Global Undergraduate Program (Global UGRAD Program) – FY2022

Application Deadline: January 6, 2022  The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce an open competition for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 Global UGRAD program will provide one-semester scholarships to approximately 250 outstanding undergraduate students representing all world regions to study in the U.S colleges and universities.  The program …

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U.S. Embassy Calls for Proposals on Cultural Preservation Grants

For Immediate Release  November 3, 2021  2021/17  The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the fiscal year 2022 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Grants Program. The total amount of funding available will be between $10,000 and …

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2022 South East Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) (Deadline: November 26, 2021)

Application Deadline: November 26, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a call for applications to the 2022 South East Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.  Each year …

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The Paris Peace Agreements in 2021: Looking Back and Moving Forward

The Paris Peace Agreements brought an end to protracted conflict in Cambodia thirty years ago, and this report reviews their relevance today The Paris Peace Agreements (PPAs) are a comprehensive political framework that brought together 19 different state actors and ended more than two decades of protracted conflict and internal strife that devastated Cambodia. They …

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Call for Applications: YSEALI Academic Fellowships – Spring 2022

Application Deadline: November 07, 2021 Program Overview  The YSEALI Academic Fellowship is an intensive short-term academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of young leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  The Fellowship will focus on one of three themes: Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues, and Social Entrepreneurship …

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Community Solutions Program 2022

Application Deadline: October 28th, 2021 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the Community Solutions Program 2022 competition.   The Community Solutions Program, a fully funded four-month fellowship, is an opportunity to improve your leadership and management skills through online coursework, face-to-face training, and hands-on experience. Community Solutions offers you …

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USAID ANNOUNCES NEW GRANT TO IMPROVE KHMER ROUGE SURVIVOR HEALTH

For Immediate Release  September 23, 2021  2021/16  USAID/Cambodia announced an additional $5 million grant to improve the conditions of the health of Khmer Rouge survivors through a project entitled, “Advancing the Rights and Improving the Conditions of the Health of Khmer Rouge Survivors” which will be managed by the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam).   The additional …

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United States opens first Department of Agriculture office in Cambodia

For Immediate Release  September 23, 2021  2021/15  PHNOM PENH (Sept. 23, 2021) – The United States opened its first U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) office in Cambodia this month to support growing agricultural trade between the two countries.   The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) office is located at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, but its work reaches across the Kingdom to support bilateral agricultural trade and …

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COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: 11/23/2021 Updated Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S. due to COVID-19 The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  has announced a new Order for all air passengers traveling to the United States. Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status …

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Vice President Kamala Harris Opens New CDC Southeast Asia Regional Office in Vietnam

Vice President Kamala D. Harris today launched the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Southeast Asia Regional Office in Hanoi, Vietnam, at a ceremony that included the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, U.S. CDC Director, and senior health ministry officials from eleven countries. The new Regional Office strengthens CDC’s ability to meet its mission of protecting Americans and people of the region by responding more rapidly to health threats wherever they …

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U.S. Provides Additional $4 Million for Urgent COVID-19 Assistance in Cambodia

For Immediate Release  August 9, 2021  2021/13  PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Today, the United States—through the United States Agency for International Development—announced an additional $4 million in urgent COVID-19 assistance for Cambodia.  This assistance will provide timely support, particularly in light of the United States’ recent donation of 1,060,100 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine through COVAX, to increase Cambodia’s …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity – Counter Wildlife Trafficking

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY Phnom Penh  Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)  Funding Opportunity Title:  Counter Wildlife Trafficking NOFO Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-CB-600-21-PAS-0002 Deadline for Applications:  September 06, 2021 (Deadline Extended) Assistance Listing Number:  19.124 Total Amount Available:  $31,600  A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open …

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The United States and the Friends of the Mekong: Proven Partners for the Mekong Region

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN For Immediate Release August 5, 2021 Mekong sub-region countries are dynamic and growing fast. Enhancing U.S. ties with this region is a priority of this Administration. Over 3.5 million Americans are immigrants or descendants of immigrants from Mekong countries, and over 1,000 U.S. companies are active in the Mekong …

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The United States and ASEAN: Strategic Partners for the Indo-Pacific

 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN August 4, 2021 The United States is revitalizing our multilateral partnerships to advance our shared prosperity, security, and values in the Indo-Pacific. This week, I was honored to represent the United States at the annual U.S.-ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.  The United States remains firmly committed to the ASEAN-centered regional …

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The Mekong-U.S. Partnership and the Friends of the Mekong: Proven Partners for the Mekong Region

FACT SHEET For Immediate Release August 3, 2021 The Mekong-U.S. Partnership and the Friends of the Mekong: Proven Partners for the Mekong Region The countries of the Mekong sub-region and the United States reaffirmed their long-standing relationship at the second Mekong-U.S. Partnership (MUSP) ministerial on August 2, 2021. Through the MUSP, the U.S. government, working …

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Secretary Blinken’s Participation in the Mekong-U.S. Partnership Ministers’ Meeting

 READOUT For Immediate Release August 3, 2021  The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: On August 2, Secretary Blinken co-hosted the second Mekong-U.S. Partnership ministerial.  The Secretary emphasized U.S. commitment to a resilient, secure, interconnected, and open Mekong sub-region and emphasized the region’s importance to the prosperity and unity of ASEAN.  The Secretary unveiled …

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Secretary Blinken’s Participation in ASEAN-related Ministerial Meetings – August 2-6, 2021

MEDIA NOTE For Immediate Release July 31, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will participate in five virtual ministerial meetings related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from August 2-6 EDT. These will be the U.S.-ASEAN, East Asia Summit (EAS), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), Mekong-U.S. Partnership, and Friends of the Mekong ministerial …

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U.S. Donates Over One Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine to Cambodia

For Immediate Release  July 30, 2021  2021/12  PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh announced the arrival today in Cambodia of the first batch of what will be 1,060,100 total doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine – a donation from the people of the United States to the people of Cambodia.  The remainder are expected to …

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Remarks by Mr. Ben Wohlauer, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Arrival of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Donated by the United States to Cambodia

Phnom Penh International Airport  July 30, 2021  Your Excellency Dr. Mam Bun Heng, Minister of Health  Representatives of UNICEF and the World Health Organization  On behalf of Ambassador Murphy, it is my honor and pleasure to be with you this morning.   Equitable global access to safe and effective vaccines is essential to ending the …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates The United States of America’s 245th Independence Day

For Immediate Release  July 5, 2021  2021/10  PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – To mark the 245th anniversary of U.S. independence, the United States Embassy Phnom Penh is delighted to announce its celebration of the 4th of July, America’s Independence Day. This year the Embassy posted a video spectacular on its Facebook page on July 4, 2021.  U.S. Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy and Ms. Kathleen Norman presided over the video celebration this year from the Ambassador’s residence …

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2021 Trafficking in Persons Report: Cambodia

CAMBODIA: Tier 2 Watch List The Government of Cambodia does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. These efforts included improving data collection and monitoring of prosecutions and convictions of traffickers, as well as victim identification data, throughout the entire country; continuing to …

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Mekong-U.S. Partnership Senior Officials’ Meeting

MEDIA NOTE For Immediate Release June 30, 2021  On June 29, Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kin Moy co-hosted with Cambodia the first annual Mekong-U.S. Partnership Senior Officials’ Meeting.  The ASEAN Secretariat joined the meeting as an observer. Senior Bureau Official Moy emphasized that the United States is …

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U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Statement on the USAID Greening Prey Lang Funding Redirect

The American and Cambodian people share a common desire to protect the Earth’s valuable natural resources to achieve sustainable development, reverse trends leading to climate change, and conserve wildlife and biodiversity for future generations.  The United States has invested more than $100 million in programs that combat these problems in Cambodia through the U.S. Agency for International …

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Manhattan D.A.’s Office Returns 27 Antiquities to Cambodia

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today announced the return of 27 antiquities valued at approximately $3.8 million to the people of Cambodia during a repatriation ceremony attended by Cambodia’s Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, H.E. Dr. Phoeurng Sackona, Cambodian Ambassador to the United States, Chum Sounry and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) Special …

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Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s Visit to Cambodia

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 1, 2020 Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman led a delegation to Phnom Penh on Tuesday, June 1.  In a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen, Deputy Secretary Sherman stressed the U.S. commitment to the Cambodian people and recalled the important role the United States and other partners played in brokering the …

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Remarks by Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy at World Press Freedom High-Level Forum

I appreciate that UNESCO and the Swedish Embassy are co-hosting this event today on World Press Freedom. It’s very timely. Earlier this month we celebrated World Press Freedom Day and during the same month, to gather together to give attention to this issue is quite critical.  Like you’ve heard from others, from our perspective, press …

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U.S. Embassy, The Asia Foundation, and National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations Launch Joint Workshop on Diplomatic Tradecraft

For Immediate Release  May 21, 2021  PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, The Asia Foundation, and the National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations (NIDIR) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation launched a joint workshop today on diplomatic tradecraft to promote the exchange of ideas and best practices in key areas and enhance cooperation with Cambodia.  Leaders from 15 diplomatic, multilateral, think-tank, …

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YSEALI and ICFJ host regional workshop on citizen journalism

For Immediate Release May 21, 2021 2021/11 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), is hosting a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) virtual regional workshop on citizen journalism. The six-week course began on May 18, 2021. “A free and independent press is vital in …

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Cambodia’s Chance: Chairing ASEAN in 2022

BY  Amb. W. Patrick Murphy  Ambassador of the United States to Cambodia An Ambassador’s Corner Commentary As 2022 ASEAN Chair, Cambodia has an opportunity to promote meaningful dialogue on key issues for ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific Thirty years ago, this October, the signing of the historic Paris Peace Agreements brought an end to decades of conflict in Cambodia.  In …

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2020 Report on International Religious Freedom: Cambodia

