Prime Minister Hun Sen talks at the Global Poverty Reduction and Development Forum in Beijing on Friday, where he outlined the government’s strategy for tackling poverty. Photo supplied
Zoe Holman, The PPhnom Penh Post
Mon, 19 October 2015
Prime Minister Hun Sen has outlined Cambodia’s strategy for tackling poverty in a keynote speech to a United Nations forum in Beijing marking the 2015 International Day for Eradication of Poverty.
Addressing the gathering of leaders on Friday, the premier lauded the 1 billion people brought out of poverty worldwide since 1990, noting Cambodia’s achievement in reducing the population living below the poverty line from 53.2 per cent to 13.5 per cent between 2004 and 2014.
Yet he also emphasised the continued risk of thousands of Cambodians slipping below the threshold into poverty.
“People living close to the poverty line – in rural areas, those who are deprived of any protection from the government and those who receive minimal economic opportunities – are prone to falling back into poverty through economic shock or natural disasters such as droughts, or rising food and oil prices,” he said.
“Because poverty is multifaceted . . . we must create an opportunity for all people to participate in socioeconomic activities.”
Toward this goal, Hun Sen outlined five key strategies: maintaining long-term economic growth; investing in agriculture and infrastructure to ensure food security; accelerating trade liberalisation; upgrading education; and promoting financial inclusion.
The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, however, cast doubt on the success of the government’s initiatives to date as well as its future commitment to the economic inclusion of Cambodia’s poorest. (more…)
My 14-minute interview with Radio Free Asia (RFA) on 14 October 2015 centered on the culture of dialogue and the current political situation. “The culture of violence must be replaced with the culture of dialogue.” បទសម្ភាសន៍ របស់ខ្ញុំ រយ:ពេល ១៤ នាទី ជាមួយនឹងវិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី កាលពីយប់ថ្ងៃទី ១៤ ខែតុលា ឆ្នាំ ២០១៥។ បទសម្ភាសន៍នេះ ផ្តោតទៅលើ វប្បធម៌សន្ទនា និងស្ថានការណ៍នយោបាយ បច្ចុប្បន្ន។ “វប្បធម៌ហឹង្សា ត្រូវដាក់ជំនួសដោយ វប្បធម៌សន្ទនា”។ ១៦ តុលា ២០១៥ / 16 October 2015