Cambodia morning news for April 26

Cambodia morning news for April 26

Cambodia morning newsCambodia satisfies insatiable meat demand with imports
Cambodia imported 54,149 tonnes of livestock and meat to meet domestic demand last year, according to a Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries report.
— The Phnom Penh Post

UN Expert Denied Access to Detained Cambodia Opposition Leader
UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith again has been refused permission by Cambodia’s government to meet and speak with detained political opposition leader Kem Sokha while she visits the country from April 29 to May 9, Smith said on Thursday.
— Radio Free Asia

Thailand and Cambodia cooperate on cross border migrant workers
Protecting migrant workers rights and enhancing multi-stakeholder dialogue to prevent human trafficking between Thailand and Cambodia will be front and centre at an international conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia today, April 25.
— AEC News Today

National economy to slow to 7 pct: WB
Cambodia’s economy will continue to experience robust growth, but will expand at a slower pace than last year due to weaker external demand, the World Bank concluded in a report released yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Affordable housing for garment workers requested
A unionist yesterday requested that the government work with the International Labour Organisation to draft a new affordable housing policy for garment workers.
— Khmer Times

Archaeologists discover ancient temple in Cambodia
Cambodian archaeologists with the Apsara Authority have uncovered the upper portion of the submerged northern foundation of the Ak Yum Temple after the water level at West Baray Lake receded due to hot weather.
— The Manila Times

Choeung Ek wastewater treatment facility proposed
City Hall yesterday held a meeting with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency to discuss the building of a $25 million wastewater treatment facility in Choeung Ek commune.
— Khmer Times

NBC releases Financial Stability Review to the public for the first time
The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) released its Financial Stability Review for the first time on Wednesday, outlining the work needed to monitor economic security and develop macro-prudential measures to cope with systemic risks.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Economic growth set to slow this year: WB report
Cambodia’s economy remains in a “robust” condition but economic growth is projected to slow slightly this year compared to last, mainly due to weaker than expected external demand, according to a World Bank report released on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Regional Flood Center to Address Drought Issues, New Policies To Strengthen Internal Control: MRC
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today announced a new effort to address flood and drought issues in the Mekong region, and set new policies to strengthen internal control and operation within its Secretariat, according to the MRC’s press release dated Thursday.
— Fresh News

From Hobbes to Hun Sen
History doesn’t repeat itself, despite the thoughts of a certain German philosopher, and it certainly doesn’t manifest a dyad of tragedy and farce.
— Asia Times

Cambodian PM Leaves for 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation
A Cambodian delegation led by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen departed here this morning for the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and a series of events and meetings in Beijing, China until April 29, 2019.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

UN, Asean: Drought in region may intensify
Drought in many parts of Southeast Asia may become even more frequent and intense if action is not taken now to build resilience, according to the latest joint study by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) released on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Real estate growth to ease: Central Bank
The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) projects growth in the local real estate sector, particularly condominium, retail and office space, to slow down in upcoming months as supply increases.
— Khmer Times

Condemning Sri Lanka Blasts, Hun Sen Ups Security at Home
Prime Minister Hun Sen this week joined world leaders in condemning the series of bloody bomb attacks in Sri Lanka this week that left at least 350 people dead.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodia joins Asean’s rail network
The military-appointed Thai prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, and Hun Sen, Cambodia’s strongman prime minister, travelled from Aranya Prathet on the Thai side of the border the short distance to Cambodia’s Poipet. The service was cancelled in 1973 during Cambodia’s civil war.
— Asean Economist

Tea Banh: ‘Hate-mongering’ is main cause of hostility in Cambodia, could lead to war
Minister of National Defence Tea Banh on Wednesday said “hate-mongering” was the main cause of hostility in Cambodia, an activity that led to people considering others as enemies and ultimately the seeking of revenge – something that could lead to war.
— The Phnom Penh Post

WB: Cambodia’s Economy Performed Well Better Than Expected
The World Bank has issued a report highlighting the good performance of Cambodian economy and predicted it to grow at 7 percent in 2019.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Four suspected of clearing Keo Seima Wildlife Santuary
Police in Mondulkiri province said four men were arrested suspected of clearing and encroaching the state owned Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in O’Raing district.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Departs for 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen departed Phnom Penh Thursday for the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and a series of events and meetings in Beijing from 25 to 29 April 2019 at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to Cambodian foreign affairs ministry’s press release dated April 22 2019.
— Fresh News

Cambodia-Thailand bilateral trade to develop further
Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to develop more strategies to boost bilateral trade, to achieve a target of USD 15 billion by 2020.
— NBT world (video)

MoU on Cambodian Rice Export to China To Be Signed This Weekend
The Kingdom of Cambodia and the People’s Republic of China will reach a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the export of Cambodian milled rice to Chinese markets.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Trade Union Law amendments to be discussed today
Unionist Ath Thorn yesterday announced that labour rights organisations will hold an advocacy meeting with the government today to discuss the amendment of articles in the Trade Union Law deemed restrictive to union freedom.
— Khmer Times

