2018 South East Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP)

Application Deadline: January 7, 2018, 5:00 P.M. Applications being accepted from: STEUNG TRENG PROVINCE The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a call for applications to the 2018 South East Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the ...
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Call for Proposals – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2018 Large Grants Program

Federal Awarding Agency: U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Announcement Type: Grant Notice Funding Opportunity Number: CB600-18-PAS-003 Funding Opportunity Title: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Grants Program Opportunity Category: Discretionary Funding Instrument Type: Grant Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 19.025 — Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Application Deadline: Project abstracts, see application guidelines below, ...
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Global Undergraduate Program (Global UGRAD Program) – FY2018

Application Deadline: December 31, 2017 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce an open competition for the 2018 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD Program) sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. The 2018 Global UGRAD program will provide one-semester scholarships ...
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Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Scholars – Summer 2018

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2017 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for the Summer 2018 Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Scholars. This opportunity is available to mid-career scholars or professionals who work in the field of U.S. studies (see Eligibility Criteria, below). ...
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Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) For Secondary School Educators Summer 2018

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2017 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for the Summer 2018 Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and other related-field personals). ...
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Applications for the Spring 2018 YSEALI Professional Fellows Program are now OPEN!!

What is it? The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program is a professional development exchange program for the best and brightest community leaders from ASEAN, working in the fields of civic engagement, NGO management, economic empowerment, governance, legislative process, environmental and natural resources management. The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program provides participants a month-long fellowship at U.S.-based non-profit ...
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Calling for Applications: YSEALI Academic Fellowships – Spring 2018

Application Deadline: October 18, 2017 The YSEALI Academic Fellowships are intensive short term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of young leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, and a particular theme, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The Fellowship will focus on one of three themes: Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues, ...
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Announcement of Sale

The U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh auctioning vehicles, office and household furniture, household appliances, equipment, computers, and other items for the general public. Location of the Sale U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Warehouse, Highway 5, No. 1782 (North of Japanese bridge) Date and Time of Sale *Thursday, September 14, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Sale items ...
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Public Affairs Section Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title: Public Affairs Section NOFO Funding Opportunity Number: CB600-17-PAS-003 Deadline for Applications: September 18, 2017 CFDA Number: 19.040 Total Amount Available: $15,000-$20,000 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit grant applications to carry out a ...
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Fulbright Specialist Program

Call for Applications The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh is pleased to announce an open call for applications for Fulbright specialists to serve at Cambodian academic, governmental, cultural, or non-governmental organizations. Applications close at 05:00 p.m. on September 10, 2017. The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity: YSEALI STEM Education Regional Workshop

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Funding Opportunity Title: YSEALI STEM Education Regional Workshop Funding Opportunity Number: CB600-17-PAS-001 Deadline for Applications: September 15, 2017 CFDA Number: 19.040 Total Amount Available: $150,000 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop and ...
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The U.S. Service Academies Class of 2022

The Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia is pleased to invite young Cambodians to compete for appointment to the United States Service Academies (U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London) for the ...
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USAID Supporting Women’s Livelihood Bond To Benefit 385,000 Women in Southeast Asia

Released on August 7, 2017 More than 385,000 Cambodian, Vietnamese and Filipino women are expected to benefit from an $8-million Women’s Livelihoods Bond guaranteed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The bond will provide the women with access to credit, market linkages, and affordable goods and services to help their companies grow. The ...
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Cambodian Students Compete in Technovation Challenge

The Cambodian team is going to San Francisco on August 7, 2017 for the Technovation Challenge! Congratulations to the Cambodian Identity Product team from Liger Learning Center who will compete with other teams around the world in the finals this August! Technovation Challenge is a global technology entrepreneurship competition for girls ages 10 to 18. ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Newbill at the Capture Project Art Exhibit

Felix Café, Phnom Penh July 28, 2017 (as prepared for delivery) Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Good evening. I arrived in Cambodia last week, and I am truly excited that my introduction to Cambodian civil society groups is such a thought-provoking and creative fusion of activism, education, and art. I would first like ...
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U.S. Department of State’s First Sports Envoy on Skateboarding to Visit Cambodia

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to inform members of the media that the U.S. State Department first sports envoy for skateboarding, Neftalie Williams, will be visiting Phnom Penh August 2-6. Neftalie Williams is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. This Sports Envoy program aims to develop mutual ...
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Six Cambodian Students to Study in the U.S. as Fulbright Scholars

Six outstanding young Cambodians are starting graduate studies in the United States as Fulbright Scholars, the premier exchange program of the State Department. “Fulbright is a life-changing experience for me and I am looking forward to acquiring new knowledge, assimilating into diverse cultures, and traveling throughout the states as much as possible,” said Sothidaneath Theam, who ...
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Service Learning Strategies for International English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Classrooms

Program dates: October/November, 2017 Application Deadline: 12:00 PM | July 24, 2017 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the recruitment for a two-week Service Learning Exchange Program at Bowling Green State University, which will take place in October/November 2017. The Service Learning Exchange Program is intended for ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’affaires Julie Chung at the Press Conference by Cambodian Living Arts for “Bangsokol”

National Museum, Phnom Penh July 13, 2017 Good morning everyone. I am honored to be here today for this special day celebrating Cambodia’s newest composition, Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia. Congratulations to Phloeun Prim for his leadership of Cambodian Living Arts, as well as to the amazingly talented Dr. Him Sophy, Dr. Rithy Panh, and ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’affaires Julie Chung at the Handover Ceremony for the National Committee for Maritime Security (NCMS) Boathouse

Ream Naval Base, Sihanoukville province July 12, 2017 (as prepared for delivery) Admiral Tea Vinh and other distinguished members of the National Committee for Maritime Security, good morning and thank you so much for inviting me again today to the beautiful coastal waters of Ream Naval Base. I last visited here in October 2016 for ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at FUSAAC Major and Career Fair

Institute of Technology of Cambodia June 25, 2017 (as prepared for delivery) Your Excellency Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport; Mr. You Sokpanha, President of the Fulbright and Undergraduate State Alumni Association of Cambodia and other members of FUSAAC; Distinguished guests, students, parents, and volunteers. Good morning everyone and welcome to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the National Roundtable on Countering Wildlife Trafficking

Cambodiana Hotel, Phnom Penh June 20, 2017 (as prepared for delivery) Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Good morning and thank you for inviting me to participate in this National Roundtable on Countering Wildlife Trafficking. I would like to thank His Excellency Kim Sontepheap, Under-Secretary of State from the Ministry of Justice for hosting ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Iftar dinner hosted by the U.S. Embassy

Ambassador’s Residence, Phnom Penh June 19, 2017 (as prepared for delivery) Good evening and Ramadan Kareem – thank you Your Excellency Sem Sokha for your remarks. I am honored to mark the holy month of Ramadan with so many friends from Cambodia’s Muslim community. Ramadan is the holiest month in Muslim faith and is a ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Closure of U.S. Embassy on June 2, 2017

Released on June 1, 2017 This security message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Cambodia that the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh will be closed for routine Consular services on June 2. Both major political parties have announced plans for pre-election processions and rallies throughout the city. This will ...
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Invitation for U.S. Citizens: Siem Reap Town Hall with U.S. Ambassador William A. Heidt

Released on May 31, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to invite U.S. citizens to attend a town hall meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, Mr. William A. Heidt, on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, in Siem Reap.  The Ambassador and other Embassy officials will be present to answer your questions regarding ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Cambodian Elections

Released on May 31, 2017 This security message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Cambodia that the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh anticipates political gatherings and demonstrations ahead of nationwide commune elections on June 4. The Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to avoid large crowds and immediately vacate any area ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the GE workshop on Innovation in Healthcare Solutions

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra May 30, 2017 (as delivered) Dr. Sung Vinntak, Mr. Dararith Lim, Mr. Ian Bragg, Mr. Kenny Sun, Mr. Scott Neeson, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me here to participate in this GE workshop on Innovation in Healthcare Solutions. I’m honored to be a part of this event ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Screening of “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap”

Major Cineplex by Cellcard May 22, 2017 (as delivered) Your Excellencies at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports; the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts; and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs; Ladies and gentlemen: Welcome. I am pleased to be with you today for the Cambodian premiere of the award-winning documentary CODE: Debugging the ...
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American Film Showcase Comes to Cambodia – Public Screening

Released on May 18, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is hosting a cultural exchange from May 19-24 featuring U.S. filmmakers Robin Hauser and Heather Courtney..  This program is part of the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase initiative, which brings American films and artists together with audiences worldwide. Ms. Courtney and Ms. Hauser ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Cambodian Mine Action Authority Stakeholder Workshop on National Mine Action Strategy

InterContinental Phnom Penh May 16, 2017 (as prepared for delivery) Your Excellency Senior Minister Ly Thuch and other colleagues from the CMAA; Your Excellency Secretary of State Ouch Borith and other colleagues from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Your Excellency Director General Heng Ratana and other representatives from CMAC and other mine ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Signing Ceremony for the CEL II Power Plant Project Agreement

