Inner city students enlisted into Prime Minister Hun Sen’s nationwide land-titling program have been getting a taste of the rural life and some of them are ready to come home.
Prepped with a two-day crash course in surveying, more than 1,000 youths have been dispatched across the Kingdom to help tackle the innumerable land disputes that have long simmered around the country.
The volunteers are part of the premier’s ambitious scheme to measure 1.2 million hectares of land in six to eight months for 350,000 families affected by economic land concessions. …
May Titthara, P. 3
Ninety–nine per cent of Cambodians have a television set in their home, according to data compiled by Indochina Research.
“We know everybody watches television,” said General Manager Laurent Notin. “Television is the most trusted media channel for Cambodians.”
The saturation of television is only one of the interesting results of the data collected by Notin and his team, based on an aggregation of results from different surveys conducted during the third and fourth quarters of last year.
Ninety-four per cent of Cambodians aged 15 or more own mobile phones. Eighty-six per cent own motorcycles, but only 10 per cent own cars.
When broken down according to urban versus rural automobile owners, 14 per cent of urban dwellers are car owners, while only five per cent of rural people own cars. …
“Research has shown that new products and services appeal very much to Cambodians. They will try something new.”…Notin said. …
Stuart Alan Becker, P. 8
According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) the regional and national power grids are key to development, though plans for their development have come under criticism by a number of NGOs who believe that power generation should be decentralized. The ADB’s Greater Mekong Subregion program is meeting with environmental minister from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma and China in order to discuss developing regional infrastructure and boosting economic development. Cambodia is set to receive a good amount of the ADB’s $25 million budget for environmental programs as energy development has an effect on rural areas.
(By Paul Vrieze, pg. 21)
Roads, bridges, schools, sanitation and other forms of basic infrastructure are still top priorities for many rural citizens of Cambodia. Comfrel has done a study of issues that voters are concerned with and found that infrastructure is a key area. Traditionally the rural areas have been strong supporters of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).
(By Abby Seiff and Van Roeun, pg. 24)