Cambodia Morning News For April 3

Cambodia Morning News For April 3

Cambodia morning news

Soft tax approach sends mixed signals
The Tax Department has announced a one-month extension to its traditional March 31 deadline for companies to submit their annual corporate tax filings – an unprecedented last-minute move that some legal experts argue could be sending the wrong message to taxpayers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

NEC warns groups on releasing polling data
National Election Committee spokesman Hang Puthea on Friday asked third-party institutions to refrain from releasing opinion polls and voter surveys within seven days of the commune elections, while also informally requesting pollsters avoid releasing results during the official two-week campaign before the election.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tourism as usual at Angkor Wat despite steeper fees
The steep increase in Angkor Wat ticket prices on February 1 did not discourage tourists from visiting the country’s chief tourist draw, as some feared, but it also did not reap any significant material gains for the
government coffers, new data shows.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Singaporean Officials Rebuff CNRP Questions Over Sand Exports
Singaporean officials last week declined a request by CNRP parliamentarians to release documents related to the city-state’s controversial import of Cambodian sand, opposition lawmaker Son Chhay said on Sunday.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Kith Meng Firm’s Wood Seized Near Border
Authorities in Tbong Khmum province seized two trucks that were about to break the government’s ban on timber exports to Vietnam by carting wood across the border for a company owned by business mogul Kith Meng.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Communes ‘Need Extra Funds’ to Develop: Analyst
The government should increase the annual budget of communes by $100,000 to increase the quality of life for ordinary Cambodians, an analyst has told VOA Khmer.

Cambodia Appeals to Trump to Forgive War-Era Debt
During the Vietnam War, the United States lent hundreds of millions of dollars to Cambodia’s flailing government to feed and clothe refugees — even as American B-52s drove many of those same people from their villages by carpet-bombing the countryside.
— The New York Times

Cambodia’s famed Angkor earns nearly 31 mln USD from ticket sales in Q1
Revenue from ticket sales to foreigners visiting Cambodia’s famed Angkor archeological park reached 30.8 million U.S. dollars in the first quarter of 2017, up 51.6 percent over the same period last year, according to an official report on Saturday.

Cambodia’s Defense Policy: Challenges and the Way Ahead
According to the Australian Defense Force’s Defense Economic Trends 2016 report as seen in Figure 1, the country’s military expenditure increased yearly from just USD 100 million in 2008 to about USD 400 million in 2015.
IPP Review

Incentives for a digital economy
Digital payments have made slow headway in Cambodia, where much of the
population remains unbanked and e-commerce sites rely almost solely on cash-
on-delivery payments.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Green Light For Surrogate Babies to Exit Cambodia
Nearly six months after the Health Ministry banned surrogate pregnancies, Prime Minister Hun Sen has approved an exit strategy allowing babies born to Cambodian surrogates to leave the country.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Opinion Polls to Be Banned Ahead of Election
Cambodia’s top election body will take legal action against groups that conduct or publish opinion polls in the two weeks leading up to June 4 commune elections, its spokesman said on Sunday, warning that the surveys could lead to “social instability.”
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)



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