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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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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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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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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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Virtual Remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. MAY 7, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good morning, good afternoon, good evening.  Let me start by thanking China and Foreign Minister Wang for initiating this critical discussion on the future of the United Nations and the international order.  And thank you as well to the President of the General Assembly Bozkir for …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Cambodia Franchise Expo 2021

For Immediate Release  May 5, 2021  PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, in partnership with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service and with support from the American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia, is hosting a Cambodia Franchise Expo on May 5, 2021.  The virtual Expo will bring together nine well regarded U.S. franchising companies — The Boiling Crab, Chili’s, Dickey’s BBQPit, Duck Donuts, Long John Silver’s, Mathnasium, Snap Fitness, Tapout Fitness, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

May 3, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong in London. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Chung reaffirmed that the U.S.-ROK Alliance is the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world. …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi

May 3, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu in London. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Motegi emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Japan Alliance for promoting peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world. The Secretary …

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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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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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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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U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia showcases Vermont artists

(PHNOM PENH, Cambodia) – U.S. Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy grew up in southern Vermont, and the artwork now hanging in his official residence in Cambodia reflects his deep ties to the Green Mountain State. Murphy and his wife Kathleen Norman, a fellow New Englander, have organized an art exhibition at the official Ambassador’s Residence during his …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Agriculture Delegates

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                     January 31, 2020 2020/05 Delegates from American companies including Amazon, John Deer, and IBM are visiting Cambodia to learn and explore latest trends in agriculture, including technology, biosecurity and food safety. They will participate in two-day event “Business Opportunities in Cambodia’s Agriculture Sector” to be held in Phnom Penh …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (CAST) – Cambodia WISHH/ASA Food for Progress 2018

 Press Releases Thursday, January 31, 2019 The Project:     The U.S. government is funding over $17 million to increase the growth and development of freshwater aquaculture in Cambodia.  The CAST Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress program, aligns with the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Strategic Plan for Aquaculture Development. It …

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Screening of American Documentary Film “Generation Startup”

Released on May 15, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to announce that American filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser will be visiting Cambodia May 16-19, 2018, to screen her documentary film about young American entrepreneurs, called “Generation Startup.” The documentary film features the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the struggles and …

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American Hip Hop Team Visits Cambodia

Released on March 27- April 8, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is proud to sponsor a group of American hip hop performers and artists to Cambodia from March 27- April 8, 2018. The “Next Level” program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the University of North Carolina at …

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U.S. Embassy and EducationUSA to Host Annual EducationUSA Fair 2018

Released on March 12, 2018 The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce two upcoming 2018 EducationUSA Fairs. With support from the U.S. Embassy, EducationUSA Cambodia is organizing these Fairs to highlight U.S. educational opportunities for Cambodian students. The Fairs provide a unique venue for Cambodians to connect with U.S. institutions of higher learning and to …

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Young Southeast Asian Leaders STEM Education Regional Workshop

Released on February 27, 2018 The U.S. Embassy, in conjunction with The Asia Foundation and STEM Cambodia, will host the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) STEM Education Workshop. The opening ceremony will take place at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in the Sunflower Ballroom at the Himawari Hotel. The U.S. Ambassador William Heidt …

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U.S. Embassy Announces Album Launch Concert for new album “Lovin’ USA: Yorn Young’s Journey Across America”

Released on December 14, 2017 The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce an album launch concert with Young Yorn this Friday, December 15, at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center (CKCC). Every audience member will receive a free copy of his …

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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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Signing Ceremony on Conservation of Ethnographic Objects at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Released on December 8, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, will hold a signing ceremony for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2017 project on “Conservation of 20th-Century Ethnographic Objects” at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum on Monday, December 11, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. The …

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U.S. Embassy Announces Call for Proposals: For 2018 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

Released on November 28, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the 2018 call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small and Large Grants Programs. Applications may be submitted by any eligible non-commercial entity. The deadline for the Embassy to receive proposals is December 31, 2017. …

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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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American Performers “Tony Memmel and His Band” to Visit Cambodia – November 24-30, 2017

Released on November 22, 2017 In honor of the U.S.-ASEAN 40th Anniversary and International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is sponsoring a visit of the American musical group “Tony Memmel and His Band” to Cambodia from November 24-30. Tony, who was born missing his left forearm, …

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Statement by the Press Secretary on Setbacks to Democracy in Cambodia

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Released on November 16, 2017 The United States expresses grave concern about the Cambodian government’s dissolution of the country’s main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), based on meritless and politicized allegations that it participated in a conspiracy to overthrow the government. It is becoming …

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U.S. Embassy to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Jacqueline Kennedy’s Visit to Cambodia (1967 – 2017)

