Cambodia morning news for December 16

Cambodia morning news for December 16

Cambodia morning news

Gov’t responds to EU’s report on possible trade sanctions
The Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Thursday that Cambodia had responded to the European Union’s preliminary report on suspending trade preferences, giving “comprehensive” explanations about what it had done to improve political participation, land rights, freedom of expression and freedom of association.
— CamboJa News

Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia’s timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.
Under a rickety wooden stilt house near Cambodia’s Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the country’s leading environmental campaigners is preparing dinner.
— Aljazeera

Sugary drinks to be banned at schools in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh has announced plans to ban the sale of sugary drinks at schools in line with the Partnership for Healthy Cities across 70 of the world’s urban areas in efforts to tackle non-communicable diseases.
— The Phnom Penh Post

US told to refrain from interfering in Sokha case
Senior Cambodian officials said on Thursday that the US can monitor Kem Sokha’s trial as it wishes but would not be allowed to interfere in court procedures.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Cambodia sees 34 pct rise in rice export to China in 11 months
Cambodia exported 205,358 tons of milled rice to China during the first 11 months of 2019, up 34 percent over the same period last year, said an official report Sunday.
— Xinhua

‘Beautifying Phnom Penh’: Muslim Cham face eviction in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia – On a good day, fish vendor Sen Ror can make about $7.50 but that is on a good day.
— Aljazeera 

Cambodia and Vietnam Hold Joint Disaster Management Drill in Svay Rieng
Military personnel from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Vietnam will hold a five-day joint disaster relief drill starting Saturday, along the border in Svay Rieng province.
— VOA

PM Hun Sen Addresses at 14th Cambodia Import Export One Province One Product Exhibition (Full remarks)
Below is the full remarks of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen delivered at the opening ceremony of the 14th Cambodia Import Export One Province One Product Exhibition, held Sunday at Koh Pich Convention Center, Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Cambodia Exports Goods and Services to 147 Countries
Cambodia has so far exported goods and services to 147 countries which are members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) with the price of about 60 percent of GDP.
— AKP 

Cranes – Time-Warp Masters
The speed at which Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville are transformed never ceases, each time they come here, to amaze them.
— Thmey Thmey

Crackdown on vehicles with unpaid tax
The General Department of Customs and Excise at the Ministry of Economy and Finance vowed to take legal action against those using vehicles with unpaid tax and unapproved modifications after relevant authorities had advised them through educational announcements.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sar Kheng seeks migrant worker safeguards
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday led an anti-human trafficking day event in Phnom Penh and told thousands of attendees that authorities are continuing crackdowns on crimes involving the smuggling of persons abroad.
— Khmer Times

Officials again clarify relocation of Tonle Sap lake residents
Government officials have once again addressed the public to clarify a move to relocate thousands of people living on the Tonle Sap lake in Kampong Chhnang province to a 40-hectare plot of land.
— Khmer Times

New Journalists’ Group Vows to Defend Reporters, Free Press
A new journalists’ association, the Cambodian Journalists Alliance (CamboJA), vowed to promote press freedom and independent newsgathering, and defend and help professionalize local reporters during a launch event on Friday.
— VOD 

Kingdom implores EU to consider reform efforts as part of EBA review
Improvements to gender equality and labour rights were among initiatives highlighted by the government in its official response yesterday to a European Commission report on the possible suspension of the Kingdom’s Everything-but-arms trade status.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia-Vietnam trade volume is expected to grow by more than $5 billion next year
Prime Minister Hun Sen today said that he hoped the Cambodia-Vietnam trade volume will grow to more than $5 billion in 2020, noting that for the first nine s nine months of this year, trade had reached $4 billion.
— Khmer Times

Beijing Asks Cambodia to Send Accused Chinese Home for Trial
China’s embassy in Cambodia has requested assistance from the Cambodian government in arresting Chinese nationals who are suspected of committing crimes in the Southeast Asian country, and deporting them back to China, officials told RFA’s Khmer Service
— RFA 

Germany offers $2.2 million to cross-border water cooperation
The German government today provided an additional 2 million euro ($2.2 million) to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to increase cross-border water dialogue, cooperation, and support efforts in monitoring trans boundary environmental impacts from Mekong mainstream dams.
— Khmer Times

