Cambodia is on the right track, said German Secretary of State on visit


German Secretary of State, Friedrich Kitschelt visits Cambodia.

The German Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Friedrich Kitschelt, ended a trip to Asia stating that “Cambodia and Vietnam are on the right track.”

“Since the end of the regime of terror of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia has achieved considerable success. Yet part of the country with a per capita income of about 1 thousand US dollars per year and a poverty rate of 20 percent is still among the less developed countries. The German Development Cooperation has targeted support for rural development, for example through the improvement of road networks and the health system, the most pressing problems of the Cambodian population,” said Kitschelt.

The Secretary of State noted that a particular challenge in Cambodia is what is related with land grabbing and the distribution of land.

“Under the tyranny of the Khmer Rouge all land registry and cadastre data was destroyed until 1979. Only since 1992, Cambodians got again the right to own land.”

With the support of Germany 3.5 million land titles have been issued, declared the State Secretary through the BMZ’s website. The benefit has targeted women and indigenous communities to ensure access to their right of the land they live and use for agricultural purposes. In cooperation with the Cambodian government, Kitschelt concluded that the allocation of land titles should be accelerated inside a strict human rights framework.

The German Secretary of State visited also textile factories in Cambodia and Vietnam, many of them providers of textile manufacturer for the German market. The BMZ’s website declares that essential standards of the Federal Ministry initiated for Economic Cooperation and Development Alliance for Sustainable textiles are applied. Cambodia and Vietnam are two of the main exporters of textiles by Germany.


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

One response to “Cambodia is on the right track, said German Secretary of State on visit”

  1. Hai Nguyen says :

    But, the Secretary did not attribute Cambodian peace and progresses to the sacrifices of Vietnamese who lost their lives and selflessly, shared their modest wealth without complaint. He also, left without telling racist Cambodian politicians and extreme nationalists who criminally, target and harm Vietnamese Cambodians on behalf of the “Killing Fields” originator: China. And most importantly, he did not remind Cambodians the wisdom of “what goes around, comes around”.

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