Events to mark Hangeul Day to be held at Korean Cultural Centers worldwide #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Events to mark Hangeul Day to be held at Korean Cultural Centers worldwide

Oct 05. 2020

Poster for online Korean speaking contest organized by Korean Cultural Center in Thailand (Korean Culture and Information Service)

Poster for online Korean speaking contest organized by Korean Cultural Center in Thailand (Korean Culture and Information Service) 

By Song Seung-hyun
The Korea Herald

A wide range of events will be held at 32 Korean Cultural Centers located in 27 countries to mark the 574th Hangeul Day on Oct. 9. the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Korean Culture and Information Service announced Monday.

Hangeul is the writing system for the Korean language, consisting of 24 letters. King Sejong the Great (1397-1450) led the invention with a team of scholars and Hangeul was promulgated in 1446.

“Through holding these events to commemorate Hangeul Day, we hope to inform foreigners around the world of the excellence of Hangeul and spread the Korean words and writings to the world,” a Korean Culture and Information Service official said in a statement.

Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the Korean Culture and Information Service said most of its events, including Korean speaking and K-pop lyrics writing contests, special lectures and discussions, will be held online. More details can be found on the 32 Korean Cultural Centers’ websites.

The Korean Culture and Information Service highlighted special events that will be held at the Korean Cultural Center in India, a country that has recently shown surging interest in the Korean language and selected it as one of the foreign languages taught at the secondary school level.

The center in India will also hold an event titled “Dica Poetry,” which is a Korean poem writing contest based on pictures that contestants have taken with their digital cameras. The events at the Korean Cultural Center in India are prepared jointly with Jawaharlal Nehru University, the center added.

Muhyiddin to undergo self-quarantine again after minister tests positive for Covid-19 #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Muhyiddin to undergo self-quarantine again after minister tests positive for Covid-19

Oct 05. 2020

By The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says he will undergo self-quarantine at his residence for 14 days after a Cabinet minister tested positive for Covid-19.

However, the Prime Minister said the situation will not disrupt any government business.

“I will continue to work from home and use video conferencing for important meetings that require me to chair,” he said in a statement on Monday (Oct 5).

This comes after he chaired a meeting attended by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri who tested positive for Covid-19.

The minister confirmed this on his Facebook page on Monday.

This will be the second time that the Prime Minister needs to undergo self-quarantine for 14 days. The first was after an officer present during a post-Cabinet meeting tested positive for Covid-19 in May.

The Prime Minister said after the risk evaluation by the Health Ministry, those who have been identified as a close contact during the meeting have been issued a home surveillance order (HSO) for 14 days from Oct 3, and will need to wear the surveillance bracelet.

As a precautionary measure, Muhyiddin said that he has undergone Covid-19 tests once every two weeks since April and all tests to date have been negative.

“Aside from that, I have been tested for Covid-19 for three times in the last three weeks which is on Sept 22, 26, and 29, and the results all came out negative.

China, PH should focus on ‘bigger part’ of relations #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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China, PH should focus on ‘bigger part’ of relations

Sep 27. 2020Chinese Ambassador Huang XilianChinese Ambassador Huang Xilian 

MANILA, Philippines — Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian on Friday said Manila and Beijing should focus more on joint development and cooperation instead of their conflicting South China Sea claims that he described as only “a small part” of the relations between the two countries.

“The South China Sea issue is only a small part of China-Philippines relations, or — as Foreign Secretary [Teodoro] Locsin put it — just a little pebble on the avenue leading to our mutually beneficial economic progress. We mustn’t stumble over the little pebble,” Huang said in an online forum of the Association for Philippines-China Understanding.

Huang said both countries have taken the same approach since then President Corazon Aquino visited China in April 1988 and then Paramount Leader Deng Xiaoping said that both countries could put aside disputes about the South China Sea and instead look at joint development.

Thus, Huang said, Beijing would continue to engage with Manila in joint COVID-19 prevention and control and exchange experiences on resumption of work and production.

This, the envoy said, include efforts to hasten the exchanges of urgently needed personnel and a “green corridor” for logistics, so as to secure industrial supply chains.