U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh April 26, 2017 (as prepared for delivery) H.E. Keo Rottanak, Director General of Electricite Du Cambodge; H.E. Victor Jona, Director General, Ministry of Mines and Energy; Ambassador Hidehisa Horinouchi of the Embassy of Japan; Mr. Ruzaimi Mohamad, Minister Counselor, Embassy of Malaysia; Dato Sean H’ng, Group Chief Executive Officer, HNG Capital ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the World Intellectual Property Day Forum

Cambodiana Hotel, Phnom Penh April 25, 2017 (as delivered) Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.  Good morning and thank you for your participation in this World Intellectual Property Day forum.  We were delighted to work on this event in conjunction with Westec Media.  Thank you to your Excellency Ouk Prachea for representing the Ministry ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State W. Patrick Murphy to visit Cambodia

Released on April 25, 2017 Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs W. Patrick Murphy will travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on April 25 for meetings with the Cambodian government, opposition, civil society, and private sector.  Deputy Assistant Secretary Murphy will also participate in a conversation with members of the Young ...
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Stories of the Mekong

Released on April 18, 2017 In February 2017, the U.S. Agency for International Development launched “Wonders of the Mekong,” a five-year, $5 million program to highlight the importance of the Mekong River and ensure it remains a viable resource for the people of Southeast Asia. The lead researcher on the project is Dr. Zeb Hogan, ...
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Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship

Deadline: June 18, 2017 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the recruitment of candidates for the academic year 2018-2019 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This fellowship program brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of academic and professional work. Fellowships awarded under the Humphrey Fellowship ...
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USAID Cambodia Launches New Support to Cambodia’s National Election Committee

Released on April 6, 2017 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced a new grant to support the work of the National Election Committee (NEC) to administer Cambodia’s 2017 and 2018 elections.  The two-year, $1.8 million Cambodia Election Management Project, awarded to the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), will help the NEC ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Public Stakeholder Workshop on Cambodia’s WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Raffles Hotel Le Royal April 4, 2017 (as prepared for delivery) Your Excellency Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce and other colleagues from the Ministry; Senior representatives of other Royal Government of Cambodia Ministries; Fellow development partners and representatives of the private sector; Ladies and Gentlemen. Good morning. I am delighted to join you today in ...
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United States Announces New Contribution to Help Preserve Cambodia’s Historical Documents

Released on April 3, 2017 The U.S. government announced $5.8 million in additional endowment support to the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) that will boost the sustainability of the organization and its efforts to promote national peace and reconciliation through the preservation (both physically and digitally) of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge-era historical records. Since the endowment ...
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Screening of the Award-Winning Documentary Film “A Plastic Ocean”

Released on March 17, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh invites members of the media to attend the screening of the award-winning documentary film “A Plastic Ocean,” a feature-length documentary that addresses the impact humans have on the environment, as well as possible solutions.  The screening will take place Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at ...
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New Effort to Help Heal the Effects of Violence through Art

Released on March 15, 2047 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is proud to announce its support for “Phka Sla Krom Angkar” – an innovative and creative dance project that promotes peace and reconciliation throughout Cambodia by the artistic depiction of gender-based violence under the Khmer Rouge.  This project is managed by a consortium ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Industrial Relations Conference

Improving Labor Dispute Resolution System – Harmonizing Industrial Relations Raffles Hotel Le Royal February 27, 2017 (as prepared for delivery) Your Excellency Ith Sam Heng, Minister of Labor and Vocational Training; Ambassador Maria Sargren and other distinguished members of the diplomatic community; Mr. Men Nimmith, Executive Director of the Arbitration Council Foundation; Distinguished colleagues from ...
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Statement by the United States on Amendments to Cambodia’s Political Party Law

Released on February 20, 2017 The United States is deeply concerned about the amendments to Cambodia’s Law on Political Parties passed by the National Assembly on February 20 with little consultation or public debate. The amendments give the government broad authority to restrict freedom of expression and the legitimate activities of political parties and, under ...
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New Partnership to Improve Health in Cambodia

Released on February 15, 2017 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) signed two memoranda of understanding with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) that will provide a framework for the U.S. government (USG) agencies to work in partnership with KOICA to support activities under ...
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2017 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the 2017 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) competition. AEIF offers alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs the opportunity to propose innovative projects that address one of five global foreign policy themes. Alumni are invited to submit project ideas through the ...
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U.S.-Cambodian Cooperation in 2016

February 3, 2017 The United States of America and the Kingdom of Cambodia celebrated 65 years of productive and mutually beneficial diplomatic relations in July 2015. The United States’ continued commitment to Cambodia and the region are exemplified by the participation of ASEAN leaders, including Prime Minister Hun Sen, at the February 2016 ASEAN summit ...
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USAID and IFAD sign Agreement to Support Cambodian Agricultural Development

Released on February 2, 2017 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on January 27, 2017, that solidifies two agencies’ partnership and commitment to support of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Agricultural Strategic Development Plan. The agreement will oversee the development ...
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2017 On-Demand TESOL Exchange Program

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the On-Demand TESOL Exchange Program, which will take place in Seattle, U.S.A., on March 16-26, 2017. One educator from Cambodia will be selected to participate in this program through a rigorous selection process. The U.S. Embassy will cover all costs, including ...
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Ambassador Heidt Tours U.S.-Supported Operations in Ratanakiri Aimed at Eliminating Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance

Released on January 5, 2017 Ambassador William Heidt visited the field operations of Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) in Ratanakiri province on Thursday, where he saw ongoing work supported by the U.S. government to eliminate unexploded ordnance (UXO) and landmines.  The Ambassador was invited to tour the region by Senior Minister Ly Thuch, Secretary General of ...
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EducationUSA Fair 2017

Phnom Penh January 3, 2017 EducationUSA Fair 2017 will take place on February 28, 2017 at 3:00 – 7:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh. 21 representatives from U.S. colleges and universities will be available to speak with Cambodian students about degree programs, admission requirements, and scholarship opportunities in ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Kraoul Kol Health Center

Kraoul Kol Health Center, Svay Rieng December 19, 2017 (as prepared for delivery) His Excellency Deputy Governor Toch Poliva, distinguished guests, Kraoul Kol Health Center staff, and citizens of Svay Rieng, thank you for the invitation to be here today. As the mother of a four-year-old son, I assure you I am a thrilled and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Coca-Cola Factory Inauguration

Coca-Cola Factory, Phnom Penh December 5, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) SAMDECH AKKA MOHA SENA PADEI TECHO HUN SEN, PRIME MINISTER OF CAMBODIA, Your Excellency Cham Prasith, Senior Minister and Minister of Industry and Handicrafts, Mr. Irial Finan,  Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company, deputy prime ministers, ministers and colleagues from the Royal Government ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at World AIDS Day Event

Phnom Penh December 1, 2016 Lok Dzum Teow Men Sam An, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the National Assembly, Senate Relations and Inspection and high representative of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen; His Excellency Ieng Mouly, Senior Minister in charge of Special Mission and Chairman of the National Aids Authority; Distinguished ...
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Ending AIDS in Cambodia

Joint op-ed column to mark World AIDS Day by William A. Heidt, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, and Marie-Odile Emond, UNAIDS Country Director December 1, 2016 Thirty-five years have passed since the first official report identifying the disease that is now known as AIDS was published in the United States.  In that time, 35 million people ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the WECREATE Cambodia Handover Ceremony

WECREATE Cambodia, Phnom Penh November 30, 2016 Your Excellency Dr. ING Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women’s affairs, representatives of WeCreate, distinguished guests, mentors, and women entrepreneurs, ladies and gentlemen—good morning. I am delighted to be here with you today to sign this Memorandum of Understanding recognizing our shared commitment to supporting WECREATE. I’m particularly delighted ...
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U.S. Embassy and Westec Media present an IPR Awareness Event

Released on November 29, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, in collaboration with Westec Media Ltd. and Legend Cinema, will jointly host an intellectual property rights (IPR) awareness event and an advance screening of a Hollywood film on November 30. The event is intended to underscore the importance of upholding intellectual property rights around ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Today’s Judgment by the Extraordinary Chambers of the Court of Cambodia

Released on November 23, 2016 The United States welcomes today’s final judgment by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Case 002/01 against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan upholding their convictions for crimes against humanity, persecution on political grounds, and other inhumane acts related to the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh in ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at GE Powering Cambodia Workshop

Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh November 22, 2016 Your Excellency Suy Sem, Minister of Mines and Energy; Your Excellency Victor Jona, Director General of the Ministry of Mines and Energy; Mr. Wouter Van Wersch, GE ASEAN President and CEO; Mr. Dararith Lim, GE Cambodia Country Leader; distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen. Thank you very much for ...
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Report: More Cambodians Studying in the United States