Executive Summary The constitution states Buddhism is the state religion, and it is promoted by the government through holiday observances, religious training, Buddhist instruction in public schools, and financial support to Buddhist institutions. The law provides for freedom of belief and religious worship, provided such freedom neither interferes with others’ beliefs and religions nor violates …

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF ONLINE SALE

The U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh will hold an online auction of various used items, including vehicles, for the general public.  Location of the Sale  The online auction will be posted on the website:  https://online-auction.state.gov/km-KH   Date and Time of Sale  The Online Auction will be open bidding from April 19, 2021. @ 10:00 to April 23, 2021. @ 17:00.  The Embassy will announce the bidding results with the participation of the Cambodian Customs …

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The United States Strongly Condemns the Recent Killing of People in Burma, Including Children, by the Burmese Military

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARCH 25, 2021 The United States is shocked and deeply saddened by reports that Burmese security forces continued to use lethal force against the people of Burma last weekend, resulting in the deaths of at least 27 people, including several children. These abhorrent and brutal acts against children, one as young as seven years old who was shot and …

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U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Cambodia Statement on Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary

The United States is deeply concerned about continued deforestation in Cambodia’s protected areas. We support cooperation among communities, civil society, and the Cambodian government to ensure that the rich biodiversity of Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary and the natural heritage of the Kingdom is preserved. Forest loss in Prey Lang, and throughout the country, is linked …

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U.S. congratulates Cambodia on arrival of COVAX vaccine

For Immediate Release March 3, 2021  2021/08  PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – The United States congratulates Cambodia on the successful arrival of 324,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on March 2, 2021.  This shipment was made possible through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States recently announced …

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The US Government Launches Cambodian Agricultural Partnership Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 28, 2021  The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched a new private sector competition for agricultural partnerships that addresses key challenges in Cambodia’s agriculture sector including cold chain, storage capacity, and logistics.   “The United States is a long-standing partner to Cambodia and its agriculture sector,” …

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OneBeat Virtual – Application Opportunity (Deadline: March 10, 2021; 5:00 PM EST)

OneBeat is an initiative of the  U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs  in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s  Found Sound Nation , OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy. OneBeat announces an exciting new series of virtual exchanges in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. OneBeat Virtual will digitally convene 70 musicians …

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Mekong River drops to “worrying” levels, some sections turning blue-green

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 12 February 2021 — Mekong River water levels between Jinghong hydropower station in China’s Yunnan province and the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam have fallen to worrying levels, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat said today. Water levels have dropped considerably since the beginning of the year due to lower rainfall, flow changes …

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STATEMENT BY NED PRICE, SPOKESPERSON, Department of State

February 23, 2021 Supporting a Healthy, Sustainable Mekong River The United States supports transparency and accountability in managing transboundary resources. For decades, these values have guided our work to promote the health and sustainability of the Mekong River and the nearly 70 million people whose livelihoods depend on it. We share the concerns of Mekong …

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Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2022-2023 (Deadline: June 15, 2021)

Deadline:  June 15, 2021 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the opportunity to compete for the 2022-2023 Fulbright Foreign Student Program for graduate study in the United States leading to a Master’s or Doctoral degree. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified candidates under the auspices of …

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Embassy Calls for 2021 Funding Proposals on Paris Peace Agreements 30th Anniversary

For Immediate Release  February 22, 2021  2021/05  U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Public Affairs Section, of the U.S. Department of State is looking for organizations to submit grant proposals to produce a report, study, or documentary that marks the 30th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements on October 23, 2021; analyzes and assesses Cambodia’s progress to date in meeting …

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All-girls boot camp teaches digital literacy in Cambodia

Press Release                      February 17, 2021   Phnom Penh — As of January 2021, Cambodia recorded 8.86 million internet users, which indicates that digital skills are crucial to succeed in the technology-driven world. With this, the participation of women in the digital world is also essential in order to create a fair and equitable digital economy and society.   …

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Ambassador chats with Sin Sisamuth’s Granddaughter about Cambodian Music

For Immediate Release  February 11, 2021  2021/03  PHNOM PENH (Feb. 11, 2021) – U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy and singer Sin Setsochhata, granddaughter of Cambodian musical legend Sin Sisamuth, recorded a conversation about Cambodian music and her interest in preserving her grandfather’s legacy.  The 20-minute conversation, produced by the Cambodian Broadcasting Service, was live-streamed on U.S. Embassy …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Singapore Foreign Minister Balakrishnan

February 09, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan today on the phone.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Balakrishnan reflected on the enduring friendship and shared interests between our nations.  Both emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Singapore security and economic …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

February 4, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:‎ Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.  Secretary Blinken and DPM/FM Minh celebrated the remarkable progress in the bilateral relationship over the past 25 years of diplomatic relations. The Secretary and the …

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Phnom Penh Notice of Funding Opportunity – Paris Peace Agreements 30th Anniversary 2021 (Deadline: April 30, 2021)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY Phnom Penh Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Funding Opportunity Title:             Paris Peace Agreements Report NOFO Funding Opportunity Number:      PAS-CB-600-21-PAS-0002 Deadline for Applications:               April 30, 2021 CFDA Number:                                19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Total Amount Available:                 $25,000-$30,000 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Public Affairs Section …

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Statement by White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki on Burma

JANUARY 31, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The United States is alarmed by reports that the Burmese military has taken steps to undermine the country’s democratic transition, including the arrest of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian officials in Burma. President Biden has been briefed by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. We continue to affirm our …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Situation in Burma

FEBRUARY 01, 2021  STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The military’s seizure of power in Burma, the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian officials, and the declaration of a national state of emergency are a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law. In a democracy, force should never seek to overrule the …

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Statement on Discussions Between U.S. and Cambodia on Trafficking in Persons

A story today in Fresh News misrepresented what was said at a meeting of Cambodian and American officials to discuss Cambodian law enforcement efforts to combat trafficking in persons. Assessments of Cambodia’s efforts to combat human trafficking are grounded in fact. The trafficking in persons situation in Cambodia was most recently documented in the State …

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Statement by White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki on Burma

The United States is alarmed by reports that the Burmese military has taken steps to undermine the country’s democratic transition, including the arrest of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian officials in Burma. President Biden has been briefed by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. We continue to affirm our strong support for …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

JANUARY 20, 2021  SPEECHES AND REMARKS The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for …

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New EducationUSA Center Opened in Siem Reap to Promote Study in the U.S.

For Immediate Release          January 18, 2021  2021/02  SIEM REAP (Jan. 18, 2021) – U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy and Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC) Chancellor, Dr. Chea San Chanthan, opened a new EducationUSA Advising Center today at Paññāsāstra University in Siem Reap.  There were already two EducationUSA centers in Cambodia, one in the American Center at U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh and another at PUC …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021) 

Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.     Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and …

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United States and Vietnam Convene 17 Friends of the Mekong in Support of a Secure, Prosperous, and Open Mekong Region

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 13, 2021 On January 12, the United States and Vietnam co-hosted the first Friends of the Mekong Policy Dialogue under the new Mekong-U.S. Partnership.  In his remarks, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Ambassador Atul Keshap emphasized that the United States is committed to a secure, …

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On the Mass Arrests of Democracy Advocates in Hong Kong

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 6, 2021 Today’s arrests of more than 50 politicians and pro-democracy advocates by local authorities in Hong Kong is an outrage, and a reminder of the Chinese Communist Party’s contempt for its own people and the rule of law. Those arrested are guilty of nothing but exercising the democratic rights promised to …

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2021-2022 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program

Deadline: February 26, 2021 Welcome to the 2021-2022 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA)! The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2021-2022 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program. This program will provide Cambodian teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo

Secretary Pompeo: “The storming of the U.S. Capitol today is unacceptable. Lawlessness and rioting — here or around the world — is always unacceptable. I have travelled to many countries and always support the right of every human being to protest peacefully for their beliefs and their causes. But violence, putting at risk the safety …

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Phare Circus Performance Promotes U.S.-Cambodia Ties

For Immediate Release December 23, 2020  U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh’s Public Affairs Section is pleased to broadcast a very special circus performance by Phare PonleuSelpak artists to highlight the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cambodia.  The video was broadcast on Facebook Live on Dec. 22.  This delightful video project supports the …

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Launch of the Mekong Dam Monitor

December 16, 2020 On December 15, the U.S. Department of State launched the  Mekong Dam Monitor  in collaboration with the  Stimson Center  and  Eyes on Earth . The new Mekong Dam Monitor is a significant step toward improving understanding of the water conditions in the Mekong River Basin.  Countries cannot effectively manage what they cannot measure, and for too long the people of the Mekong have lacked a transparent accounting of the basin’s water resources.  The …

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Treasury Sanctions Corrupt Actors in Africa and Asia

U.S. Department of the Treasury   Office of Public Affairs   EMBARGOED UNTIL 10:30 AM EST: DECEMBER 9, 2020  Press Release:  December 9, 2020  Contact:  Treasury Public Affairs, (202) 622-2960  Global Magnitsky designations target corrupt actors and their networks on International Anti-Corruption Day   Washington – Today, on International Anti-Corruption Day, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is targeting corrupt actors and their networks across several countries in Africa and Asia. Today’s actions are taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, …

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2020 has shined a light on corruption. Now an Alliance of Democracies is pushing back

By Keith Krach and Nathan A. Sales   The pandemic of 2020 will be in the history books for a long time. But this year will also be remembered as the year that citizens of the world woke up to the truth about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) doctrine of concealment, co-option, coercion, and corruption. Citizens saw the CCP conceal …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

For Immediate Release December 2, 2020 December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a fitting occasion for the United States to reaffirm its commitment to, and support for, the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in daily life of the community.  We point with pride to robust public and private enforcement of …

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REWARD UP TO $5 MILLION

For information about North Korean illicit activities in violation of U.S. and U.N. sanctions. The North Korean regime of Kim Jong Un uses money laundering, theft, extortion, and illicit shipping to finance its weapons of mass destruction program. North Korea conducts cyberattacks and dispatches hackers and laborers……across the globe to generate revenue for building nuclear …

