strengthening of national and sub-national institutions, decentralisation reforms, anti-corruption measures, the development of human resources, improvements to the education and social protection systems, investment in the health service and the building of physical infrastructure.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia to waive quarantine requirements Nov 15, no PCR test required

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has decided to lift all quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers and visitors – both Cambodians and foreign nationals – effective from November 15 onward. In a special message addressed to officials and relevant authorities on November 14, Hun Sen said this policy will enable

  • PM: No more quarantine for vaccinated travellers

    Cambodia is lifting all quarantine requirements for vaccinated inbound travellers entering Cambodia by air, waterway or land border checkpoints effective from November 15. Travellers will be required to take a rapid antigen test on arrival rather than waiting for the results of the lengthier polymerase chain

  • No payment required for travellers taking rapid Covid tests on arrival

    Ministry of Health officials said there would be no payment required for the rapid Covid-19 tests given to travellers who arrive in Cambodia from November 15 onwards after the quarantine requirement is lifted for fully vaccinated people. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told The Post on

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration