Cambodia Morning News For August 23

Cambodia Morning News For August 23

Cambodia morning newsPermanent Ban on Commercial Surrogacy Planned
Commercial surrogacy in Cambodia will be permanently and completely banned if a long-awaited draft law is approved, according to an official on Tuesday at the Women’s Affairs Ministry, which began drafting the legislation nearly a year ago.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Filling in Cambodia’s e-commerce gap has finally arrived in Southeast Asia but the majority of the e-commerce giant’s myriad suppliers still do not deliver to Cambodia. However, two local services are filling the gap, allowing people living in the Kingdom to order from Amazon’s vast catalogue of products and having the items delivered to their address in Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry to pass minimum wage law ‘this year’
A controversial universal minimum wage law will be passed this year in order to prevent a repeat of the mass protests over garment sector wages that rocked the country in 2013, Labour Minister Ith Sam Heng said yesterday, despite calls for revisions from independent unions and labour organisations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tokio Marine unit establishes representative office in Cambodia
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, a subsidiary of Tokio Marine Holdings, has established a representative office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as it looks to support the growing number of Japanese companies operating in the market.
— Intelligent Insurer

Hun Sen says Cambodia Daily must pay its $6.3M tax bill or ‘pack up’
rime Minister Hun Sen escalated the government’s attacks on media outlets and NGOs yesterday, reiterating in a speech that the Cambodia Daily would have to “pack up their things and leave” if they failed to pay a $6.3 million tax bill, while at the same time vowing to disallow the NGO coalition “Situation Room” from monitoring next year’s election.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Passion for tech takes Cambodian girls to the world stage
On a recent Thursday afternoon, while school buses make circuitous routes through the grid of Phnom Penh, weaving through standstill traffic, five middle school girls are huddled together over an Android phone, grinning and laughing at one end of a long worktable in the USAID building.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Smart Axiata launches 4.5G services in the Kingdom
Mobile operator Smart Axiata became the first company to launch 4.5G services in the Cambodia yesterday, a move that will position the firm to supply faster download and upload speeds when more devices carry the latest technology.
— The Phnom Penh Post

TrueMoney unveils a revamped e-wallet app
Mobile payment provider TrueMoney has launched a newly improved e-wallet application that allows customers in the Asean countries the company serves to transfer funds across borders, borrow money and make investments in mutual funds.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Rubber Trees Cited for Contribution to Growing Forest Cover
Citing a big boost from Cambodia’s vast rubber tree plantations, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday said the country’s forest cover had been increasing, before blasting an NGO critical of the country’s illegal logging trade.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

As Khmer Rouge trials near end, is Cambodia ready to move on from its dark past?
After eleven years of hearings on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s long-awaited UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal appears to be winding down. The tribunal has secured just three convictions over the horrific crimes committed by Pol Pot’s murderous regime during the 1970s genocide, in which two million Cambodians perished.
— Asian Correspondent

Ministry Gives Conflicting Information on RFA, VOA Ban
Information Ministry officials on Tuesday gave contradictory accounts on whether the government is considering new rules barring radio stations from carrying broadcasts from U.S.-funded media outlets Radio Free Asia and Voice of America, adding to ambiguity surrounding the outlets’ fate in Cambodia.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Prime Minister Issues Reprieve to AIM After Founder’s Apology
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday agreed to allow Agape International Missions to continue its operations in Cambodia, just three weeks after ordering the expulsion of the anti-sex trafficking NGO over a CNN story featuring its work, according to an online news report.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

In Rural Cambodia, Clean Water Still a Scarce Resource
About 20 years ago, villagers in Samrong commune in Svay Rieng province’s Chantrea district near the border with Vietnam had to travel from village to village before dawn to transport water to the area.
— VOA Cambodia


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