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, in collaboration with the Raffles Hotel Le Royal, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the visit of former First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy to Cambodia in 1967. U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt will cut a ribbon to open a photo exhibit about the First Lady’s visit to the Kingdom …

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Cambodian Agriculture to Benefit from Exciting New Financing Resource

Released on October 17, 2017 Up to $15 million will soon be available to agricultural activities in Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampong Thom, and Pursat provinces as part of a new partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Development Credit Authority (DCA), AMK Microfinance Institution Plc, LOLC (Cambodia) Plc, and RMA Financial Services (Cambodia) Plc. …

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Cambodian Water Sector to Benefit from New USAID Financing Activity

Released on October 12, 2017 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new, three-year, US$ 3 million initiative that will help close financing gaps that fund universal water supply and sanitation services in Cambodia, today. The “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance” (WASH-FIN) activity will help the private sector make piped water available to …

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Opening Statement by Ambassador William A. Heidt at a Press Availability

U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh September 12, 2017 Thank you all for coming out today. I would like to make a brief statement, and then take questions. On September 2, I departed for the United States for an unplanned personal trip. Forty minutes after I departed, the Government arrested the opposition leader, Mr. Kem Sokha, on …

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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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U.S. Department of State’s First Sports Envoy on Skateboarding to Visit Cambodia

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

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American Film Showcase Comes to Cambodia – Public Screening

Released on May 18, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is hosting a cultural exchange from May 19-24 featuring U.S. filmmakers Robin Hauser and Heather Courtney..  This program is part of the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase initiative, which brings American films and artists together with audiences worldwide. Ms. Courtney and Ms. Hauser …

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State W. Patrick Murphy to visit Cambodia

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

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USAID Cambodia Launches New Support to Cambodia’s National Election Committee

Released on April 6, 2017 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced a new grant to support the work of the National Election Committee (NEC) to administer Cambodia’s 2017 and 2018 elections.  The two-year, $1.8 million Cambodia Election Management Project, awarded to the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), will help the NEC …

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United States Announces New Contribution to Help Preserve Cambodia’s Historical Documents

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

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Screening of the Award-Winning Documentary Film “A Plastic Ocean”

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

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New Effort to Help Heal the Effects of Violence through Art

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

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Statement by the United States on Amendments to Cambodia’s Political Party Law

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

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New Partnership to Improve Health in Cambodia

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

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USAID and IFAD sign Agreement to Support Cambodian Agricultural Development

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

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Ambassador Heidt Tours U.S.-Supported Operations in Ratanakiri Aimed at Eliminating Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance

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

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Ending AIDS in Cambodia

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

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U.S. Embassy and Westec Media present an IPR Awareness Event

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

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Today’s Judgment by the Extraordinary Chambers of the Court of Cambodia

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

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Report: More Cambodians Studying in the United States

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

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U.S. Embassy Announces Call for Proposals For 2017 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

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

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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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Delegations from the United States and the Lower Mekong Initiative Countries to Meet for Regional Working Group

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

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USS Germantown Arrives in Cambodia

Released on October 17, 2016 The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) arrived at Sihanoukville, Cambodia, for a scheduled port visit, October 16. Germantown and the embarked Combat Logistics Battalion of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Sihanoukville after completing PHIBLEX 33 in the Republic of the Philippines. “Moving …

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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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U.S. Embassy Hosts “TechCamp H2.0” for Youth from Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam

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

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Launch of the Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition

Released on September 20, 2016 U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt will participate in a ceremony to launch the Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN) at the Royal University of Agriculture on Thursday, September 22, at 9 a.m.  The Center will foster private sector innovation, coordinate agricultural research, education and …

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Joint Statement on Human Rights Situation in Cambodia

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

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Peace Corps Cambodia to Hold Swearing-In Ceremony for New Volunteers

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

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University of Arizona and AUPP to Sign Dual Degree Partnership Program

Released on August 30, 2016 U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt will witness an official signing ceremony to establish a dual degree partnership program between the American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP) and the University of Arizona. The new academic partnership program will provide a high-quality U.S. education to Cambodian students, allowing them to earn …

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USAID Announces Project to Promote Healing and Reconciliation for Victims of Torture of the Khmer Rouge

Released on August 16, 2016 The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) , announced a new award to Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Cambodia (TPO) to provide innovative mental health therapies and healing methods for individuals and communities in 15 provinces who continue to face trauma from their experiences during the Khmer Rouge …

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Government and Wildlife Conservation Society to Sign Follow-On Agreement to Disney Carbon Credit Sale

Released on August 8, 2016 A project agreement that will oversee the use of the funds generated by Cambodia’s carbon credit sale to the Disney Company will be signed by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Wildlife Conservation Society at 3:00 p.m. on August 11, 2016 at the Mok Mareth Conference Hall in the …

