Cambodia Morning News For May 9

Cambodia Morning News For May 9

Cambodia morning news

Surge in illegal log export from Cambodia, says report
Illegal exports of timber from Cambodia to Vietnam surged in recent months despite an export ban aimed at countering rapid deforestation in one South-East Asia’s poorest countries, an environmentalist group said in a report.
– The Star Online

Data back up logging report
Newly released Vietnamese customs data yesterday added further weight to reports that Vietnamese-backed illegal logging in Cambodia’s Ratanakkiri province surged during the dry season after provincial authorities in Vietnam’s Gia Lai province approved a mass importation of timber.
– The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia dismisses claims of illicit sand exports despite ban
The country’s Ministry of Mines and Energy banned sand exports in November 2016 after public outrage over large inconsistencies on the recorded amount of sand exported to Singapore, but an NGO said exports are still continuing.
– Eco-Business

Angkor Gold Announces Preliminary Results of Test Pit Exploration At Okalla West
Angkor Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE: ANK) (OTC PINK: ANKOF) (“Angkor” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the results of its ongoing exploration program on the Okalla West project within the Banlung license located in Ratanakiri province, northeast Cambodia. The program is being conducted in cooperation with Blue River Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: BXR).
– Market Wired (media release)

Cambodia Joins Asean Infrastructure Initiative
Cambodia has signed on to a new World Economic Forum-backed initiative that aims to fund infrastructure projects in developing countries, the organization’s Asia-Pacific regional head said on Monday during a news conference at the Public Works and Transport Ministry.
– Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Duterte goes to Cambodia, HK, China
President Duterte will be in Cambodia, Hong Kong and Beijing from May 10 to 15 to participate in international events that will discuss pressing economic issues in the region and possible developments with the country’s bilateral partners, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
– Philippine Daily Inquirer

A BuzzFeed would-be is paving the way for startups in Cambodia
Did you know Cambodia has its own BuzzFeed? Well, now you do! (And, yes, do note that I’m assuming you know of Cambodia and where it is located in the world.)
– TechCrunch

Hun Sen’s brother seeks interior minister’s help in land dispute with cop
An increasingly public row over a plot of land in Banteay Meanchey has pitted one of the nation’s top drug cops against a brother of the prime minister, prompting a National Police investigation at the highest levels and raising, yet again, questions about nepotism and abuse of power in the Kingdom.
– The Phnom Penh Post

How to Invest in Cambodia: Asia’s Best Frontier Market
Cambodia is one of the fastest growing countries in the world. Unexplored and undervalued, international firms such as Starbucks, Samsung and Nike are just now to starting to invest in Cambodia.
– InvestAsian

Interior Ministry Displays ‘Historic’ Haul of Fake Cosmetics
Counterfeit cosmetics, including fakes of some of the world’s biggest brands, were put on display at the Interior Ministry on Monday as an official announced that nearly 70 tons of beauty products had been recovered in “historic busts” potentially worth millions of dollars.
– The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Procurement: A Generous Sales Pitch
South Korea recently delivered 208 vehicles (mostly trucks but including cars, busses and ambulances) and 14 construction vehicles (bulldozers and the like) to Cambodia.
– Strategypage

Four mining licences put up for bids
The Ministry of Mines and Energy has publicly announced that companies can bid for four mining exploration permits in both Kratie and Kampot provinces, marking the first time since the ministry was formed in 2013 to issue fresh licences for private companies to investigate mineral resource potential.
– The Phnom Penh Post

US expresses concern for detained Cambodian rights workers
The United States has joined the European Union and U.N. human rights agencies in expressing concern over the extended pre-trial detention of five Cambodian human rights held for more than a year.
– NZherald/ AP

New container terminal to be built in Cambodia
A US$200m container terminal is expected to be built at the main deep sea port of Cambodia, local media reported.
– Container Management Magazine

Court questions officials over sale of Jolie-Pitt land
An environmental ranger and a village chief were questioned yesterday by the Pailin Provincial Court for allegedly colluding to grab, clear and sell land in a protected area supported by the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, according to officials.
– The Phnom Penh Post

Tzu Chi’s Efforts to Eradicate Poverty in Cambodia
In order to achieve the The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Cambodia has done lots of efforts to eradicate poverty, end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition.
– Relief Web

Breedlove Food Inc. provides humanitarian relief for Cambodia
As a shipping container left Breedlove Foods Inc. in Northeast Lubbock on the morning of May 5, Bill Miller, chief executive officer, said it was headed to a port in Houston where it would then make its way to Cambodia.
– Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

 

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