Released on November 17, 2016 The 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, which was released this week, finds that the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities surpassed one million for the first time during the 2015-16 academic year—an increase of seven percent from the previous year to a new high ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces Call for Proposals For 2017 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

Released on November 17, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the 2017 call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small and Large Grants Programs. Applications may be submitted by any eligible non-commercial entity. The deadline for the Embassy to receive proposals is December 31, 2016. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Closing Ceremony for the CARAT Exercise

Sihanoukville November 4, 2016 Your Excellency Admiral Tea Vinh, Major General Steven Rudder, distinguished guests and members of the Royal Cambodian and U.S. Armed Forces, arun suasdey, good morning to all! Thank you very much for inviting me to take place in the closing ceremony for the 2016 Cooperation and Readiness Afloat Training, or CARAT, ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Digital Divide Data’s 15th Anniversary Dinner

(as delivered) Phnom Penh November 3, 2016 Thank you Jeremy! Mr. Levin (DDD board chair), board members, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen. Congratulations to Digital Divide Data on 15 years of creating a better future for youth in Cambodia through education, technology, and bridging the digital divide. The Embassy’s relationship with DDD goes back to ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Opening Ceremony for the Cooperation and Readiness Afloat Training (CARAT) Exercise

(As delivered) Sihanoukville October 31, 2016 His Excellency Admiral Ouk Seyha and other distinguished members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, the Royal Cambodian Navy, and the National Committee for Maritime Security, U.S. Navy Task Force 75, 30th Construction Regiment, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, U.S. Navy Ship Millinocket 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines; Coastal Riverine ...
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U.S. and Cambodian Forces Combine for CARAT Cambodia 2016

Released on October 31, 2016 U.S. and Royal Cambodian Navy (RCN) service members kicked off the seventh-annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise in Cambodia with an opening ceremony at Ream Navy Base on October 31.  Held consecutively since 2010, CARAT Cambodia is a bilateral training exercise to increase cooperation and enhance maritime security ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the EducationUSA Grade A Student Fair

U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh October 30, 2016 Good morning and thank you all for coming to participate in our EducationUSA and Grade A Student Fair. Thank you to the Minister of Education Youth, and Sport, H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, and his designee, Undersecretary of State Lav Chhiv Eav, for your commitment to improving education ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group

(as delivered) Sokha Hotel, Phnom Penh October 19, 2016 Your Excellency Sok Siphana; delegates from the Royal Government of Cambodia; delegates from Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam; members of the U.S. delegation; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. For those of you who have traveled from near and far, I would like to welcome you to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Better Factories Cambodia 15th Anniversary Celebration

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra October 18, 2016 Your Excellency Ith Samheng, Minister of Labor and Vocational Training; Your Excellency Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce; Okhna Van Sou Ieng, Chairman of the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia, distinguished representatives of the Royal Government of Cambodia, distinguished representatives of the International Labour Organization and Better Factories Cambodia ...
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Delegations from the United States and the Lower Mekong Initiative Countries to Meet for Regional Working Group

Released on October 17, 2016 U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William A. Heidt will give remarks at the opening of the 9th Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) and Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) Regional Working Group on October 19 at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh.  Initiated by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her ...
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USS Germantown Arrives in Cambodia

Released on October 17, 2016 The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) arrived at Sihanoukville, Cambodia, for a scheduled port visit, October 16. Germantown and the embarked Combat Logistics Battalion of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Sihanoukville after completing PHIBLEX 33 in the Republic of the Philippines. “Moving ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Reaksmey Samaki Primary School

Reaksmey Samaki Primary School, Kampong Speu October 12, 2016 Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, Reaksmey Samaki School children and staff, and citizens of Kampong Speu, thank you for inviting me to today’s joyous ceremony. I am grateful to be able to visit Kampong Speu and to meet the wonderful people who call this part of Cambodia ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Environmental Governance Reform for Sustainable Development Project Launch

(As Prepared for Delivery) Phnom Penh October 11, 2016 Your Excellency Say Samal, Minister of Environment, TakahisaTsugawa, Chargés d’Affaires ad interim, Embassy of Japan, Setsuko Yamazaki, Country Director, UNDP Cambodia Development partners Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you very much for opportunity to be with you to launch the Environmental Governance Reform and Sustainable Development project. ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Julie Chung at the Starbucks Flagship Store Grand Opening

Starbucks Flagship Store, Phnom Penh October 7, 2016 Thank you, Michael! Your Excellency Pan Sorasak, Mr. Mark Ring, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen. As an avid and lifelong fan of Starbuck’s French Roast coffee, I have been eagerly anticipating this opening for a long time. I remember clearly the day we heard Starbucks was coming ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Signing Ceremony

(delivered in Khmer) Angkor Borei, Takeo September 27, 2016 Good morning and thank you all for being here today. Thank you especially to Her Excellency Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, for organizing today’s event and for the Ministry’s long partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh. I congratulate you and your ...
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Youth from Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam Come Together for “TechCamp H2.0”

Released on September 24, 2016 Fifty members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature program for youth networking and leadership development in the region – recently completed “TechCamp H2.0: Supporting Healthy Waterways in the Lower Mekong,” a two-day workshop where participants learned how to harness technology to develop ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Opening Ceremony for TechCamp Cambodia H2.0

Raintree, Phnom Penh September 24, 2016 Good morning, everyone! It’s a pleasure to be here to kick off TechCamp Cambodia H2.0. I would first like to thank His Excellency Eang Sophalleth, Under Secretary of State for the Ministry of Environment, for joining us today. Under the strong leadership of Minister Say Samal –who represented Cambodia ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts “TechCamp H2.0” for Youth from Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam

Released on September 22, 2016 U.S. Ambassador William Heidt will give opening remarks at “TechCamp Cambodia H2.0: Supporting Healthy Waterways in the Lower Mekong” on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at 9 a.m., at Raintree Cambodia (#299 Preah Ang Duong/Street 110, Khan Daun Penh, Sangkat Wat Phnom). His Excellency Eang Sophalleth, Under Secretary of State for ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at a Reception for Friends of LGBTI and Speaking Out Participants

(As Prepared for Delivery) Deputy Chief of Mission’s Residence, Phnom Penh September 20, 2016 Good evening and welcome to my home! I have invited you all together this evening to celebrate diversity and the efforts you all are making to ensure the rights of LGBTI individuals, and to fight discrimination. The LGBTI community around the ...
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Launch of the Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition

Released on September 20, 2016 U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt will participate in a ceremony to launch the Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN) at the Royal University of Agriculture on Thursday, September 22, at 9 a.m.  The Center will foster private sector innovation, coordinate agricultural research, education and ...
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Remarks by Charge d’Affaires Julie Chung at the “Association of Banks in Cambodia Sustainable Finance Initiative” Launch

(As Prepared for Delivery) Phnom Penh September 19, 2016 Your Excellency, Madame Chea Serey Your Excellency Eang Sophalleth Mr. Charles Vann Members of the Association of Banks in Cambodia Distinguished guests Good morning! I am pleased to witness a commitment statement today that I believe is a significant step towards ensuring Cambodia’s economic, environmental and ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Swearing-In Ceremony for the Tenth Cohort of Peace Corps Cambodia Volunteers

(As Prepared for Delivery) Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh September 16, 2016 Honorable Dr. Im Koch, Peace Corps staff, distinguished guests and most importantly the Peace Corps trainees and volunteers, I am honored to participate in the swearing-in ceremony for the 10th cohort of Peace Corps Volunteers in Cambodia and the celebration of the 10th anniversary ...
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Joint Statement on Human Rights Situation in Cambodia

Delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper, Representative of the United States to the United Nations Human Rights Council Mr. President, I have the honor to read this statement on behalf of a group of 36 states including: Albania, Australia, Canada, Japan, Macedonia, Norway, Switzerland, the 28 EU member states, and the United States. We note Cambodia’s ...
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Peace Corps Cambodia to Hold Swearing-In Ceremony for New Volunteers

Released on September 14, 2016 U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt will swear in 69 Americans as members of the tenth cohort of Peace Corps Cambodia volunteers during a special ceremony 8:30 a.m., Friday, September 16, at the Himawari Hotel in Phnom Penh. The swearing-in ceremony for the newest group of Peace Corps volunteers coincides ...
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Household Archaeology at Angkor Wat

(This article by Dr. Alison Kyra Carter first appeared in the Khmer Times on July 7, 2016. It is reprinted with the permission of the author.) When you picture Angkor Wat, you might think of the imposing and elegant temple surrounded by a thick forest of trees. However, archaeologists now know that when Angkor Wat ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Launch of the American University of Phnom Penh and the University of Arizona’s Dual-Degree Program

American University of Phnom Penh September 1, 2016 Dr. Chea Vandith, founder of the American University of Phnom Penh; Vice President of Academic Affairs, Mr. Nial Farrell; Professor Brent White, Vice Provost for International Education at the University of Arizona; AUPP students and teachers, members of the media, ladies and gentleman. I’m delighted to be ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Agricultural Biotechnology Workshop Opening Ceremony

