Cambodia morning news for October 8

Cambodia morning news for October 8

Cambodia morning newsEU initiates process to withdraw Cambodia’s trade preferences
The European Union officially notified Cambodia yesterday that the procedure for the withdrawal of its preferential trade treatment under the ‘Everything but Arms’ (EBA) scheme had already “been launched”.
— Khmer Times

New Minimum Wage For Cambodian Textile Workers: $182
Cambodia raised the monthly minimum wage for garment workers by $12 on October 5 to $182, fulfilling an election promise by premier Hun Sen.
— Investvine

Government explains petrol price jump
The retail price of petrol in Cambodia has increased for the third straight month, upsetting many who work in low-paying jobs, such as tuk-tuk drivers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM signs sub-decree on SME tax incentives
Small- and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Cambodia will receive tax incentives as the government intends to promote their development to create jobs and increase domestic production capacity.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s Women Entrepreneurs Aim to Scale Up
As a child, Sreat Mom Sophear never dreamed of growing up to become a business leader, even though she grew up in a business-oriented household. But today, the founder and CEO of SOPHIYA Corp. is one of Cambodia’s pioneering women entrepreneurs.
— VOA Cambodia

Plan for two new provinces scrapped
Prime Minister Hun Sen decided to halt the planned creation of two new provinces carved out of Kandal, Ratanakkiri and Mondulkiri, and ordered the Interior Ministry to stop its study into this issue.
— Khmer Times

In Cambodia’s Kampong Cham, young people no longer care about fishing skills
Kampong Cham province on the western bank of the Mekong River in Cambodia with its bountiful fishing resources has long been home to people who caught fish for a living. But nowadays, this once plentiful resource is disappearing with fishers are finding fewer fish to catch. The children of fishing families no longer care to follow in their family’s fishing tradition.
— Mekong Commons

GM, Honda in self-drive team-up
Japanese carmaker Honda has joined forces with the General Motors (GM) tech startup Cruise to develop autonomous vehicles as the race to market self-driving cars heats up, the companies announced Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

EU to hit Cambodia with trade sanctions, says Myanmar may follow
BRUSSELS: The European Union told Cambodia on Friday (Oct 5) it will lose its special access to the world’s largest trading bloc, and said it was considering similar trade sanctions for Myanmar in a toughening of EU policy on human rights in Southeast Asia.
— Channel News Asia

Preah Sihanouk projects halted
The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction has ordered the Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities to halt construction in the province without its authorisation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen views Japan’s democracy as a model for Cambodia
Prime Minister Hun Sen said he regards Japan as a model for his country with respect to strengthening democracy and national development.
— Japan Times

Government to cough up for workers’ unpaid wages
The Labour Ministry on Wednesday told workers of the now-defunct Lida Garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district to come to the plant on Friday to receive their unpaid wage.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Push for more women in politics
Women’s rights group SILAKA yesterday said progress has been slow to promote more women into decision-making positions within the government.
— Khmer Times

James Ricketson case: ‘Dad saved my life so I helped save him from jail’
Australian filmmaker James Ricketson was imprisoned in Cambodia in 2016, accused of spying after flying a drone over an opposition rally. His adopted daughter campaigned tirelessly for his release from a cramped, unsanitary prison – until his pardon last month.
— Cambodia Daily

Advocacy Group Raises Questions About Cambodia’s Gold Imports
Cambodia imported about $15 billion worth of gold during five years from Singapore, according to government statistics compiled by nongovernmental organization Mother Nature Cambodia — a figure so large, corruption monitor groups say it raises alarms about potential financial crimes, particularly smuggling.
— Cambodia Daily

Despite Growth, Economic Woes Loom in Cambodia
While Cambodia has enjoyed strong growth and an influx of foreign investment in recent years, a toxic combination of rising wages and low-skilled labor presents a looming threat to the country’s two-dimensional economy.
— Cambodia Daily

Sought Belgian drug smuggler caught
Anti-Drug Police arrested Eddie J. Taller Tanguy, a Belgian national, at Bavet International Checkpoint in Svay Rieng Province on Thursday (Oct.4); he seemed to be trying to flee to Vietnam.
— Khmer Times

The entrepreneur aiming to create the Silicon Valley of SE Asia…in rural Cambodia
An ambitious Japanese entrepreneur is developing a master-planned community for 100,000 residents in a Cambodian forest three hours from the capital. His vision is off to an apparently strong start, with an eco-resort, a tech campus and free scholarships for Cambodian students. Will his 20-year plan become Southeast Asia’s answer to Silicon Valley?
— Cambodia Daily

Animal cafe trend a concern for wildlife experts in Cambodia
As the trend to keep and display exotic animals in cafes in the Cambodian capital grows in popularity, wildlife experts have warned that the animal trade is largely unregulated and could be putting creatures at risk.
— Channel News Asia

Cambodia Rising
Major casino operators have long perceived Cambodia as a tertiary gaming market – a collective mix of border casinos that catered to residents of adjacent countries seeking a convenient place to gamble.
— Cambodia Daily

Tuol Sleng: prison-museum of Cambodia’s genocide
It is a July day in Phnom Penh, the hot and humid air making it difficult to breathe. The streets leading to Tuol Sleng are noisy and crowded: tuc-tuc drivers’ call for potential clients mingles with the smell of street-vendors’ grilled fish.
— Open Democracy

After three years in a foreign prison, a Cambodian political activist wonders how he can help his homeland from California
If Cambodian government officials thought Meach Sovannara would stay quiet after they threw him in prison, they were wrong.
— Los Angeles Times

Behind the Scenes of a Cambodian Pepper Farm
You know about salt, but what do you know about pepper?
— Cambodia Daily


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges Cambodia Ancestors Day (Pchum Ben), October 8-10.


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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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