Cambodia morning news for April 23

Cambodia morning news for April 23

Cambodia morning newsCambodia’s rubber exports show 23% increase, but prices decline
Cambodia’s rubber exports increased 23 per cent in the first quarter of this year on the same period last year, while rubber prices continue to decrease, according to figures from the General Directorate of Rubber under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Prayut, Hun Sen open bridge across Thai-Cambodian border
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen jointly presided over the opening of a border bridge linking Thailand’s Sa Kaeo with Cambodia’s Banteay Meancheay provinces this…
— Thai PBS News

Opposition ‘Congress’ Wraps up With Call For Inclusive Restoration of Democracy in Cambodia
Cambodian opposition leaders and supporters wrapped up a weekend gathering in South Korea with a call for a concerted effort to “restore” democracy to Cambodia and an appeal for support from signatories of the Paris Peace Agreement, which reestablished elections there after years of conflict.
— Radio Free Asia

Bank of Cambodia confirms for GovInsider Live
Serey Chea, Director General of the Bank of Cambodia, will speak at GovInsider Live in Bangkok on 16 October 2019.
— GovInsider

Reamker Retold Through Decades-Long Photo Collection
German scientist-turned-photographer Arjay Stevens arrived in Cambodia in 1996 before the celebration of the annual Water Festival.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodia embraces Belt and Road Initiative
President Xi Jinping’s announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013 was widely welcomed by many Asian countries.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Social Media Users Enthralled by Family Dispute over Valuable Land
A family dispute over the ownership of a highly valuable plot of land in Sihanoukville has pitched an 84-year-old matriarch against her 61-year-old daughter, creating a family drama that has captured the attention of many Cambodian social media users.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodian and Thai leaders mark reopening of rail link
The leaders of Cambodia and Thailand met Monday at the Thai border town of Aranyaprathet to mark the ceremonial reopening of a rail link that will restore train service between the two countries after more than four decades.
— AP

Study on Kep Future Development
The Ministry of Tourism on April 22 announced that the Royal Government of Cambodia had decided that the Ministry of Tourism will conduct a study on the coastal development of Kep province. Kep is one of Cambodia’s top tourist destinations which is planned to attract more tourists to Cambodia.
— Cambodia News English

Thailand hands over locomotive to Cambodia for cross-border train service
Thailand handed over a diesel-engine locomotive to Cambodia for the joint operation of cross-border train service between the two neighboring countries, an official said.
— Xinhua

Road to a better Cambodia: Increase local government funding
Despite decades of political stability and economic growth, the post-conflict Cambodia is still struggling to address extreme poverty, poor governance and the improvement of public services as the result of weak institutions and a bureaucracy in which state functions and resources are centralised and patronaged.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Sets Clear Vision to Recover Railway Link Plagued by Wars: PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Cambodia has a clear vision to recover railway link ravaged by wars, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen spoke at the signing ceremony of cooperation agreement on cross-border rail transport and handover-receiving ceremony of locomotive (Diesel Multiple Unit), held Monday morning.
— Fresh News

Thai AirAsia adds Sihanoukville to Cambodia routes
Thai AirAsia is to start direct service from Don Mueang airport to the Cambodian beach town of Sihanoukville.
— Bangkok Post

Events to be held in Mondulkiri to mark World Malaria Day
A series of events intended to raise awareness of malaria will be held on Monday in Mondulkiri province’s Koh Nhek district, one of the Kingdom’s few remaining endemic areas for the disease.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Banteay Meanchey’s Stung Bot International Border Gate Groundbreaks (Video inside)
The new building of Banteay Meanchey’s Stung Bot International Border Gate, linking the kingdom to Thailand’s Sa Kaeo Province, opened its construction on Monday morning.
— Fresh News

Gov’t sets deadline for telecom firms to settle their debts
The government issued an announcement giving telecommunications companies until the end of May to share their revenues and settle other outstanding debts owed to the Kingdom’s ministries.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian, Thai railroads to be connected today
The railroad networks in Cambodia and Thailand will be officially connected today in a ceremony presided over by the countries’ prime ministers.
— Khmer Times

Ministry recruits for new state-funded SME Bank
The Ministry of Economy and Finance is currently recruiting staff in several management positions to operate the state-owned Small and Medium Enterprise Bank of Cambodia (SME Bank), confirming rumours that the bank is scheduled to be launched later this year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Hosts Regional Seminar on Full and Effective Operationalisation of ARMAC
Cambodia is hosting a Regional Seminar on Full and Effective Operationalisation of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC) in Siem Reap province on April 22-23.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia-Thailand bilateral trade to develop further
Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to develop more strategies to boost bilateral trade, cross border development and investment to achieve a target of USD 15 billion in trade between the two ASEAN neighbors by 2020.
— NBT World (video)

Storms destroy hundreds of homes in five provinces
Strong winds during severe storms destroyed more than 100 houses in five provinces over the weekend.
— Khmer Times

Economic Cooperation with China under BRI Helps Cambodia Diversify Economy, Strengthen Resilience
Cambodia, a firm supporter of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) , has been benefiting in various areas through comprehensive economic cooperation with China to diversify its economy and strengthen resilience, Cambodian officials, experts told Xinhua.
— Fresh News

Eight people sent to court over violent protest
Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities on Sunday sent eight people to court for blocking National Road 4 and using violence against authorities in a land dispute in Prey Nop district’s Bit Traing commune.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia, Sichuan Province Bilateral Trade Reaches Over US$2 Billion
Trade volume between Cambodia and Sichuan province of the People’s Republic of China has increased to over US$2 billion.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

PM to attend Belt and Road Forum
Prime Minister Hun Sen will this week lead a delegation to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Expresses Condolences on Attacks on Churches and Hotels in Sri Lanka
The Royal Government and people of Cambodia express heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Sri Lanka, especially the bereaved families of those who lost their lives in the despicable bombing attacks in Sri Lanka on 21 April 2019, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ statement dated Sunday.
— Fresh News

Thousands attend CNRP-organised pro-democracy vigil in South Korea
Thousands of supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday gathered in the South Korean city of Gwangju to hold a candlelight demonstration calling for the “liberation” of democracy in Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

US$5.1 Million Investment in Preah Sihanouk Approved
Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) has licensed a cardboard investment worth US$5.1 million in Preah Sihanouk province.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Sar Kheng responds to report on press freedom in Kingdom
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday said the government is committed to strengthening democracy, noting that it has ensured press freedom in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Political party president detained over ‘incitement’
Preah Vihear provincial court has detained the president of the Democratic Republic Party and an accomplice for “inciting others to encroach on community land and inciting violence”, court spokeswoman Chum Kaniya said on Sunday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Extends Condolences over Sri Lanka Bombings
Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has made public a statement expressing the Kingdom’s deepest condolences on the horrible attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka yesterday.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Ministry plans to modernise patient medical records
The Health Ministry is planning to modernise the way state hospitals examine a patient’s medical history by implementing a digitalised hospital system called “Pet Yerng” already being used in some private clinics.
— Khmer Times

H5N6 avian influenza virus detected in Takeo chickens
Following official confirmation on Sunday that the highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza virus was detected in chickens sold at a Takeo province market in February and March, experts reassured the public that the virus is not dangerous to humans.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry issues heat wave guidelines
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron has issued guidelines to prevent outbreaks of diseases in all education institutions in the Kingdom during the current hot and dry spell.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Suggests Opening Four More Border Gates with Thailand
Cambodia is proposing the Thai side to open four more border gates to further facilitate cross-border trade and travel.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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