Phnom Penh August 30, 2016 Your Excellency Ty Sokun, Officials of the Government of Cambodia; Representatives of the agricultural sector; Presenters, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen; Good morning. I am pleased to be with you here today to open this important biotechnology workshop supported by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of ...
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University of Arizona and AUPP to Sign Dual Degree Partnership Program

Released on August 30, 2016 U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt will witness an official signing ceremony to establish a dual degree partnership program between the American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP) and the University of Arizona. The new academic partnership program will provide a high-quality U.S. education to Cambodian students, allowing them to earn ...
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UNAIDS to Host Information Conference Call for PEPFAR’s Key Populations Investment Fund Notice Of Funding Opportunity And Executive Summary

Released on August 25, 2016 Prospective applicants are invited to two informational conference calls related to PEPFAR’s new initiative: Key Populations Investment Fund hosted by UNAIDS. The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (S/GAC) has announced a $100 million Key Populations Investment Fund (KPIF). The KPIF requests applications from ‘Prime Recipient’ ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Launch Ceremony of the Microsoft Student Partners Program in Cambodia

Royal University of Phnom Penh August 17, 2016 Good morning everyone. I’m delighted to be here at the launch of the Microsoft Student Partners program in Cambodia and to be in the company of our friends at the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports; STEM Cambodia; and of course, Microsoft. I’m particularly pleased that we ...
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USAID Announces Project to Promote Healing and Reconciliation for Victims of Torture of the Khmer Rouge

Released on August 16, 2016 The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) , announced a new award to Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Cambodia (TPO) to provide innovative mental health therapies and healing methods for individuals and communities in 15 provinces who continue to face trauma from their experiences during the Khmer Rouge ...
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TESOL ELT Leadership Management Certificate Program and Thailand-TESOL Conference, January 19-21, 2017

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the ELT Leadership Management Certificate Program (LMCP), which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on January 19-21, 2017. Five teachers from Cambodia will be selected to participate in this program through a rigorous selection process. The U.S. Embassy will cover all ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Signing Ceremony of the Project Agreement for Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ Project

(As Prepared for Delivery) Phnom Penh August 11, 2016 Good afternoon Your Excellency Say Samal, Minister of Environment, Your Excellency Dr. Sam Ang Chea, [Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment], Mr. Ross Sinclair, members of the media, and invited guests. Thank you all very much for joining us today to witness the signing ...
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Government and Wildlife Conservation Society to Sign Follow-On Agreement to Disney Carbon Credit Sale

Released on August 8, 2016 A project agreement that will oversee the use of the funds generated by Cambodia’s carbon credit sale to the Disney Company will be signed by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Wildlife Conservation Society at 3:00 p.m. on August 11, 2016 at the Mok Mareth Conference Hall in the ...
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Remarks by Charge d’Affaires Julie Chung at the Reception with the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia And DAUSTR Erland Herfindahl

July 28, 2016 His Excellency Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce; Mr. Van Sou Ieng, Chairman of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. I am very pleased to be here this evening, and I thank GMAC for hosting this beautiful reception on behalf of our guest, Deputy Assistant United States Trade ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Julie Chung at the Nike Flagship Store Grand Opening

(As Prepared for Delivery) Nike Flagship Store, Phnom Penh July 23, 2016 Thank you Charles! Mr. Ho Yuming, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen. I’m so excited to be here today for the opening of the Nike Flagship Store in Cambodia. Nike is one of the world’s most popular brand names, and I want to congratulate ...
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Ambassador Heidt’s Visit to Long Beach

Long Beach, California July 11, 2016 By Ambassador William A. Heidt The Cambodian-American community in Long Beach, California gave my family and me a very warm welcome during our visit last week. An overflow crowd of 350 people joined a community forum at the La Lune Imperial Restaurant in Long Beach. I made a presentation ...
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Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski to Visit Cambodia

Released on July 13, 2016 Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) Tom Malinowski will visit Cambodia July 18-19 to underscore the importance of human rights in the U.S.-Cambodia relationship. On July 18, Assistant Secretary Malinowski will meet with government officials, opposition party members, local civil society groups, and representatives from ...
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New USAID Project to Assist Cambodian Civil Society

Released on July 12, 2016 A new project to strengthen the organizational and technical capacity of Cambodian civil society organizations and grassroots networks was announced on July 7 by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  The Cambodian Civil Society Strengthening (CCSS) project, awarded to the East West Management Institute, will help civil society organizations ...
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Statement on the Death of Dr. Kem Ley

Statement by John Kirby , Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs; on the Death of Prominent Cambodian Political Commentator Dr. Kem Ley Washington, DC July 10, 2016 We are deeply saddened and concerned by reports of the tragic killing of prominent Cambodian political commentator Dr. Kem Ley.  We offer our sincere and profound condolences ...
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U.S. Department of State Announces First-Ever NBA-WNBA Sports Envoy Program to Cambodia

Released on July 8, 2016 The U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), will send Wayne Ellington and Sue Wicks as Sports Envoys to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 12–17.  The Sports Envoys will develop skills and generate even more interest in Cambodia for one ...
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Duty Free Access for Travel Goods Made in Cambodia

Released on July 6, 2016 On June 30, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced a major expansion of trade preferences that stands to bring significant benefits to Cambodia.  Under the new changes to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), Cambodia and other Least Developed Beneficiary Developing Countries (LDBDCs) as well as ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the National Industrial Relations Conference

(As Prepared for Delivery) Raffle Le Royal Hotel, Phnom Penh July 5, 2016 Good morning, Your Excellency Ith Sam Heng, Minister of Labor and Vocational Training, Swedish Ambassador Anna Maj Hultgard, and distinguished guests. It’s great to see this room full of friends and partners all working together in the field of labor and industrial ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Independence Day Reception

Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel July 1, 2016 Your Excellency Prak Sokhon, Senior Minister and Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, other distinguished representatives of the Cambodian government, fellow members of the diplomatic corps, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very much for joining us tonight at the U.S. Embassy’s celebration of the 240th anniversary ...
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Cambodia Upgraded to Tier 2 Status in 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report

Released on July 1, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry officially announced the release of the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on June 30, 2016 in Washington, DC.  As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the TIP Report assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat modern slavery.  Cambodia ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Dedication Ceremony for Nation Blood Transfusion Center

National Blood Transfusion Center (NBTC), Phnom Penh June 14, 2016 His Excellency Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health; His Excellency Hun Many, President of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia; Dr. Hok Kimcheng, Director of the National Blood Transfusion Center; Dr. Dong Il Ahn, World Health Organization Representative in Cambodia; Brigadier General Milhorn from the ...
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US, Cambodia Commence Pacific Angel 16 Humanitarian Assistance Mission

Released on June 8, 2016 At the invitation of the Cambodian government, the United States and Cambodia militaries will conduct humanitarian assistance events and military to military subject matter expert exchanges from June 6 – 18, 2016, in Kampot Province, Cambodia, as part of Pacific Angel 2016. During this mission, approximately 80 members of the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the America’s Summerfest

(As Prepared for Delivery) Northbridge International School Cambodia, Phnom Penh June 4, 2016 Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen! I would like to thank you all joining us for today’s American Summerfest – a time for Celebration and Remembrance. Throughout the United States, the summer months are enjoyed relaxing outdoors with friends. We delight in eating ...
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Opening of Cold Stone Creamery

Phnom Penh June 3, 2016 In the 1920s, a popular American band known as Waring’s Pennsylvanians recorded a song called “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream.” Almost 100 years later, people still love ice cream, including here in ‪‎Cambodia‬. So we’re very excited about the arrival of Cold Stone Creamery to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Event Marking Five Years of “Feed the Future” Program in Cambodia

(As Prepared for Delivery) InterContinental Hotel, Phnom Penh June 2, 2016 Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Yim Chhay Ly, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for joining me today to celebrate the first five years of “Feed the Future” in Cambodia. Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s signature initiative to address global ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Video Screening of “Former Khmer Rouge and Victim-Survivor Dialogues”

(As Prepared for Delivery) META House, Phnom Penh May 23, 2016 Good evening, everyone. It is a great honor to be here with you today for this important event. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization for organizing this video screening and for inviting me to speak to all ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship 2016 Awards Ceremony

Royal University of Phnom Penh May 20, 2016 Her Excellency Tekreth Kamrang, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Commerce ; Ms. Lay Sokunthea, of IIG Education Cambodia; Dr. Nhong Din Than of Metfone, distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. In the year and a half I’ve been in Cambodia, I’ve been truly inspired by the ...
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YES Academy ASEAN 2016

YES Academy ASEAN is an international music exchange that brings together the aspiring Broadway actors/ singers/dancers, rappers, poets, emcees, b-boys/b-girls and hip hope dancers, music producers and singer/songwriters from ASEAN nations to study and work with their New York-based Artists/Teachers in Broadway, Hip Hop Dance and Rap/Spoken Word, Singer/Songwriting, and Entrepreneurship and Leadership skills and ...
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USAID and U.S. Treasury Develop New Project for Public Financial Management Reform in Cambodia

