Cambodia Morning News For February 22

Cambodia Morning News For February 22

Cambodia morning newsCan Cambodia stay competitive with so many public holidays?
Cambodia likely became the country with the largest number of public holidays in the world on Tuesday, raising questions about the ability of Cambodia to stay economically competitive with so many mandatory leave days.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Japan Donates Ballot Boxes Worth $7.5 Million for Cambodia Election
Japan donated over 10,000 ballot boxes for Cambodia’s 2018 election on Wednesday, the first international aid for the vote after European Union and the United States withdrew their support following the dissolution of the main opposition party.
— U.S. News

As UN raises concerns over amendments, government says new lèse majesté law will apply to media
The Senate yesterday passed controversial amendments to the Constitution and Penal Code despite an appeal from the United Nations to reconsider their impact on free speech and political participation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

$15 bn in frame for bilateral trade with Cambodia
THAILAND and Cambodia are working towards the goal of trade flows between the neighbours reaching US$15 billion in 2020, a jump of almost 10 per cent from the US$6.16 billion booked in 2017, a senior Thai trade official said on the eve of the sixth meeting of the Joint Trade Committee (JTC) today.
— The Nation

Tourists in Cambodia up 54% in Chinese New Year
The number of tourists, local and international, travelling in Cambodia during the three-day Chinese New Year holiday increased by 54.5% in 2018, reaching 864,770, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Ministry of Tourism.
— Bangkok Post

Major garment industry hauler says crackdown ensnaring legal trucks
The government’s strict enforcement efforts against oversized trucks is starting to ensnare legal trucks at checkpoints, further hampering the time-sensitive garment industry, according to the head of the country’s largest trucking federation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s budget process slightly more transparent, but issues remain: report
Cambodia’s budget process was slightly more transparent last year than in previous years, according to a new report, though scant information is provided to the public over the course of the budget process, with few opportunities for public engagement and limited oversight in its creation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Vows to ‘Assault’ Critics Who Protest Next Month in Australia
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday warned critics he will “follow you all the way to your doorstep and beat you right there” if they joined protests in during next month’s ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia Ranks Second Lowest in Rule of Law Index
Cambodia has come second to bottom in an index of 113 countries ranked according to rule of law.
— VOA

Government officials, including PM, continue to dispute Post story on Germany’s ending of preferential visa treatment
Prime Minister Hun Sen and a spokesman for the ruling party yesterday joined a chorus of government officials attacking the veracity of an article published by The Post on Monday stating that Germany had cancelled preferential visa treatment for private travel by certain high-ranking Cambodian officials.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Establishes Memorial Day for Khmer Rouge Victims
The government has established a national memorial day holiday to be held annually on May 20 in remembrance of the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime that ruled Cambodia between 1975 and 1979.
— VOA

 

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Sreypov Men recently completed a course of study in International Relations at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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