Cambodia morning news for December 25

Cambodia morning news for December 25

Cambodia morning newsCNRP: Rainsy set for return to Cambodia
A facebook post over the weekend claimed Cambodia National Rescue Party acting president Sam Rainsy will return to Cambodia “before Khmer New Year” after moving to France to avoid arrest on a slew of outstanding legal cases and sentences.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Business registration skyrockets in 2018
The number of businesses that registered with the Ministry of Commerce during the first 11 months of the year more than doubled compared to 2017, with a total of 14,552 companies formalising.
— The Khmer Times

Workers in Kandal walk-out in protest over colleague’s dismissal
More than one hundred Prestige Garment workers in Kandal province walked out in protest yesterday after their colleague was sacked for attempting to form a local union.
— The Khmer Times

Kampong Chhnang court put two land grabbers in detention
The Kampong Chhnang provincial court on Saturday ordered the detention of two suspects charged with illegal forest clearing in Rolea Ba’ier district, said the deputy provincial prosecutor Long Sitha.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministries urged to work together to prevent violence against women
Huor Samith, secretary of state at the Women’s Affairs Ministry, today led a workshop on the National Action Plan to prevent violence against women for the next five years and said that other ministries must also help prevent violence against women.
— The Khmer Times

Government aims to take children out of prisons
The government on Friday launched several strategies to protect juvenile offenders, including removing them from prisons to be put into rehabilitation centres, a move also aimed at reducing congestion in prisons.
— The Khmer Times

UNHRC releases documents on state of Cambodia
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has published three documents in preparation for a review next month on the situation in Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s initiative for a ‘sustainable’ dictatorship
China’s media recently reported that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) would conduct a study into Cambodia’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
– Asia Times

China commits to support Cambodia
Chinese ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian said that China was committed to respect the Kingdom’s sovereignty and independence, according to an official.
— The Khmer Times

Cambodia’s economic growth to reach 7.3% this year
Cambodia’s economy is expected to grow by 7.3 per cent this year, spurred by the robust performance of garment exports, tourism and construction, deputy governor of the National Bank of Cambodia Neav Chanthana said on December 22, Xinhua reported.
— Investine

Cambodia sees slowdown in construction investment in 2018
Cambodia’s construction sector attracted a total investment of 5.22 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, down 18.6 percent from 2017, according to an official report on Monday.
— Xinhua

Despite challenges, exports grow by 4 percent
Trade with foreign partners decelerated in 2018, with exports growing by just 4 percent, compared to 19 percent last year.
— The Khmer Times

Market vendors cheer electricity price cut
Market vendors in the capital today welcomed the government’s decision to reduce the price of electricity from 1,000 riel to only 740 riel per kilowatt hour.
— The Khmer Times

Development projects are given green light
Eleven development projects in the Kingdom were approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), bringing $297 million in total investment and more than 6,000 jobs to the Kingdom’s industry, according to a CDC press release posted on Facebook on Friday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Phnom Penh is home to 3,000 construction projects in 2018
Phnom Penh, formerly known as Krong Chaktomuk is the capital and most populous city in Cambodia. In 2018, Phnom Penh is home to approximately 2,860 construction projects, built on a surface area of 11 million square meters.
— Fresh News

Asean-China youth forum tackles business
The 2nd Asean-China Young Entrepreneur Forum (ACYEF) was convened on December 17-18 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, bringing together around 100 young entrepreneurs – including six from Brunei Darussalam – to discuss the challenges of technology and innovation in business.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Experts call for faster, cheaper business registration process
To encourage more young people to become entrepreneurs, the government must prioritise improving the process of starting and registering a business, reducing capital requirements, and expanding access to finance, experts said last week.
— The Khmer Times

Local crawfish market draws interest from China
Chinese firm Hubei Laker Group aims to invest in crawfish farms in Cambodia, a sector that could prove very lucrative for Cambodian farmers.
— The Khmer Times

First phase of fishing season finishes with prices twice last year’s
The first phase of the fishing season ended on Saturday with prices twice as high as last year’s. But those intending to make prahok, pha’ak and dried fish for daily consumption can wait for the second phase, which will come during mid-January next year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese to invest in Kingdom’s rice
China’s Henan Yuguang International Economic and Technical Cooperation Co Ltd (HYIETC) has expressed interest in investing in the Kingdom’s rice facilities – a move welcomed by the government and the rice industry.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Expert: Kampot attractive for investment
Over the last year, Kampot province has become an attractive destination for investment, especially in the tourism and real estate sectors, resulting in a dramatic increase in land prices.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Join NagaWorld to say ‘No Plastic Straws Please’
The campaign aims to eliminate the use of around 4 million plastic straws a year. Eco-friendly straws will be available upon request for guests.
— The Khmer Times

New public-private mechanism to ‘fill gaps’ in tourism development
A new mechanism has been established to facilitate cooperation between the government and members of the private sector in boosting tourism development.
— The Khmer Times

Raising the Cambodian flag in Japan
From December 3rd to 7th, young Cambodians in Ōita Prefecture, Japan celebrated the “Cambodian Week” to showcase the history, culture and literature of the Kingdom of Wonder.
— The Khmer Times

Malaysian students on charity mission in PP
The pupils of the Glory Academy, a school in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, will arrive in Phnom Penh on Monday on a six-day Glory Pupil charity mission.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Int’l music workshop in SR set to showcase rich cultural heritage
For a week in January, young musicians from around the world will convene in Siem Reap to share their musical and cultural heritage as part of a global music workshop.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government hits back at HRW Sokha accusations
The government on Friday responded to comments made by Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticising Cambodia national football team coach Keisuke Honda’s links to “world-class human rights abuser” Sao Sokha.
— The Khmer Times


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