Speech to be delivered by H.E. Senior Minister of MLMUPC
At the 3rd CDCF (2-3 June, 2010 at Government Building)
· Dear Your Excellency Deputy Prime Minister
· Dear Your Excellency Senior Ministers, Ministers
· Excellencies, Madams, Ladies and Gentlemen, National and International distinguished guests, Development Partners and Civil Society Representatives!
(In response to the agricultural statement), MLMUPC, on behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, has been taking great efforts to promote and protect the land rights of smallholders and indigenous communities.
In relation to the issues of Social Land Concessions (SLCs), the RGC has been working very hard to strengthen this mechanism. Typically, under the order of Samdech Akak Techo Hun Sen, the General Secretariat of SLCs has conducted a preliminary research for land availability in 16 provinces. From this research, the General Secretariat of SLCs has found that available land of 49 locations with 13,0000 hectares are suitable for SLCs; the working group will continue to study on the land quality and do the demarcation. At the same time, the RGC is also making its effort to improve land dispute resolutions mechanism through the Cadastral Commission, having delegated decision-making power to the provincial level.
Separately, in response to the Positions Paper of NGOs on Cambodia Development 2009 – 2010 for the 3rd CDCF, MLMUPC feels that the criticism made by these NGOs is totally not true, as the criticism holds against the commitment and effort of the RGC in implementing the Land Sector Reform Program. Furthermore, with regard to the case studies in Phnom Penh and other urban areas, these NGOs looked at only one angle/aspect of grightsh issue, and not considered the gresponsibility and legalityh. More importantly, this paper based entirely on the reports of NGOs themselves, without consultation with the direct implementing institutions (such as LMAP, etc). The RGC, therefore, concludes that the assessment and criticism made by NGOs are implausible and not acceptable.