Mine action authority continues push for mine-free Kingdom by 2025
The government and foreign donors have spent about $500 million to clear land mines and war remnants in the Kingdom over the last 20 years, making formerly mine-strewn areas safe for cultivation.
— Khmer Times 

Hing Bun Heang condemns US treasury department over allegations
General Hing Bun Heang, commander of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit, today defended himself and questioned if the US Department of the Treasury’s office of Foreign Assets control so far found the money he allegedly deposited in the US.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Responds to Damning EU Report on Rights Record as Loss of Trade Status Looms
Cambodia’s government on Thursday said that it had reacted to a record of concerns by the European Union which could cause the suspension of its own tariff-free entry to the bloc’s markets when it neglects to take extreme actions to enhance the nation’s rights record.
— The Union Journal

Untapped beauty draws eco-tourists to Cambodian village
The Oryas Waterfall of Ratanak-kiri Province is one of the few places in the Kingdom that has remained untouched and unexplored. Once tapped though, it has the potential of boosting the eco-tourism for two of Ratanakkiri’s ethnic minorities.
— The Japan News 

Cambodia welcomes 13 newborn Irrawaddy dolphins this year
Cambodian has welcomed 13 newborn Irrawaddy dolphins in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces so far this year, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
— Bangkok Post 

PM Hun Sen: Trade Creates Jobs for Cambodian People; Boosts Economy (Video inside)
At the opening ceremony of the 14th Cambodia Import Export One Province One Product Exhibition, held Sunday at Koh Pich, Phnom Penh, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen stated that trade that has made significant contribution in providing employments to Cambodian citizens as well as promoting growth rate through the export of goods and services to market of 147 WTO member countries.
— Fresh News

Cambodia Formulates New Investment Law and Special Economic Zone Law for Investment Optimization (Video inside)
At the opening ceremony of the 14th Cambodia Import Export One Province One Product Exhibition, held Sunday at Koh Pich, Phnom Penh, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the Royal Government has been formulating new investment law and special economic zone law.
— Fresh News 

Prak Sokhonn to meet EU high representative in Madrid
Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn was scheduled to meet EU High Representative Josep Borrell in Madrid on Sunday, a day before meeting of Asian and European foreign ministers.
— Thmey Thmey 

Dismay as former members of the CNRP to form new political party
Former members of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have announced their decision to form a new political party following the trial of former president Kem Sokha. An assistant to Sokha and one of his lawyers have expressed dismay at him being connected to the new political party.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

SmartEdu scholarships given out to 20 students
Twenty outstanding Cambodian high school students received SmartEdu scholarships worth $300,000 from Smart Axiata Co Ltd over the weekend. The scholarships will help pay their university tuition and provide a monthly allowance until they graduate.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Former opposition members to form new party
Some former CNRP members plan to form new political party in order to reunite democrats to challenge the CPP.
— Khmer Times 

Say Samal supports climate change action
Environment Minister Say Samal has called on developed countries to increase funding to tackle climate change issues faced by Cambodia and the world.
— Khmer Times 

Cambodia’s First Female Drum Troupe to Feature in Documentary
Cambodia’s first all-female drum troupe, who have captured the public’s attention with their highly skilled performances of an art form traditionally reserved for men, are the subject of a forthcoming American film documentary called ‘Where the Roots Lie’.
— VOA 

Germany Supports the Mekong’s Cross-border Water Cooperation
The German government today provided additional 2 million euro (approximately U$2.2 million) to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to increase cross-border water dialogue and cooperation and support efforts in monitoring transboundary environmental impacts from Mekong mainstream dams, according to a press release of MRC AKP received this morning.
— AKP 

‘Don’t sell social land concessions’
Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Chea Sophara has appealed to villagers not to sell social land concessions they receive, as they are intended for them to live on and farm, and hand down to their children.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

CMVIC launches new vehicle inspection centre in the capital
CMVIC Inspection Company on Thursday launched the opening of its fourth mobile vehicle inspection centre in Phnom Penh.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Pich Sros investigates school fraud in Kampong Chhnang
Cambodian Youth Party (CYP) president Pich Sros is to further investigate the case of a Korean language school in Kampong Chhnang province suspected of cheating more than 300 people with promises of working abroad.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Celebrate with NagaWorld this merry Christmas
NagaWorld, Phnom Penh will be joining in the Christmas festivities this year with the longest buffet line in the city.
— Khmer Times