“We should also seize the new opportunities highlighted amid the pandemic, to strengthen such digital economic cooperation areas as 5G, big data, and artificial intelligence to foster new growth drivers for bilateral cooperation,” he said.

Freedom of navigation

Despite increasing criticism from the United States and its allies over Chinese maritime claims, Huang said all countries enjoy freedom of navigation in the South China Sea “in accordance with international law.”

“We should not allow external powers to roil the waters in the South China Sea, nor derail the sound development of China-Philippines friendly relations. History has time and again taught us bitter lessons that intervention of external powers could only bring tears and fire, turmoil and unrest, to regional countries at the end of the day, which would be the last thing we would like to see,” he said.

Huang said peace and stability remained China’s “utmost strategic interest” in the South China Sea, which also serves the common fundamental interests of the Philippines and the rest of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).

‘This is not about me’

But former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Friday argued for the resumption of the anti-China policy he espoused when he was secretary from 2011 to 2016.

“We wish to say that this is not about me. This is about our countrymen and the West Philippine Sea. This is about China illegally seizing our lands and waters, which our forefathers fought for us and our children and grandchildren. This is about China taking our food, oil and gas that form part of our national patrimony reserved for Filipinos to help our country live and prosper,” Del Rosario said.

The former secretary said his stand on the West Philippine Sea had always been constant.

He said his campaign had been about fishermen driven away from their fishing grounds by the Chinese, the coral reef systems that were destroyed in the reclamation.

Japan to re-open borders for Brunei, Singapore expatriates #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Japan to re-open borders for Brunei, Singapore expatriates

Sep 27. 2020Japan’s Foreign MinistryJapan’s Foreign Ministry 

By Borneo Bulletin

Japan said on Friday it agreed with Brunei Darussalam and Singapore to re-open their borders for newly arriving expatriates and other long-term residents from October 8 and September 30.

Those eligible to travel will be allowed on condition they self-isolate for 14 days after entering the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to Japan’s Foreign Ministry.

The two Southeast Asian countries will join Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Taiwan, with which Tokyo established a travel corridor for long-term residents.

Japan currently bans in principle the entry of foreigners from 159 countries and regions.

“We see the resumption of new entries (of foreigners) to Japan as an extremely important issue,” Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said at a press conference.

“The government as a whole is seriously considering how to restart travel while taking measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”

Japan has seen over 80,000 coronavirus infections with over 1,500 deaths, significantly less than hard-hit countries such as the United States (US) which is nearing seven million infections.

Find moral courage, political will to do what’s right, Muhyiddin tells UN #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Find moral courage, political will to do what’s right, Muhyiddin tells UN

Sep 27. 2020Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. 

By The Star

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The credibility of the United Nations (UN) can and must be restored in order to build the future, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Prime Minister said that this can be done if UN members find the moral courage and political will to do what is right.

Addressing the General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York virtually on Saturday (Sept 26), Muhyiddin cited issues concerning Palestine and Rohingya as two glaring examples on why a stronger and better UN was necessary.

He said for there to be lasting peace in the Middle East, the prescribed international consensus in conjunction with international law – UN resolutions, the UN Charter and Israel – must do several things.

“First, it must cease all of its illegal settlement activities. Second, it must withdraw its troops from the Occupied Palestinian Territory and surrounding Arab states. Third, it must allow Palestinian refugees their right to return to their land and property.

“Fourth, it must restore the original status of Jerusalem and last but certainly not least, it must restore its credibility and revert to the negotiating table with Palestine,” he said.

Muhyiddin said Israel continues to threaten Palestinian statehood with further annexation of Palestinian land, further denying Palestine any semblance of human security or peace.

He said Malaysia’s position remained clear and consistent that annexation was unlawful and it violated the Charter of the UN, Geneva Conventions and relevant resolutions of the General Assembly as well as the Security Council.

The Prime Minister said Malaysia supported the call of the international community including by the UN secretary-general, for the Middle East Quartet (United States, Russia, the European Union and the UN) to find a mutually agreeable path for the parties to reengage towards a negotiated peaceful settlement.