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Joint Op-Ed: Ending the colliding pandemics of HIV and COVID-19 through shared responsibility and global solidarity

December 1, 2020 December 1 – World AIDS Day – is a time to remember the lives lost, celebrate progress achieved, and recommit to eradicating AIDS.  In the year when the HIV and COVID-19 pandemics collided, the theme of World AIDS Day 2020 is: “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility.”  The COVID-19 pandemic has hit hardest the …

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United States Provides Additional Assistance in Response to Widespread Flooding in Cambodia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  November 24, 2020, Phnom Penh The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $600,000 in additional humanitarian assistance to support response efforts to severe flooding in Cambodia caused by multiple tropical storms and prolonged torrential rain since early October.  “We were moved by the significant needs of …

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Covert, Coercive, and Corrupting: Countering the Chinese Communist Party’s Malign Influence in Free Societies

REMARKS DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS HOOVER INSTITUTION, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, ASIA SOCIETY VIRTUAL OCTOBER 30, 2020 Introduction Good afternoon. Thank you to the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the Asia Society for inviting me. Thank you to organizers Orville Schell and Larry Diamond. It is an honor to …

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Number of Cambodian students studying in the U.S. reaches all-time high

For Immediate Release                                                                November 19, 2020  2020/19  (November 19, Phnom Penh) – The number of Cambodian students who studied at U.S. colleges and universities reached an all-time high in 2019-20, increasing by 8.3 percent over the previous …

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Joint Statement on Hong Kong

For Immediate Release November 18, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Begin Text: We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, reiterate our …

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United States and ASEAN: A Billion Futures Across the Indo-Pacific

For Immediate Release  November 13, 2020  Senior White House officials met with the leaders of the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States to advance our strategic partnership during the 8th U.S.-ASEAN Summit held November 13 (November 14 in Southeast Asia). The officials reaffirmed their support for a free and open Indo-Pacific as …

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U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (USASCP): Sharing Expertise Between Cities to Benefit the People of ASEAN

For Immediate Release  November 13, 2020  The U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (USASCP) was launched by Vice President Pence at the 2018 U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Singapore.  The Departments of State, Commerce, and Transportation; National Science Foundation; USAID; USTDA; and others have launched 20 projects to improve transportation, water and resource reuse, and health system capacity for …

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Fact Sheet by the USA and the Republic of Korea on Cooperation between the Indo-Pacific Strategy & the New Southern Policy

For Immediate Release  November 13, 2020  The text of the following fact sheet was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea following bilateral consultations on the margins of the 2020 East Asia Summit.  Begin Text:  As allies whose relationship is grounded in our shared values, the Republic …

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Ambassador Keshap Discusses the Indo-Pacific Strategy and U.S. Priorities for the East Asia Summit at the CSIS Asian Architecture Conference 2020

REMARKS AMBASSADOR ATUL KESHAP, PRINCIPAL DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ASIAN ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE 2020 VIRTUAL NOVEMBER 10, 2020 As Prepared Thank you, Greg, for that kind introduction. I’m honored to be with you today to discuss U.S. priorities for this year’s East Asia …

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U.S. Government Support Assists More Than 2,500 Flood-Affected Families in Pursat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (November 2, Phnom Penh) – The U.S. Embassy provided food assistance to over 2,500 flood-affected households in the Cambodian province of Pursat last week, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and distributed through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).  Cambodia is experiencing its worst flooding in 20 years, particularly in areas unprepared for flash floods.  …

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Remarks by Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy at the CICP’s Virtual Conference: Sustainable Development and the Future of the Mekong

October 26, 2020 Phnom Penh, Cambodia Thank you, Ambassador Sothirak and thank you to the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) for the invitation to come and speak to you today.  I would like to acknowledge the panelists and participants of this conference, some here in Phnom Penh and others joining virtually from Australia, …

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Opening Remarks by Assistant Secretary Stilwell Indo-Pacific Conference on Strengthening Transboundary River Governance

REMARKS DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS INDO-PACIFIC CONFERENCE ON STRENGTHENING TRANSBOUNDARY RIVER GOVERNANCE VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE OCTOBER 15, 2020 (As Prepared) Thank you to Satu Limaye and the East-West Center, and thank you to all who are joining us from around the globe. It is good to see …

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The U.S. Government Provides Immediate Assistance in Response to Widespread Flooding in Cambodia

For Immediate Release Saturday, October 17, 2020 The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $100,000 in immediate humanitarian aid to support response efforts to severe flooding in Cambodia. Across Cambodia, torrential rains since early October have caused flash floods that have killed at least 16 individuals, adversely affected more …

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Remarks by Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy Marking October as Law Enforcement Cooperation Month

U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh News conference, October 15, 2020 AMBASSADOR MURPHY: Let me start with two points. First, we want to express our condolences to all Cambodians who are coping with current flooding in the country. We are watching the developments, we are quite concerned, and we are deeply sympathetic for the loss of life, …

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The United States Sanctions Chinese State-Owned Entity for its Role in Corruption in Cambodia

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 China is the world’s largest emitter of environmental pollution including of greenhouse gases and the exploitation of natural resources around the globe.  Today, the United States again took action by imposing sanctions on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) state-owned Union Development Group, Ltd. (UDG) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which …

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Treasury Sanctions Chinese Entity in Cambodia Under Global Magnitsky Authority

September 15, 2020   WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated one Chinese state-owned entity, Union Development Group Co., Ltd. (UDG), for seizure and demolition of local Cambodians’ land for the construction of the Dara Sakor development project. OFAC designated this People’s Republic of China (PRC) state-owned entity …

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Remarks of Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy for the Trade & Investment Month Kickoff Reception at the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham)

Thursday, September 3, 2020   Phnom Penh, Cambodia  Thank you everyone for coming, and especially the American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia for hosting this event. It has been a while since I’ve seen many of you and it’s great to see familiar faces in the crowd including friends from the Royal Government.  I would like to acknowledge the presence of the honored guests:   H.E. Pan Sorasak from the Ministry of …

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Participation in the First U.S.-Mekong Partnership Ministerial Meeting to Launch the Mekong-U.S. Partnership

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: On Friday, September 11, the United States, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the ASEAN Secretariat launched the Mekong-U.S. Partnership.  The Partnership will expand on cooperation begun in 2009 under the Lower Mekong Initiative by strengthening the autonomy, economic independence, and sustainable …

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The Mekong-U.S. Partnership: The Mekong Region Deserves Good Partners

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 The launch of the Mekong-U.S. Partnership reflects the importance of the Mekong region to the United States.  Our relationship with Mekong partner countries is an integral part of our Indo-Pacific vision and our strategic partnership with ASEAN.  With more than $150 million in initial investments in regional programs, we will …

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Launch of the Mekong-U.S. Partnership: Expanding U.S. Engagement with the Mekong Region

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 The United States, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam reaffirmed their long-standing relationship by launching the Mekong-U.S. Partnership on September 11. The United States announced plans, working with the U.S. Congress, to increase support for the autonomy, economic independence, good governance, and sustainable growth of Mekong partner countries, noting that upholding these values …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO on International Day of Democracy

September 14, 2020 International Day of Democracy In recognition of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, we reaffirm the right of every citizen to take part in the processes of democratic self-governance.  Democracies are accountable to their citizens.  They respect the Rule of Law, protect lives and property, and respect the freedoms, dignity, …

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USAID and ASEAN Sign Inaugural Regional Development Cooperation Agreement

PRESS RELEASE JAKARTA, 10 September 2020 – Today, USAID Principal Officer to ASEAN, Mr. Ryan Washburn and Secretary General of ASEAN, H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, signed the first ever Regional Development Cooperation Agreement between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the ASEAN Secretariat on …

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USAID AND ASEAN ELEVATE REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP THROUGH INAUGURAL AGREEMENT

USAID partners with ASEAN to lift regional inclusive growth, while strengthening rules-based systems in support of a peaceful, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through the USAID/ASEAN Office, recently signed the first Regional Development Cooperation Agreement between USAID and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to achieve three key …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in the 10th East Asia Summit Virtual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

For Immediate Release  September 9, 2020  The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo joined counterparts from 17 countries for the 10th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting this morning.  Secretary Pompeo highlighted U.S. support for principles of openness, inclusiveness, transparency, and respect for international law.  These principles are shared …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

For Immediate Release  September 9, 2020  The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo joined the annual ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with his counterparts from the 10 ASEAN member states via videoconference on September 9.   Secretary Pompeo and his ASEAN counterparts highlighted the breadth and depth of U.S. engagement and commitment to …

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U.S. Imposes Restrictions on Certain PRC State-Owned Enterprises and Executives for Malign Activities in the South China Sea

RESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 26, 2020 The United States supports a free and open South China Sea.  We respect the sovereign rights of all nations, regardless of size, and seek to preserve peace and uphold freedom of the seas in a manner consistent with international law.  In July, I announced an updated policy regarding Beijing’s unlawful …

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New Covid-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 5, 2020 The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are launching a new COVID-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund with $10 million in supplemental COVID-19 assistance funds to bolster our ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation inflicted by this deadly virus. …

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Office of Global Partnerships: COVID-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund

OFFICE OF GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS The Department of State and USAID have launched the  COVID-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund with an additional $10 million in new assistance funds. The Fund has been established to strengthen the efforts of the private sector and bolster ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. What is the purpose of the Fund? 1) To create …

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The United States Designates Individuals in Hong Kong for Curtailing Promised Freedoms

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 7, 2020 The Chinese Communist Party has made clear that Hong Kong will never again enjoy the high degree of autonomy that Beijing itself promised to the Hong Kong people and the United Kingdom for 50 years. President Trump has made clear that the United States will therefore treat Hong Kong as …

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The 53rd Anniversary of the Founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 6, 2020 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am pleased to congratulate the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat on the 53rd anniversary of the founding of ASEAN on August 8.  For decades, ASEAN has fostered a …