Released on May 11, 2016 U.S. Ambassador William A. Heidt and Minister of Economy and Finance His Excellency Aun Porn Moniroth launched a new initiative today to support Cambodia’s efforts to improve fiscal transparency and accountability in the management of its public finances. The initiative, jointly developed by USAID and the U.S. Treasury Office of ...
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U.S. Air Force Band String Quartet Concert

Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh May 8, 2016 The United States Air Force Band String Quartet held a special concert on May 8, 2016 for His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, Her Majesty Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, and other invited guests to commemorate a performance that took place on May 9, 1956 in Phnom Penh ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the U.S. Air Force 60th Anniversary Concert

Raffles Hotel Le Royal May 8, 2017 His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia. Her Majesty the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk of Cambodia. Members of the royal families, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is truly an honor for Sotie and I to be here this evening in the ...
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Briefing with Director of Banknotes at the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System

Released on May 5, 2016 Michael Lambert, Director of Banknotes at the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, will visit Cambodia May 9-10 to raise awareness about educational resources available in English and Khmer for users of U.S. dollars.  Mr. Lambert will provide a briefing to the Cambodian media on Tuesday, May ...
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Civil Society Reception

Chief of Mission Residence May 4, 2016 On May 4, Ambassador Heidt hosted a reception to honor civil society organizations in Cambodia.  Approximately 40 leaders of civil society organizations, including the human rights NGO Adhoc, joined the event along with colleagues from other diplomatic missions, the United Nations, and representatives from international NGOs. The United ...
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Ambassador Heidt’s trip to Battambong, Pailin and Pursat

Battambong, Pailin & Pursat May 2-4, 2016 Ambassador William Heidt‬’s trip was full of many exciting and informative activities. In addition to meetings with the Battambang and Pailin provincial governors, the Ambassador also met with Peace Corps Cambodia volunteers, an English Language Fellow, and Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (‪‎YSEALI‬) members at American Corner Battambang, Cambodia. There were visits ...
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U.S. and Cambodian Nonproliferation Experts Hold Workshop on International Nuclear Safeguards

Released on April 28, 2016 An international workshop on Nuclear Safeguards and the Additional Protocol, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), concluded today at the Sunway Hotel.  The event was hosted by the Cambodian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) and included the participation of MME Deputy Director General ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Technovation National Pitch

Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center, Phnom Penh April 24, 2016 Good morning, everyone.  Happy Khmer New Year, and welcome to the year of the monkey!  I am so excited to be here today with Her Excellency KIM Sethany, Director Thavuth of CKCC, Daniel, Kate, and of course all of you! Anyone who follows the U.S. Embassy’s Facebook ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Earth Day Celebration

(As Prepared for Delivery) U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh April 22, 2016 Mr. Keo Rattanak, Chairman of Electricity du Cambodia; distinguished guests; Embassy colleagues; ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for joining us today to celebrate Earth Day and the 10th anniversary of this beautiful embassy compound.  This embassy building is a physical symbol of the strong ...
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Secretary Kerry to Join World Leaders in Signing of the Paris Agreement to Address Climate Change

Released on April 22, 2016 On Friday, April 22, Secretary of State John Kerry will join a record number of global leaders at a historic high-level signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement at the United Nations headquarters in New York.  This ceremony, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is the first step in implementing the ...
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U.S. Ambassador Joins Cambodian Officials for Helicopter Flight over Prey Lang Forests

Released on April 12, 2016 U.S. Ambassador William A. Heidt will return from a helicopter flight over the Prey Lang Forest on Monday, April 18, 2016, landing at 12:30 p.m.on the grounds of the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra Hotel (26 Old August Site, Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh).  Joining Ambassador Heidt on this trip will be ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Training Program on Election Coverage for Cambodian Journalists

Released on April 11, 2016 The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), with funding and support from the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, is seeking Cambodian journalists to participate in a training program on election coverage.  The training program will offer a six-week online course to approximately 25 political reporters from a wide range of broadcast, ...
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USAID Signs Agreement for Public Health and Education; Agriculture and Environment Programs

Released on March 30, 2016 On March 30, 2016, at the Council for Development of Cambodia, the United States and the Royal Government of Cambodia signed two new bilateral agreements that will provide $35 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for programs in health, education, agriculture, and environment.  This is the first ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the U.S. – Cambodia Bilateral Agreement Signing

(As Prepared for Delivery) Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), Phnom Penh March 30, 2016 H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon, H.E. Chieng Yanara, Deputy Secretary General of Council for the Development of Cambodia, distingquished representatives from the Royal Government of Cambodia, USAID Mission Director Rebecca Black and colleagues from the U.S. Embassy, ladies ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Closing Ceremony for the Angkor Sentinel Exercise

(As Prepared for Delivery) March 25, 2016 His Excellency General Meas Sophea, Major General McCaffrey, senior leaders of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, members of the international military attaché corps, and our other distinguished visitors present, good morning. It is an honor to be here today to witness in person the success of Angkor Sentinel, ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’affaires Julie Chung at the Earth Hour 2016

(As Prepared for Delivery) Royal University of Phnom Penh March 19, 2016 His Excellency Dr. Sabo Ojano, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Environment; Mr. Chhith Sam Ath, Country Director for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Cambodia; members of the U.S. Ambassador’s Youth Council; distinguished guests; educators, students, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you and good ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’affaires Julie Chung at the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company Performance

(As Prepared for Delivery) March 18, 2016 Her Excellency Phouerng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, and other representatives of the Cambodian government.  Fellow members of the diplomatic corps.  Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, and dance fans of all ages. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be here this evening at ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Opening Event of the First Annual Inno-Tech Festival

(As Prepared for Delivery) Institute de Technologie du Cambodge (ITC), Phnom Penh March 18, 2016 Good morning, everyone.  I am thrilled to be here today with His Excellency Sarak Khan, the other distinguished guest speakers, and of course you all! It is fantastic to see so many young people interested in technology. Last week many ...
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U.S., Cambodian Forces Partner for Angkor Sentinel 2016

March 14, 2016 U.S. and Cambodian forces officially opened Angkor Sentinel 2016, an annual bilateral military exercise hosted by the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and sponsored by the U.S. Army Pacific, during a ceremony March 14 at the Training School for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia. This year marks the seventh iteration ...
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Remarks by Chargé ďAffaires Julie Chung Opening Ceremony for the Angkor Sentinel Exercise Training Center for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces

March 14, 2016 To His Excellency Lieutenant General Chea Saran, Major General Dorman, senior leaders of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, members of the international military attaché corps in attendance, and our other distinguished visitors present today, good morning and thank you for inviting me to attend this very important event.  To the officers, noncommissioned ...
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Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company to Tour Cambodia with Support of U.S. Embassy and Sophiline Arts Ensemble

Released on March 11, 2016 The acclaimed Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company (DTSBDC), based in Washington, DC, will visit Cambodia from March 12-19, 2016, in a program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and supported by Sophiline Arts Ensemble. On Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m., DTSBDC and Sophiline Arts Ensemble will host a free ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Dedication Ceremony for Siem Reap Blood Center

(As Prepared for Delivery) Siem Reap March 3, 2016 To His Excellency Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health; His Excellency Song Riha, , Siem Reap Provincial Deputy Governor; Dr.Hok Kimcheng, Director of the National Blood Transfusion Center; Dr. Kros Sarath, Director of the Siem Reap Provincial Health Department; and other guests here today, good morning. I ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Annual Meeting of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking

February 25, 2016 Samdach Krohlah Haum Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth, and Sport; H.E. Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women’s Affairs; H.E. Chou Bun Eng, Permanent Vice-Chairperson of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking; distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I am ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Multilateral Counter Violent Extremism Working Group Meeting

February 23, 2016 His Excellency Senior Minister Om Yentieng, Personal Advisor to the Prime Minister and Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Committee; His Excellency Ung Eang, Secretary of State and Deputy Director of the Secretariat of the National Counterterrorism Committee; Rear Admiral Colin Kilrain; distinguished guests and colleagues from Cambodia and around the region; ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Opening of the CamTESOL English Language Conference

Institute de Technologie du Cambodge (ITC), Phnom Penh February 20, 2016 His Excellency Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth, and Sport; Mr. Simon Fellows, Chargé d’Affaires of the Australian Embassy; Mr. Sou Visal and other representatives of IDP; distinguished conference speakers and experts; ladies and gentlemen. The conference organizers have very cleverly slotted ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Welcome Dinner for the SUSI/YSEALI Alumni Environment Workshop

(As Prepared for Delivery) Siem Reap February 18, 2016 Thank you everyone and good evening. I’m very happy to be with you tonight at the opening dinner of the SUSI and YSEALI Alumni Environment Workshop. I can already sense a lot of energy and enthusiasm among you sixty or so young leaders participating in this ...
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U.S. Embassy and EducationUSA to Host Annual EducationUSA Fair 2016

