Tens of thousand of Cambodian People’s Party (CPP)’s supporters gathered at the CPP’s headquarters in Phnom Penh yesterday to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the historic victory on January 7, 1979, the toppling day of the Khmer Rouge regime.
The ceremony was presided over by CPP President Samdech Akka Moha Thamma Pothisal Chea Sim, CPP Vice President Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and CPP Honorary President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin.
Also present were foreign ambassadors to Cambodia and representatives of Cambodian political parties and international organizations.
In his address to the participants at the ceremony, Samdech Heng Samrin, also president of the National Assembly, recalled the history of the 7 January Victory Day, stressing that the rebirth, the stability and the development of the country are based on this victory.
He said the 34th anniversary of the January 7 Victory Day is being celebrated at the time when the country’s situation in all fields is making positive development.
Samdech Heng Samrin also noted the country’s achievements in the past five years, saying that the GDP per capita has increased from US$760 in 2008 to nearly US$1,000 in 2012 and to over US$1,000 in 2013, when Cambodia will become one of the lower-middle-income countries in a not too long future. The poverty rate has gone down from 22.9 percent in 2009 to around 20 percent in 2012 and it is expected to go further down to 19 percent in 2013, he added.
“With these good results, the World Bank has evaluated that Cambodia ranks fifteenth for achieving high economic growth in the world over the past ten years, ranks fifth among developing countries that may realize the millennium development goals and ranks first among countries in Asia Pacific for realizing good progress in improving social indicators,” said Samdech Heng Samrin.
At the same time, he said, Cambodia’s honor and reputation have been heightened on the international arena. Cambodia has continued to promote integration with international community, increased friendship and cooperation relations with every country, while bringing more support and assistance for its development. In 2012, as Chair of ASEAN, Cambodia has led the ASEAN Summits, East Asia Summit, the first ever ASEAN Global Dialogue, and related ministerial meetings and other regional and international meetings with successes, thus reflected the Cambodian capacity in taking part in resolving regional as well as world affairs. In 2013, as Chair of the World Heritage Committee (WHC), Cambodia will host its meeting. Cambodia has also actively participated in the peacekeeping missions in numerous countries under the United Nations umbrella.
Samdech Heng Samrin also affirmed the CPP’s support to the royal government’s efforts in continuing to demarcate the land boundary and resolving the maritime delimitation with neighboring countries based on the Constitution, national laws, international laws and other legal tools recognized internationally to build a borderline of sustained stability, peace, friendship, cooperation and development.
He further laid stress on the CPP’s support to the continued implementation of different reform programs including the public administration reform, anti-corruption, armed forces reform, legal and judicial reform, public financial management reform, decentralization and deconcentration reform, land reform, fishery reform, … with an aim to ensuring good governance, sustainable socio-economic development, strengthening justice and equity in the society and promoting constantly the people’s material and spiritual livelihood.
The CPP honorary president also reiterated the CPP’s unanimous support to the candidacy of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen for the post of Prime Minister for the coming fifth legislative terms and every term to come.
Samdech Heng Samrin took the opportunity to announce the upcoming CPP’s nation-wide representatives congress to review works fulfilled over the past five years, and to adopt the 2013-2018 political platform for the construction and defense of the motherland in anticipation of the general election of the fifth legislative term of the National Assembly