Thursday, 02 October 2014

Cambodia

European Anti-Corruption Law Could Reach Cambodia’s Oil, Forestry Sectors

The European legislation does not just cover oil and mineral wealth, but is extended to forestry resources as well.

The forest burns near Prey Long, Cambodia in this undated handout photo.The forest burns near Prey Long, Cambodia in this undated handout photo.
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The forest burns near Prey Long, Cambodia in this undated handout photo.
The forest burns near Prey Long, Cambodia in this undated handout photo.
Sothearith ImVOA Khmer
WASHINGTON DC - New European legislation passed last month could help transparency in the extractive industries, by forcing companies to declare payments to foreign governments rich in resources.

The EU legislation, approved Sept. 18, is similar to a new US law calling for the same thing. The European legislation does not just cover oil and mineral wealth, but is extended to forestry resources as well. And It covers private and public companies.

Lim Solinn, deputy director of Oxfam America’s East Asia office, said the law requires companies to disclose spending at the “project level.”

For resource-rich countries like Cambodia, that means much more transparency, she said. More than 95 percent of the world’s major extractive firms have shares in the EU or US stock exchanges, subjecting them to the transparency laws.

“Cambodians have faced difficulty in accessing information about payments made by such major extractive firms to the government,” she said. “Therefore, when this law comes into effect in 2014, the major firms have to publish their payments and people will know where the money goes and how it is managed so that it goes to effective investment to help with social development and poverty alleviation.”

Cambodia now has a “great opportunity” to follow the legislative examples of the West to draft its own transparency laws, she said. Oxfam America, an international donor to Cambodia, is asking Cambodia for more transparency and accountability in its extractive industries, she said.

“We hope that Cambodia will join the international transparency movement,” she said. “The first step is, Cambodia can show its willingness is to join [the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative]. Cambodia can be a member to show its commitment to guaranteeing transparency in the extractive industries.”
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Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodiai
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29 September 2014
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia. Before delivering his speech at UNGA, Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer that Cambodia was now enjoying peace and political stability after the two winning political parties in 2013 election had agreed to work together. His speech comes as Cambodia’s profile on the world stage has expanded in recent years. Cambodia has and improved economy and a growing participation in UN missions around the world. But Hor Namhong’s speech also comes amid deep criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record and a controversial agreement with Australia to help it resettle refuges in exchange for aid money. (VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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