Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has extended warmest greetings and best wishes to all Cambodians at home and abroad, civil servants and armed forces on the occasion of Traditional Khmer New Year which, this year, falls on Monday, Apr. 14.
Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said in his new year message that he would like to delightfully join with all compatriots at home and abroad in celebrating Khmer Traditional New Year, the Year of Horse, to remove all the worriedness in the past year and to make recommitments to doing works for the families and continuing the tasks and duties for the motherland that had enjoyed peace ever since 1998 so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and sustainable development from the new year on.
Like the previous years, during the past Year of Snake, the Royal Government of Cambodia successfully implemented the Rectangular Strategy – Phase II, not only in maintaining peace, security, political stability, social safety, public order, territorial integrity, macroeconomic and financial stability and in overcoming the impacts of flood disasters and the world financial downturn, but also in bringing about the reputations for which the Kingdom of Cambodia was evaluated as the 11th country in the world that achieved a higher economic growth during the last 10 years; was ranked the 5th country among the developing nations that achieved the Millennium Development Goals, and was also ranked the 1st country in the Asia-Pacific region that achieved better progress in improving the indicators of social affairs, especially in reducing the poverty rate by one percent per annum, he pointed out.
The message further reads, “Historic event in the past year was the 5th Parliamentary Election that took place on July 28, 2013. The election was conducted in conformity with the principles of democracy, pluralism and the rule of law, which was evaluated by the national and international public opinions as free, fair and peaceful without threats or violence.”
With the result of the election representing the Cambodian people’s will, the Royal Government of Cambodia of the Fifth Mandate was established and put forth the Rectangular Strategy – Phase Three for Growth, Employment, Equity and Efficiency, which are the agenda of socioeconomic platform of the Royal Government of Cambodia, aimed at further leading and developing the Kingdom of Cambodia, and in which the Royal government of Cambodia is to continue the more in-depth implementation of important reforms, that is, combating the corruption which is the pivot of good governance and the key to increasing efficiency and effectiveness for the public services, the legal and judicial reform, the public financial reform, the environmental protection and the army reform, the message says.
Regarding the growth, the prime minister’s message highlights the economic mainstays of Cambodia – agriculture, garment industry, tourism and construction with each sector obtaining remarkable achievements. In 2013, the rice production reached 9.3 million tons with a surplus of 4.7 tons for exports. In garment sector, the volume of exports achieved more than US$5 billion while the number of production strength and employers amounted to over 620,000 and labor payments totaled more than US$1 billion a year and over two million people have obtained indirect benefits from this sector. In tourism, Cambodia welcomed some 4.2 million tourists, an increase of 17 percent, netting a total revenue of more than US$2.54 billion, up by 15 percent as compared with 2012. The Royal Government of Cambodia granted construction licenses to some 1,600 projects on the total construction areas of over 7.5 million square meters with the investment costs amounting to nearly US$3 billion or an increase by 32 percent over 2012.
As for the infrastructures, there have so far been more than 12,230 kilometers of national and provincial roads, of them 5,596 kilometers or 46 percent were already sealed. There are 14 bridges over big rivers and the arms of the sea and five others under constructions.
The message attached the fruitful successes and achievements to the efforts and determination to surmount all obstacles by the leadership of the Royal Government of Cambodia both at the national and sub-national levels and all armed forces in preserving peace, stability, public order, and political stability and in the national development as a whole.
Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen called on all concerned institutions and agencies to support and participate in implementing the political platform and the Rectangular Strategy – Phase III of the Royal Government of Cambodia based on the principles of national solidarity and unity by upholding the national interests and people’s benefits, therefore responding to the people’s aspiration in leading a full-peace Cambodia towards all-sided developments and prosperity.
Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen also extended, in his message, his New Year Greetings and best wishes to His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, the King of Cambodia, and Her Majesty Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk.