Cambodia morning news for December 11

Cambodia morning news for December 11

Cambodia morning news

U.S. imposes sanctions Cambodian PM’s associates over alleged corruption
The U.S. Treasury has imposed sanctions on a businessman and a senior government official with close links to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, accusing them of corruption.
— World News 

Senators approve $8.23 billion national budget for next year
The Senate yesterday unanimously adopted a budget of $8.23 billion for next year’s national budget.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia economic zone eyes companies fleeing Thai costs
he operator of Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone opened a new industrial park close to the Thai border on Monday, in hopes of attracting manufacturers seeking a second Southeast Asian hub amid rising wages in Thailand.
— Asia Nikkei Review (paywall)

As Human Rights Day Passes, Uncertainty Clouds Its Future
Unionists predicted muted International Human Rights Day celebrations in the years ahead, as the final time it was to be marked as a national holiday reignited debate over whether foreign pressure was justified to protect universal human rights.
— VOD

Civil Society Marks Human Rights Day With Call to Improve Cambodia’s Record, Save Trade Status
A group of civil society organizations in Cambodia marked International Human Rights Day on Tuesday by calling on the government to drastically improve the country’s rights record to avoid the loss of crucial tariff-free access to the European Union under a preferential trade scheme.
— RFA

High Prices Lead To Illegal Fishing In Kampong Chhnang
Dozens of fishing people live in Kandal village, Sangkat Phsar Chhnang, Kampong Chhnang City on the morning of December 9, are complaining that lower catch yields have led to high prices and increased illegal fishing. Some claim that more than 20 tons of fish are caught illegally each night.
— CNE 

Kem Sokha’s Trial Date Set Amid EU, US Pressure
Kem Sokha, leader of the outlawed main opposition party, will stand trial for alleged treason in January — 28 months after his arrest — the Phnom Penh Municipal Court said on Monday, amid heightened pressure on Cambodia from the E.U. and U.S.
— VOD  

Mekong turns blue-green amidst flow changes
A change in water levels, flow and increasing amounts of algae are among the reasons parts of the Mekong river recently changed from brown to blue-green, according to the Mekong River Commission.
— Khmer Times 

Former Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Calls on People to Respect Human Rights
“Human rights abuses bring injustice, cause pain and can lead to rebellion and social instability, which is detrimental to peace,” he said on his Facebook page. “A society can be stable only when every individual in that society has access to justice: the right of freedom and not be abused.”
— Thmey Thmey 

The Health and Education Ministries Warn People to Protect Themselves Against Cold Weather
“The ministry has issued guidelines to implement in order to prevent diseases and other occurrences, which commonly happen during a cold-weather period in schools, ” Education ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said. “The ministry also works closely with another related ministry to ongoingly monitor the weather and health issues in every school across the country.”
— Thmey Thmey 

Cambodia’s Growing Garment Industry at Risk if EU Trade Benefits Disappear
Cambodia’s potential loss of preferential trade access to the European Union (EU) could weaken the country’s economic growth and undermine the price competitiveness of the country’s garment exports, GlobalData wrote in a new analysis. The European Commission has given the Cambodian government a one-month deadline to respond to its findings over alleged human rights violations…
— Sourcing Journal

Save the Children set to hand over project results to government
Save the Children on Tuesday said it will hand over the results of a three-year project on strengthening early childhood care and development to the government on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia to teach LGBT+ issues in schools to tackle discrimination
Children in Cambodia will receive lessons on LGBT+ issues from 2020 in a bid to wipe out bullying and discrimination in the socially conservative country, an official said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Cameras check on crime in Cambodia
The Cambodian government plans to install hundreds of security cameras along major roads in Sihanoukville next year. The cameras, which the government will be paying for, is mean to monitor traffic as well as increase security in the town.
— The Asean Post

Sihanoukville canal restoration to stymie floods
Officials yesterday began to restore five 25km-long canals in Sihanoukville in a move to curb flooding in the city during torrential rains.
— Khmer Times 

Cambodians Regain Full Rights after Country’s Liberation from Khmer Rouge Regime
The current rights and freedom of Cambodia were restored after the collapse of the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime on Jan. 7, 1979.
— AKP

Poipet industrial park begins operations
Poipet PP Special Economic Zone (Poipet PPSEZ) yesterday announced it is officially beginning operations.
— Khmer Times

Sea Festival to draw half a million visitors: Minister
The Sea Festival, to be held this month in Kampot, is expected to draw at least half a million visitors, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
— Khmer Times

SCC meeting over Ta Mouk lake reclamation yields little results
A meeting yesterday between the Supreme Consultative Council and Water Resources Minister Lim Kean Hor over various water issues, including the reclamation of Ta Mouk lake in Phnom Penh, yielded little results as the latter claimed there was nothing he could have done to tackle issues of corruption and land management.
— Khmer Times

King Father’s biographer donates historical documents
The Documentation Centre of Cambodia has received more than 1.5 tonnes of historical documents and materials from Julio A Jeldres, former senior private secretary and official biographer to late King Father Norodom Sihanouk.
— Khmer Times