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U.S. Economic and Humanitarian Assistance Boost U.S. Leadership in Continued Global COVID-19 Response Efforts

 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO (AUG 5) August 5, 2020 U.S. Economic and Humanitarian Assistance Boost U.S. Leadership in Continued Global COVID-19 Response Efforts The United States continues to lead the world in the fight against COVID-19, with $20.5 billion now allocated from across the U.S. Government to benefit the global response. This incredible …

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30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO July 26, 2020 30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act Thirty years ago today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law.  The ADA broke down barriers to access and opportunity, enabling millions of Americans with disabilities to utilize their talents and skills and contribute …

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Notice on Visa Services

Negative COVID19 Test Required for Travel Effective January 26, the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  will require all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of departure.  Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding.  ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a …

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“Alumni Learning and Leading” Program – Facilitator Recruitment (Deadline: July 29, 2020) 

Application deadline: July 29, 2020    Background   The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the “Alumni Learning and Leading” program, that aims to contribute to the personal development of selected alumni by improving their soft skills and mentoring/coaching skills. This program will be delivered in the form of blended learning, a combination of …

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“Alumni Learning and Leading” Program – Participant Recruitment  (Deadline: September 05, 2021)

Application deadline: September 05, 2021  The Asia Foundation is pleased to announce the “Learning and Leading” program, that aims to contribute to the personal development of selected female university students by improving their soft skills and mentoring/coaching skills. This program will be delivered in the form of blended learning, a combination of discussion groups, practical exercises through action projects, and independent …

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2020 Trafficking in Persons Report: Cambodia

Cambodia (Tier 2 Watch List) The Government of Cambodia does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. These efforts included continuing to prosecute and convict traffickers; establishing a new five-year action plan to combat trafficking; and developing and utilizing new victim identification and …

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The South China Sea, Southeast Asia’s Patrimony, and Everybody’s Own Backyard

REMARKS DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (VIRTUAL) JULY 14, 2020 Remarks as prepared INTRODUCTION Thank you, Greg. I’m honored to join you. I commend CSIS for regularly convening leading thinkers on the Indo-Pacific and on the South China Sea in particular. …

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U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 13, 2020 The United States champions a free and open Indo-Pacific. Today we are strengthening U.S. policy in a vital, contentious part of that region — the South China Sea. We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its …

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JOINT PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT

JOINT PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT On the Signing of the 2020 Development Objective Agreement Grants between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Government of the United States of America Phnom Penh, Thursday, 25 June 2020, the Royal Government of Cambodia, through the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), and the U.S. Government, through the U.S. …

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2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Cambodia

Executive Summary The constitution states Buddhism is the state religion, and it is promoted by the government through holiday observances, religious training, Buddhist instruction in public schools, and financial support to Buddhist institutions. The law provides for freedom of belief and religious worship, provided such freedom neither interferes with others’ beliefs and religions nor violates …

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New Cambodia Entry Requirements and COVID-19 Update

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN PHNOM PENH IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE AMERICAN LIAISON NETWORK AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN CAMBODIA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. Cambodia Entry Requirements On June 10, authorities announced a requirement that all foreign travelers entering Cambodia pay a deposit of $3,000 upon arrival at airport s for mandatory …

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Alert: Travel and COVID-19 Update

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN PHNOM PENH IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE AMERICAN LIAISON NETWORK AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN CAMBODIA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. Cambodia Entry Requirements On May 20, authorities lifted the restrictions on entry …

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Important Information for U.S. Citizens

June 03, 2020 After a period of limited emergency services in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh will resume some regular services for U.S. citizens. In addition to emergency consular services, a limited number of routine American Citizen Services (ACS) appointments will be available starting June 8. Interested U.S. citizens may use our …

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Mekong Water Data Reports 2019

The Mekong Water data platform is part of the multi-partner effort to support the Mekong Water Data Initiative (MWDI) and the goals of the Lower Mekong Initiative.  The MWDI encourages Mekong stakeholders to share water and water-related data and collaborate to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Mekong River basin. ​The purpose of the Mekong Water …

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2022-2023 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Deadline: August 13, 2021 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the recruitment of candidates for the academic year 2022-2023 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 Program …

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Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo on PRC proposal to impose National Security Legislation on Hong Kong

May 22, 2020 PRC Proposal to Impose National Security Legislation on Hong Kong The United States condemns the People’s Republic of China (PRC) National People’s Congress proposal to unilaterally and arbitrarily impose national security legislation on Hong Kong.  The decision to bypass Hong Kong’s well-established legislative processes and ignore the will of the people of Hong …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO

For Immediate Release  May 20, 2020  Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance  Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Through the generosity …

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Stimson Center’s Report: The Mekong Matters for America and America Matters for the Mekong

BY  Brian Eyler  Co-Author ·   Courtney Weatherby  Co-Author Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam are bound together and geographically defined by the Mekong River, which has historically provided a rich, natural bounty of fish, agricultural productivity, physical connectivity, and key environmental services to more than 60 million people living in the river basin. The Mekong’s importance has only grown as …

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The U.S. Is Leading the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Developing a Vaccine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 4, 2020 As outlined in its recent Action Plan, the United States is bringing together the brightest minds in U.S. government agencies, the private sector, universities, and overseas partners to develop vaccines and therapeutic interventions to protect the world from COVID-19.  The United States is using its G7 Presidency to catalyze the …

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Joint Statement from the Co-Chairs of the Special ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson April 26, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Lao PDR as the co-Chairs of the Special ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) conducted via video conference on April 22/23, 2020. Begin Text: We, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers and the …

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United States Provides Additional $1.5 Million for Cambodia’s Response to COVID-19

For Immediate Release April 27, 2020 The United States Government this week committed an additional $1.5 million in funds to assist Cambodia in the fight against COVID-19.  Since the beginning of the epidemic, the United States has committed over $3.5 million in total to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Cambodia.  The assistance, delivered through …

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The United States and ASEAN are Partnering to Defeat COVID-19, Build Long-Term Resilience, and Support Economic Recovery

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 22, 2020 Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are enduring strategic partners as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for economic recovery. We commit to continue our collaboration with ASEAN to beat this pandemic and get back to the business of building a bright future for the …

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U.S.-ASEAN HEALTH FUTURES

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 22, 2020 Today, Secretary Pompeo launched the U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures initiative. Health Futures captures our existing and ongoing work with ASEAN on public health and lays the groundwork for long-term partnership, targeted assistance, and a renewed focus on our most fundamental resource – the health and wellbeing of our combined one billion …

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Remarks of Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy at Virtual Journal Launch and Discussion “2nd edition of Journal of Greater Mekong Studies”

April 21, 2020 Phnom Penh, Cambodia Good Day! We are really pleased to launch the second edition of the Journal of Greater Mekong studies. This is a forum to discuss key issues that inform relevant stakeholders and address complex issues facing the region. The Lower Mekong is a focus for ASEAN and the entire international …

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UPDATE: The United States Is Continuing To Lead the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 16, 2020 The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic even while we battle the virus at home.  As part of this comprehensive and generous  response from the American people, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have now …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 8, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday.  Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Hun Sen discussed the long history of friendship the United States has offered to Cambodia, especially in the form of …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press

PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC APRIL 7, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone.  Glad we’re all together, everybody healthy, everybody looking good, staying apart – all fantastic. I wanted to start with just a few brief items here this morning, beginning in the Western Hemisphere. First, I want to express my thanks to the dozens of …

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Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo on Continuing U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response through Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson April 8, 2020  Thanks to the unmatched generosity of the American people and the efforts of the U.S. government, the United States has continued to lead the world’s public health and humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are building on that leadership, with another $225 million …

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Notice on Flights for U.S. Citizens

April 27, 2020 As of April 27, the following airlines depart Cambodia for onward connecting flights to the United States.  Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  Please check airline websites for times and availability and do not book flights through an online search service. We recommend booking flights through …

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Press Release on United States Repatriates Two KHMER Statues TORSO to Cambodia 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia April 03, 2020 The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, including the Public Affairs Section (PAS) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, has facilitated the return of two Cambodian statues from the United States following seizures in 2005 and 2017. The statues arrived at Phnom Penh International …

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The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release March 31, 2020 FACT SHEET The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19 “Whenever you see high quality, effective COVID-19 aid being delivered around the world by UN humanitarian and relief agencies, what you are seeing is the generosity of the American people …

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U.S. Support for ASEAN in Fighting COVID-19

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release March 31, 2020 FACT SHEET U.S. Support for ASEAN in Fighting COVID-19 As the leader in the global health and humanitarian response to COVID-19, the United States has acted swiftly to support our ASEAN partners in combating the COVID-19 virus. Since the outbreak began, …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  …

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U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh COVID-19 Travel and Security Alert

The Government of Cambodia has announced a 30-day suspension of entry into Cambodia for foreigners traveling from the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Iran — effective March 17.   Cambodian authorities have not provided details on implementation of this suspension, including whether immigration officials will allow American citizens with residence or work permits to …

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Information for Visa Applicants Regarding COVID-19

Effective March 16, 2020, the United States Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia is cancelling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the …

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Message to American Citizens: U.S. passport holders may be denied entry into Cambodia.

