Cambodia Morning News For June 21

Cambodia Morning News For June 21

Cambodia morning news

World Bank Subsidiary to Train 2,000 Contract Rice Farmers
A World Bank subsidiary will soon start training 2,000 farmers contracted to supply a leading Cambodian rice exporter on how to meet an international farming standard.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Shaky outlook for black pepper
The rapid expansion of pepper cultivation in Cambodia coincides with the spice’s plummeting world prices, creating concerns that the glut of pepper ripening on vines across the Kingdom could further erode next season’s market prices and push the sector toward a collapse.
The Phnom Penh Post 

Commuter train hopes for route expansion to SEZ
A commuter rail service that runs from Phnom Penh’s central district to beyond its airport has slowly gained traction since it launched three months ago, raising the possibility that it could be expanded to connect the capital’s biggest industrial park.
The Phnom Penh Post 

Great potential for tourism tech in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar & Vietnam: Mekong Business Initiative chief
Startup accelerator Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST), which provides mentorship to tourism companies in the Greater Mekong Subregion (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam), recently completed its first year of operations. The accelerator, a joint venture between Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office and ADB-backed Mekong Business Initiative (MBI), announced four startups that will receive grants totalling $31,000 from it.
Deal Street Asia

Nearly 2,000 Rockets Found in Kandal Underground Bunker
Nearly 2,000 decomposing rocket-propelled grenades were cleared from an underground bunker in Kandal province after the property’s owner was alerted to the weapons cache by long-time villagers and hired an excavator to dig it up, police said on Tuesday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodia–Vietnam ties turn 50
This year marks 50 years of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Vietnam. Both countries have organised a series of events to commemorate their time-honoured traditional friendship that is bound by strategic convergence, common vision and shared interests.
East Asia Forum

Cambodia passes new Law on Senate Election
The National Assembly of Cambodia on Tuesday approved the new Law on Senate Election which adds a provision that allows Senate seats to be stripped from any political party that boycotts Senate after an election.

Officer detained in arms smuggling case went through Koh Kong casino to access Thailand
The Cambodian official arrested by Thai police on suspicion of smuggling weapons entered Thailand using a private road that is part of a border-hugging casino owned by CPP Senator Ly Yong Phat and is not subject to immigration controls, according to two officials at the border.
The Phnom Penh Post 

Journalists Protest Arrest of Reporters in Ratanakkiri
About 50 journalists who work in provinces across the country gathered at the Information Ministry headquarters in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to protest the arrest of four journalists in Ratanakkiri province for alleged extortion last week.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Immunity Not For Criminals, Assembly President Says
Opposition lawmakers spun an otherwise banal National Assembly session on Tuesday into a fiery debate on parliamentary immunity, with Assembly President Heng Samrin claiming the Constitution only protected those who obeyed the law.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Small party files suit against Sokha for ‘wasted vote’ comment
Cambodia Youth Party leader Pich Sros filed a complaint yesterday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court against Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Kem Sokha in response to the latter’s encouragement of voters not to “waste” their votes on small parties.
The Phnom Penh Post


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