Cambodia morning news for December 3

Cambodia morning news for December 3

Cambodia morning newsGovernment: Military cooperation with the US remains strong
Cambodia still has military cooperation with the US, despite the former “temporarily postponing” the annual Angkor Sentinel joint exercises last year, Ministry of National Defence spokesman Chhum Socheat said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Germany set to launch first loan to Cambodia
The German Embassy on Thursday announced its first loan to the Kingdom of Cambodia of €30 million ($34.06 million), which will be used to upgrade its rural energy grid.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PP court to hear the cases of six union leaders
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court is slated to hear the long-standing court cases of six union leaders on Friday, according a court’s statement.
— Khmer Times

Illegal logging continues unabated in Cambodia
Foresty crimes continue unabated in the Kingdom. This week alone, two crackdowns on illegal logging took place in Ratanakkiri and Oddar Meanchey provinces.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Electricity supply to expand, reduced costs by 2020
The Minister of Mines and Energy confirmed that by 2020 there will be a stable electricity supply across the whole country. Suy Sem, Minister of Mines and Energy, said this during a working session with HE Sunniya Durrani-Jamal, Head of the Representative Office Asian Development Bank (ADB) at the Ministry of Home Affairs on November 28.
— Cambodia News English

Germany, EU roll out funding to accelerate lower Mekong projects
Germany and the EU continue to grant new funding, worth €8.92 million ($10.15 million), to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to enhance the Mekong cross-border water cooperation among the lower Mekong countries – Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, said an MRC press release The Post received on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Malaysia: more Khmer workers wanted
The Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies wants more Cambodians to work in Malaysia again. Minister of Labour, Ith Samheng, met with representatives of three Malaysian recruitment agencies on Thursday (Nov.29) to discuss the matter.
— Khmer Times

Deep in the shadow economy, illegal workers live with abuse, torture
Late last year, 21-year-old Cambodian domestic worker Nita (not her real name) was raped by her employer. It happened in her room in a single-storey house in one of Klang’s most remote districts, where her screams reached no one.
— Malay Mail

CSX-listed companies see a mix of results
Listed companies on the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) announced mixed results of their financial performance for the third quarter of this year, while Phnom Penh SEZ Plc (PPSP) delayed issuing its financial statement, citing an audit issue.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia economic update October 2018: recent economic developments and outlook
Growth has held up well in Cambodia. It is expected to marginally expand this year, reaching 7.1 percent in 2018, driven by domestic consumption and exports.
— The World Bank

Nepal, Cambodia sign maiden air service pact
Nepal and Cambodia on Thursday signed the first bilateral air service agreement (ASA), allowing 14 weekly flights in either direction.
— The Kathmandu Post

Doing Business 2018 : reforming to create jobs – Cambodia
This economy profile presents the Doing Business indicators for Cambodia.
— The World Bank

MPTC collects 70% of expectation
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) collected $13.5 million from telecom operators for last year from two funds. Officials said this represented 70 per cent of the ministry’s expectation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia-Vietnam cooperation pledge
Cambodia and Vietnam vowed to enhance their cooperation on issues of security and affirmed that neither country will allow armed forces of another nation to use their territory as a base or transit way for military operations
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen set to visit Laos, discuss border issues
Prime Minister Hun Sen will visit Laos in early December and potentially discuss border issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation undersecretary of state Tuot Panha said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

MRC sets out plans for next year
Water Resources Minister Lim Kean Hor on Wednesday reiterated that Cambodia and other Mekong River Commission member countries will keep cooperating with stakeholders to achieve sustainable development of the Mekong river basin.
— Khmer Times

Women still face hurdles to enter politics: NGOs
Cambodian women faced challenges when entering politics during last year’s commune elections, according to a group of NGOs that trained women to enter politics.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia NGO encourages citizens to reclaim legal rights
Can one do meaningful development work in a de facto one-party state? Can one take initiatives to strengthen social and citizen participation as well as individual rights? It is possible, although it is not always easy, say Socheat Lam of the Advocacy and Policy Institute (API).
Deutsche Welle

Cambodian rice federation expresses concerns over EU’s potential safeguard measure
Cambodian Rice Federation (CRF) issued a press release on Friday concerning the potential safeguard measures by the EU related to rice originating from least-developed country Cambodia.
— Fresh News

Mosquito net use critical
The Health Minister is calling for people living in areas prone to malaria to take measures in order to protect themselves from mosquitoes.
— Khmer Times

