Sopheak Real loves rice. Now, thanks to some new initiatives in his native Cambodia, the Fresno, California, elementary school teacher can buy rice from his homeland. VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey reports from Long Beach, California.
Two companies are now importing rice from Cambodia: Angkor International, LLC, and the Imperial Rina Group, IRG.
ADB is supporting a $146-million project that would rehabilitate Cambodia’s railways to help connect Asean countries to Kunming, China.
According to the plan, the government will pay almost $500 per metric ton for white rice and $650 for higher quality fragrant rice.
Thaksin said in a lecture held at the Council of Ministers’ building, that Cambodia had shown strong growth compared to the region.
In Cambodia, officials have curtailed dredging and suspended sales as they assess the environmental damage caused by sand mining.
Thailand’s recently elected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has made her first official visit to Cambodia Thursday.
Thaksin, who is expected to stay in Cambodia until Sept. 24, will attend the Asian Economic Forum.
The Asian Development Bank on Wednesday said Cambodia would likely reach a 6.8 percent economic growth rate for 2011.
Ambassador Rodley said corruption has costs the Cambodian government an estimated $500 million a year.
Cambodia marked the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers last week, as officials called on more volunteers.
Yingluck, who was elected in July, is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, with Thaksin preparing for a weeklong trip starting Friday.