March 14, 2020 The Cambodian Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on March 14 a 30-day suspension of entry into Cambodia on “foreigners traveling from” the United States, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.  The suspension went into effect on Tuesday March 17.  U.S. passport holders have been denied boarding on flights to Cambodia, and American citizens …

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EducationUSA Fair 2020

For Immediate Release February 27, 2020 2020/08 U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the 2020 EducationUSA Fairs in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.  With support from U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, EducationUSA Cambodia organized these fairs to highlight U.S. educational and exchange opportunities for Cambodian students. The fairs provide a unique venue for Cambodians …

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The U.S., China, and Pluralism in International Affairs

Remarks David R. Stilwell, Assistant Secretary Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Brookings Institution December 2, 2019 As Prepared Good afternoon. Thank you to the Brookings Institution for inviting me. I’ve been asked to speak today about the People’s Republic of China, and its intentions for shaping the global order. I will do …

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Health Alert: COVID19 Update

February 20, 2020 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh continues to coordinate with Holland-American Line (HAL) and the Cambodian government to assist U.S. citizen passengers of the MS Westerdam in Cambodia with onward flights home. Since a passenger from the MS Westerdam tested positive for COVID19 (novel coronavirus) upon arrival on Saturday, February 15 in …

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A message to U.S. citizens regarding public safety and COVID19

February 16, 2020 Earlier today, we learned that Malaysian health authorities confirmed a passenger from the MS Westerdam cruise ship, which docked in Sihanoukville on February 13, tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) after arriving in Kuala Lumpur on February 14. The elderly passenger’s spouse tested negative. Personnel from U.S. Mission Cambodia are participating in …

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EducationUSA Fair 2020

Around 20 representatives from U.S. colleges and universities will be available to speak with Cambodian students about degree programs, admission requirements, and scholarship opportunities in the United States at the EducationUSA Fair in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Other exhibitors at the fair will provide information about student visas, U.S. government exchange programs, and EducationUSA …

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Health Alert – Do Not Travel to China (January 31, 2020)

Location: Cambodia Event: Do Not Travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. On January 30, the World Health Organization has determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance …

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Fast Facts about Cambodia’s Agriculture Sector

·         Agriculture accounts for 22 percent of Cambodia’s GDP, and employs about 3 million people. ·         Agricultural exports – including rice, cassava, maize, pepper, fresh mango, and raw palm oil – reached 4.2 million tons in 2018. ·         U.S.-Cambodia agriculture trade is about $220 million per year, lots of potential for growth. ·         Cambodia’s agriculture …

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Health Alert – Novel Coronavirus in China (January 24, 2020)

Novel Coronavirus in China Location: Cambodia Event:  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (U.S. CDC) has issued a Watch Level 3 Alert (Avoid Nonessential Travel) for Wuhan and a Watch Level 1 Alert (Practice Usual Precautions) for China in response to an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Person-to-person spread is …

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Technical Trainer Assistant (TTA) Full Time Temporary Positions

OPEN TO:                            All Qualified Candidates OPENING DATE:                January 2, 2020 CLOSING DATE:                 January 25, 2020 WORK HOURS:                 Full time; 48 hrs/week WORK PERIOD:                 June 25, 2020 – September 11, 2020 Peace Corps Cambodia seeks two Technical Trainer Assistants (TTA) …

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TEFL MANAGER Personal Service Contractor (PSC)

OPEN TO:                    All Qualified Candidates OPENING DATE:           January 10, 2020 CLOSING DATE:           January 31, 2020 The United States Peace Corps seeks a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Manager to support the work of American volunteers working in rural areas throughout Cambodia.  Peace Corps …

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Language and Cross-Culture Facilitator (LCF) Full Time Temporary Positions

OPEN TO:                    All Qualified Candidates OPENING DATE:         January 10, 2020 CLOSING DATE:         January 31, 2020 WORK HOURS:           Full time; 48 hrs/week WORK PERIOD:           June 25, 2020 – September 11, 2020 Peace Corps Cambodia seeks multiple Language and Cross-culture Facilitators (LCFs) for our K14 Pre-Service Training (PST). …

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Homestay & Site Coordinator (HSC) Full Time Temporary Positions

Homestay & Site Coordinator (HSC) Full Time Temporary Positions OPEN TO:                    All Qualified Candidates OPENING DATE:         January 10, 2020 CLOSING DATE:         January 31, 2020 WORK HOURS:           Full time; 48 hrs/week WORK PERIOD:           June 1, 2020 – September 11, 2020 Peace Corps Cambodia seeks two Homestay …

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Heightened Middle East Tensions

There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy is enhancing its security posture.  The Embassy will remain open during regular business hours for visa and American Citizen Services appointments, including passport issuance.  The Embassy will continue to …

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The 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties between the United States and Cambodia

The United States and Cambodia first established diplomatic relations in 1950, when U.S. diplomat Donald Heath, stationed in then-French Saigon, presented his credentials to King Sihanouk. This year, 2020, marks the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of these diplomatic relations. In order to highlight the contributions of the United States to Cambodia’s development, as well …

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Event: Business Opportunities in Agriculture will be the LARGEST agriculture event of 2020!

Take a Look at Cambodia’s Agriculture Sector Cambodia has developed rapidly over the past two decades with GDP averaging 7% growth per year.  Agriculture still plays a major role in the economy, generating one-third of GDP and employing 40 percent of the workforce.  Cambodia is one of the world’s largest rice exporters and exports fruits …

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The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program

Winter Term 2022 (Begins January 11 – March 8, 2022) Application deadline: 11:45 p.m., October 24, 2021 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the offering of the Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program to teachers and educators who are interested in participating in an online professional development course …

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Announcement of Sale

The U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh will hold an auction of vehicles, generators, furniture, and other supplies for the general public. Location of the Sale U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Warehouse, No. 1782, National Road 5, Sangkat Toul Sangke, Khann Russey Keo. (North of Japanese Bridge) Date and Time of Sale Thursday, 19 December 2019 8:00 a.m. …

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Town Hall for American Citizens

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to invite American citizens to attend a Town Hall Meeting with Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Ambassador Murphy will make brief remarks on U.S.-Cambodian relations and he and Embassy staff will be available to answer questions from the audience on services …

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Job Opening: English Teaching and Teacher Training (ETTT) Pre-Service Training Technical Trainer at Peace Corps

Vacancy Announcement Full Time Temporary Position OPEN TO:                  All Qualified Candidates OPENING DATE:      22 November 2019 CLOSING DATE:       20 December 2019 WORK HOURS:        Full time; 48 hrs/week WORK PERIOD:        June 29, 2020 – September 11, 2020 The United States Peace Corps Cambodia seeks two Technical Trainers for our …

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Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) For Secondary School Educators Summer 2020

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2019 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for the Summer 2020 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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Study of the United States Institute (SUSIs) for Scholars – Summer 2020 (Deadline: December 31, 2019)

Deadline for submission:  December 31, 2019 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for the Summer 2020 Study of the United States Institute (SUSIs) 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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Call for Proposals – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2020 Small Grants Program (Deadline: December 15, 2019)

NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY Federal Awarding Agency: U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Announcement Type: Grant Notice Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-CB-600-20-PAS-0002 Funding Opportunity Title:  Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Opportunity Category Discretionary Funding Instrument Type: Grant Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 19.025 — Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Application Deadline: December 15, 2019 Floor on Amount of …

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Call for Proposals – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2020 Large Grants Program (Deadline: December 15, 2019)

NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY   Federal Awarding Agency: U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Announcement Type: Grant Notice Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-CB-600-20-PAS-0003 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, shall be submitted …

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Cambodia’s National Day

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 7, 2019 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my congratulations to the people of Cambodia on the 66th anniversary of your independence on November 9. In recognition of the values that Cambodians and Americans share, we hope this day will focus on national reconciliation; peaceful …

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Public Affairs Section Notice of Funding Opportunity 2021

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY PHNOM PENH, PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION Notice of Funding Opportunity Funding Opportunity Title:  U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh PAS Annual Program Statement Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-CB-600-21-PAS-0001 Deadline for Applications: Rolling Basis until September 1, 2021, see Section 4 for reviewing deadlines CFDA Number:  19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Total Amount Available: …

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Security Message: Expected Traffic Disruptions and Potential for Increased Crime during the Early November Holidays

November 04, 2019 The Cambodian government officially recognizes holidays on November 9 (Independence Day) and the Water and Moon Festival (November 10 to November 13).  The annual Water and Moon Festival itself will take place in Phnom Penh on November 10-12.  Several hundred thousand people are expected to come to Phnom Penh for this event. …

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The United States and ASEAN: Expanding the Enduring Partnership

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  FACT SHEET November 3, 2019   The United States and ASEAN: Expanding the Enduring Partnership U.S. engagement with the ten member states of ASEAN has never been stronger.  The United States welcomed the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, and its close complementarity with America’s …

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Release of the United States’ Report on the Implementation of the Indo-Pacific Strategy

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 3, 2019 On the occasion of the 2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum and the East Asia Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, the U.S. Department of State is pleased to release a progress report on the implementation of the U.S. whole-of-government strategy for the Indo-Pacific region. “A Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Advancing a Shared Vision” …

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Indo-Pacific Transparency Initiative

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 3, 2019 The Indo Pacific Transparency Initiative was announced by Vice President Pence in November 2018 at the APEC CEO Summit in Papua New Guinea. The Transparency Initiative encompasses more than $600 million in programs that have been funded since the beginning of the Trump Administration. These programs promote civil society, rule …

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Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative – FY 2022

Application Deadline: December 31, 2021 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the FY 2022 competition for the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative. Applications close at 12:00 p.m. on December 31, 2021.  Program Description  Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholars will travel to the United States for three to four months during the first half …

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American Citizens in Siem Reap – Off-site consular services

American Citizens in Siem Reap Off-site consular services Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the provision of Off-site consular services in Siem Reap.  We will be accepting applications for passport renewal, report of birth abroad and notarial services. The services provided are …

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Remarks by Chargé d‘Affairs Michael Newbill at the Hand Over Ceremony of ISO 15189 Plus Accreditation Certificate

National Institute of Public Health September 9, 2019 (As prepared for delivery) His Excellency Mam Bun Heng, Minister of Health; His Excellency Dr. Sok Pheng, Secretary of State for Health; His Excellency Prof. Sophoan Vonntanak, Dean of University of Health Sciences; Prof. Ung Sam An, Advisor to Minister of Health; His Excellency Dr. Hok Kim …

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Information Session on the 2019-2021 English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) – Application, Program Design, and Implementation

Deadline: August 23, 2019 The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh will host an information session on the Recruitment of 2019-2021 English Access Microscholarship Program in Cambodia at the American Center of the U.S. Embassy on Thursday August 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. This information session will help prepare interested implementing …

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Call for Proposals 2021 English Access Microscholarship Program