Released on February 17, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh and EducationUSA Cambodia will jointly host the EducationUSA Fair 2016 on Thursday, February 18, 2016, from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, in the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh. Sixteen representatives from U.S. colleges and universities will be available to speak ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Dedication Ceremony for Kampong Cham Regional Blood Center and Hospital Laboratory

(As Prepared for Delivery) Kampong Cham February 16, 2016 His Excellency Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, His Excellency Lun Lem Thai, Governor of Kampong Cham Province, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very much for inviting me to participate in this ceremony today.  Today is a proud day for Cambodia that shows the progress ...
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Cambodia-U.S. 3rd Trade and Investment Dialogue

Raffles Hotel Le Royal February 5, 2016 Cambodia and the United States held discussions today under the Trade and Investment Agreement (TIFA) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The TIFA meeting represents the two countries’ shared commitment to further building to their economic relationship. The meeting was co-chaired by Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and ...
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Remarks by Assistant Secretary Daniel R. Russel at the Roundtable With Cambodian Media

U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh January 27, 2016 MODERATOR: It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Assistant Secretary Danny Russel from the State Department Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs. He’ll make a few brief remarks and then he’s here to take your questions. As a reminder, this is an “on the record” interview. ASSISTANT ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at a Meet and Greet with Staff and Families of U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh

January 26, 2016 AMBASSADOR HEIDT: Hi you guys, are you ready to hear from the Secretary of State? (Applause.) Mr. Secretary, this is a very enthusiastic crowd. Standing before you is a good chunk of Embassy Phnom Penh’s 786 employees. SECRETARY KERRY: Wow. AMBASSADOR HEIDT: That’s hard-working and talented employees. That’s 132 American staff, 653 ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the World Monuments Fund 50th Anniversary Celebration at Angkor Wat

Siem Reap January 18, 2016 H.E. Sok Sangvar, colleagues from the Apsara Authority and the World Monument Fund, ladies and gentlemen. Sotie and I are delighted to be with you all this evening to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World Monuments Fund. It’s a particular honor to be standing in front of the incomparable ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Victory Day

Released on January 7, 2016 Cambodia’s Victory Day on January 7 marks the liberation of Phnom Penh from the Khmer Rouge, one of the most unambiguously evil regimes in history. Victory over the Khmer Rouge is a victory shared by all Cambodians. Today, we wish to express our grief for the loss of nearly two ...
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AOTM Program Named a CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree

January 5, 2016 Cambodian engineers are part of a special team from Golden West Humanitarian Foundation (GWHF) that created the Advanced Ordnance Training Materials (AOTM) Program, which has been named as an Innovation Awards Honoree at the prestigious International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – better known as CES 2016. Selected in the “Tech ...
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Opening Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the “The Future of Computation and Knowledge” Lecture by Dr. Stephen Wolfram

(As Prepared for Delivery) Royal University of Phnom Penh December 30, 2015 Your Excellency Minister Hang Chuon Naron, Dr. Stephen Wolfram, Dr. Chan Roth and members of the Cambodian Mathematical Society, Allen Tan, ladies and gentlemen. I am delighted to be here this afternoon for this special presentation by Dr. Stephen Wolfram, who as you ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the 2015 FUSAAC EdCon

(As Prepared for Delivery) To His Excellency Minister Hang Chuon Naron, members of the Fulbright and Undergraduate State Alumni Association of Cambodia, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Good morning and thank you very much for inviting me to speak at this year’s FUSAAC Education Convention. It is an honor to be here with you all ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William A. Heidt at the Opening Ceremony of the EXBS Strategic Trade Control Awareness Seminar

Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh December 3, 2015 H.E. Chhuon Chanthan, Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Good morning, and welcome to the inaugural U.S. – Cambodia Strategic Trade Control Awareness Seminar, sponsored by the United States Embassy here in Phnom Penh. It is an honor for me to be here with you this ...
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U.S. Ambassador William Heidt Presents Credentials

Released on December 2, 2015 Ambassador William Heidt presented his credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Cambodia to Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdey Say Chhum, Acting Head of State and President of Cambodian Senate, on Wednesday morning, December 2, 2015, during a ceremony at the Senate ...
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Report Shows Significant Increase in the Number of Cambodians Studying in the United States

Released on November 19, 2015 According to the recently released annual Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, the number of international students at institutions of higher education in the United States increased by 10 percent to a record 974,926 students in the 2014/15 academic year. The report also shows the number of Cambodians studying ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the RMA Cambodia’s 2016 Ford Explorer Launch

As Prepared for Delivery Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel November 19, 2015 Excellency Khieu Kanharith, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen.  Good evening and thank you for your warm welcome. It is my great pleasure to join RMA Cambodia to celebrate the launch of the all-new 2016 Ford Explorer.  Since the Ford Motor Company was established in ...
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Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on Cambodia’s Independence Day

Washington DC November 5, 2015 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia as you celebrate the 62nd anniversary of your nation’s independence this November 9. The United States and Cambodia enjoy a dynamic partnership, strengthened by our mutual ...
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Clean Energy and Climate Change Cooperation at the Forefront of U.S. – Lower Mekong Energy Regulatory Forum

Released on November 3, 2015 With support from the Power Sector Program of the Bureau of Energy Resources of the United States Department of State, and the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) today opened a three-day forum in Phnom Penh to advance regional policy making on clean energy ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Seminar on Learning How OPIC Can Support Your U.S.-Related Investment in Cambodia

(As Prepared for Delivery) Your Excellency SUN Chanthol, Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen. Good morning. Today marks the beginning of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which seeks to inspire people everywhere through local, national, and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. In ...
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Olympic Athlete Shares Her Experiences

October 27, 2015 Three-time U.S. Olympian Tracy Evans Land met with aspiring Cambodian athletes and coaches at the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee Of Cambodia on October 27. Tracy spoke about her experience competing in the 1994, 1998, and 2002 Winter Olympic Games as a member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team . Tracy ...
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Remarks by Ambassador-Designate William Heidt at the BarCamp Phnom Penh 2015: Get Ready for ASEAN Integration

(As Prepared for Delivery) Institute de Technologie du Cambodge (ITC), Cambodia October 24, 2015 Your Excellency Touch Visalsok, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport Dr. Thavarith Chunhieng,Vice Director, Institute of Technology of Cambodia Mr. Chantra Be, BarCamp organizer and representative from Development Innovations Mr. Niek Van Venn, Director of Marketing for ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Opening Ceremony of CAMFOOD 2015

Siem Reap October 6, 2015 Your Excellency Dr. Thong Khon, Your ExcellencyBun Tharith Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Good morning! This is an exciting day to be in Siem Reap. I am honored to be here today to celebrate the opening of CAMFOOD 2015. What better way to connect people than through food, flavors, ...
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Remarks by Colonel Craig Tippins at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Counterproliferation Awareness Course Opening Ceremony

October 5, 2015 Good morning His Excellency Hor Seanglim and other distinguished representatives from Cambodia’s National Committee for Maritime Security and U.S. representatives. I am proud to be here representing the U.S. Embassy at the start of another event focusing on maritime security and our deepening cooperation with Cambodia and the National Committee for Maritime ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Youth Fair 2015: Youth and Leadership

(As Prepared for Delivery) Koh Pich Hall, Phnom Penh September 26, 2015 Your Excellency Mr. Yuk Ngoy, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen Good afternoon.  It is my great honor to be here with you today for this important event to launch Youth Fair 2015.  On ...
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Remarks by Ambassador-Designate William A. Heidt at the Swearing-in of the Ninth Cohort of Peace Corps Volunteers

(As Prepared for Delivery) U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh September 25, 2015 Excellency IM Koch, Excellency Dr. Or Vandine, Mr. Mok Sarom, Peace Corps Volunteers and staff, distinguished guests and most importantly the Peace Corps trainees, welcome to the swearing-in ceremony for the 9th cohort of Peace Corps Volunteers in Cambodia. Thank you all for coming. ...
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Peace Corps Cambodia to Hold Swearing-In Ceremony for New Volunteers

Released on September 22, 2015 Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung will swear in 64 Americans as members of the ninth cohort of Peace Corps Cambodia volunteers during a special ceremony on Friday, September 25, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh.  U.S. Ambassador-Designate William A. Heidt will deliver welcoming remarks. ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’ Affaires Julie Chung at the Launch New Women’s Entrepreneurship Center

(As Prepared for Delivery) WECREATE Cambodia Center, Phnom Penh September 18, 2015 Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen. Good morning. It is a great honor to participate in the opening of this WECREATE Center. It is wonderful to see so many strong and dynamic women and men in the audience. The United States is proud ...
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WECREATE Cambodia Launches New Women’s Entrepreneurship Center in Phnom Penh

