Cambodia morning news for November 29

Cambodia morning news for November 29

Cambodia morning newsJudges split on whether Cambodia tribunal can pursue Khmer Rouge commander
Cambodian and foreign investigating judges issued conflicting rulings on Wednesday on whether a United Nations-backed tribunal, which this month convicted two senior leaders of genocide, should move forward with prosecution of the next potential defendant.
— The New York Times

Cambodia’s income targets “very ambitious”: World Bank experts
World Bank experts said here Wednesday that Cambodia’s 2030 upper middle-income and 2050 high-income targets are “very ambitious” that requires the country to vigorously invest in human capital and infrastructure.
— Xinhua

Cambodia and Vietnam agree to boost trade
Cambodia and Vietnam has agreed on a speedy implementation of mechanisms to facilitate trade, achieve faster transport connectivity, and apply one-stop services at border gates to help achieve a $5 billion bilateral trade target.
— Khmer Times

S’ville airport needs revamp, premier says
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday stressed the need for Sihanoukville International Airport, one of three international airports in the country, to be upgraded so that it can welcome up to three million tourists a year.
— Khmer Times

Government to deport Chinese over telecommunications fraud
Uk Hai Seila, the director of investigations at the Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Immigration, told The Post on Tuesday that 235 Chinese nationals – 36 of whom were women – will be deported to China after police detained them for scams over the internet using Voice over Internet Protocol – a type of internet phone service.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Outgoing US Ambassador in military cooperation talks
Outgoing US Ambassador to Cambodia William A Heidt on Monday met with Secretary of State at the Ministry of National Defence General Neang Phat to discuss possible challenges and opportunities in rebuilding military cooperation between the nations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM may discuss border issue with Lao counterpart next month
Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to discuss the border issue with his Lao counterpart during his official visit to the country on December 5.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Nuremberg moment comes despite tribunal’s limitations
More than 1.7 million people died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. It has taken almost 50 years for the last surviving leaders to face justice. Too little, too late or has the UN-backed tribunal delivered justice for the victims of Pol Pot’s brutal regime?
— Asean Today

Lakhoan Khaol listed as Unesco heritage
Lakhoan Khaol, masked theatre, has been included in Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage List on Wednesday following Cambodia’s request.
— Khmer Times

S&P says banking system risks ‘moderating’
Due to robust national growth and moderating risks in the financial sector, credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has revised the Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment (BICRA) economic risk trend for Cambodia to stable from negative.
— Khmer Times

Environmental law changes get go-ahead
The ministries of Interior, Environment, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Monday agreed on the amendment to the laws concerning forestry, fisheries and natural resource protection.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Police chief ‘colluded’ with loggers
O’Yadav National Park officials in Ratanakkiri province have reported a border police chief who is alleged to have colluded with traders who illegally logged forests and hauled timber into Vietnam, environmental activists said on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia expects over 12M international tourists by 2025
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the number of tourists visiting Cambodia has increased substantially over years, thus requires new airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, addressing in a meeting with approximately 18,000 workers in Kandal province on Wednesday.
— Fresh News

Report decries lack of union representatives
A report by the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) said there are no independent union representatives present at the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ) to protect the rights and conditions of workers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

End court cases against union leaders, PM says
Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged relevant ministry officials to speed up and end lawsuits against union leaders by this year.
— Khmer Times

Government called on to halt ‘judicial politicisation’
Six global union federations on Monday issued a joint statement calling on the government to drop charges against local union leaders over involvement in a series of minimum wage protests between 2013 and last year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian garment workers to receive minimum wage of $182 in 2019
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reaffirmed that Cambodian garment workers will receive minimum monthly wage of $182, remunerated fortnightly, from January 2019, addressing in a meeting with 20,000 workers in Kandal province on Wednesday.
— Fresh News

Cambodians weigh up risks of working in Kuwait
Plan to send 5,000 workers to the Middle East next year worries rights groups after cases of abuse and exploitation.
— UCA News

