Cambodia morning news for April 25

Cambodia morning news for April 25

Cambodia morning newsPower cuts unlikely to stunt Cambodia’s growth… just yet
The Asean Development Bank (ADB) recently forecast Cambodia’s economy to grow by 7 per cent this year and ease slightly to 6.8 per cent in 2020. While the bright forecast would ordinarily be good news, it is likely to only worsen a massive power shortage gripping the country.
— AEC News Today

Rent hike delayed, reduced after protest
Authorities in Por Senchey district’s Chom Chao I commune yesterday met with landlords of rooms being rented to garment workers within Canadia Industrial Park and convinced them to reduce expected rent hikes following a protest by hundreds of workers on Sunday.
— Khmer Times

Schools in need of fans and AC
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron has appealed to parents to be patient with the ministry as it struggles to equip all schools with enough fans and air conditioning units during a current hot spell in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Deputy prosecutor suspended for ‘clearing’ mangrove forest
Minister of Justice Ang Vong Vathana on Monday temporarily suspended Kampong Thom provincial deputy prosecutor Chea Sovanthet after he was alleged to have been involved in the clearing 10ha of mangrove forest with 17 tractors.
— The Phnom Penh Post

NBC seeks to promote financial literacy
A National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) official on Tuesday said it is seeking to promote financial literacy among Cambodians, saying that boosting awareness of financial issues has become a greater priority as the industry continues to develop and become more complex.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodians try out smartphones to track – and ease – climate woes
TMAT PAELLY, Cambodia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Yin Socheat, a 29-year-old Cambodian farmer, is immersed in her smartphone – but it isn’t the latest viral meme she’s looking at.
— Reuters

UN human rights expert to visit Cambodia
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, will visit Cambodia from April 29 to May 9, said a press release from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

China and Cambodia organize conference for the first export of Cambodian bananas to China
The Cambodian and Chinese Chambers of Commerce joined the China Certification and Inspection Company (CCIC) in the organization of a conference on April 19th, 2019.
— Fresh Plaza

Hun Sen Urges Officials Not to Be Provoked by Former Opposition Leader
Prime Minister Hun Sen has told senior officials not to respond to comments from former opposition leader Sam Rainsy after the exiled leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party urged Interior Minister Sar Kheng to move against the premier.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodian airlines expands routes
JC Cambodia International confirms it will start to a new international route linking Sihanoukville, a Cambodia’s coastal port and resort town with a key tourist gateway Bangkok.
— TTR Weekly

Interview: BRI creates huge potential, opportunities for international cooperation: Cambodian PM
The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has generated tremendous potential and opportunities for all participating countries to deepen their cooperation, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said in a written interview with Xinhua.
— Xinhua

Cambodia’s economy grew 7.5 percent in 2018, four-year high – World Bank
Cambodia’s economy grew 7.5 percent last year, a four-year high, compared with 7 percent in 2017, helped by rising exports to the United States, the World Bank said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Confirel to sell salt to French brand
Local firm Confirel will sell 100 tonnes of organic salt products to France-based Le Guerandais.
— Khmer Times

Kingdom’s petrol prices up 20%
Cambodia’s retail petrol price has increased more than 20 per cent during the first four months of this year due to rising costs on the international market, the monthly oil prices set by the Ministry of Commerce reveal.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Plays Important Role in Regional Stability
Cambodia has played an important role in regional stability and has been a good friend to ASEAN member countries, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Chen Yuan told Prime Minister Hun Sen in a courtesy call on Wednesday at the Peace Palace, according to delegate minister Kao Kim Hourn.
— Fresh News

PM Calls for High Vigilance against Terrorism
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has appealed to all competent authorities to double their attention to prevent any temptation to commit acts of terrorism in Cambodia.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Association: GI status will boost value of palm sugar
The Kampong Speu Palm Sugar Promotion Association (KSPSPA) has expressed optimism that the EU’s recognition of Kampong Speu palm sugar will strengthen the Kingdom’s palm sugar market and better serve farmers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian PM Receives CAIFC President
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, received here this morning at the Peace Palace visiting H.E. Chen Yuan, President of the China Association for International Friendly Contact (CAIFC).
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Health experts call for more tobacco taxes to save lives
Health experts on Tuesday called on the government to save Cambodian lives by raising tobacco taxes and use the revenues to expand healthcare benefits for the general public.
— The Phnom Penh Post

National Bank of Cambodia holds financial literacy event
The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) held an event yesterday to teach the public about the importance of financial literacy skills and encourage more people to take advantage of financial services.
— Khmer Times

