Cambodia morning news for April 3

Cambodia morning news for April 3

Cambodia morning newsHun Sen scoffs at power shortage conspiracy theory
Prime Minister Hun Sen today denied baseless accusations that the government is purposely cutting off power to people in order to form an excuse to move forward with the controversial Stung Cheay Areng hydropower dam.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Reveals Economic Reform Strategy To Counter EU Threat
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced plans to reform the nation’s economy on a large scale with a 17-point strategy to stimulate growth and save the private sector some $400 million per year in costs.
— Invest Vine

PM orders SEZs, investment laws finalised within months
The long wait for the new laws on Investment and Special Economic Zones (SEZs) is expected to soon be near, due to an order from Prime Minister Hun Sen to the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry says Cambodia will have to export its oil
Lacking the infrastructure needed to process the commodity, Cambodia will have to sell its crude oil when it starts producing later this year, the Ministry of Mines and Energy said yesterday.
— Khmer Times

PM Warns Opposition for Accusing the Power Cut as the Excuse to Build More Hydropower (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen warned the oppositions for stating the power cut is the government’s excuse to build more hydropower, addressing Tuesday at the inauguration of USD 26 million Japanese-aid water supply system in Kampot, approximately 150km south of Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Two More Banks to Become Cash Settlement Agents
Two more banks are processing their application to become the cash settlement agents in the Cambodia Stock Exchange (CSX).
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Gov’t: Autism more understood
Government officials said on Monday that parents and guardians have a better understanding of autism these days, resulting in more children with the disorder receiving proper schooling.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Traffic police urge motorists not to flee accidents
The Interior Ministry’s Traffic Police Department yesterday called on motorists to refrain from fleeing accident scenes.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Wants Dams to Ban Salty Water entering Kampot River (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered relevant ministries to build dams in order to prevent salty water from the Gulf of Thailand from entering Kampot river to address water crisis.
— Fresh News

King praises National Assembly and PM
King Norodom Sihamoni yesterday praised the National Assembly and Prime Minister Hun Sen’s leadership for efforts taken to resolve challenges and ensure peace and political stability in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Japan-aid Clean Water System Will Effectively Solve Water Crisis in Kampot: PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen stated that the inauguration of the expansion of water supply system in Kampot will effectively address water crisis for people in Kampot.
— Fresh News

Angkor Park sees $35M in Q1 ticket sales
The Kingdom generated more than $35 million from ticket sales to the Angkor Archaeological Park – its main tourism site – in the first three months of this year, a nine per cent drop on the same period last year, Angkor Enterprise data shows.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnamese, Cambodian religious officials hold talks
Head of Vietnam’s Government Committee for Religious Affairs Vu Chien Thang said he wishes that the Cambodian Ministry of Cults and Religion would create favourable conditions for overseas Vietnamese following Buddhism and Caodaism in the country to join religious activities.
— Vietnam Plus

Power Shortage To Cement Cambodia Hydro And Coal Power Expansion Drive
We have downwardly revised our short-term hydropower generation forecasts in Cambodia, from 4.46 TWh to 3.06TWh in 2019 as recent droughts have threatened Cambodia’s hydropower output reliability.
— Fitch Solutions (paywall)

More special education teachers needed
An official from the Ministry of Social Affairs yesterday asked the Education Ministry to recruit more special education teachers to fill a current void.
— Khmer Times

National Assembly holds second session of its sixth mandate
The National Assembly on Monday held the second session of its sixth mandate to discuss and approve several agendas.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Storms in Battambang, Kampong Cham and Preah Vihear
ate on the night of April 1, 2019, heavy rains and strong winds caused damage to property in Bovil district, Ampil district, Battambang province.
— Cambodia News English

Civil servants to be paid full wages before KNY
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said that the government will pay civil servants and all armed forces personnel their full salaries instead of in twice-monthly instalments this month, along with a 50,000 riel ($12.50) bonus, for the upcoming Khmer New Year.
— Khmer Times

Boeung Kak activists sentenced
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced each of four Boeung Kak land activists to one year in prison and a two million riel ($500) fine on Monday for intentional acts of violence. But the four women have long regarded the charge as unjust.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen: Cambodia to Open New Border Gates to Expand Trade (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said the kingdom began talks with neighboring countries to open new border gates in order to expand bilateral trade, speaking Tuesday at the inauguration of USD 26 million Japanese-grant water supply system in Kampot, approximately 150km south of Phnom Penh and around 5 km from the Gulf of Thailand.
— Fresh News

Hun Sen warns of bad weather
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday appealed to villagers to be careful because despite the current dry season, strong winds and lightning strikes still occur during the occasional rainstorm.
— Khmer Times

DC-Cam to train lecturers in course on KR genocide
The Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is running a course to train 50 lecturers from 50 of the Kingdom’s universities to teach the history of the Khmer Rouge from 1975-1979.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Police warned over fake documents
The Interior Ministry yesterday warned that it will take strict action against police officers who falsify documents to enable foreigners to obtain Cambodian citizenship.
— Khmer Times

Preah Sihanouk authorities warn land grabbers of legal action
Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities have announced they would not recognise the more than 200 families who had illegally built makeshift huts and planted boundary markers on state and private land at Rithy II village in Stung Hav district’s Keo Phos commune.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM signals return of Lu Lay Sreng to Kingdom
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said he is allowing exiled government critic Lu Lay Sreng to return to the Kingdom, despite legal troubles.
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen blasts US government for 1970 coup
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday blasted the United States for rallying behind the removal of Prince Norodom Sihanouk in 1970 and accused it of supporting Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, China Discuss Marine Cooperation
Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment and First Institute of Oceanography of China are discussing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on marine cooperation.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Lorry with illegal wood confiscated
A lorry discovered to be secretly transporting illegally logged wood on Monday was impounded by Kampong Thom provincial authorities, with the vehicle’s driver now in hiding, according to a provincial forestry administration official.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Apsara Authority pumping water into Angkor Wat waterways
The Apsara Authority is pumping water into the moat ans ponds at Angkor Wat during the current dry spell.
— Khmer Times

Free University Education for High School Graduates with Disabilities
Royal Government of Cambodia has announced to offer free tertiary education for the students with disabilities who have finished their high school study.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

PM: Beware of thunderstorms
Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on people to be careful in thunderstorms, which have so far this year killed at least three people and destroyed scores of homes, with more predicted in April and May.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s Kampot to Have Deep Seaport: PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced to build a deep seaport in Kampot province, approximately 150km south of Phnom Penh and around 5 km from the Gulf of Thailand.
— Fresh News

Officials meet over vehicle fatalities
Police officials and legal experts met at the Council of Ministers on Monday to discuss ways to tackle the increasing death toll on the Kingdom’s roads.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Labour Ministry To Host Beauty Contest Among Garment Workers
Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training will organise beauty contest among garment workers, according to its recent news release.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

OCIC to build exhibition centre in Chroy Changvar
The Overseas Cambodian Investment Corporation (OCIC) on Sunday announced it is investing $16 million to build a large exhibition centre in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar Satellite City.
— Khmer Times

Chroy Changvar Bridge reopens tomorrow
The 21-month renovation is nearly complete to the relief of commuters, thanks to a $30 million grant aid from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency [JICA].
— 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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