Chinese Investors Sign on New City Plans for Ream Park
Two big Chinese companies have teamed up to invest billions of dollars to develop an international tourism on a 3,300 hectares site near Sihanoukville.
— Cambodia News English

Conservation group discovers rare Irrawaddy dolphin calf
A dolphin conservation group has revealed it recently found a newborn Irrawaddy dolphin swimming among adults in the Mekong River in Kratie province, the sixth calf to be discovered this year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese experts to conduct study on ports
A group of Chinese experts is now in Cambodia to conduct a study on port development that will aid the drafting of a master plan, according to the Ministry of Transportation.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Volunteers Tackle Malaria
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.
— Cambodia News English

Chanrath: Smearing mindset resembles Khmer Rouge era
Ou Chanrath has said that the hostile welcome granted him by his fellow Cambodians recently in South Korea showed that the hearts of supposedly democratic people remain closed and that the mindset of smearing one another resembled that of the Khmer Rouge era.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Central bank issues financial stability review
The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) yesterday launched its Financial Stability Review (FSR), a report that aims to provide reliable financial data to the public to help mitigate risks.
— Khmer Times

UN to assess Cambodia HR situation
Rhona Smith, the United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, will visit the Kingdom later this month to follow up on the human rights situation in the country.
— The Manila Times

UN rapporteur to monitor rights in visit to Kingdom
Rhona Smith, the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, is to arrive in Phnom Penh on Monday to monitor the current situation in the Kingdom at the invitation of the government.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Japanese insurer Dai-ichi Life enters local market
Dai-ichi Life Insurance, a subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life Holdings, officially launched operations in Cambodia during a ceremony held yesterday at Rosewood Phnom Penh.
— Khmer Times

China’s Huawei to build 5G network in Cambodia: Cambodian senior official
China’s technology giant Huawei will help build a 5G network in Cambodia, a Cambodian senior official said on Thursday.
— Xinhua

ICS names new Cambodia manager
ICS Travel Group has hired Hay Narith (Rith) as its country manager for Cambodia, effective this month.
— TTR Weekly

Khmer Rouge forced marriage effects linger
A research paper published on Wednesday by the Cambodia Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC) in conjunction with Canada’s McGill University claims that forced marriage during the Khmer Rouge regime continues to impact the victims 40 years on.
— The Phnom Penh Post

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia to visit Kingdom
Rhona Smith, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, will visit the Kingdom later this month to follow up on the human rights situation in the country.
— Khmer Times

Villagers warned to be wary of ill-intentioned land agents
Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra on Tuesday warned villagers not to believe ill-intentioned land agents and called on people to stop all illegal grabbing of state-owned land or face punishment in accordance with the law.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Interior Minister calls for study on injured migrant workers
Interior Minister Sar Kheng has ordered immigration officials to investigate cases of returning migrant workers who were injured overseas, especially cases involving those who worked in Thailand.
— Khmer Times

New name for Real Camerin’s political party gets approval
The Ministry of Interior on Tuesday gave its approval to Real Camerin to name his new political party the Khmer Conservative Party, after his first proposal, the Khmer Empire Party, was denied last month.
— The Phnom Penh Post

US$1 Billion Worth Trade Centre Being Constructed
Triumph Commercial Centre (TTC Triumph) worth US$1 billion is being constructed in Phnom Penh capital, according to local media report.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Archaeologists uncover part of ancient Angkor temple
Archaeologists with the Apsara Authority have uncovered the upper portion of the submerged northern foundation of the Ak Yum temple after the water level at West Baray lake receded due to hot weather.
— Khmer Times

Twenty royal turtles to be released in Sre Ambel River
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Fisheries Administration are to release 20 royal turtles into the Sre Ambel River in Preah Sihanouk province on Friday as part of the launch of the EU Counter-Wildlife Trafficking project.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Analyst to be questioned over reclamation complaint
Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday summoned social analyst Heang Kimsroeun over a complaint he filed about land reclamation near Koh Pich island.
— Khmer Times

Family of Slain Forest Activist Readies to Mark Seventh Anniversary of Killing
Seven years after Chut Wutty was killed in an altercation with security forces, the family of the forest activist has once again called for justice to be served to the perpetrators.
— VOA Cambodia

District police chief is suspended over beating
Kampong Cham province’s Kampong Siem district police chief Ek Pandorn has been suspended for allegedly beating a man unconscious, according to a directive seen by The Post on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

District police chief suspended over alleged assault
The Kampong Cham provincial police chief on Monday appointed the Kampong Siem deputy district police chief to temporarily take over the duties of his superior Colonel Ek Panndorn who is currently suspended following an assault complaint.
— Khmer Times


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Day for Safety and Health at Work, 28 April


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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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