Another Mekong Dolphin Born in Kratie Province
Mekong River dolphin has delivered a baby dolphin aged about seven days now, according to wildlife conservation organisation World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Former CNRP official detained for remarks against PM Hun Sen
The former deputy executive committee chief of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Tbong Khmum province was placed in pre-trial detention on Tuesday, a day after he was arrested for incitement for comments levelled at Prime Minister Hun Sen on Facebook.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Philippine Airlines To Extend Direct Flight Routes to Siem Reap
Philippine Airlines is planning to expand its direct flight routes to Siem Reap provincial city in the near future, after launching its direct flight to Phnom Penh capital early this month.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Minister praises project to improve farmers’ lives
Minister Veng Sakhon on Thursday congratulated Heifer International for their work in Cambodia, particularly the ‘Accelerating Inclusive Market for Smallholders (AIMS)’ project, which has benefited about 35,000 vulnerable households since 2016.
— Khmer Times

You Can Now Travel From Cambodia to Thailand By Train!
While both countries are still working on the operation details, the diesel-powered locomotive is expected to run along the 385-kilometre-long track from Poipet, a city in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh to a Thai border town called Aranyaprathet by year’s end.
— The Asean Post

Ruling Party Lawmaker Linked to Illegal Logging Charges
A ruling party lawmaker has been linked to the arrests of twelve Vietnamese illegal loggers in Ratanakkiri province.
— VOA Cambodia

Preah Sihanouk authorities on hunt for rubbish burners
Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities are searching for those who set fire to a large pile of rubbish on a Sihanoukville street in Commune 4’s Village 2 on Monday night.
— The Phnom Penh Post

The impact of a cow bank on local lives
Banan district, Battambang province – A thin man stands tall here in Ta Kream commune’s Slarp Pang village.
— Khmer Times

China Merchants Port Delegation Visits Cambodia for Port Master Plan Development
H.E. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport received here yesterday a courtesy call from a visiting delegation of China Merchants Port Services (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. (CM Port Service) led by Mr. Jiang Luning, Director of Overseas Business.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

‘Hunt down the masterminds’
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng insisted on Tuesday that law enforcement agencies must leave no stone unturned in the search for the “masterminds” behind human trafficking and bring them to justice without exception.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM tells forces to be vigilant against terror
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday offered his condolence to Sri Lanka over the deadly terrorists bombings on Sunday and appealed to the armed forces to be vigilant and prevent such attacks in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

PM: Aung San Suu Kyi set to visit Cambodia
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, will begin an official visit to Cambodia on April 30 after attending the One Belt One Road Forum in Beijing, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s Health Volunteers Tackle Malaria Head-on
Cambodia’s northeast is home to many different ethnic groups and cultures. Its resource-rich and sparsely populated forests also attract many migrants from other parts of the country looking for means of livelihood.
— Relief Web

Workers offered rent rate deal
A family that owns more than 1,000 rental rooms has agreed to increase monthly rates by $5 per month for the next three months – rather than the $10 considered – after some 100 garment workers protested in the capital on Sunday and Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

River Cruise Ship Update
A three-story international cruise ship had what appeared to be a fire on board at 5:55 pm on April 23, 2019 on the Tonle Sap near the east side of Chroy Changva commune, Chroy Changvar district.
— Cambodia News English

BRI and development in Cambodia
Cambodia is one of the key beneficiaries of the Belt and Road Initiative for International Cooperation (BRI).
— Khmer Times

Court official suspended after forest clearing charge
A Kampong Thom deputy provincial court prosecutor was suspended on Monday after he was accused of clearing and occupying a flooded forest in the province’s Kampong Svay district between April 13 and April 17.
— The Phnom Penh Post

National security Gov’t issues directive for border crime
The Ministry of Interior issued a directive on Monday to boost measures to prevent and crack down on transnational crimes in Cambodia following a spate of recent incidents.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia-Philippines to Launch Manila-Siem Reap Direct Flights
Cambodia and the Philippines plan to launch Manila-Siem Reap direct flights after the duo operate Manila-Phnom Penh direct flight, delegate minister Kao Kim Hourn told the press following outgoing Ambassador Christopher Baltazar Montero’s farewell call on Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace on Wednesday morning.
— Fresh News

Groups urge passing of alcohol law be sped up
Civil society groups on Tuesday urged relevant ministries to finalise the draft law on controlling the consumption and sale of alcohol in the Kingdom as soon as possible.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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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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