Tuesday, 02 September 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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US To Continue Regular Talks on South China Sea, Diplomat Saysi
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29 August 2014
A senior US diplomat says the US will continue to have discussions with claimants in the South China Sea dispute. In an interview with VOA Khmer, Scot Marciel, the State Department’s top diplomat for Asia and the Pacific, said “regular conversations” will help reduce regional tensions over the sea. “The whole world has an interest in a peaceful South China Sea and in seeing these disputes resolved peacefully and diplomatically,” he said in an interview in Phnom Penh. “So we’ll continue to make that point.” (Sok Khemara, Phnom Penh)

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02 September 2014
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