Cambodia Morning News For December 19

Cambodia Morning News For December 19

Cambodia morning newsDissolved Cambodia Opposition Rejects PM Hun Sen’s Call to ‘Form New Party’
A senior official from Cambodia’s recently dissolved opposition party on Monday rejected a suggestion by the country’s prime minister to “form a new political party” ahead of upcoming elections, calling it a tactic meant to “defuse international pressure” over ongoing restrictions on democracy.
— Radio Free Asia

As Hun Sen goads West, minister quietly notes massive cost of sanctions
With Prime Minister Hun Sen publicly daring Western countries to impose sanctions in response to the recent dissolution of the country’s main opposition, the minister of commerce has quietly expressed concern at the staggering customs bill Cambodia would incur should the EU suspend its preferential trade treatment, a leaked letter to the premier shows.
— The Phnom Penh Post

MoI Shuts Down Over 300 Print Media Outlets
Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith annouced on Monday to shut down 330 inactive print media businesses, according to the Minister of Information’s facebook page.
— Fresh News

Business Insider: Boosting inclusion for online payment at Pi Pay
While Cambodia remains a largely cash-based society, the market for financial technology has begun to expand through online payment services and mobile e-wallets like Pi Pay.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Addressing the North Korea Human Rights Crisis: Lessons From Cambodia
Extrajudicial killings, systematic torture, arbitrary detention, forced labor, rape, starvation, restriction of freedoms, the list goes on.

More evidence given in military’s Rainsy lawsuit
A lawyer for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces submitted more evidence against former opposition leader Sam Rainsy for allegedly undermining the military, while Rainsy doubled down on his comments, once again urging disobedience.
— The Phnom Penh Post

EU firm sets plan for local rubber factory
Socfin Cambodia, the local branch of a Europe-based international rubber producing company that currently operates a 7,500-hectare rubber plantation in Mondulkiri, has announced plans to open the doors to its first rubber factory next April, with an initial investment of $5.7 million, a company executive said last week.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Education Institutions Can Start Up Without Depositing Finance
Prime Minister Hun Sen and leaders of Association of Higher Education Institutions (AHEI) have discussed intensively on the education in Cambodia, including the challenges and the improvement of the quality of education in Cambodia, according to Eang Sophalleth, Personal Secretary to PM Hun Sen.
— Fresh News

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam boost trade, investment
The 11th Investment-Trade and Tourism Promotion Forum of the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Development Triangle took place in the southern province of Binh Phuoc on December 18.
— Nhan Dan Online

Garment workers faced with rising rent
Even as Prime Minister Hun Sen publicly appealed to landlords this week not to raise rental costs for garment workers, tenants yesterday said they were again preparing for the commonplace price hikes that have accompanied minimum wage increases for years.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cash and carry Makro ready for business in Phnom Penh
Makro has opened its first supermarket in Phnom Penh, providing a one-stop shopping solution to a wide range of businesses.
— Bangkok Post

New Sihanoukville trash collector admits flaws
The owner of a garbage collection company that recently took over trash pick-up in Sihanoukville admitted shortcomings in collection efforts yesterday, while pledging to improve services, following a petition by residents calling for the company’s contract to be rescinded.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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