“We continue to call upon the international community to uphold Palestine’s legitimate right to self-determination, which constitutes one of the very core principles of the UN when it was created 75 years ago,” he said.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said the spill-over effects of the crisis in the Rakhine state, which includes the mass migration of people from Myanmar, had significantly impacted not only Malaysia but also other neighbouring countries.

He said Malaysia currently hosts the largest number of Rohingya refugees in Southeast Asia.

“As a developing nation coping with the cost of managing and providing protection to nearly 180,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers in the country, with 86 per cent of them from Myanmar, our resources are stretched thin.

“Yet, Malaysia is expected to do more to accommodate these incoming refugees. Is that fair?”

Although Malaysia is not a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, Muhyiddin said the country had taken up the social and financial responsibility in providing humanitarian assistance and protection to Rohingya refugees on humanitarian grounds.

As such, he said the time has come for state parties to the Convention to shoulder a proportionate burden and responsibility in addressing the problem by opening their doors for more refugees for resettlement and relocation.

Marking the 75th anniversary of the UN this year, Muhyiddin said it was difficult to deny that the UN had managed to allow human society to progress in so many aspects — from education to the environment, to the health and social security of millions.

“Unfortunately, in recent times multilateral commitments are becoming less persuasive because states are less willing to uphold shared values and solve challenges together.

“Governments are turning inwards, pushing a national perspective that wins more immediate public support,” he added.

Muhyiddin said Malaysia had long held the belief that the world demands collaborative engagement by all in preserving stability, tranquillity and peace, and that the international community must work together to uphold a system based on the shared universal values through dialogues and cooperation.- Bernama

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Xi stresses building Xinjiang featuring socialism with Chinese characteristics in new era

Sep 27. 2020

By China Daily

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping has called for efforts to build Xinjiang featuring socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks at the third central symposium on work related to Xinjiang, which was held on Friday and Saturday in Beijing.

Xi underlined the need to fully and faithfully implement the CPC’s policies on governing Xinjiang for the new era.

Xi demanded law-based governance and long-term efforts to develop Xinjiang into a region that is united, harmonious, prosperous, and culturally advanced, with healthy ecosystems and people living and working in contentment.

Thanks to strenuous efforts from all sides since the second symposium in 2014, major progress has been achieved in the work related to Xinjiang, Xi said, citing a series of markedly improving key indicators from 2014 to 2019, such as a sound economic momentum with an average annual GDP growth rate of 7.2 percent, people’s living standards being significantly improved with an average annual 9.1 percent growth in residential per capita disposable income, and more than 2.92 million out of 3.09 million people being lifted out of poverty.

Such a sound situation where people live and work in contentment has laid a solid foundation for long-term peace and stability in Xinjiang, Xi said.

“Facts have fully proved that China’s work on ethnic affairs has been successful,” he said, noting the achievements are the result of the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee, along with the concerted efforts of the whole Party and all the Chinese people including more than 25 million people from different ethnic groups in Xinjiang.

Facts prove that the Party’s policies on Xinjiang in the new era, which were developed by the CPC Central Committee since the 18th CPC National Congress, are perfectly right and must be adhered to on a long-term basis, Xi stressed.

He demanded the entire Party make implementing the Party’s Xinjiang policies in the new era a political task, always maintaining the correct political orientation of the work related to Xinjiang.

Xi noted that the banner of socialist rule of law must be held high to maintain lasting social stability in Xinjiang, ensuring that the requirement for fully advancing China’s law-based governance covers all areas of the work related to Xinjiang.

Xi stressed efforts to focus on heightening a sense of identity of the Chinese nation to constantly strengthen ethnic unity.

The education on the sense of Chinese identity should be incorporated into the education of officials and the younger generation in Xinjiang as well as its social education, helping the officials and the general public of all ethnic groups develop an accurate understanding of country, history, ethnicity, culture and religion, to let the sense of Chinese identity take root in people, he said.

Noting that development is an important foundation for lasting peace and stability in Xinjiang, Xi stressed leveraging the region’s geographical advantages to develop Xinjiang as a core area of the Silk Road Economic Belt and a hub of opening-up in the inland and border areas.

Xi urged efforts to consolidate the foundation and increase the efficiency of the industrial sector in Xinjiang, advance industrial transformation and upgrading, and boost urbanization in an all-round way while protecting the environment.