Modernising Cambodian economy
Since my first tour in Cambodia in the late 1990s, I have been convinced that Cambodia possesses the resources necessary to become an economic dynamo like Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand, writes William A Heidt, outgoing US Ambassador to Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

International justice: tackling impunity in Asia
Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, high ranking officials of the Pol Pot regime, have been sentenced to life imprisonment twice over for their role in the genocide of the Cham Muslim and ethnic Vietnamese minorities during the Khmer Rouge era.
— The Interpreter

Wing and Shinhan Bank announce partnership
Wing (Cambodia) Limited Specialised Bank and South Korean-based Shinhan Bank announced a partnership to channel international money transfers for Cambodian workers in South Korea, a press release issued on Tuesday said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Court overturns casino closure order
On October 5, the Cambodian Court of Appeal issued a ruling in favour of Somboon Sukcharoenkraisri overturning the decision of the Banteay Meanchey Court of First Instance which was obtained by Donaco International Limited and its affiliated company DNA Star Vegas Co Ltd, which had previously ordered the temporary closure of the Star Paradise and Star Paramax casinos located in Poipet.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Kratie authorities ban homes on riverbank after collapse
Authorities in Kratie province’s Chhloung district yesterday ordered villagers not to build houses and to remove those already built along the riverbank after five houses collapsed into the river on Tuesday.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian city targets Chinese businesses for misspelled signs
Authorities in Sihanoukville have removed signs from Chinese-owned businesses in the city that misspelled Khmer words. Business owners in the city were told to remove “improper” signs in March. The move also comes amid rising anti-Chinese sentiment in Cambodia following a spike in Chinese immigration.
— Voice of America

Rise of foreigners addressed
The government on Tuesday issued a statement addressing social media chatter concerning the rise of Chinese nationals in the province of Preah Sihanouk by reminding the general public that racism will not take place in the country.
— Khmer Times

Cassava price up this year
The price per kilogram of cassava exports from Cambodia has this year increased mainly due to rising demand from neighbouring Thailand, Pang Vannaseth, director of Banteay Meanchey’s agriculture department, said yesterday.
— Khmer Times

NEC issues voter list update
The National Election Committee is calling on voters to verify their names on the new voter list. The list has been up since Monday and voters will have until Saturday to verify their names.
— The Khmer Times

Ministry to hold campaign against too much sugar consumption
The Health Ministry will launch a campaign to educate people to reduce their sugar consumption, specifically sweetened beverages.
— Khmer Times

Director aims to capture additional government support
The Kingdom’s first female film director has warned that the nation’s film industry is in peril without government support. Poan Phoung Bopha said yesterday during a Cross Talk discussions with Khmer Times that the industry cannot survive without enough support from the government.
— Khmer Times

Asia Entertainment & Investment Expo and Conference to be held 28-30 November
The expo intends to accelerate the growth of Cambodia’s four major industries and contribute to the country’s sustainable economic development.
— The Phnom Penh Post (sponsored content)

Cambodian internet sensation and his mum contemplate the big time after video goes viral
Sitting beside a swimming pool in a small, leafy park on the outskirts of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, Salik, 14, is recognised by passers-by, who ask if they can have their photo taken with him. Even the pool attendant tries to chat with him, in a variety of foreign tongues, and calls out to others that “he’s the boy who speaks 15 languages”.
— South China Morning Post

Koh Kong rooms fully booked for festival
Nearly all the accommodations available in Koh Kong province’s Khemarak Phoumin town are fully booked as the coastal province prepares to hold the Sea Festival event next month.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Beyond Angkor Wat: 5 ways to enjoy Siem Reap
Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a must-see for many travelers. This iconic temple complex in the Siem Reap province of Cambodia attracts nearly 2.5 million foreign visitors annually … yet the province remains one of the poorest in the country.
— National Geographic


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