Cambodia Morning News For August 16

Cambodia Morning News For August 16

Cambodia morning newsReport shows need for Cambodia to diversify exports
Global credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Services said yesterday that while it has retained Cambodia’s B2/stable sovereign rating alongside Vietnam’s B1/positive rating, the Kingdom’s low diversification of exports has put it at higher risk from external shocks than its eastern neighbour.
The Phnom Penh Post

Ban, Millions in Timber Continue to Cross Border
Vietnam imported $142 million worth of timber from Cambodia during the first half of the year, according to the latest customs data from Hanoi, adding to the mounting evidence that Cambodia’s nominal timber export ban is being widely ignored.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Thai trade grows on increasing imports
Trade between Cambodia and Thailand reached $2.9 billion in the first half the year, a 10 percent increase compared to the same period in 2016, according to statistics from the Thai Embassy in Cambodia.
The Phnom Penh Post

Cellcard service beats out rivals: OpenSignal analysis
A recent analysis of Cambodia’s top three cellular service providers conducted by OpenSignal, a wireless coverage mapping company, suggests that CamGSM’s Cellcard is the highest-performing cellular provider in Cambodia, receiving more recognition for its services than either Viettel’s Metfone or Smart Axiata.
The Phnom Penh Post

Maintaining traditional Laos-Cambodia ties in mutual interests
Many people in Laos heaved a sigh of relief – perhaps also in Cambodia – after Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen agreed on Saturday to ease tensions along the border between the two countries and to strive to normalise the situation through peaceful means.
The Nation

UN Rights Envoy Attends Vigil Marking One-Year Imprisonment of Cambodia Activist
A United Nations’ rights envoy met with activists involved in a long-running dispute at a lake community in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh Tuesday as they marked the one-year anniversary of the jailing of one of their leaders.
Radio Free Asia

Cambodia Prepares to Introduce Community Service to Replace Mandatory Detention
The justice ministry is planning to introduce community service to replace mandatory detention in the hope that it will ease pressure on the country’s beleaguered prison system.
VOA Cambodia

Officials go to Vietnam to ‘force’ Montagnard refugees’ relatives to appeal for their return
A team from the Interior Ministry last week went to Vietnam and visited the families of at least two Montagnards who are pursuing refugee status in Phnom Penh, with one asylum seeker saying his daughter was “forced” to write a letter asking him to return home – an account denied by an official.
The Phnom Penh Post

Party HQ Searched Amid Terror Allegations
The saga involving the arrest of a politically-irrelevant opposition party’s leader took another twist on Tuesday when the party’s Phnom Penh offices were searched by anti-terrorism police, with a party official claiming it was due to links with a government-branded terrorist.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

National Assembly to Consider Overseas Voting Proposal ‘Soon’
The National Assembly will consider the opposition’s proposal to allow overseas voting “soon,” a spokesman said on Tuesday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

In call to cancel debt, Cambodia asks: When war is over, who cleans up the mess?
About 130 square miles of Cambodia are thought to be contaminated with unexploded ordnance dropped by US forces during the Vietnam War – one reason the prime minister says the country should not have to repay a wartime debt of $500 million.
The Christian Science Monitor


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