Push to hire more disabled workers
The Social Affairs Ministry yesterday called on state institutions and the private sector to hire more disabled workers, noting that the number of those working in the public sector has increased this year.
— Khmer Times

Task force to survey Preah Sihanouk room rates
In light of widespread criticism of the rapidly rising accommodation rates in Preah Sihanouk, the provincial authority has established a task force to collect room rental information to determine a reasonable price for guesthouses and hotels.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Studying is hard in Cambodia
Cambodian Senate president Say Chhum recently encouraged the country’s youth to study hard in order to become future leaders … However, while Cambodia’s population is young, the youth in the country are facing challenges when it comes to acquiring useful talents and skills to cater to the demands of Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
— The Asean Post

Call to help end HIV/AIDS by 2025
The National AIDS Authority and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation have appealed for support to help eradicate HIV/AIDS in the Kingdom by 2025.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia to open embassy in Nepal
In the course of his state visit to Nepal the Prime Minister made public on Thursday, Nov. 29 that Cambodia will open its embassy in that Himalayan state and he countersigned four agreements.
— Khmer Times

Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia, revisited
Forty years after the invasion that toppled the Khmer Rouge, it’s clear that China emerged the ultimate winner.
— The Diplomat

What lingers after decades of reporting on the Cambodian genocide
“Where were you tortured, and when?” It was an unremarkable question at a trial whose raw material was cruelty and suffering, during four years of brutal rule in Cambodia by Khmer Rouge fanatics.
— The New York Times

Government rejects Serey’s ‘impossible’ request
The government on Thursday rejected a request by the leader of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF), Sam Serey, to be allowed to form a legitimate political party and return to Cambodia to participate in politics.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian opposition divided over plans for party congress
A faction of Cambodia’s former opposition party loyal to its detained leader Kem Sokha has said they are unhappy with plans to hold a party meeting in the United States.
— Voice of America

Cambodia arrests 14,488 drug suspects in 11 months
Cambodian authorities had arrested 14,488 illicit drug suspects in 7,229 cases during the first eleven months of 2018, said an Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department report yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

Drug-free village in Battambang
Cambodia and Thailand have jointly established two bordering drug-free villages to serve as an example for both countries.
— Khmer Times

Preah Sihanouk Airport held exercise
The Cambodia Airports, which is the concessionaire of Cambodian airports serving the capital city of Phnom Penh and is active in Sihanoukville since 2006, held a full-scale airport emergency exercise at Sihanoukville International Airport on Friday morning (Nov. 30).
— Khmer Times

Taskforce set to address overcrowding prisons
The Ministry of Interior has established a task force to help speed up judicial procedures in an attempt to address overcrowding in prisons throughout the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian dream islands offset nightmare coast
Amid luxury eco-haven, Australian-run charity seeks to restore nature’s balance.
—Nikkei Asian Review

ICC-Angkor expo coming up
The Apsara Authority, responsible for the research, protection and conservation of cultural heritage sites around Angkor have organized an exhibition of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) to commemorate its 25 year anniversary.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s famed Angkor earns USD104M from ticket sales in 11 months
Revenue from ticket sales to foreigners visiting Cambodia’s famed Angkor Archaeological Park reached USD 104 million in the first 11 months of 2018, up nine per cent over the same period last year, a press release stated yesterday
— The Borneo Post

Officials mark 40th anniversary of the SFDCM founding
Hundred thousands of officials today commemorated the 40th anniversary of the founding of Solidarity Front for Development of Cambodian Motherland in Kratie province’s Snuol district.
— Khmer Times

Kampot Library to be re-launched in 2019
The Kampot Library is a friendship gift between Kampot and Korea. Completed in 2012, the governor plans to promote the library to the youth of Kampot in early 2019.
— Cambodia News English

What it takes to become Cambodia’s next top urban artist
Tomorrow, Phnom Penh’s trendy KBach Gallery will announce the winners from among 50 urban artists competing for gallery contracts and a grand prize of $1,000 at the Factory.
— The Southeast Asia Globe


Feature photo Christian Haugen

This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, December 5.


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With a decade of experience as an editor and journalist, Roy has edited mastheads across Australia and Southeast Asia, from the remote island communities of the Torres Strait to Cambodia’s only award-winning newspaper, The Phnom Penh Post.

A a professional photographer since the days of film, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photomedia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

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