Cambodia morning news for December 14

Cambodia morning news for December 14

Cambodia morning newsMarkets in Cambodia cheer first bond issue
The Cambodian financial markets have welcomed with gusto the first issue of a corporate bond in the country, with a Phnom Penh-based microfinance institution, Hattha Kaksekar, listing its bonds on the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) on Dec 6.
— The Business Times

PM open to wage demands
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday asked the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training to consider the request of six union groups who have petitioned the government to set a minimum wage for workers in the construction and service sectors.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen clarifies amendment of law on political parties
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said former opposition party members banned from politics can only be allowed back if they each make a request to either himself or the Interior Minister.
— The Khmer Times

Gov’t: Thousands of migrant workers ‘not received rights’
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday said there are still thousands of Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand who have not received the full legitimate rights that could protect them from abuses.
— The Phnom Penh Post

UN hosts dialogue on Belt and Road Initiative, 2030 Agenda in Cambodia
The United Nations in Cambodia has embarked on a research initiative to establish why and how both the Belt and Road Initiative and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are critical for realizing Cambodia’s vision to become an upper middle-income country by 2030.
— Xinhua

What’s next for the Cambodia-Laos border dispute?
Last week, there was a flurry of activity in Cambodia-Laos relations tied to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s anticipated visit to Laos.
— The Diplomat

Thailand to ‘hand over maker of film soon’
Senior Cambodian police officials on Wednesday said Thai police would soon hand over the alleged producer of a documentary on sex trafficking judged to have “seriously damaged the Kingdom’s honour”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

KTVs – Dens for drug-taking?
KTV, or karaoke club, establishments doting the city’s landscape might seem to be innocent places to unwind after a hard day’s work in the office … But behind this veneer of innocence and fun is a dark side with drug addiction rife among hostesses
— The Khmer Times

One step closer to a national productivity plan
Cambodia is now one step closer to finalising its next productivity strategy, with a study on the first stage of its development published yesterday.
— The Khmer Times

Free world not fall for Hun Sen’s nonsense, says Yoho
Congressman Ted Yoho, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, said he would reintroduce Cambodia Democracy Act in January next year if the Senate fails to pass it by the end of 2018.
— Voice of America

Interview: Sue Coffey, Author of “Seeking Justice in Cambodia”
Sue Coffey is a writer and specialist in human rights issues. She worked in Cambodia for the Australian government’s overseas aid program and as a communications adviser to the NGO Forum on Cambodia
— Voice of America

‘Power abuse’ Report filed against tax office chief
Two people who lodged a complaint against the head of the Tuol Kork district tax office called on the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) to investigate the defendant’s “wrongdoing”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry calls for joint efforts to create more women leaders
The Women’s Affairs Ministry has called for more joint efforts to encourage people, especially women, to become leaders in society in line with the government’s Rectangular Strategy Phase 4 for 2019-2023.
— The Khmer Times

Hun Sen rejects ‘rift’ rumours spread by ‘stupid gangsters’
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday denied a “rift” among top leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and rejected claims that Senate president Say Chhum and Interior Minister Sar Kheng were set to be removed from their positions as rumours spread by “gangsters”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

US companies invited to import expo in China
China welcomes US businesses to showcase and promote their products at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) next year, said a delegation from Shanghai on Tuesday.
— The Khmer Times

Order requested to arrest logger
Kampot provincial authorities and the Forestry Administration will ask for an urgent court order to arrest a villager for clearing land at Dangkov mountain in La’ang commune’s Damnak Ampil village, Dang Tong district, after discovering the fact on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Preah Vihear court takes legal action against three illegal loggers
Preah Vihear provincial court is taking action against three suspects for illegal forest clearing in Prey Lang and Boeung Per Wildlife Sanctuaries and death threats following a complaint from a team of park rangers and the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) on Tuesday
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM calls for fair room prices during Sea Festival and New Year’s Eve celebrations
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday called on hotel and guesthouse owners in the coastal areas not to hike room prices during the Sea Festival and the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebration.
— The Khmer Times

‘The time for digitalisation is now,’ experts tell local firms
With the government aiming to turn Cambodia into a predominantly digital economy by 2023, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) must strive to digitalise processes and integrate the latest technologies into their day-to-day operations in order to remain competitive, business insiders say.
— The Khmer Times

Digital economy takes centre stage
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Cambodia yesterday launched its latest publication, a compendium of articles by local and international authors that describes Cambodia’s evolution in the last 10 years toward a digital economy.
— The Khmer Times

Conviction of genocidal leaders in Cambodia is better late than never
A United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal issued a verdict last month in a case involving two Khmer Rouge leaders, finding them guilty of genocide in Cambodia.
— The Daily Signal (comment)

Telcos contribute $9 million to USO fund
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) yesterday said telecommunications companies contributed $9 million to the Universal Service Obligation (USO) fund established for the Telecommunications and ICT sector last year.
— The Khmer Times

Vietnam, Cambodia boost information safety cooperation
A conference on social networks and information safety took place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as part of the information and communications collaboration framework between Vietnam and Cambodia.
— Nhan Dan

RDB to provide finance to vegetable producing communities
The Rural Development Bank (RDB) is ready to provide loans to vegetable producing communities in a bid to promote chemical-free vegetable production for the local market, said director general Kao Thach yesterday.
— The Khmer Times

Louvain Cooperation Cambodia promotes agriculture research
Abelgian NGO inked its first Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Royal University of Agriculture on Wednesday and launched a film promoting its research on sustainable agriculture in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Fishing season begins Friday
The Fisheries Administration urged prahok producers to buy the fish needed to concoct the savory fish paste tomorrow along the Tonle Sap river.
— The Khmer Times

Malaysian/Chinese online gambling ring rumbled in Poipet
Cambodian authorities have taken down a Malaysian/Chinese illegal online gambling ring operating in the border town of Poipet.
— Calvin Ayre

Aviation agreement with Kenya inked
Paving the way to establish its first direct flight with an African nation, Cambodia and Africa on Tuesday signed an aviation agreement.
— The Khmer Times

Election committee trains budget officers
The National Election Committee (NEC) has trained its officers to ensure increased performance when budgeting and guarantee accuracy, balance, transparency and accountability.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Job recruiters jailed over unfulfilled promise
Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced two job recruiters to one year in prison each for cheating 31 labourers.
— The Khmer Times

‘If the factory closes what could I afford to eat?’
Sao Run is worried that if the clothing factory where she works closes down she won’t be able to feed herself and her son.
— Cambodia News English

The Point slated for completion in 4Q 2019
The Point, an office-and-retail development in the Chamkarmon district of Phnom Penh, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019, the project’s developers said yesterday.
— The Khmer Times

Meta House showcases classic film about modern Cambodia
Released in 2009, Same Same But Different – directed by German filmmaker Detlev Buck – became an instant classic in the Kingdom upon its release for its moving depiction of blossoming romance between a Cambodian bar girl and her German boyfriend.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Miss USA is shocked that rest of the world doesn’t speak English
“Could you imagine?” Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers, asks a camera at this year’s Miss Universe competition in Thailand. ”Miss Cambodia is here and doesn’t speak any English, and not a single other person speaks her language… Poor Cambodia.”
— Quartzy

Sport set to feature at Koh Kong Sea Festival
Sport will take centrestage at the 7th Sea Festival when it gets underway today with the provincial administration expecting at least 300,000 national and international visitors to descend on Koh Kong province.
— The Khmer Times


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