Cambodia Morning News For April 19

Cambodia Morning News For April 19

Cambodia morning news

Rice exports show slow growth
Cambodian rice exports declined dramatically in March, causing the average export growth of the Kingdom’s dominant cash crop to increase by only 3 percent during the first quarter of this year, nearly wiping out the double-digit growth seen in January and February.
The Phnom Penh Post

NEC shrugs off database hack
Officials and foreign donors yesterday sought to play down concerns over the security of the National Election Committee’s voter list, after anonymous leaker “Thleay” released a video appearing to show manipulation of the
database and the NEC confirmed it had been hacked.
The Phnom Penh Post

World Bank Loan of $100 Million Angers Boeng Kak Activists
Boeng Kak supporters on Tuesday said they were dismayed at the World Bank’s announcement of a new $100 million loan to the Cambodian government amid ongoing harassment and jailings of land rights activists.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Novel Destinations Draw New Year Travelers
Better roads and new events drew Khmer New Year celebrants to traditionally less busy provinces like Mondolkiri, Kompong Thom and Svay Rieng this year, as the number of visitors to more established destinations like Siem Reap and Preah Sihanouk provinces also rose, according to estimates from the Tourism Ministry.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Plaintiffs in Case Against Hun Manet Vow to Go to Federal Court
A U.S. Court has dismissed a civil case against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son, General Hun Manet.

Former Cambodian Diplomat Finds Honor as Son Ranks in U.S. Navy
Chap Kung’s diplomatic career ended 42 years ago this week with a U.S. Marine airlift out of Cambodia as the Lon Nol regime fell to the Khmer Rouge.

April 17 reflects party divide
Lifelong political enemies Prime Minister Hun Sen and former opposition leader Sam Rainsy commemorated the 42nd anniversary of the Khmer Rouge takeover of Phnom Penh by continuing to push their duelling historical narratives, which have defined Cambodian political discourse for decades.
The Phnom Penh Post

New congress seeks to clear ministry hurdle
The Cambodia National Rescue Party plans to hold another extraordinary congress next week to reselect three deputy leaders whose appointment at a congress last month was deemed invalid by the Interior Ministry.
The Phnom Penh Post

Kith Meng Company Secures Timber Release
Customs officers have released a pair of trucks that local officials said were seized late last month while being used to smuggle timber belonging to business mogul Kith Meng into Vietnam in breach of a government ban, according to police.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

NEC to Host Daily Party Panel Discussions on Television, Radio
The National Election Committee will broadcast daily interview panels featuring all political parties that are running in upcoming local elections on state-run television and radio stations during the 14-day election campaign period, spokesman Hang Puthea said on Tuesday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodia to Repatriate Montagnard Asylum Seekers to Vietnam
Cambodian immigration officials will repatriate 26 Montagnard asylum seekers to Vietnam this weekend to comply with a request by the United Nations refugee agency, the head of the Interior Ministry’s refugee department said Tuesday.
Radio Free Asia

Cambodian Opposition Party to Hold Congress to Select Vice Presidents
Cambodia’s main opposition party will hold a party congress next week to amend a crucial bylaw that allows the selection of three vice presidents in another bid to placate the country’s Ministry of Interior which rejected the party’s previous method of naming party leaders, a party official said Tuesday.
Radio Free Asia

China builds university for southeastern Cambodian province
China has completed the construction of a university for southeastern Cambodia’s Kratie province, officials said on Tuesday, adding that the university would importantly contribute to the development of human resources in the country.


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