Cambodia Morning News For April 20

Cambodia Morning News For April 20

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Directive Opens Door For Surrogacy Babies to Leave Cambodia
A new directive by Cambodia’s Council of Ministers clarifies the future of dozens of unborn babies following the crackdown last year on illegal commercial surrogacy undertaken in the county.
– AEC News Today

Banking shows steady growth
Cambodia’s financial sector saw healthy growth last year with increased deposits and profits amid slower credit growth, reflecting sustainable development and increased public confidence in the sector, according to a recently released central bank report.
The Phnom Penh Post

Japanese firms sign power line agreement
T.T. Network Infrastructure Japan, a joint venture between global electronics manufacturer Toshiba and Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings (TEPCO), will operate and maintain 130 kilometres of a 230-kilovolt power transmission line in Cambodia, according to Japanese media yesterday.
The Phnom Penh Post

Few Takers for Low-Interest Riel Loans From Central Bank
A pilot program providing short-term central bank funds in riel, primarily for microfinance institutions (MFIs), has struggled to attract applicants, highlighting the difficulties facing efforts to promote the local currency,
and control interest and exchange rates.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Up to 4,000 Cambodians Working Illegally in South Korea: Envoy
Between 3,000 and 4,000 Cambodians are currently residing in South Korea illegally after their employment contracts or visas expired, leaving many of them vulnerable to exploitation by employers, Long Dimanche, Cambodia’s ambassador to South Korea, said on Wednesday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

China-funded power transmission line inaugurated in Cambodia
A China-funded power transmission system was inaugurated here on Wednesday after three years’ construction, officials said.

Cambodia destroys 25,325 marijuana plants in southern province
Cambodian police destroyed 25,325 marijuana plants in southern Takeo province during raids on Wednesday, the National Police website reported.

Khmer New Year festival brings in more income
Angkor Sangkranta, Siem Reap’s largest cultural festival held over Khmer New Year, raked in a total income of $95 million on the back of 1.6 million domestic and international visitors, a 23 percent year-on-year increase, state news agency AKP said yesterday.
The Phnom Penh Post

Kheng addresses illegal fishing before elections
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday called on authorities to ramp up a crackdown on illegal fishing ahead of upcoming commune elections, prompting one fisheries activist to question whether the action would continue after it ceased to be politically expedient.
The Phnom Penh Post

Agreement Continues to Elude Residents of White Building
A meeting between government officials and about 50 residents of Phnom Penh’s White Building housing complex on Tuesday night did little to bridge the gap between the compensation desired by residents and that offered by Japanese developer Arakawa, which plans to tear down the low-income residential block and construct an $80 million, 21-story development.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Illegal Fishing Task Force for Tonle Sap Lake Claims Success
A government task force set up to curb illegal fishing on the Tonle Sap lake has confiscated more than 60 boats, seized thousands of meters of illegal fishing nets and arrested dozens of fishermen during its four-month campaign, the National Police reported on Wednesday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

In Cambodia, 5 Years After Chut Wutty’s Killing, Questions Remain
The late environmental activist Chut Wutty was prepared for his own death —“any time.”

Ahead of Local Elections, Hundreds of Elected Opposition Officials Get the Boot
In the lead up to June’s commune elections, several local opposition leaders here have lost their jobs, leading villagers to wonder why the well-liked commune chief was removed along with two councilors and other members of staff.

Cambodia Lacks Measures to Evacuate Workers From Korea in Event of War: Envoy
As saber-rattling over North Korea continues, Cambodia’s ambassador to South Korea has said that there are no plans in place to evacuate citizens in the event of a conflict breaking out.

US Seabees Expulsion Leaves Rural Cambodians in the Lurch
Villagers in western Cambodia’s Battambang province said Wednesday that the government’s decision to cancel a contract with a unit of the U.S. Navy for millions of dollars of humanitarian work last month has left them without
access to adequate maternal health care facilities.
Radio Free Asia

Cambodia Bans Future Visits to Jailed Opposition Lawmakers
Cambodia’s Interior Ministry has banned future visits to political opposition officials and activists held in Prey Sar Prison, saying that a group of lawmakers had improperly allowed an RFA Khmer Service reporter to accompany
them to the prison on Wednesday.
Radio Free Asia

Dutchman arrested in Cambodia for child porn photos
Cambodia arrested a 53-year-old Dutchman while he was photographing naked boys by a lakeside in a village in northwestern Siem Reap province on Tuesday, according to an anti-pedophile agency’s media release on Wednesday.

New Cambodia border casino sparks trade war with Thailand
A controversial new Cambodia casino has sparked a minor trade war with neighboring Thailand.

Going underground with Cambodia’s hard-living professional poker expats
Western players are flocking to Cambodia to exploit the country’s illegal poker scene. But in their pursuit of easy money and easy living, many fall prey to the high-stakes lifestyle that comes with the profession
Southeast Asia Globe


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