Cambodia morning news for April 4

Cambodia morning news for April 4

Cambodia morning newsCambodia’s 2019 GDP grows by 7 percent: ADB
Cambodia’s economic growth is projected to stay robust with 7 percent in 2019 due to strong economic performance last year, according to Asian Development Bank.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Orders Critics’ Electricity Shut Off Amid Furor Over Power Shortages
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has told officials to cut off electricity to the homes of those who claim he orchestrated blackouts to drum up public support for a controversial hydropower dam, after the head of an environmental NGO suggested the government was responsible for power outages that have plagued the country this year.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia reports first outbreak of African swine fever: OIE
Cambodia reported a first outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in backyard pigs near the Vietnam border, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing the Cambodian agriculture ministry.
— Reuters

Cambodia art journey reflects the nation’s modern hope
Lauren Iida, an accomplished Seattle artist, creates spaces and opportunities for Cambodian artists to train and excel. She is the founder of Open Studio Cambodia, a fledgling art center in Kampot, the small coastal city south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital.
— Seattle Globalist

Cambodia’s Growth Remains Strong, Skills Gap Needs Bridging: ADB
Following a very strong economic performance last year, Cambodia will likely see moderate, but still robust, growth, with the economy expected to expand about 7% this year and 6.8% next year, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released 3 April 2019.
— Fresh News

Hun Sen scoffs at power shortage conspiracy theory
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday 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

China’s BRI offers tremendous opportunities for Cambodia: UN officials, experts
China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is providing huge opportunities for Cambodia in terms of social and economic development, United Nations officials and experts said at a forum here on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

USAID Hosts Greening Prey Lang Inception and Learning Event
Local and international representatives from the public and private sectors today joined together for an inception and learning event held by USAID Greening Prey Lang with partnership with Ministry of Environment.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Many Chinese Brawlers Hauled Away in SHK
Many Chinese men were detained at Nanhai Plaza Apartments in Sangkat No 3, Sihanoukville , at 5 pm on April 3, 2019.
— Cambodia News English

PM: Dam allegation ‘too much’
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday hit back at accusations by unnamed “analysts” that the recent widespread power outages across the Kingdom were a “pretext” for the government to build further hydroelectric dams.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian refugees facing deportation
Asian Law Caucus attorney Kevin Lo yesterday said 45 Cambodian refugees convicted for crimes in the United States are facing deportation.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM Thanks Japan for Renovation of Chroy Changvar Bridge I
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen of the Kingdom of Cambodia has expressed his gratitude to the Government and people of Japan for their assistance for the restoration of Cambodia-Japan Friendship Bridge – locally known as Chroy Changvar Bridge I.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Phnom Penh – Phuket Flights to Launch
AirAsia has confirmed plans to launch direct flights between Phuket and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
— Cambodia News English

Siem Reap authorities research ways to clean town’s main river
Siem Reap town’s civil society organisations and citizens have criticised the release of wastewater from guesthouses, hotels and restaurants into Siem Reap River, which has contaminated its water.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Gold production to begin this year, Ministry says
The Ministry of Mines and Energy yesterday said two mining firms will begin producing gold in upcoming months.
— Khmer Times

Tourism Promotion Video Contest Application Opened
Tourism ministry is calling for video contest applications among youth as well as general public interested in producing short films to promote community-based tourism and ecotourism.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

CMAC destroys 9,400 mines, UXO
Experts from the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) have cleared mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) from 25sqm of farmland and land set to be designated as economic zones in the first three months of this year, CMAC director Heng Ratana said on Monday.
— 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

Sustainable Extractive Industry Dialogue Organised
Phnom Penh has hosted Cambodia Mining, Oil and Gas Outlook 2019 and Beyond as platform to discuss the maximisation of the use of the resources.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Rubbish piles up as Sihanoukville workers quit
Residents and civil society organisations in Sihanoukville are complaining of the foul odour produced by piles of rubbish after workers at the city’s only waste collection company quit their jobs en masse.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Mines casualties on the rise this year
The Cambodian Mine Action Centre has cleared 25 kilometres of landmines and destroyed more than 9,400 unexploded ordnance in the past three months, during which time 44 people were killed or injured in explosions.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Calls for Chinese Support of Riel Currency in E-Commerce
Cambodia has requested the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited (BOCHK) Phnom Penh Branch to support the use of its Riel currency in e-commerce through e-payment and QR Code.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Ministry vows opportunities for the intellectually disabled
As Cambodia marked World Autism Day on Tuesday, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation said it has set the goal of removing the obstacles that those with autism and Down’s Syndrome face when interacting with society.
— The Phnom Penh Post

No Angkor Sankranta this year
The Union of Youth Federation of Cambodia said it would not hold the Angkor Sankranta celebration this year in Siem Reap province.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, the Philippines Launch New Direct Flight
The Phnom Penh International Airport welcomed a new airline and route as Philippine Airlines operated its maiden flight from Manila early this month.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

New water treatment plant for Kampot
Funded by a $26 million grant aid from Japan, the facilities will service 13,000 new citizens who were not connected to the infrastructure previously.
— The Phnom Penh Post

RDB to become commercial bank, change name: PM
State-owned Rural Development Bank, now a specialised banking institution, will become a commercial bank and change its name, Prime Minister Hun Sen revealed last week.
— Khmer Times

Removal of Irregular Administrative Documents from Foreigners Nearly Completed
Ministry of Interior has almost completed the removal process of irregular administrative documents from foreigners living in Cambodia.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Mining industry expected to be viable from late this year
Cambodia’s mining industry is expected to be viable from late this year at the commencement of the mine harvesting period, according to Ministry of Mines and Energy secretary of state Meng Saktheara.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Women still face too many challenges in society: Minister
Women’s Affairs Minister Ing Kantha Phavi yesterday said that women are still facing social and economic challenges, although much has been done to empower them.
— Khmer Times

ACCB: Cambodia, a Hotspot for Biodiversity
“Cambodia is a hotspot for biodiversity. There are many different species of animals in the country and some are very rare,” Mr. Michael Meyerhoff, Country Director of Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) told AKP.
— 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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