Stressing the need to coordinate epidemic containment with economic and social development, Xi called for ensuring stability on six fronts — employment, the financial sector, foreign trade, foreign investment, domestic investment, and expectations — while maintaining security in six areas: job security, basic living needs, operations of market entities, food and energy, stable industrial and supply chains, and the normal functioning of primary-level governments.

He also called for unremitting efforts to eradicate poverty and promote employment in Xinjiang.

Xi pointed out that the original aspiration and mission of the Party is to seek happiness for the Chinese people, including people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, including various ethnic groups in Xinjiang.

He urged continuous efforts to foster a contingent of high-caliber officials from ethnic-minority groups in Xinjiang who are loyal to the Party and have both integrity and ability, saying that the officials in Xinjiang are trustworthy and capable.

Underscoring the great significance of Xinjiang-related work to the whole Party and the entire country, Xi asked for improvement in working mechanism in which the CPC Central Committee exerts the unified leadership, the central departments offer guidance and support, other provincial-level regions render support and cooperation, and Xinjiang plays its principal role.

Other senior Chinese leaders also attended the symposium, which was presided over by Li Keqiang. Li Zhanshu, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng were in attendance, while Wang Yang spoke to sum up the event.

Viet Nam strives towards building digital government #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Viet Nam strives towards building digital government

Sep 21. 2020The Vietnam E-Government conference. — VNA/VNS PhotoThe Vietnam E-Government conference. — VNA/VNS Photo 

By Viet Nam News

On the basis of results achieved in the process of building an e-Government, Viet Nam is preparing to move to a digital Government according to the policy set out in Resolution 52- NQ/TW of the Politburo.

The information was given at the 15th national conference on e-Government (eGov) held in HCM City on Thursday.

The conference was co-organised by IDG Viet Nam, Viet Nam Digital Communications Association, and the Department of Information and Communications of HCM City.

Speaking at the seminar, Ngo Hai Phan, director of the Administrative Procedures Control Agency (APCA) under the Government Office, said the Government Office had co-ordinated with ministries, branches, localities, IT corporations, domestic and foreign experts to focus on building and implementing many important information systems as the foundation for the e-Government development of the country in the 2018-20 period.

These information systems had been put into operation, creating a big shift in settling relations between the Government and agencies in administration.

This also provided impetus for the implementation of an e-Government and contributing to the realisation of the dual goals of economic development while minimising the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people and businesses, he said.

It was reported at the conference that the National Public Service Portal had provided 1,039 public services and 6,842 administrative procedures online at four levels by the end of last month.

The portal had also reached over 60 million visits, over 235,000 registered accounts, more than 15 million synchronised records, and over 295,000 online records. The online payment system on the portal was also deployed from March, performing over 9,000 transactions.

Currently, according to the e-Government development ranking of the United Nations, Viet Nam has increased two places, ranked 86th out of 193 countries, 24th out of 47 in Asia and 6th in Southeast Asia.

However, in order to reach the target to be in the top four countries in ASEAN by 2025 and among the top 70 countries in e-Government, there were still many things to be done, said the director, including listening to domestic and international experts and organisations in order to perfect the roadmap and choose suitable solutions for the country.

Pham Anh Tuan, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, said that the policy on building a digital Government was outlined in Resolution 52-NQ/TW of the Politburo. Accordingly, it targeted to basically complete the digital transformation for the Party and State agencies by 2025 and complete the building of digital government by 2030.

To implement this policy, the Ministry of Information and Communications is currently preparing to submit to the Prime Minister to issue a national strategy on digital government for the 2021-2025 period.

Businesses slow in digital transformation

Many Vietnamese enterprises, especially small and medium enterprises, are still not fully aware of the role of digital transformation in the fourth industrial revolution.

Many reports from the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) have shown that Vietnamese small and medium enterprises currently account for about 97 per cent of the total number of enterprises, but the level of science, technology and innovation is low.

Up to 80-90 per cent of machinery used in Vietnamese enterprises is imported; of which, nearly 80 per cent is old technology from the 1980s to 1990s.