Released on September 17, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to invite members of the media to attend the grand opening of the WECREATE Cambodia Center on Friday, September 18, beginning at 10:15 a.m., located at No.14, Street 322, Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang 1, Khan Chamkamorn, Phnom Penh.  While pre-registration is not ...
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Private Sector, Civil Society Convene to Promote Clean Energy Investment in Cambodia

Released on September 17, 2015 Businesses, financial institutions and civil society organizations from Cambodia’s clean energy sector met today to accelerate clean energy investment and share knowledge about Cambodia’s emerging industry trends in clean energy, particularly solar power. With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN-Asia) and ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’ affaires Julie Chung at the Enrich Forum on Sustainable Development 2015 “Harnessing Clean Energy for Sustainable Development”

Hotel Cambodiana, Phnom Penh September 17, 2015 His Excellency Deputy Secretary General Ken Serey Rotha Distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen Good morning It is my great pleasure to join you for today’s forum on “Harnessing Clean Energy for Sustainable Development.” Finding better ways to generate clean and renewable energy is a global priority, and I’m ...
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USAID and NASA Launch Technology for Development Project in Lower Mekong

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today launched “SERVIR-Mekong,” a project to promote the use of satellite imagery to help Asia’s Lower Mekong region better predict and cope with floods and other SERVIR-Mekong, funded by USAID and NASA and implemented by the Asian Disaster ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’ affaires Julie Chung at the Closing Ceremony of the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program Cambodia 2015

(As Prepared for Delivery) August 28, 2015 On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, I would like to congratulate everyone here at today’s closing ceremony for the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program, sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development. I can sense from the energy and enthusiasm in this room just how meaningful this program was! ...
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United States Supports ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program Training in Cambodia

Released on August 26, 2015 Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented through a partnership between the Royal University of Phnom Penh and the University Kebangsaan Malaysia, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP) will close a month of activities to develop skills as eco-leaders and volunteers ...
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Soldier Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For

Released on August 25, 2015 On August 21, the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be buried with full military honors. Army Maj. Dale W. Richardson, 28, of Mount Sterling, Illinois, will be buried August ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Julie Chung at the Premiere of the Award-Winning Documentary “The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing Ngor”

(As Prepared for Delivery) August 21, 2015 Her Excellency Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona, excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, I would like to welcome and thank everyone for being here with us this evening. We’re honored to work with Bophana Center to sponsor the international ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Julie Chung at the Coca-Cola’s Ground Breaking Ceremony

(As Prepared for Delivery) Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone August 20, 2015 Your Excellency Keat Chhon, Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen. Good Morning! It is a pleasure to join today’s ground breaking ceremony for Coca-Cola’s new bottling and production plant. More than 129 years ago, Coca-Cola emerged from a small pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. ...
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USAID Launches New Project to Help Parties Resolve Labor Disputes

Released on August 6, 2015 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today a new grant to promote and protect labor rights in Cambodia by empowering parties to fairly and peacefully resolve labor disputes. The Upholding Labor Rights for Women and Men in Cambodia Project, awarded to the Labor Arbitration Council Foundation (ACF), will ...
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Telephonic Press Briefing with Rose E. Gottemoeller, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security U.S. Department of State

Released on August 3, 2015 Please join us on Monday, August 10th, 2015 for a telephonic press briefing with U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose E. Gottemoeller. Under Secretary Gottemoeller will discuss the importance of youth involvement in the difficult task of nuclear disarmament. The briefing will take place ...
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U.S. Government Awards $450,000 to the World Monuments Fund for Conservation of Phnom Bakheng Temple (Phase 4)

Released on July 31, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to announce that the Cultural Heritage Center for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ACA) of the U.S. Department of State has awarded $450,000 to the World Monuments Fund for conservation of the 10th‐century temple of Phnom Bakheng (Phase 4). Cambodia ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Turnover Ceremony for Laboratory Equipment from U.S. Pacific Command to the National Blood Trans

(As Prepared for Delivery) July 31, 2015 To His Excellency Mam Bunheng, Dr. Hok Kimcheng, and the other distinguished members of the Ministry of Health and the National Blood Transfusion Center who are present, good afternoon and thank you very much for inviting me to this ceremony.  I am delighted to be here today to ...
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U.S. Pacific Command Supplies Medical Lab Equipment to Support Public Health in Cambodia

Released on July 29, 2015 The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) will be providing medical lab equipment to the Ministry of Health at the National Blood Transfusion Center (NBTC) on July 31, 2015.  An official ceremony will be held in recognition of the United States’ support for the safe and effective delivery of blood services as ...
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Cambodia Remains on Tier 2 Watch List in 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

Released on July 28, 2015 On July 27, 2015, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in Washington, DC.  As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the TIP Report assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat modern slavery.  The 15th annual TIP Report includes ...
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U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Statement on the Conviction of 11 CNRP Activists

Released on July 25, 2015 The United States is closely monitoring the case of the 11 CNRP activists convicted of insurrection arising out of July 2014 protests in Phnom Penh.  Peaceful protest and freedom of expression are fundamental aspects of democracy. The group, which includes U.S. citizen Meach Sovannara, was summarily convicted and received sentences ...
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Remarks by Colonel Tippins at the Cambodian Mine Action Center Dive Training Closing Ceremony and Humanitarian Mine Action Equipment Turnover Ceremony

(As Prepared for Delivery) July 24, 2015 His Excellency Heng Ratana, Director General of the Cambodian Mine Action Center; Mr. Allen Tan, Golden West Humanitarian Foundation representative, and other distinguished members of the Cambodian mine action community, good morning. I deeply value the opportunity to represent the U.S. partnership with Cambodia in the work of ...
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Remarks by Colonel Craig Tippins at the Gulf of Thailand Initiative Commanders Conference Opening Ceremony

Siem Reap July 14, 2015 To begin this morning, I would like to extend my respect and gratitude to His Excellency Admiral Tea Vinh and other distinguished representatives from Cambodia’s National Committee for Maritime Security.  I thank you all for generously agreeing to hold this event in your country.   Hosting this Commanders Conference in Siem ...
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U.S. and Cambodia Support a New Program for Persons with Disabilities in Cambodia

Released on July 13, 2015 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia launched a new program today to support persons with disabilities in Cambodia.  The Rehabilitation and Prosthetics Program for Persons with Disabilities in Cambodia was awarded to Veterans International Cambodia (VIC), which will provide rehabilitation and ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Julie Chung at the Announcement of USAID Grant to Veterans International Cambodia (VIC)

As Prepared for Delivery National Rehabilitation Center for the Disabled, Phnom Penh July 13, 2015 His Excellency Sem Sokha, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation; Mr. Keo Rithy, Country Director of Veterans International Cambodia; Partners, ladies, and gentlemen: I am very happy to be here with all of ...
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U.S. Government Launches a New Program to Support Persons with Disabilities in Cambodia

Released on July 10, 2015 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Royal Government of Cambodia will launch a new program to support persons with disabilities in Cambodia on July 13, 2015.  U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Julie Chung and H.E. Sem Sokha, Secretary of State, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Julie Chung at the RMA Cambodia’s Ford Mustang Launch

As Prepared for Delivery Phnom Penh July 10, 2015 Excellency Khieu Kanharith, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen. Good evening and thank you for your warm welcome. It is a genuine pleasure to join RMA Cambodia in the launch of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. For more than 50 years, the Mustang has been considered as ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William E. Todd at the Official Reception Celebrating the 239th Anniversary of U.S. Independence Day

As Prepared for Delivery U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh July 4, 2015 Thank you, Jay. Please give another round of applause to Musician Third Class Holden Moyer and the Don Bosco Children’s Choir for their wonderful performances. Your Excellency Samdech Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior; Your Royal Highnesses; Excellencies; Honored Guests; Ladies and ...
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YSEALI Generation: Startup Weekend

The Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) has kicked-off the application drive for the YSEALI Generation: Startup Weekend, as part of its youth engagement program facilitated by the US Embassy in Malaysia. YSEALI Generation Startup Weekend (Startup Weekend ASEAN) is an initiative to bring together groups of young entrepreneurs from ten ASEAN countries (Malaysia, Singapore, ...
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Remarks by Economic Officer David Myers at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship 2015

As Prepared for Delivery Phnom Penh July 25, 2015 Thank you for inviting me here today. I am truly grateful to have an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of an exceptional group of young people. With over 70 percent of the country under 35, Cambodia’s youth are a critically important component of society. It ...
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Conference Call with Judith Heumann, U.S. Department of State Special Advisor for International Disability Rights

Released on June 9, 2015 Please join us on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 for a telephonic press briefing with Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State. Special Advisor Heumann will provide an overview of her recent travels in the Asia Pacific and an update on U.S. government policy ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung on Long-term ERW Management in South East Asia Symposium – Lessons from Europe

As Prepared for Delivery Siem Reap June 1, 2015 Ambassador Toscano, His Excellency Prak Sokhon, His Excellency Heng Ratana, distinguished guests, ladies and gentleman. On behalf of the U.S. government, I am honored to be here today to welcome you to GICHD’s (Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining) first symposium on long-term ERW management in ...
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New Mobile Phone Information System to Help Cambodia’s HIV Fight