Deadline: March 05, 2021 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the 2021 English Access Microscholarship Program and to invite proposals from not-for-profit organizations, public/private educational institutions and schools. Applications should be submitted no later than 11:59 P.M., March 05, 2021. The English Access Microscholarship Program is a global high-profile scholarship program …

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The 52nd Anniversary of the Founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

August 07, 2019 Press Statement by SECRETARY OF STATE MICHAEL R. POMPEO The 52nd Anniversary of the Founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I’m pleased to congratulate the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat on the …

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U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Announces Call for Proposals: “Strengthening our Two-Country Friendship through Arts” project

Cambodia Funding Opportunity Number: CB-600-19-PAS-0005 Deadline for Applications: September 10, 2019 Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 19.040 (Public Diplomacy Program) Maximum Total Award Funding: $20,000 Anticipated project start date: October 1, 2019 Funding Instrument Type: Grant, or Fixed Amount Award Deadline Application Submission: September 10, 2019 The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Public Affairs …

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The United States Reaffirms our Enduring Relationship with ASEAN

Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON The United States Reaffirms our Enduring Relationship with ASEAN On the 10th anniversary of the accession of the United States to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia, the United States celebrates our flourishing strategic partnership with ASEAN. The close relationship …

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Cambodia: Three years and still no effective investigation into Dr. Kem Ley’s killing

On the third anniversary of his death, the U.S. government repeats our call for the Cambodian government to conduct a full, transparent, and credible investigation of Kem Ley’s assassination. We also express our renewed condolences to Kem Ley’s family, who are still waiting and hoping for a full accounting of his senseless and cowardly killing. …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Michael Newbill at the CICP Regional Workshop on the Future Prospects of the Mekong River

Raffle Hotel Phnom Penh June 13, 2019 (as prepared for delivery) Excellency Pou Sothirak, Executive Director of Cambodia Institute for Peace and Cooperation (CICP). Excellency Sim Vireak, Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary Mr. Walter Douglas Good morning everyone!  It is my pleasure to join …

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Remarks by Chargé D’affaires Michael Newbill at the WMF 30th Anniversary

Phnom Bakheng, Siem Reap Monday, June 10, 2019 (as prepared for delivery) Good Morning. I am happy to join the World’s Monument’s Fund 30th anniversary celebration. I would like to begin by thanking our distinguished guests for their presence here today: Her Excellency Dr. Phoeung Sackona, Minister of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, …

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF SALE

The U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh will hold an auction of generators, furniture, and other supplies for the general public. Location of the Sale U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Warehouse, No. 1782, National Road 5, Sangkat Toul Sangke, Khann Russey Keo. (North of Japanese Bridge) Date and Time of Sale Friday, May 24, 2019 8:00 a.m. – …

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Remarks by Chargé d’affaires Michael Newbill at Groundbreaking Celebration of an Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Project

Chief of Mission Residence Monday, April 29, 2019 (As prepared for delivery) Good evening everyone! Welcome to the U.S. Ambassador’s residence, and thank you for coming tonight to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium. My name is Michael Newbill and I am Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy. I may not get …

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Cambodians hoping to study in the United States: You are welcome here!

Op-Eds by​ Chargé d’affaires Michael Newbill I want to congratulate all students in Cambodia who have received offers of admission from one of the over 4,700 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States.  Graduates of U.S. universities have gone on to become leaders and innovators in many fields around the world, and you …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): YSEALI Regional Workshop on Citizen Journalism and Free Flow of Information (Deadline: July 31, 2019)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY Phnom Penh Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Funding Opportunity Title:             YSEALI Regional Workshop on Citizen Journalism and Free Flow of Information Funding Opportunity Number:      CB60019PAS004 Deadline for Applications:               July 31, 2019 CFDA Number:                                19.040 Total Amount Available:                 $200,000.00 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The Public Affairs Section of the …

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Best Wishes for Khmer New Year

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 12, 2019 STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON: Best Wishes for Khmer New Year   On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the people of Cambodia on the occasion of Khmer New Year. The people-to-people ties between Cambodia and the …

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STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON

March 27, 2019 For Immediate Release U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Uighur Muslims Impacted by Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Mihrigul Tursun, a Uighur Muslim who survived horrific conditions and abuse in a Chinese …

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U.S. Embassy and EducationUSA Host Annual EducationUSA Fair 2019

Media advisory For Immediate Release March 1, 2019 The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh and EducationUSA Cambodia will host the annual EducationUSA Fair 2019 on Monday, March 4, 2019 to highlight U.S. educational opportunities for Cambodian students. The Fair will provide a unique venue for Cambodians to connect with U.S. institutions of higher learning and to …

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The Search for POW/MIA Remains: Thoughts on My Trip to the Excavation Site

By Chargé d’affaires Michael Newbill Last week, I had the honor and opportunity to visit a site excavation performed by the DPAA.  DPAA is charged with one of America’s most important humanitarian missions – finding and returning the remains of U.S. soldiers killed in action overseas.  Returning the remains of loved ones to their families …

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Remarks by Chargé D’affaires Michael Newbill at the Seminar on Aviation and the Cape Town Convention

Rosewood Hotel, 36th Floor, Salon II Friday, February 22, 2019; 2:00 p.m. (as prepared for delivery) Good morning and thank you for joining us today.  I am thrilled to see so many of you here to learn more today’s topic – the Cape Town Convention, and, more specifically, its potential benefits to Cambodia’s growing aviation …

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Remarks by Chargé d’affaires Michael Newbill Opening Ceremony – 5th Cambodia Science and Engineering Festival

National Olympic Stadium Thursday, February 21, 2019 (as prepared for delivery) Your Excellency Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Ambassador Tina Susan Redshaw and other distinguished guests, volunteers, presenters, and students, thank you so much for all of your work to organize this impressive festival. It is a huge pleasure to …

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Harpeth Rising tour in Cambodia: Joining with local artists to promote female empowerment February 21-27, 2019

For Immediate Release February 22, 2019 The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh is proud to sponsor the American music group Harpeth Rising in Cambodia. The February 21-27 tour is held in collaboration with the non-governmental organization Cambodian Living Arts (CLA). To kick off the tour, the Embassy invites members of the media to attend a press …

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EducationUSA Fair 2019

Over 25 representatives from U.S. colleges and universities will be available to speak with Cambodian students about degree programs, admission requirements, and scholarship opportunities in the United States at the EducationUSA Fair in Phnom Penh. Other exhibitors at the fair will provide information about student visas, U.S. government exchange programs, and EducationUSA advising. The fair …

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YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

What is it? The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program provides emerging leaders ages 25-35 the opportunity to spend five weeks in the United States, including four weeks working directly with American counterparts in individually tailored work placements with relevant private and/or public sector organizations.  During these placements, Fellows build their practical expertise, leadership skills, and professional networks.  …

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Statement on EU Proceedings to Suspend Cambodia’s EBA Trade Benefits

U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh Statement For Immediate Release February 12, 2019 The United States notes the European Union’s decision to begin proceedings to suspend Cambodia’s preferential trade benefits under the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme due to the serious setbacks to the protection of human rights and labor rights over the past 18 months. …

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Call for Applications! 2019/20 ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship (Deadline: February 24, 2019)

Submission Deadline: February 24, 2019 WHAT ASEAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FELLOWSHIP IS ALL ABOUT The ASEAN Science and Technology (S&T) Fellowship is the successor to the ASEAN-US Science  and Technology Fellowship programme that was piloted and launched by the USAID ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) program, in partnership …

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Remarks by CDA Michael A. Newbill at CAST Cambodia Launch Event

Cambodiana Hotel, Phnom Penh Thursday, January 31, 2019 (as prepared for delivery) Good afternoon and welcome to the project launch for the Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade, or CAST! I would like to begin by giving special thanks to His Excellency Veng Sakhon, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, for joining us here today. …

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Visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dr. Joseph H. Felter to Cambodia

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Dr. Joseph H. Felter will visit Cambodia January 15-16, 2019. DASD Felter will meet with Ministry of National Defense Secretary of State General Neang Phat to discuss a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and how a productive military-to-military relationship can help Cambodia …

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Joint Statement By Secretary Of State Michael R. Pompeo And Secretary Of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release December 20, 2018 Chinese Actors Compromise Global Managed Service Providers Since at least 2014, Chinese cyber actors associated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security have hacked multiple U.S. and global managed service and cloud providers.  These Chinese actors used this access to compromise …

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Remarks by Chargé D’ Affaires Michael A. Newbill at the Closing Ceremony of U.S. Food Week

Raffles Hotel, Phnom Penh Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (as prepared for delivery) Welcome to the Closing Ceremony of U.S. Foods Week.  Thank you all for being here.  I would like to acknowledge HE Vath Chamroeun from the Ministry of Tourism for attending this evening. What is American cuisine? Hot dogs? Pizza? Buffalo wings? Tacos? Hoagies? …

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National Day of Mourning President George H. W. Bush

National Day of Mourning President George H. W. Bush Wednesday December 5, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday December 5th.  As the nation mourns the loss of President George H. W. Bush, President Trump has taken official action to allow Federal Employees to join their fellow citizens in remembering …

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Public Affairs Section Notice of Funding Opportunity-FY2019

Funding Opportunity Title:             U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh PAS Annual Program Statement Funding Opportunity Number:      PAS-CB-600-19-PAS-0003 Deadline for Applications:               Rolling Basis until September 1, 2019, see Section 4 for reviewing deadlines CFDA Number:                                19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Total Amount Available:                 $20,000 Maximum for Each Award:            $20,000 A.PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy …

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Call for Proposals: The 2019 American Music Abroad – Harpeth Rising Band

Cambodia Funding Opportunity Number: CB-600-19-PAS-0004 Deadline for Applications: December 31, 2018 Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 19.040 (Public Diplomacy Program) Total Funding: USD17, 000 Program Description: The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Public Affairs Section announces an open competition for American and Cambodian non-profit organizations, universities, community organizations, and individuals that are already doing …