Clay pot speakers: Combining ancient art with modern tech
To complete a school project, a freshman in telecommunication and electronics engineering, Dam Soksreyneang, 18, came up with the innovative concept of combining Kampong Chhnang province’s ancestral tradition of making pottery with audio technology.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Outgoing Pakistani ambassador bids farewell
Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn yesterday urged the outgoing Pakistani ambassador to boost bilateral trade between their two countries.
— Khmer Times

Book delves into life of Hun Sen’s wife
Author Chhay Sophal on Tuesday released his new book charting the life of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife, Bun Rany.
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen praises veterans for their sacrifice
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday lauded veteran soldiers for making sacrifices for their respective countries, saying that they are symbols of patriotic consciences.
— Khmer Times 

PM Hun Sen Shares Four Recommendations to VECONAC 19th General Assembly
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has delivered an opening remarks at the Veterans Confederation of ASEAN Countries (VECONAC) 19th General Assembly on 10 December 2019, held at the Peace Palace Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Vietnamese Tractor Driver Detained After Body Found
A man was found dead in a field in Porpeaet commune, Svay Teab distrcit, Svay Rieng at 11.30 minutes on 9 December 2019.
— CNE

Fire In Siem Reap City Scrapyard
At 3:30 pm on December 10, 2019, in the village of Slor Kram, Sangkat Slor Kram, Siem Reap town, there was a total fire at a Vietnamese owned scrap metal business which burned down two houses behind Samaki Market.
— CNE

Korea Provides Weather Observation Assistance to Cambodia
The Royal Government of Cambodia and the Government of the Republic of Korea signed here yesterday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the project of installation of an Automated Weather Observation System for the forecasting and early warning of natural disasters in Cambodia.
— AKP

China Licenses 18 more Cambodian Millers for Rice Import
The People’s Republic of China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has licensed 18 new more Cambodian millers and firms to operate their rice export to the country.
— AKP

Cambodia Dismayed by Designation of Cambodian Nationals under Global Magnitsky Act
The Spokesperson of Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international Cooperation has issued a statement, expressing Cambodia’s consternation over the designation of Cambodian nationals under Global Magnitsky Act.
— AKP

UN to implement second phase of youth employment project
The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training said the UN Joint Programme United for Youth Employment in Cambodia plans to implement its second phase which aims to promote decent employment for Cambodian youth.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Pich Sros raises dam issues
Cambodian Youth Party (CYP) president Pich Sros on Tuesday raised four issues faced by residents of Kampong Speu and Takeo provinces regarding dam constructions and submitted his report to the Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology Lim Kean Hor.
— The Phnom Penh Post

ACU launches campaign to check public service provision
The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has launched a campaign to check the provision of public services during the whole of next year. The campaign will be carried out at targeted service units of sub-national level administrations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

5th Chinese Business Networking Event
The 5th Chinese Business Networking Event will take place on December 14, 2019 at Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel and Residence. The highly anticipated event is expected to gather more than 350 business elites from the real estate, finance, banking, insurance, hospitality and other business sectors.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Police hunt down four fugitives for separate rape, murder cases
The National Police on Monday announced the hunt for four men wanted for separate cases of rape and murder, following the issuance of provincial court arrest warrants.
— The Phnom Penh Post

No trace of aquamarine hue found in Kingdom
The Mekong River in some parts of the region including Thailand and Laos has taken on a blue-green hue due to the extremely low flows, according to the Mekong River Commission (MRC).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Aide of former King provides a ‘tonne’ of historical documents
Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam) director Youk Chhang considers the new documents on contemporary Cambodian history, especially during Pol Pot’s Democratic Kampuchea regime provided by Julio A Jelres as very valuable.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Police detain 18,000, seize 670kg of drugs
Anti-drug police seized more than 670kg of drugs and detained some 18,000 suspects in the first 11 months of this year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sihanoukville’s first mall holds grand opening
A grand ceremony was held on Monday to mark the formal opening of FURI Times Square, the first mall in Sihanoukville.
— Khmer Times

30 Cambodian foods every visitor needs to try
While amok is more familiar to tourists, samlor korkor has a better claim to being the true national dish of Cambodia. It has been eaten for hundreds of years and today can be found in restaurants, roadside stands and family homes.
— CNN Travel

Cambodian Christians’ Government Endorsement Represents a ‘Modern-Day Miracle’
Last weekend the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association held its first rally in Cambodia, with Franklin Graham preaching before thousands in Phnom Penh. Organizers called it a “historic event” and the “perfect time” for the global organization to encourage the faithful minority trying to reach their country for Christ.
— Christianity Today

Japan’s Nippon Koei eyeing Cambodia’s silk industry
Japanese company Nippon Koei has expressed interest in the Cambodian silk industry. The private sector believes such interest will improve the Cambodian silk market if the Japanese company invests in the sector.
— The Phnom Penh Post

 

 

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