Released on May 20, 2015 Cambodia’s first mobile health platform designed to reach individuals at risk of HIV was launched today by USAID’s Cambodia HIV/AIDS Flagship project in collaboration with the National AIDS Authority and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications during a special event in Phnom Penh. The new platform – called “mHealth” – ...
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Remarks by Public Affairs Officer Jay Raman at the Major & Career Fair

As Prepared for Delivery Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), Phnom Penh May 3, 2015 His Excellency Youk Ngoy, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport. Sopha Ratana, President of the Fulbright and Undergraduate State Alumni Association of Cambodia, and other members of FUSAAC. Rectors and other representatives from public and ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung on World Intellectual Property Day

Phnom Penh April 27, 2015 Your Excellencies; honored guests; ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Thank you to MPAA and Westec for organizing today’s events. Westec, as you may know is a distributor to major Hollywood studios like Walt Disney and Warner Brothers, as well as Sahamongkol International of Thailand. It is a pleasure to be ...
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U.S. Embassy, Westec Media, and MPAC to mark World Intellectual Property Rights Day

Released on April 24, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Westec Media Ltd, and the Motion Picture Association of Cambodia (MPAC) will jointly organize a workshop to mark World Intellectual Property Rights Day on April 27. The event is intended to underscore the importance of upholding intellectual property rights around the world and to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador William E. Todd at the Opening Ceremony for the YSEALI Generation: EARTH Regional Exchange

As Prepared for Delivery Royal Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap April 22, 2015 His Excellency Dr. Im Koch, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Education, His Excellency Tin Ponlok, Secretary General for the National Council for Green Growth, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Good morning, everyone.  It is my honor to be here with you ...
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Siem Reap to Host the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Regional Exchange Workshop: “YSEALI Generation: EARTH”

Released on April 17, 2015 Seventy-two young Southeast Asian leaders between the ages of 18 to 25, representing all 10 ASEAN member countries, will come together for the “YSEALI Generation: EARTH” workshop from April 22-25, 2015 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The workshop and exchange initiative, funded by a grant through the Embassy of the United ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Khmer New Year

April 10, 2015 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I want to extend my warmest wishes to the people of Cambodia for a safe and joyous Khmer New Year. The United States and Cambodia have a strong and lasting bond built on a foundation of trade, regional security, and people-to-people exchanges. The ...
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Remarks by Colonel Craig Tippins at the GPOI Peacekeeping Instructor Training Course Closing Ceremony

As Prepared for Delivery Kompung Speu April 10, 2015 Your Excellency General Sem Sovanny, distinguished guests, peacekeepers, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. On behalf of the Embassy of the United States of America, it is my honor to congratulate the students of the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Instructor Course for completing this valuable training. I ...
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President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate William A. Heidt as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia

Released on April 8, 2015 William A. Heidt, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment at the Department of State, a position he has held since 2012. Mr. Heidt served as Deputy Chief of Mission at ...
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EducationUSA Network Launches New Web Platform

Released on March 31, 2015 The U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA network has revamped its web presence for international students, U.S. higher education professionals, and foreign governments and institutions at educationusa.state.gov to prepare American and international students for today’s global economy and better promote U.S. higher education abroad.  The interactive platform helps engage and inform international ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Julie Chung at the Cambodia Women’s Entrepreneurship Seminar

As Prepared for Delivery Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC), Phnom Penh March 25, 2015 Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Good morning. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to join today’s seminar on women’s entrepreneurship. We are here today to launch this seminar geared toward empowering the women of Cambodia. Investing in women’s skills ...
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U.S.-Japan Joint Collaboration Event to Promote Women’s Economic Empowerment

Released on March 24, 2015 On March 25, 2015, at 8:30 a.m, the United States and Japanese governments will jointly host a seminar promoting women’s economic empowerment at the Cambodia Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The event will bring together women entrepreneurs, donors, and community organizations for an interactive half-day seminar focused ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the National Conference on Nutrition

As Prepared for Delivery InterContinental Hotel, Phnom Penh March 3, 2015 Your Excellency Yim Chhay Li, Deputy Prime Minister Ms. Rebecca Black, Mission Director, USAID Cambodia Mr. Gianpietro Bordignon, Representative and Country Director of WFP Cambodia Ms. Sun Ah Kim Suh, Deputy Representative, UNICEF Cambodia Ms. Nina Brandstrup, Representative, FAO Cambodia Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, ...
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Cambodia Holds National Conference on Nutrition

Released on March 2 , 2015 In partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Royal Government of Cambodia will host a National Conference on Nutrition at the Intercontinental Hotel in ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Harpswell Foundation Leadership Seminar

As Prepared for Delivery Harpswell Foundation, Phnom Penh March 1, 2015 Good afternoon. I would like to thank Dr. Alan Lightman, Senior Manager Eng Varony, and everyone from the Harpswell Foundation for inviting me to speak in today’s leadership seminar. It is an honor to be here with so many bright and talented young women ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the 11th CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching

As Prepared for Delivery Institute of Technology Cambodia (ITC), Phnom Penh February 28, 2015 To His Excellency Minister Hang Chuon Naron, Australian Ambassador Alison Burrows, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: Good morning. I am pleased to be here with you today for the 11th Annual CamTESOL Conference. Thank you very much for this invitation to ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Julie Chung at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Rumcheck Commune School

Rumcheck Commune School, Kampong Cham February 9, 2015 Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, Rumcheck School children and staff, and citizens of Kampong Cham, thank you for inviting me to today’s joyous ceremony.  I am grateful to be able to visit Kampong Cham and to meet the wonderful people who call this part of Cambodia home. Today ...
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From a Swift Boat to a Sustainable Mekong

This commentary by Secretary of State John Kerry originally appeared on the online version of Foreign Policy magazine on February 2. There are no republication restrictions. by John Kerry More than four decades ago, as a young lieutenant in the “brown-water Navy,” my crew and I journeyed down the Mekong River on an American gunboat. ...
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Cambodian Entrepreneurs Learn Best Practices for Greater Competitiveness

Released on January 30, 2015 More than 125 small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs attended a one-day workshop in Phnom Penh today to enhance their knowledge and skills on good business practices presented by U.S. multi-national companies. Sponsored by the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs, a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development ...
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EducationUSA Fair 2015

Released on January 29, 2015 So you’ve decided you would like to study in the United States. Congratulations! The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh is pleased to announce that EducationUSA Fair 2015 will take place on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 3:00 – 7:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh. ...
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The U.S. Ambassador’s Youth Council and Wildlife Alliance Raise Awareness through the “Wild for Life” Concert

Released on January 28, 2015 Concerned about the decline in Cambodian wildlife, the U.S. Ambassador’s Youth Council (AYC) – in cooperation with Wildlife Alliance (WA) and with funding from the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia – will hold a concert and educational event called “Wild for Life” on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 5:30pm until 9:30pm ...
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Remark Assistant Secretary of State For the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel R. Russel on the U.S.-Asia Rebalance and Priorities

As Prepared for Delivery Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, Phnom Penh January 27, 2015 Good morning! Thank you Your Royal Highness Prince Norodom Sirivudh, CICP Chairman, for the kind introduction. Please accept my best wishes for a happy New Year. It is wonderful to be back in Phnom Penh and with the Cambodian Institute ...
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USAID Assists Cambodian Universities with Introduction of New Climate Change Curriculum

Released on January ​21 , 2015 Eight universities in Cambodia gathered from January 16 to 17 to advance climate change education in the country through the launch of a climate change curriculum developed with support from the United States Agency for International Development Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID LEAF) program, USAID Cambodia’s Supporting Forests ...
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2015 Peace Concert Series Opens January 17-18 in Banteay Meanchay

Released on January 15, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the fourth annual Peace Concert series, which will begin in Banteay Meanchay province on January 17-18.  This year’s Peace Concert series will feature some of Cambodia’s most popular musicians and comedians, including Meas Sok Sophea, Sokun Nisa, Khemara Sereymun, Chhorn ...
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RCAF, U.S. Marines Conduct Bilateral Humanitarian Assistance Exchange

Released on January 12, 2015 U.S. Marines with Headquarters Regiment, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, stationed in Okinawa, Japan, will partner with members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, including the Royal Gendarmerie, to conduct exercise Royal Preah Khan from January 12-23.  Royal Preah Khan is a bilateral exchange exercise between Cambodia and the United States ...
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Welcome Remarks by Charge d’Affaires Julie Chung at Domino’s Pizza Press Conference

As prepared for delivery Phnom Penh January 5, 2015 Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.  Good morning and please accept my best wishes for a happy new year! Saum choon poh chhnam thmei! It is a genuine pleasure to join today’s press conference announcing the opening of Domino’s Pizza in Cambodia.  Food often brings friends ...
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