We are here today to celebrate two things that Cambodia can count among its riches: beautiful art and abundant natural resources like its forests and rivers. Even in my short time in Cambodia, I’m truly impressed by the wealth of traditional art as well as the country’s natural beauty. These are very special gifts and it is up to all of us to make sure that they are nurtured and protected.
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A very good morning to you all. It gives me great pleasure to be here and to extend a warm welcome to everyone at this two-day Training of Facilitators on the ASEAN SME Academy. First of all, let me convey my appreciation to H. E. Dr. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister for Industry and Handicrafts, and his efficient colleagues in the General Department of SMEs and Handicrafts. The Ministry is a key partner in this event, co-hosting this training, and identifying all the participants.
It is an honor to be here today and to be speaking on behalf of development partners. We are encouraged by the great progress that Cambodia has made in reducing hunger and stunting in Cambodia since 2000. The recent 2016 Global Hunger Index Report results show that Cambodia is one of three countries with largest percentage of hunger reduction among the 50 countries with serious levels of hunger. This improvement is great news.
The fact that we are here together as we prepare for Cambodia’s Third National Nutrition Day. This year’s theme -- “Improved Sanitation, Hygiene and Nutrition Make Children Grow” – is not only a fact, it’s a call to action. It is also a strong testament to Cambodia’s continued commitment to improve nutrition for mothers and children.
Last updated: March 21, 2017