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Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski to Visit Cambodia

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

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New USAID Project to Assist Cambodian Civil Society

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

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Statement on the Death of Dr. Kem Ley

Statement by John Kirby , Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs; on the Death of Prominent Cambodian Political Commentator Dr. Kem Ley Washington, DC July 10, 2016 We are deeply saddened and concerned by reports of the tragic killing of prominent Cambodian political commentator Dr. Kem Ley.  We offer our sincere and profound condolences …

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U.S. Department of State Announces First-Ever NBA-WNBA Sports Envoy Program to Cambodia

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

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Duty Free Access for Travel Goods Made in Cambodia

Released on July 6, 2016 On June 30, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced a major expansion of trade preferences that stands to bring significant benefits to Cambodia.  Under the new changes to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), Cambodia and other Least Developed Beneficiary Developing Countries (LDBDCs) as well as …

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Cambodia Upgraded to Tier 2 Status in 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report

Released on July 1, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry officially announced the release of the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on June 30, 2016 in Washington, DC.  As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the TIP Report assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat modern slavery.  Cambodia …

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US, Cambodia Commence Pacific Angel 16 Humanitarian Assistance Mission

Released on June 8, 2016 At the invitation of the Cambodian government, the United States and Cambodia militaries will conduct humanitarian assistance events and military to military subject matter expert exchanges from June 6 – 18, 2016, in Kampot Province, Cambodia, as part of Pacific Angel 2016. During this mission, approximately 80 members of the …

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USAID and U.S. Treasury Develop New Project for Public Financial Management Reform in Cambodia

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

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Briefing with Director of Banknotes at the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System

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

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U.S. and Cambodian Nonproliferation Experts Hold Workshop on International Nuclear Safeguards

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

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Secretary Kerry to Join World Leaders in Signing of the Paris Agreement to Address Climate Change

Released on April 22, 2016 On Friday, April 22, Secretary of State John Kerry will join a record number of global leaders at a historic high-level signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement at the United Nations headquarters in New York.  This ceremony, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is the first step in implementing the …

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U.S. Ambassador Joins Cambodian Officials for Helicopter Flight over Prey Lang Forests

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

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U.S. Embassy Supports Training Program on Election Coverage for Cambodian Journalists

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

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USAID Signs Agreement for Public Health and Education; Agriculture and Environment Programs

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

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U.S., Cambodian Forces Partner for Angkor Sentinel 2016

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

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Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company to Tour Cambodia with Support of U.S. Embassy and Sophiline Arts Ensemble

Released on March 11, 2016 The acclaimed Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company (DTSBDC), based in Washington, DC, will visit Cambodia from March 12-19, 2016, in a program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and supported by Sophiline Arts Ensemble. On Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m., DTSBDC and Sophiline Arts Ensemble will host a free …

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U.S. Embassy and EducationUSA to Host Annual EducationUSA Fair 2016

Released on February 17, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh and EducationUSA Cambodia will jointly host the EducationUSA Fair 2016 on Thursday, February 18, 2016, from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, in the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh. Sixteen representatives from U.S. colleges and universities will be available to speak …

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Cambodia-U.S. 3rd Trade and Investment Dialogue

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

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Victory Day

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

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U.S. Ambassador William Heidt Presents Credentials

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

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Report Shows Significant Increase in the Number of Cambodians Studying in the United States

Released on November 19, 2015 According to the recently released annual Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, the number of international students at institutions of higher education in the United States increased by 10 percent to a record 974,926 students in the 2014/15 academic year. The report also shows the number of Cambodians studying …

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Peace Corps Cambodia to Hold Swearing-In Ceremony for New Volunteers

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

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WECREATE Cambodia Launches New Women’s Entrepreneurship Center in Phnom Penh

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

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Private Sector, Civil Society Convene to Promote Clean Energy Investment in Cambodia

Released on September 17, 2015 Businesses, financial institutions and civil society organizations from Cambodia’s clean energy sector met today to accelerate clean energy investment and share knowledge about Cambodia’s emerging industry trends in clean energy, particularly solar power. With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN-Asia) and …

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USAID and NASA Launch Technology for Development Project in Lower Mekong

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today launched “SERVIR-Mekong,” a project to promote the use of satellite imagery to help Asia’s Lower Mekong region better predict and cope with floods and other SERVIR-Mekong, funded by USAID and NASA and implemented by the Asian Disaster …

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United States Supports ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program Training in Cambodia

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

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Soldier Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For

Released on August 25, 2015 On August 21, the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be buried with full military honors. Army Maj. Dale W. Richardson, 28, of Mount Sterling, Illinois, will be buried August …

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USAID Launches New Project to Help Parties Resolve Labor Disputes

