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Monday, May 17, 2010

Work starts on Vietnam-Cambodia joint hospital

Construction work was started on May 15 for the Cho Ray – Phnom Penh multiclinic hospital, a joint project between Vietnam ’s Saigon Medical Investment Joint Stock company and Sokimex company of Cambodia.

The US$42 million hospital covers an area of 50,000 sq.m in Meanchey district, around ten km from Phnom Penh . It has two five-storey buildings with 500 beds.

Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, Vietnam ’s Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong said the project is new, vivid evidence of the good neighbourly ties and time-honoured friendship between Vietnam and Cambodia.

After coming into operation, the hospital will help improve health care services for Phnom Penh city dwellers in particular and Cambodian people in general, Trong added.

The hospital is expected to be complete in the next two years and create employment for more than 300 people.

Cambodian PM Hun Sen also praised the project and the cooperation of the Vietnamese government and Ho Chi Minh authorities to realise the project.

The hospital not only helps Cambodian people save money and time that they would have had to spend on treatment abroad, but also create an opportunity for local doctors to work with doctors of Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh city, thereby improving their professional skills, he added.

Earlier on May 14, the Vietnamese-invested Bank of Investment and Development of Cambodia (BIDC) handed over a floating school on Bien Ho lake to overseas Vietnamese living in Chhnok Trou commune, Boribo district of Kong Pong Ch’nang province.

Cambodian Deputy PM Men Sam On praised the Vietnamese community in Bien Ho area for their contribution to the local economuc development as well as to the preservation and enhancement of the Cambodia-Vietnam friendship.

The BIDC is owned by a Phnom Penh-based affiliate of the Bank of Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), the Investment and Development of Cambodia Company (IDCC). (VNA)
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Market Development Project Adviser, Cambodia

Voluntary Service Oversea


VSO's overarching goal is to eradicate poverty in its widest sense; our vision is of a world in which people of all cultures are seen as equal, learn from each other and share a common sense of rights and responsibilities as global citizens.

If you have experience of market and value chain development in a pro-poor setting and strong capacity building and coaching skills, VSO would like to hear from you. We are looking for an experienced project manager to support the Cambodia Secure Livelihoods Programme Team in the start-up and implementation of a market development project, whose aim is to improve access to and participation in markets for poor and marginalized people.

The post is a key resource in implementing the Cambodia element of a global Making Markets Work for the Poor (MMW4P) project and will help to build the capacity of the VSO Cambodia secure livelihoods programme to act as a learning hub on market development approaches for other VSO programmes in the Asia region. Working closely with the Secure Livelihoods Senior Programme Manager, the Market Development Project Adviser will oversee the project activities, planning, implementing and monitoring these in line with the agreed aims and objectives.

The post-holder will also provide coaching and mentoring support to staff, volunteers and partners, helping them to understand and embrace market development approaches and integrate these into their work. In addition, he or she will develop and maintain relationships with key organisations and networks to support market development initiatives and take responsibility for project and financial reporting in accordance with donor requirements.

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£19,480 per annum pro-rata
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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7For further information on this and all of our other vacancies, and to apply online, please visit /about/work-for-vso/current-vacancies/ quoting reference 34BR.

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Cambodia Urges Thailand To Resume Peaceful Talks To Restore Peace

PHNOM PENH, The Cambodian government Monday urged all parties concerned in Thailand to resume peaceful talks in order to achieve a political settlement to the current stand- off.

In a statement released on Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that Cambodia, as a neighbouring country and a member state of ASEAN "is very concerned by the increasingly severe violence in Thailand."

It said the current awful situation in Thailand has gravely affected not only Thailand's image, but also that of ASEAN as well, according to China's Xinhua news agency on Monday.

Moreover, the statement urges all parties concerned in Thailand "to resume peaceful talks in order to achieve a political settlement to the current stand-off and restore peace and normalcy to the Thai people, thus stability in the region."

"The Cambodian people's only wish is to see the friendly Thai people enjoy a normal and peaceful life," the statement said.

Violence in Thailand has escalated in recent days, and more than 30 people have died and several hundreds people suffered injuries since the protests began.

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Mobile phones on rise in Cambodia

The use of mobile phones in Cambodia is remarkably popular and increased year by year, a government data showed on Monday.

The data of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication showed that the number of mobile phones used by the end of 2009 was 6.3 million, an increase from 3.8 million a year ago.

And by the first quarter of 2010, it estimated the mobile phone users at about 7.1 million, or about half of the country's total populations of 14.7 million.

Currently, there are nine mobile phone companies running in the country with Mobitel, owned by local tycoon Kith Meng of Royal Group, known as leading in the sector and followed by the new investment from Vietnam, known as Metfone or Vietell

The other seven are Hello, Mfone, Star Cell, Beeline, Smart Phone, QB, and Excell.

The number of mobile phone users in the country had risen over past years, and competition is also growing as users have choices to select which one is his/her favorite.

Many suggest that the boom of mobile phone users in the country is partly contributed by the economic growth and business demands in Cambodia's markets.

Source: Xinhua
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Cambodia says Thailand's political unrest affects ASEAN's image+

PHNOM PENH, May 17 (AP) - (Kyodo)—The Cambodian government said Monday the political unrest in Thailand has affected the image of ASEAN as a whole and urged the Thai government and antigovernment protesters to reach a political settlement through dialogue.

"The current awful situation in Thailand has gravely affected not only Thailand's image, but also that of ASEAN as well," the Cambodian government said in a statement.

Cambodia "urges all parties concerned in Thailand to resume peaceful talks in order to achieve a political settlement to the current standoff and restore peace and normalcy to the Thai people, thus stability in the region," the statement said.

The death toll from four days of clashes between troops and antigovernment protesters in Bangkok rose to 36 Monday following overnight violence in which an air force officer was shot dead and a luxury hotel was hit by grenades.

Since antigovernment protests began in mid-March, 59 people, including five soldiers and two policemen, have been killed and more than 1,100 others wounded, mostly in the April 10 clashes between security personnel and protesters.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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