Cambodia Morning News For April 24

Cambodia Morning News For April 24

Cambodia morning news

MFIs seek ministry support
The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) is planning to form a joint committee chaired by government officials and microfinance institutions (MFIs) to promote small loan disbursements as the new 18 percent loan interest rate cap takes effect, according to an announcement released by the government on Friday.
The Phnom Penh Post

Government Orders 50,000 Troops Deployed to Secure Elections
The government has ordered 50,000 members of the armed forces to be deployed during the upcoming local elections to provide security.

Bringing startups to Cambodia
Confluences Asia, a Cambodia-based consulting and advisory firm, recently helped launch its second startup in Cambodia with Portuguese e-ticketing firm Last2Ticket.
The Phnom Penh Post

Reporter for RFA called to court
A prominent Radio Free Asia journalist who allegedly hid his identity to get in to Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison to interview what activists see as a key political prisoner has been called to court to potentially face charges.
The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Has ‘Unique’ Chance to Cut Carbon, Study Says
Cambodia has a “unique window of opportunity” to reduce its carbon footprint by making energy production and transportation more environmentally friendly, according to a study published earlier this month.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Assistant at Government Investment Body Arrested in Graft Case
An assistant at the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) was arrested last week and charged over the weekend for allegedly demanding bribes while processing applications, a court official said on Sunday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Pulling the plug on power in Cambodia
The cityscape of Phnom Penh resembles a work in progress. On a strip of land marking the cross-section of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, a new hotel under construction and empty plots face the centuries-old Royal Palace.
Bangkok Post

The curious case of North Korea in Cambodia
On a quiet midweek evening on the streets of the Cambodian capital, the Pyongyang Restaurant is at near capacity.
Channel NewsAsia

Why the US Must Forgive Cambodia’s War Debt
Having both spent several years investigating and exposing human rights
violations in Cambodia, we are no particular fans of the country’s government.
The Diplomat

Ancient jewellery to return: ministry
A set of ancient gold jewellery, which once adorned an Angkorian statue before finding its way to a London art dealership, will be returned to the Kingdom, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts announced on Friday.
The Phnom Penh Post

Women Councilors Still Face Major Obstacles, Report Finds
Despite an increase in numbers, female commune councilors continue to face substantial obstacles in having their voices heard over issues relating to women and children, especially when it comes to getting funding, according to
research released on Friday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

PM Tells Workers in Korea Not to Fear as Tensions Between North, US Simmer
Prime Minister Hun Sen has told migrant workers in South Korea not to worry about their safety, saying the likelihood of conflict breaking out on the peninsula is remote.

Help Hong Kong brand Kambodja help Cambodia’s children
Cambodia is a special place for designer Linda Quach. Quach is founder of Hong Kong-based Kambodja, a small brand with a big heart that makes beautifully crafted accessories, from bags to neckties, all giving a nod to the designer’s rich French-Khmer heritage.
South China Morning Post

Pair toil to bring music to the children of Cambodia
A pair of Pittsburgh violinists are using their talents to help bring music education to a country where such instruction has long been silenced.

From hunter to hunted: Paedophiles head to Cambodia’s interiors as cities wise up
APART from their unhealthy interest in children, Dutchman Sebastian Reuyl and Cambodian-American Tan Saravuth share something else in common – both were given safe passage into Cambodia despite their convict pasts.
– Asian Correspondent


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