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Town Hall with our Regional Social Security Administration Representative

U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Invitation for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall with our Regional Social Security Administration Representative November 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to invite U.S. citizens to attend a town hall meeting with Regional Federal Benefits Officer Darrin Morgan, on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Phnom …

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Remarks by Ambassador William Heidt at “WE Next” Women’s Entrepreneurship Event

Raintree, Phnom Penh Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (as prepared for delivery) Thank you for that very kind introduction, Kate.  And it’s good to be working together again, Sovan. Thank you all for coming out tonight for what I hope will be an interesting – and very practical – discussion of the opportunities and challenges facing …

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Opinion-Mike Pence: The United States seeks collaboration, not control, in the Indo-Pacific

By Mike Pence November 9 at 6:19 PM Mike Pence is vice president of the United States. Last year in Vietnam, President Trump laid out the United States’ vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. This week, on the president’s behalf, I will lead a delegation to that region to discuss our progress on making this …

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Remarks by Ambassador William Heidt at the Signing Ceremony with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts

National Museum, Phnom Penh Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (as prepared for delivery) Good afternoon colleagues from the media.  Thank you for all for coming out today. I would like to begin by thanking our distinguished guests for their presence here today:  H.E. Dr. Phoeurng Sackona, the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts; H.E. Kim Sedara, …

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BUILD ACT briefing – Now

David Bohigian Executive Vice President, OPIC Telephonic Briefing November 6, 2018 Moderator:  Hi, good evening to everyone from the Asia Pacific Regional Media Hub in Manila.  Thank you for joining us.  And a thank you to David Bohigian for joining us so early from DC. David is the Executive Vice President of the U.S. Overseas …

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2019 USDA Borlaug Fellowship Program for Cambodia (Deadline: December 31, 2018)

Deadline: December 31, 2018 The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is pleased to announce the 2019 Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (Borlaug Fellowship Program) for Cambodia. The Borlaug Fellowship Program promotes agricultural productivity, food security, and economic growth through collaborative research. The program offers training for agricultural research, leadership, and agricultural …

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What is 16 Days Campaign?

16 Days campaign is also known as “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.” It runs from November 25 (International Day Against Violence against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). International Day Against Violence against Women was first declared in 1981 to commemorate the violent assassination of the Mirabal sisters on November …

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Call for Proposals – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2019 Large Grants Program (Deadline: December 1, 2018)

Federal Awarding Agency: U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Announcement Type: Grant Notice Funding Opportunity Number: CB600-19-PAS-001 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, shall be submitted by December 1, 2018. Only …

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Call for Proposals – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2019 Small Grants Program (Deadline: December 1, 2018)

Federal Awarding Agency: U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Announcement Type: Grant Notice Funding Opportunity Number: CB600-19-PAS-002 Funding Opportunity Title:  Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Opportunity Category Discretionary Funding Instrument Type: Grant Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 19.025 — Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Application Deadline: December 1, 2018 Total Funding: Ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 Anticipated Award …

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STOP. THINK. CONNECT: Keep Yourself Safe Online

People around the world are spending more time online than ever before. As more people use the Internet for online shopping, banking, financial management, and socializing, they also expose themselves to increased cyber risks. Online threats and cyber-attacks are a threat to the national and economic security of every nation. Because cybersecurity is important to …

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Diversity Visa Program 2020

The Department of State administers the annual Diversity Visa (DV) Program which provides immigrant visas to 50,000 qualified applicants from a select group of eligible countries each year. There is no fee to apply, but to qualify you must meet the following simple but strict requirements: You must have completed your high school education or …

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Remarks by Ambassador William Heidt at the Plenary Session of Business Opportunities in Cambodian Agriculture

Rosewood Hotel, Phnom Penh Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (as prepared for delivery) Lok Chumteav Cham Nimul, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Commerce, and other colleagues from the Royal Government of Cambodia; Lok Okhnas, Lok Chumteav Okhnas, and other distinguished leaders from the Cambodian business communities: Mr. Allen Tan, Chairman of the American Chamber …

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Remarks by Chargé D’Affaires Michael Newbill at the “Regional Conference Whither “The Indo-Pacific Strategy?” of CICP

Raffles Hotel, Phnom Penh September 20, 2018 (as prepared for delivery) Good morning everyone! First, I want to welcome all of the participants who have come from other countries to attend this conference. And of course, I especially want to thank Ambassador Pou Sothirak for his leadership and vision in pulling this conference together. It …

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Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Scholars on U.S. National Security Policymaking (Deadline: September 26, 2018)

Deadline for submission:  September 26, 2018 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Scholars on U.S. National Security Policymaking – Winter 2019. SUSI for Scholars is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with an integrated study tour whose …

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Transcript of Telephonic Press Briefing with US Mission to ASEAN Charge d’Affaires a.i. Piper Campbell

Asia Pacific Media Hub August 7, 2018 Moderator: Hi, good morning from the Asia Pacific Regional Media Hub in Manila. I’d like to thank our participants from around the region for joining us today. After a busy weekend at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and other multilateral events in Singapore, U.S. Ambassador Piper Campbell, Chargé d’Affaires …

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Security Alert: National Parliamentary Elections on July 29

Event: National parliamentary elections on July 29 Location: Cambodia, countrywide Released date: July 24, 2018 This security message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing in, or traveling to, Cambodia that the upcoming national parliamentary elections on July 29 may spark political gatherings, demonstrations, or movements of security personnel. Although recent political gatherings in …

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Information Session for New Implementing Partners of the English Access Microscholarship Program 2018-2020

Registration Deadline: 11:59 PM, March 25, 2018 The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh will host an information session on the recruitment for the 2018-2020 English Access Microscholarship Program in Cambodia.  The information session will be held at the American Center of the U.S. Embassy on March 29, 2018 from 15:00 …

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Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Educational Process in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Classrooms

Program dates: August 2018 Application Deadline: 5:00 PM, March 25, 2018 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the recruitment for a two-week Integrating Critical Thinking Skills Program which will take place in the United States in August 2018. The Critical Thinking Skills Exchange Program is intended for …

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EducationUSA Fair 2018

More than 20 representatives from U.S. colleges and universities will be available to speak with Cambodian students about degree programs, admission requirements, and scholarship opportunities in the United States at the EducationUSA Fair in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Other exhibitors at the fair will provide information about student visas, U.S. government exchange programs, and …

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Business Opportunities with U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to inform you that business opportunities for the supply and delivery of a variety of commodities and/or services will routinely be announced on the Embassy’s website. Please check the Embassy’s website periodically for new procurement opportunities. https://kh.usembassy.gov/embassy/phnom-penh/business-opportunities/ This site contains information on all current solicitations and downloadable …

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U.S. Government Awards $350,000 to World Monuments Fund for Conservation of Phnom Bakheng Temple (Phase 5)

Released on December 12, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to announce that the Cultural Heritage Center for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State has awarded $350,000 from the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation to World Monuments Fund (WMF) for Phase 5 of the …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity: Next Level Cambodia Program

Funding Opportunity Agency: U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Funding Opportunity Title: Next Level Cambodia Funding Opportunity Number: CB-600-18-PAS-0005 Deadline for Applications: December 31, 2017 Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 19.040 (Public Diplomacy Program) Total Funding: USD15,000 A. Program Description The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces …

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U.S. Embassy Announces Demining Tender

Released on November 22, 2017 The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for a $2 million, one-year grant to survey and clear unexploded ordnance in Eastern Cambodia for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year, with the possibility that the grant could be extended for a second year. Eligible partners would use …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): English Programs

Funding Opportunity Title: English Programs NOFO Funding Opportunity Number: CB600-18-PAS-002 Deadline for Applications: Rolling Basis until September 1, 2018, see Section 4 for reviewing deadlines CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Total Amount Available: $15,000 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Cambodia Supreme Court Decision

On November 16 2017, Cambodia’s Supreme Court is expected to rule on a motion to dissolve the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). The Cambodian government has placed its security forces on alert in anticipation of potential demonstrations and protests in response to the decision. Expect a heightened security presence in Phnom Penh, especially around …

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Call for Proposals – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation: 2018 Small Grants Program

Federal Awarding Agency: U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Announcement Type: Grant Notice Funding Opportunity Number: CB600-18-PAS-004 Funding Opportunity Title: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Opportunity Category: Discretionary Funding Instrument Type: Grant Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 19.025 — Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Application Deadline: January 5, 2018 Total Funding: Ranging from $10,000 to …

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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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Op-Ed: Bringing Southeast Asia’s Tech Boom to Cambodia or “A To-Do List for Cambodia’s Tech Sector”

By Ambassador William A. Heidt Did you know that, after the United States and China, Southeast Asia is now the world’s hottest tech market?  Eight “unicorns” – startups valued at more than $1 billion –have emerged in the region, including Sea (Gaming, Singapore), GrabTaxi (Transportation, Malaysia), Tokopedia (Marketplace, Indonesia), and VNG (Gaming, Vietnam).  The region …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rising Tensions and Anti-American Rhetoric

Released on September 13, 2017 This security message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Cambodia that recent developments, including the arrest of a political figure, the expulsion of an American NGO and its foreign staff, and anti-American rhetoric by officials, may raise the overall tensions in the country. Although …

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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-FY2017

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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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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Anti-Snaring Art Exhibit

Felix Café, Phnom Penh July 28, 2017 On July 28, newly arrived Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Newbill opened an anti-snaring art exhibit at Felix Café. The exhibit, organized by the environmental non-governmental organization Wildlife Alliance, uses innovative art to highlight the devastating impact of snares on Cambodian biodiversity. Artist Dou Pathlimata, also known by …

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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, …

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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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U.S. Independence Day Celebrated with Music, Food and More

Phnom Penh June 29, 2017 U.S. Independence Day is on July 4, but the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh hosted its official celebration this week at the Intercontinental Hotel. Nearly 800 guests attended this year’s reception, including guest of honor Senior Minister in Charge of Special Projects H.E. Ly Thuch. The program began with the …