Cisco Systems, a provider of information technology products and services for businesses, conducted research on the digital growth index of small and medium-sized enterprises in Asia-Pacific.

The study was conducted on more than 1,340 businesses in the region, including 50 businesses in Viet Nam.

Vietnamese SMEs are facing barriers in digital transformation, such as a lack of digital skills and human resources (17 per cent) or a strong information technology foundation to enable digital transformation (16.7 per cent).

However, 18 per cent of Vietnamese SMEs have invested in cloud technology, 12.7 per cent invested in cybersecurity and 10.7 per cent invested in software and hardware upgrades.

The Tin Tuc (News) newspaper quoted Vu Tien Loc, VCCI chairman, as saying that State agencies needed to continue to institutionalise and actively implement local technology innovation guidelines and policies.

He recommended co-ordination among departments, agencies, branches and localities in promoting and implementing guidelines and policies on technology innovation.

The State’s policies in this area were not attractive enough, while procedures were still cumbersome and time-consuming, he said.

It was also difficult for businesses to access preferential capital and other support sources, said the chairman.

On the business side, Loc said that it was necessary to have the right view and a clear sense of responsibility to innovate the business model, technology in production and management models based on digital technology.

That was the key factor for businesses to move towards creative, sustainable and inclusive development goals, said the chairman. — VNS

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Kingdom, China rebut basis for US sanctions

Sep 21. 2020The Chinese-owned UDG is currently developing the sprawling $3.8 billion Dara Sakor Seashore Resort in Koh Kong province. Photo credit: Phnom Penh PostThe Chinese-owned UDG is currently developing the sprawling $3.8 billion Dara Sakor Seashore Resort in Koh Kong province. Photo credit: Phnom Penh Post 

By Niem Chheng
Phnom Penh Post

The Council for the Development of Cambodia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Tianjin Union Investment Development Group Co Ltd (Tianjin) have responded to US sanctions on Union Development Group Co Ltd (UDG), a Chinese-owned company currently developing the sprawling $3.8 billion Dara Sakor Seashore Resort in Koh Kong province.

The response came after the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on September 15 officially sanctioned UDG for seizing and demolishing locals’ land for the project among other allegations.

US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin alleged that after falsely registering as a Cambodian-owned entity to receive land for the Dara Sakor development project, UDG reverted to its true ownership and continued to operate without repercussions.

He alleged that UDG is a Chinese State-owned entity acting on behalf of a Chinese government official that was granted a 99-year lease by the government for 36,000ha in the south-western province in 2008.

The Council for the Development of Cambodia, which is in charge of promoting foreign and domestic investments, on Sunday expressed its disappointment over the US sanctions and provided the related facts.

It affirmed that UDG is a foreign company registered at the Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia, with 100 per cent of its shares held by the Tianjin group, which is registered in China as a private-owned enterprise in 1995. The group specialises in real estate development.

Before its investment in Cambodia, the Tianjin group had been successfully operating its real estate development business in Hainan province.

UDG filed an application with the Council for the Development of Cambodia to invest in a coastal resort development project in January 2008 which included heavy infrastructure like roads, airport and port.

After a thorough examination, inspection, and discussions, the CDC finished its due diligence and requested that the Cambodian government grant the company permission to invest.

On US allegations that Cambodia violated its law on land concessions, which limits concessions to no more than 10,000ha, the CDC stressed that UDG project did not fall under the economic land concession scheme which is why, and therefore the limit did not apply.

In general, economic land concessions are granted to companies desiring to invest in agriculture, which is why they are limited to 10000ha.

On US allegation of forced eviction, the Council for the Development of Cambodia’s statement explained that: “The lease of the development site to the UDG respects all Cambodian laws and regulations. The government followed a rigorous due process regarding the leasing of the site.”

It said the development project covers a portion of Botum Sakor National Park, which is a State public property and according to Cambodian law, that land cannot be owned by anyone. But there were several people who illegally settled in the area granted to UDG.

In consideration of those illegal settlers, the land lease agreement was reviewed to include an appropriate mechanism to resettle them and avoid forced evictions. After the lease agreement was signed, an inter-ministerial working group was set up to serve as a coordination mechanism.

