Cambodia Morning News For December 7

Cambodia Morning News For December 7

Cambodia morning newsUS Restricts Visas for Cambodians ‘Undermining Democracy’
The Trump administration announced Wednesday it will restrict visas for Cambodians “undermining democracy” in the Southeast Asian nation following the dissolution of the main opposition party and a crackdown on independent media.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Vows to Hold Elections Despite Dissolution of Main Opposition Party
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday maintained that his country is governed by a multi-party democracy and said elections scheduled for next year would go on as planned, despite the recent dissolution of the only opposition party that posed a serious challenge to his rule.
— Radio Free Asia

NEC body to fight bad press
Amid accusations of bias in favour of the ruling party – and following the removal of the main opposition party from the electoral field – the National Election Committee has announced the creation of a new press reaction team to “attack back at negative points”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Largest ever group of Cambodian returnees in repatriation program due from US soon
More than 70 Cambodians are set to be deported to the Kingdom by the United States by the end of the month, the largest batch ever in the history of the controversial 15-year-old program, Cambodia’s Immigration Department and advocates confirmed yesterday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

EU calls for suspension of land NGO to be lifted
The European Union’s ambassador to Cambodia, George Edgar, yesterday called on the government to end its ostensibly temporary suspension of land rights organisation Equitable Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Local users take tentative steps into the digital world
A new study by global market research firm Kantar TNS has shown that Cambodians are both increasingly adventurous and sceptical internet users, becoming more willing to explore online payment options but more wary of their digital lives being tracked.
— The Phnom Penh Post

More fresh Cambodian mangoes bound for Europe
Kingdom Fruits International of the Mong Reththy Group, has exported fresh Keo Romeat mangoes to Europe.
— Fresh Plaza

PM Hun Sen: To Block Road When Protesting is Illegal
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen told Cambodian garment workers throughout the country not to protest by blocking the road because such protests are harmful to public travelers, especially those in urgent situations.
— Fresh News

Local officials given power to issue ag origin certificates
In a bid to decentralise the certificates of origin (COs) process to help promote international exports and ease cross-border trade, the Ministry of Commerce launched a pilot project yesterday that allows officials in the provinces of Battambang and Pailin to directly issue certification.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia goes all-in on China in casino port city
Between Sihanoukville’s beaches and its multiplying casinos, “Lao Qi” and Bun Saroeun run restaurants barely a hundred dusty meters apart. But their fortunes could not be more different.
— Reuters

Cambodia’s Camcashew signs MoU to export nuts to South Korea
Local agricultural firm Camcashew signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an obscure South Korean company yesterday with the aim of exporting 10,000 tonnes of processed cashew nuts next year, claiming that the two firms had reserved $100 million to fund the agreement.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tourism startups look for inroads
Four international startups selected by a regional program aimed at capitalising on the Kingdom’s booming tourism market have begun scouting out Cambodia’s largest cities looking for ways to expand.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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Sreypov Men recently completed a course of study in International Relations at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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