Cambodia Morning News For May 24

Cambodia Morning News For May 24

Cambodia morning news

Cambodia’s construction sector attracts 4 bln USD investment in 4 months, up 43 pct
Cambodia’s construction sector attracted investment projects worth 4 billion U.S. dollars in the first four months of 2017, up 43 percent over the same period last year, according to government figures on Tuesday.
– Xinhua

New Cambodian plant to open in Q4, Taisun says
Taisun Int’l (Holding) Corp (泰昇), which makes diapers, sanitary pads and adult incontinence products, said its new plant in Cambodia is to start trial production in the fourth quarter of this year, as part of the firm’s efforts to maintain its competitiveness in the nation.
– Taipei Times

Government Launches $60 Million Project to Help Small Farmers
The government yesterday launched the first phase of a project to help 15,000 farming families commercialize their operations and bring their produce—rice, cassava, chickens and silk—to market.
– The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Chasing Illegal Dredges in a Remote Corner of Cambodia
One of the hardest parts about reporting on a little-covered issue like illegal sand mining is just getting to the generally rural and often remote places where it’s happening.
– Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Reporters Targeted Over Election Questions
A commune chief has filed an official complaint against two Cambodia Daily reporters who interviewed villagers in Ratanakkiri province as part of the newspaper’s commune election coverage, accusing them of arriving “with bad intentions.”
– The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Opposition, Ruling CPP Warn of Dire Election Consequences
Making the wrong choice in the upcoming commune election will invite poverty, suffering and fear, CNRP President Kem Sokha warned yesterday, as ruling party officials continued to describe a vote for the opposition as a vote for war and social unrest.
– The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Suspects Arrested in $500,000 ‘Largest Ever’ Cambodia Drug Bust
Two suspected drug traffickers have been arrested after about 50 kilograms of heroin, methamphetamine and other substances worth more than $500,000 were allegedly found at a location in Phnom Penh.
– VOA

Drop ICT tariffs to grow: study
Cambodia could add an additional $320 million to the economy over the next 10 years while increasing tax revenue by $24 million if it dropped its tariffs on information and communication technology (ICT), according to new research published yesterday.
– The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Construction: A Site for Gender Equality?
Humble construction workers rarely rate as headliners in the international press. Their work is dirty and menial, and laborers in Asia tend to lack education and union-styled collective power bargaining. In Cambodia, they sit at the bottom of the country’s social heap
– The Diplomat

Official decries CNRP plan to slash ministry budgets
Government spokesman Phay Siphan lashed out at opposition leader Kem Sokha over a proposal to slash ministry spending, saying that Sokha’s “sad and surprising” policy was another indication that the CNRP does not know how to govern or develop Cambodia.
– The Phnom Penh Post

CPP calls out foreign NGOs for stirring ‘colour revolution’
Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker Chheang Vun yesterday accused the United States and four NGOs that run or fund programmes in Cambodia of working to foment “colour revolutions” in a detailed power-point presentation delivered at the National Assembly.
– The Phnom Penh Post

Government deflects blame over lack of human rights committee
Officials from the government’s Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) yesterday appeared to lay the blame for the delayed establishment of an independent rights body at the feet of civil society.
– The Phnom Penh Post

 

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