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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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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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Film Screening Highlighting the Dangers of Plastic

Major Cineplex by Cellcard, Aeon Mall March 22, 2017 More than 350 people attended a free screening on March 22, 2017 sponsored by the U.S. Embassy of the award-winning documentary “A Plastic Ocean” to mark World Water Day. The film examined the harmful impact plastics have had on our oceans and looked at steps people …

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Promoting River Health

Phnom Penh March 20, 2017 Ambassador Heidt and members of the The U.S. Ambassador’s Youth Council and the Young Eco Ambassadors joined biologist Zeb Hogan on a sunset cruise along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. “These rivers are crucial to Cambodia,” said Dr. Hogan, the host of the cable TV show “Monster Fish” that …

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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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EducationUSA Fair Opens in Phnom Penh

InterContinental Phnom Penh February 28, 2017 More than 1,400 young Cambodians attended the EducationUSA Fair in Phnom Penh on February 28, 2017 at the InterContinental Hotel to meet with recruitment advisors from 20 great U.S. colleges and universities. Ambassador Heidt and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport Secretary of State H.E. Yuok Ngoy also stopped …

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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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Cloth Women’s Sanitary Pad and Eco Life Projects win YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grant competition

January 24, 2017 Congratulations to team Green Lady, with members Hok Sovanvotey, Mak Sovannaret, and Bui Thi Minh Ngoc, and Eco Life Cambodia, with members Krech Srey Neang, Sokh Chivorn, and Sam Leakna, who were selected from Cambodia as winners in the 2017 YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grant competition! Green Lady, a project to …

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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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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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U.S. Embassy Vann Molyvann Exhibit Open to Public

U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh December 14, 2016 U.S. Embassy welcomes friends of the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, YSEALI members, young archeitects from the Vann Molyvann Project and special guest Mr. Molyvann’s daughter Delphine Vann to open the new model exhibit at the Embassy and to enjoy the holiday festivities. The U.S. Embassy’s new exhibit featuring …

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Natyarasa Dance Company Awes U.S. Embassy Community with their Grace

U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh November 28, 2016 The Natyarasa Dance Company – Cambodia’s first all-gay all-male dance troupe – performed interpretations of classical Khmer dance at the U.S. Embassy on Monday. Natyarasa was founded by Cambodian-American dancer Prumsodun Ok. “I want to serve the arts and elevate the cultural awareness of the Khmer culture,” said …

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American Company Supports Cambodia’s Clean Energy Effort

Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh November 22, 2016 Ambassador Heidt helped kick off the workshop “Powering Cambodia” on Tuesday, which examined how Cambodia could address its energy challenges through improved grid efficiency and renewable energy options. The event was hosted by GE, an American company with a long history of innovation in the health care, energy, …

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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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The U.S. Embassy Hosted an Election Watch Party

U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh November 9, 2016 On the morning of November 9th the Embassy watched as Donald Trump was elected President of the United States with well over 100 guests from the Cambodian government, private and NGO sector aswell as academia. Several media outlets covered the event. The atrium of the Embassy was packed …

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Kampot Writers and Readers Festival Encourages People to Harness the Power of Storytelling

Kompot November 3, 2016 The second annual Kampot Writers and Readers Festival kicked off on Thursday night, launching five-days of events that include poetry slams, literary workshops, book readings, and musical performances. The U.S. Embassy is one of the main sponsors, supporting the participation of several U.S. authors and artists. Ambassador Heidt spoke at the …

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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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The United States’ Senior Diplomat for Asia Encouraged Young Cambodians to Sign Up for YSEALI

Phnom Penh October 27, 2016 Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel gave remarks and took questions from an audience of 350 students and young professionals. Assistant Secretary Russel spoke about the strengths of the U.S.-Cambodia relationship and offered advice on leadership. Mr. Russel also spoke about the power of …

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U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Concludes Her Visit to Cambodia

Phnom Penh & Siem Reap October 26, 2016 U.S. Ambassador Nina Hachigian of the U.S. Mission to Asean (USASEAN) visited Phnom Penh, delivering a policy speech on the U.S. relationship with Asia, meeting with political and business leaders, and hosting a discussion with alumni from YSEALI programs. Ambassador Hachigian spoke about the “U.S. Rebalance to …

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CAMFOOD ’16 Food Expo

Koh Pich Convention Center, Phnom Penh October 21, 2016 Cambodian consumers may soon be seeing more U.S. food on the shelves, including whole frozen turkeys, juicy pears, and award-winning California wines. These items and much more were on display at the USA pavilion October 21, 2016 at CAMFOOD ’16, Cambodia’s annual international food and drinks …

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LMI and FLM members discuss Cooperation on Mutual Development Priorities

Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel October 19, 2016 The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) kicked off a two-day regional working group meeting in Phnom Penh on Wednesday morning to discuss ways to enhance cooperation in the areas of environment, health, education, and infrastructure development. LMI is a multi-national partnership between the United States and Cambodia, Burma, Laos, …

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Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) Marks the 15th Anniversary with a Conference in Phnom Penh

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra October 18, 2016 Better Factories Cambodia celebrated its 15th anniversary today in a special event attended by Ambassador Heidt, Commerce Minister H.E. Pan Sorasak, Labor Minister H.E. Ith Sam Heng, and other dignitaries and special guests. BFC is a program of the International Labour Organization that supports Cambodia’s garment industry through …

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Ambassador and Minister of Culture Sign AFCP Grant

Angkor Borei, Takeo September 26, 2016 Ambassador Heidt traveled to Takeo province to announce officially a 2016 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation grant of $121,745 to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. This latest grant will help the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts to document 24 important monuments from the 6th and 7th …

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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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Ambassador Heidt Talks about GSP Program at a Press Roundtable

U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh September 20, 2016 The U.S. Embassy hosted a press roundtable on the expansion of the U.S. General System of Preferences (GSP). The GSP expansion – which went into effect July 1 – means that Cambodia can now export travel goods such as luggage, handbags, and wallets, duty free to the United …

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CDA Julie Chung Gave Remarks and Helped Cut the Ribbon at the Opening of Starbucks’ Flagship Store

Phnom Penh October 7, 2016 More U.S. companies are choosing to invest in Cambodia. For example, Starbucks just opened its third location in the country – the company’s flagship store on Street 57 in Phnom Penh’s BKK1 neighborhood. Chargé d’affaires (CDA) Julie Chung joined Minister of Commerce H.E. Pan Sorasak and other special guests for …

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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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Bosba Panh Dazzles Audiences with her Unique Style of Music

U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh August 10, 2016 Cambodian musician Bosba Panh visited U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh to share her unique gift of blending Khmer music and American jazz with Ambassador Heidt, his wife Sotie, DCM Julie Chung and many others from the Embassy family. Bosba – who is also a student at the prestigious New …

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Closing Ceremony for Pacific Angel

Kampot, Cambodia June 20, 2016 Ambassador Heidt’s remarks focused on the life-saving benefits of engaging in disaster preparation exercises as a united international community. Pacific Angel is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance mission conducted in various countries throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region with the active participation and leadership of the U.S. Air Force. Pacific Angel …

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Helping to Ensure a Safe Blood Supply for People in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh June 14, 2016 A dedication ceremony for the National Blood Tranfusion Center (NBTC) was held on June 14, 2016 coinciding with the ‪‎World Blood Donor Day.‬ Among the distinguished guests were Ambassador William Heidt; Minister of Health H.E. Mam Bunheng; U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Milhorn; H.E. Hun Many, President of Union of …

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Return of a 10th Century Torso of Rama Statue

Phnom Penh March 28, 2016 In the morning of March 28, a ceremony was held at the Council of Ministers to celebrate the homecoming of a 10th century statue of the Torso of Rama from Prasat Chen, Koh Ker, which had been in the collection of the Denver Art Museum for 30 years. The Torso …

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Ambassador Heidt Tours Koh Ker Temple

Koh Ker Temple, Preah Vihear May 24, 2016 On May 24, 2016, Ambassador and Mrs. Heidt visits Koh Ker, a remote temple location, about 2.5 hours from Siem Reap. More than 50 temples are currently open to visitors at the site, including the pyramid-shaped Prasat Thom and Prasat Chen. Earlier this year, The Torso of …

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YSEALI Members Rubbing Shoulders with Successful Women in Tech

U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh May 20, 2016 Young Cambodian Women in YSEALI were invited to U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh for a special panel discussion with the U.S. NGO WAKE: Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange entitled, The Women’s Leadership Breakfast: “Personal Branding for Women Leaders”. Members of WAKE – made up of accomplished businesswomen and executives …

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Ambassador Heidt Attends Opening of the First Krispy Kreme in Cambodia

Phnom Penh May 19, 2016 A growing number of U.S. companies are choosing to invest in Cambodia, including internationally-recognized brands like Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, and Burger King. Now, the world-famous hot light of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is in Phnom Penh! Ambassador William Heidt gave remarks at the official grand opening of Krispy Kreme on May …

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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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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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Ford Everest 2016 Made its Debut in Cambodia

Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel, Phnom Penh April 1, 2016 “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford Ambassador Heidt was reminded of this quote when talking about the people and the progress in Cambodia during his remarks at the official …

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Ambassador’s Wife Visits Hometown

Krokor, Pursat January 13, 2016 On January 13, Ambassador Heidt accompanied his wife Sotie on a trip to her hometown Krakor, in Pursat province. This was her first visit to the area since the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime 1979. “It’s a trip that I felt I had to make,” Sotie said. “Standing at …

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U.S. Helps to Prevent Heritage Crime

Phnom Penh December 22, 2015 The U.S. Embassy brings together U.S. experts and a diverse group of Cambodian professionals including law enforcement, museologists, tourism, archaeologists, architects for a workshop on “Cultural Heritage Site: Reducing Theft and Loss of Cultural Artifacts.” The workshop utilizes lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and field exercises to teach the principles and practices …

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