Cambodia morning news for October 17

Cambodia morning news for October 17

Cambodia morning newsEnthusiasm ‘low’ over new wage
Garment and footwear industry workers continue to struggle following the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training’s October 5 announcement of a $182 minimum wage for the industry next year.
— Phnom Penh Post

Food and utilities pushed up inflation in June says report
According to latest data from the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), the country’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 2.34 in June last year and rose to 2.98 in June this year.
— Khmer Times

EuroCHAM Cambodia Issues Joint Letter Against EBA Withdrawal
The chairmen of the international chambers of commerce, including the European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia, the French Cambodian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFC), the German Companies Group in Cambodia (ADW ), North European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (NordCham), and Italian Business Association in Cambodia addressed a special letter to Cecilia Malmstrom, Commissioner for European Trade Commission, in the protest against the withdrawal of Everything But Arms (EBA) schemes from Cambodia.
— Fresh News

MOC issues halal certificates to nine companies
The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has granted halal certifications to nine businesses that implemented the halal standards based on Islamic laws, said a media release from the Cambodian Halal Secretariat yesterday.
— Khmer Times 

Cambodia Airways touches down in Taiwan
Cambodia Airways, an airline which commenced operations back in July, launched flights to its second international destination after Macau on 9 October, launching a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) service between Siem Reap (REP) and Taipei Taoyuan
— Anna Aero

The Song Saa reserve launched in Siem Reap
The owners of Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia’s first luxury coastal resort yesterday announced the launch of a new project, the Song Saa Reserve which is located in Siem Reap.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, Thailand agree to cooperate on marine tourism
Cambodia and Thailand have agreed on marine tourism cooperation linking the tourism ports of the two countries, while Cambodia asked its Thai counterpart to open more border gates to facilitate the flow of tourists.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s high-rises, slavery and climate change
A legion of Cambodians are trapped as debt slaves in the brick-making industry as skylines and climate change expand.
— Al Jazeera

Cambodia’s inequality reduction rank down: Oxfam
Oxfam has indicated that Cambodia ranked 121 out of 157 countries in this year’s inequality index, a drop when compared to last year’s position of 111 out of 152 countries.
— Khmer Times

Sam Rainsy’s Presence at the IPU Is Not for General Assembly but to Clarify Complaints
National Assembly spokesman Leng Peng Long told Fresh News Tuesday that Sam Rainsy was not invited to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, but his presence at the IPU was to clarify the complaint he submitted to the IPU.
— Fresh News

Shortage of rangers leads to abundance of poachers
Rangers in Cambodia’s Southern Cardamom National Park, local police officers, and residents, have found a hunting dog and two sacks filled with wild animals – mostly dead – after a search in Terk Laork village in Thmor Bang district’s Chi Phat commune.
— Phnom Penh Post

Is Cambodia ready for the post-EBA era?
The EU’s withdrawal of Cambodia’s trade preferences under the Everything but Arms scheme will now force the country to rethink its industrial policy, writes Soun Nimeth.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Official Threatens Beatings, ‘Accidents’ For Migrant Workers Opposing Hun Sen
Cambodian workers taking part in protests against Prime Minister Hun Sen in other countries should be identified and beaten by gangsters or made to suffer “traffic accidents,” a ruling party official says in a recording taken from a phone call, and now circulating widely on Facebook.
— Radio Free Asia

Ministry drafts directive to save Royal Turtles
The Agriculture Ministry’s Fisheries Administration is drafting a directive to turn more sections of the Sre Ambel river system into conservation zones for Royal Turtles following successes reported by the Wildlife Conservation Society and administration monitoring teams in existing zones.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen’s Mission to 12th ASEM Summit Will Benefit Cambodia and ASEAN: Spokesman
The Royal Government of Cambodia spokesman Phay Siphan announced on Tuesday that the participation of Prime Minister Hun Sen to the 12th Asia-Europe Summit (12th ASEM Summit) in Brussels will benefit Cambodia and ASEAN.
— Fresh news

CAR peacekeeping forces to be rotated
More than 200 Cambodian military personnel will replace a previous batch of peacekeepers stationed in the Central African Republic who are due home at the beginning of November.
— Khmer Times

Travel Mart promotes Cambodia as a fastest growing tourism destination
As Cambodia gears to woo some seven million inbound tourists by 2020, travel industry players are embarking on massive campaigns to promote the country globally, amid intensifying competition.
— Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s own travel booking platform targets jet-setting families and locals
Domestic holiday travel for Cambodians is often group-orientated – but that comes with the struggle of finding a car park and space for the whole crew to sleep.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Chinese tourists make up bulk of arrivals
Cambodia welcomed nearly four million foreign tourists in the first eight months of this year, led by the Chinese – an increase of 11.7 per cent compared to the same period last year – a Tourism Ministry report released on Monday showed.
– Phnom Penh Post

James Ricketson fundraises for poor
Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, 69, aims to raise an initial $50,000 for a housing project in Cambodia, despite his conviction on espionage charges and deportation following a royal pardon.
— Phnom Penh Post

‘Positive impact’: Prey Lang forest app wins award
Danish researcher Ida Theilade has been bestowed the University of Copenhagen’s Innovation Award 2018 for inventing a smartphone app that can prevent illegal logging and preserve forest resources in the Prey Lang forest.
— Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia dreams of regional gold and sporting glory
Cambodia gained a new hero in August, as Jessa Khan, a 16-year-old Cambodian American, won gold in women’s jiujitsu, unleashing a torrent of admiring posts, shares and heart emojis across social media.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Probe underway on cops ‘using excessive force’
Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Ath Khem said that he will take legal measures against police officials at Svay Chek district police station for using excessive force without evidence following an October 8 traffic accident in Svay Chek district – despite the victim, Sophal, only wanting a public apology and compensation.
— Phnom Penh Post

Boeung Prek Toap project opposed
The Cambodian Youth Party has requested the government to reconsider the development of the Boeung Prek Toap lake area in Preah Sihanouk province.
— Khmer Times


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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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