“This working group collected data and examined all implications before submitting a report requesting the government’s consideration and final decision. The settlement was carried out on a voluntary basis and in accordance with all terms of the lease agreement,” the Council for the Development of Cambodia said.

On allegations that UDG destroyed the environment, it said on the contrary, it implemented a master plan which was duly reviewed, discussed and approved by inter-ministerial meetings attended by representatives of all relevant ministries and institutions after rigorous analysis and evaluation.

An inter-ministerial committee also set up a programme to conduct site inspections to monitor the implementation of the project every six months.

In the process of implementing the investment project, UDG must comply with the Master Plan, the Development Schedule and the report on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approved by the Ministry of Environment.

UDG continues to be required to provide detailed development activity reports on its investment project in accordance with the Master Plan to the CDC for ongoing review, monitoring and evaluation to ensure that the project implementation is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

In addition, the Inter-Ministerial Committee has set up a programme to conduct site inspections to monitor the implementation of the project every six months.

On allegations that the UDG’s investment project could be used as a military base, the CDC said the Cambodian Constitution forbids all foreign military bases in its territory.

It said the government has repeatedly rejected reports that Cambodia could accept any foreign military to be stationed on its territory.

On February 12 and April 3 last year, representatives of several embassies, including military attachés, visited the Dara Sakor development site.

The Tianjin group released a statement identifying themselves as a private real estate company without shareholders from the Chinese government. The group mentioned an award it won in Tianjin, China, and maintained that it manages UDG, not the Chinese government.

In the leased land in Kiri Sakor and Botum Sakor districts in Koh Kong province, UDG had followed their contracts strictly by building roads, bridges, ports, parks and buildings. In 2009, the government formed a committee to relocate local people and deal with compensation.

The company strictly followed the terms set in the contract, the Tianjin group stressed. It had built more than 1,000 houses, seven school buildings, many commune halls, police stations, markets, pagodas, and health centres.

It also built 120 wells, two canals, nine water reservoirs and donated motorbikes, ambulances, computers, and stationary for schools.

The Chinese Embassy also issued a press release saying: “The Chinese Embassy in Cambodia opposes and emphatically condemns this act. We insist that the US side revise this method immediately and lift its sanctions totally.”

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Hun Sen: West unfair to Cambodia

Sep 21. 2020Prime Minister Hun Sen said major powers are acting hypocritically and cooperating to put pressure on Cambodia to conform to their political beliefs. Photo suppliedPrime Minister Hun Sen said major powers are acting hypocritically and cooperating to put pressure on Cambodia to conform to their political beliefs. Photo supplied 

By Orm Bunthoeurn
Phnom Penh Post

Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s.

Hun Sen said pressuring Cambodia to conform to different political beliefs is a violation of the principle of equality and sovereignty between States and the principle of non-interference in internal affairs of other countries as stipulated in the UN Charter and international law.

The message read: “The great achievements that Cambodia has completed for more than 40 years have never drawn applause or admiration from some major powers and western countries.

“[These countries] have only political agendas to draw Cambodia into serving as a stepping stone towards their political ambitions.

“Additionally, they don’t hesitate to implement a double standard in assessing human rights exercises in Cambodia.

“They also use this human rights issue as a political tool or a pretext for interfering in internal affairs, violating sovereignty and independence of Cambodia and other weak countries.”

The Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute director Kin Phea told The Post on Sunday that foreign policies are crafted by each country to serve themselves.

Phea said Cambodia is a small country which relies on the economies of foreign countries so it must think of formulating a special foreign policy for itself.

“Since it is like this, we cannot copy the model of any country for implementation. The policy to pressure Cambodia to do this or that according to a country is a dated policy,” he said.

He said countries could not follow in the footsteps of other countries.

“If a country is forced or pressured to follow in the footsteps of another country or competition between two major powerful countries, first, it means that it is a violation of the internal sovereignty of a country.

“Second, it might make a pressured country encounter many problems and controversies. It can be plunged into war. Sometimes, civil war happens in countries caught in a cold war or when major countries interfere in internal affairs,” he said.

