Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia on
“Rectangular Strategy” for Growth, Employment, Equity and Efficiency Phase II
First Cabinet Meeting of the Fourth Legislature of the National Assembly at the Office of the Council of Ministers Phnom Penh, 26 September 2008
Excellencies Deputy Prime Ministers, Excellencies Senior Ministers, Ministers, Secretaries of State, Respected Members of the Cabinet, Ladies and Gentlemen:
1. Today is a historical occasion when the Royal Government of Cambodia of the fourth legislature of the National Assembly holds its first cabinet meeting. As Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, I am pleased to extend to all of you, colleagues members of the Royal Government of the fourth legislature, my greetings, warm welcome and best wishes. 2. To begin with, I would like to extend my profound gratitude to all compatriots who have once again for the fourth term, through the general elections held on 27th July 2008, reiterated their confidence in me personally to serve the nation as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The general elections on 27th July 2008 were upheld as open, free, fair and transparent. It was once again recognized as the "Miracle on the Mekong". The new Royal Government of Cambodia, created by the free will of our people, resumes its duties in the fourth legislature with renewed dynamism and commitment to building' and developing our country. 3. May I take this occasion of the first cabinet meeting to announce to our compatriots and development partners the prioritized policies of the Royal Government of the fourth legislature and its unwavering commitment to continue implementing reform programs in various strategic fields. This is to serve the interests of the nation and respond to the aspirations of the people who have given the Royal Government this sacred duty by the vote of their confidence through the process of free and fair election. 4. I reiterate once again that reform is the matter of life or death for Cambodia. In this sense, Cambodia has no other choice than continuing with firm and conscientious implementation of all needed reform programs. Deepening and expanding comprehensive implementation of these programs are the pre-requisites to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in sustaining high economic growth and reducing people's poverty. Indeed, this need is becoming even more relevant the current context of Cambodia and the world.
5. In this spirit, the "Political Platform" of the Royal Government of the fourth legislature has been formulated and endorsed through a comprehensive review of the predominance during the third legislature, people's will and desire, the national and international context and the prioritization of strategies for all key sectors. Our development policy has been fine-tuned to highlight the socioeconomic policy agenda of this political platform and to develop systematic, coherent, interrelated, complementary, and simplified priority packages within key sectors. Through this socio-economic policy agenda, the Royal Government reiterates its mission statement and firm determination in continuing the reforms in order to strengthen good governance and stimulate high economic growth, the most important factors to ensure sustainable development and poverty reduction. 6. In this context, I would like to propose to our first cabinet meeting, compatriots, development partners, public and private sectors, and civil society organisations, that we will continue to implement the" Rectangular Strategy" for Growth, Employment, Equity and Efficiency -- Phase II which is the "Socioeconomic Policy Agenda" of the "Political Platform of the Royal Government of the
fourth legislature of the National Assembly".
7. Let me elaborate the background and strategy as follows: Part I - Performance of the Royal Government of the Third Legislature in implementing the...
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