Released on August 6, 2015 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today a new grant to promote and protect labor rights in Cambodia by empowering parties to fairly and peacefully resolve labor disputes. The Upholding Labor Rights for Women and Men in Cambodia Project, awarded to the Labor Arbitration Council Foundation (ACF), will …

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Telephonic Press Briefing with Rose E. Gottemoeller, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security U.S. Department of State

Released on August 3, 2015 Please join us on Monday, August 10th, 2015 for a telephonic press briefing with U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose E. Gottemoeller. Under Secretary Gottemoeller will discuss the importance of youth involvement in the difficult task of nuclear disarmament. The briefing will take place …

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U.S. Government Awards $450,000 to the World Monuments Fund for Conservation of Phnom Bakheng Temple (Phase 4)

Released on July 31, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to announce that the Cultural Heritage Center for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ACA) of the U.S. Department of State has awarded $450,000 to the World Monuments Fund for conservation of the 10th‐century temple of Phnom Bakheng (Phase 4). Cambodia …

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U.S. Pacific Command Supplies Medical Lab Equipment to Support Public Health in Cambodia

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

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Cambodia Remains on Tier 2 Watch List in 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

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

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U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Statement on the Conviction of 11 CNRP Activists

Released on July 25, 2015 The United States is closely monitoring the case of the 11 CNRP activists convicted of insurrection arising out of July 2014 protests in Phnom Penh.  Peaceful protest and freedom of expression are fundamental aspects of democracy. The group, which includes U.S. citizen Meach Sovannara, was summarily convicted and received sentences …

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U.S. and Cambodia Support a New Program for Persons with Disabilities in Cambodia

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

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U.S. Government Launches a New Program to Support Persons with Disabilities in Cambodia

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

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YSEALI Generation: Startup Weekend

The Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) has kicked-off the application drive for the YSEALI Generation: Startup Weekend, as part of its youth engagement program facilitated by the US Embassy in Malaysia. YSEALI Generation Startup Weekend (Startup Weekend ASEAN) is an initiative to bring together groups of young entrepreneurs from ten ASEAN countries (Malaysia, Singapore, …

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Conference Call with Judith Heumann, U.S. Department of State Special Advisor for International Disability Rights

Released on June 9, 2015 Please join us on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 for a telephonic press briefing with Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State. Special Advisor Heumann will provide an overview of her recent travels in the Asia Pacific and an update on U.S. government policy …

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New Mobile Phone Information System to Help Cambodia’s HIV Fight

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

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U.S. Embassy, Westec Media, and MPAC to mark World Intellectual Property Rights Day

Released on April 24, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Westec Media Ltd, and the Motion Picture Association of Cambodia (MPAC) will jointly organize a workshop to mark World Intellectual Property Rights Day on April 27. The event is intended to underscore the importance of upholding intellectual property rights around the world and to …

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Siem Reap to Host the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Regional Exchange Workshop: “YSEALI Generation: EARTH”

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

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President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate William A. Heidt as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia

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

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EducationUSA Network Launches New Web Platform

Released on March 31, 2015 The U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA network has revamped its web presence for international students, U.S. higher education professionals, and foreign governments and institutions at educationusa.state.gov to prepare American and international students for today’s global economy and better promote U.S. higher education abroad.  The interactive platform helps engage and inform international …

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U.S.-Japan Joint Collaboration Event to Promote Women’s Economic Empowerment

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

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Cambodia Holds National Conference on Nutrition

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

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Cambodian Entrepreneurs Learn Best Practices for Greater Competitiveness

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

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EducationUSA Fair 2015

Released on January 29, 2015 So you’ve decided you would like to study in the United States. Congratulations! The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh is pleased to announce that EducationUSA Fair 2015 will take place on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 3:00 – 7:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh. …

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The U.S. Ambassador’s Youth Council and Wildlife Alliance Raise Awareness through the “Wild for Life” Concert

Released on January 28, 2015 Concerned about the decline in Cambodian wildlife, the U.S. Ambassador’s Youth Council (AYC) – in cooperation with Wildlife Alliance (WA) and with funding from the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia – will hold a concert and educational event called “Wild for Life” on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 5:30pm until 9:30pm …

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USAID Assists Cambodian Universities with Introduction of New Climate Change Curriculum

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

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2015 Peace Concert Series Opens January 17-18 in Banteay Meanchay

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

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RCAF, U.S. Marines Conduct Bilateral Humanitarian Assistance Exchange

Released on January 12, 2015 U.S. Marines with Headquarters Regiment, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, stationed in Okinawa, Japan, will partner with members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, including the Royal Gendarmerie, to conduct exercise Royal Preah Khan from January 12-23.  Royal Preah Khan is a bilateral exchange exercise between Cambodia and the United States …

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