Cambodian Institute for Democracy president Pa Chanroeun told The Post on Sunday that in general, a small country or a developing one had always received influence from a major country or superpower.

“The important point is that the leader in countries must be wise in receiving and using that influence to transform it into national interests.

“[Leaders] put the nation first and use their Constitution as a base to guarantee the sovereignty, territorial integrity and serve citizens,” he said.

Chanroeun said Cambodia has historically been victimised by foreign influence before mentioning the Sangkum Reastr Niyum era and the period after the Khmer Rouge fell.

“Especially, the controversies between liberal and communist blocks make us lose self-reliance and we especially lose our stance on neutrality.

“We turn to a major country of the communist block, thereby making us lose balance in foreign relations with superpower countries. It makes our country plunge into internal disputes and leads to a chronic civil war.”

HLH, Skiold reach MoU on $1B SEZ to boost food security #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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HLH, Skiold reach MoU on $1B SEZ to boost food security

Sep 10. 2020Skiold regional director Dr Sussie Ketit (left) and HLH general manager Ong Jia Jing sign a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)on a proposed SEZ project. Photo suppliedSkiold regional director Dr Sussie Ketit (left) and HLH general manager Ong Jia Jing sign a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)on a proposed SEZ project. Photo supplied 

By The Phnom Penh Post
Thou Vireak

Singapore-listed property development and agricultural investment firm Hong Lai Huat Group Ltd (HLH) on Monday reached a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Denmark-based farm equipment supplier Skiold A/S.

The two parties intend to collaborate on a proposed “Cambodia-Singapore Agriculture Special Economic Zone” with a $1 billion estimated investment value, HLH said in a filing to the Singapore Exchange (SGX) on Monday evening.

The MoU aims to lay the foundation for a mutual platform to enhance trade and economic cooperation and technical exchanges within the field of poultry and cattle farming as well as seed processing for Cambodia, it said.

It listed three primary objectives to be completed within the next six months before the two parties sign a binding agreement.

First, they will initiate the necessary procedures towards setting up livestock and seed production in the special economic zone (SEZ).

Second, they will perform a feasibility study on the project to produce poultry, cattle and seed production in Cambodia as well as Singapore, to supply and enhance the city-state’s food security.

Third, they will create more job opportunities for countries in connection with the partnership and any resulting spin-offs.

HLH general manager and executive director Ong Jia Jing said: “We are very pleased to have entered into this MoU with Skiold A/S on the potential collaboration of the Cambodia-Singapore Agriculture Special Economic Zone.

“Particularly in a world that has been greatly affected by Covid-19, food security is a highly significant matter that all countries are looking into resolving.

“We believe that this collaboration will be meaningful and a success for both of our companies and will allow us to contribute to Cambodia as well as Singapore,” he said.

Skiold regional director Dr Sussie Ketit said that with more than 140 years of developing, projecting and producing advance machinery for agro-industry, the company is one of the most preferred and experienced companies in the field, and has delivered successful projects all over the world.

She said: “Being a company that has broad range of expertise in the livestock industry, we see this collaboration as an excellent connection and hope to see positive-result spin-offs [born] from the initiative not only in Cambodia but also in Singapore.

“We hope that through the initiative . . . [we can] help Singapore reach [its] ‘30 by 30’ vision [by] adopting Danish technologies to raise productivity, apply R&D [research and development], strengthen food resilience and sustainability,” Ketit said, referring to Singapore’s “30 by 30” goal of producing 30 per cent of its nutritional needs domestically by 2030.

HLH has said it grows cassava on a 9,000ha plantation in Kampong Speu province’s northwest Oral district and manufactures starch at its processing plant for food industry clients from Europe and Southeast Asia.

Its food-grade tapioca-starch production capacity is around 36,000 tonnes per annum, or 100,000 tonnes with the inclusion of its associate factories, it said.

Kampong Speu provincial governor Vei Samnang said the cooperation will help develop the province, create more jobs and new markets for provincial farmers’ agricultural products.

“I welcome and support them. I want them to invest in the province to help increase the value of the production chain, and especially find markets for our farmers,” Samnang said.

He neither confirmed nor denied knowledge of the anticipated SEZ project’s proposed location.