CHRC to visit Russia and signs Mou
Cambodian Human Rights Committee Vice President Chin Malin will lead a delegation to visit Russia next week at the invitation of Tatiana Moskalkova, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.
— Khmer Times

Farmer seriously injured after anti-tank mine explosion
A farmer was severely injured and sent to hospital after driving his tractor over an anti-tank mine in Battambang province’s Phnom Proek district on Friday afternoon.
— Khmer Times

Ban on heavy good vehicles before and during Sea Festival
Kampot provincial governor Cheav Tay announced a ban on heavy goods vehicles and concrete trucks mobilised in Kampot city for more than ten days until the Sea Festival ends.
— Khmer Times

Krousar Thmey: Passing a Major Program on to the Cambodian Government and Assuring Continuity
After 28 years of activity that started in 1991 with an orphanage that Benoit Duchateau-Arminjon, the NGO founder, had set up in a camp for Cambodian refugees in Thailand, the NGO is passing on to the ministry its school programs, limiting its activities to child-protection projects, he said, having provided support to more than 20,000 children and young people over the years.
— Thmey Thmey

Plantations Skirted Laws to Amass Land, Driving Locals Into Debt
Thousands of indigenous Kuy people in Preah Vihear province are losing their livelihoods — with almost entire villages falling into debt — as five sugar plantations linked to one Chinese company have cleared an estimated 20,000 hectares of forests and locals’ farmland.
— Thmey Thmey

Cracks In Battambang’s Old Bridge
A notice was released by Battambang Provincial Administration prohibiting people from crossing the old stone bridge across the Sangke river, after damage was reported from the underside of the structure.
— CNE

PM Says State Revenue Records Beyond Expectation
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has shared that the national revenue had been recorded beyond the expectation.
— AKP

Cambodia to Host the 18th World Bay Congress in 2022
Cambodia will host the 18th Congress of the World’s Most Beautiful Bays Club in 2022, according to an official letter AKP received yesterday.
— AKP

First Vice President of Cambodian NA Leaves for APA Meetings in Turkey
A high-level delegation of Cambodian National Assembly (NA) led by H.E. Nguon Nhel, First NA Vice President and Head of Cambodia-APA Parliamentary Group departed here this morning for Antalya, Turkey to attend the 2nd Executive Council Meeting and 12th Plenary of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA), from Dec. 13 to 18.
— AKP

Cambodian PM Receives the Vietnamese Permanent Deputy Prime Minister
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, held talks here this morning at the Peace Palace with visiting Permanent Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam H.E. Truong Hoa Binh.
— AKP

Ministry of Tourism: Battambang Will Be Smoke-Free City Next Year
The Ministry of Tourism has planned to transform Battambang city, the most populous city in Battambang northwestern province, to be a smoke-free city before the end of 2020.
— AKP

Cambodia and Turkey Military Cooperation Discussed
Cambodia and Turkey anticipate stronger military cooperation for mutual benefits of the two peoples and nations.
— AKP

Cambodia Calls on Countries to Fight Human Trafficking
Royal Government of Cambodia has called on all countries in the region and the world to further cooperate in fighting against human trafficking.
— AKP

Official: Relocation of Tonle Sap Residents Won’t Harm National Security
Government Spokesperson H.E. Phay Siphan has made it clear that the relocation of the residents living on Tonle Sap Lake in Kampong Chhnang province will not harm national security.
— AKP

UNDP and CMAA remain commited to mine clearance goal
One hundred and ten UN Development Programme (UNDP) representatives, development partners, relevant ministries and institutions, diplomats and national and international mine combating operators convened a Mine Action Technical Working Group Meeting to pursue the goals of the National Mine Action Strategy (NMAS) 2018-2025.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Illegal land clearing in Banteay Srei stopped
Siem Reap province’s Banteay Srei district authorities on Friday stopped and warned of legal action against the unauthorised clearing of forest land led by a machinery owner at the district’s Hal village in Tbeng commune.
— The Phnom Penh Post

German government provides MRC €2 million more for Mekong support
The German government has provided an additional €2 million ($2.2 million) to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to enhance transnational water resource cooperation and support, and assist in efforts to monitor the transnational environmental impact of dams.
— The Phnom Penh Post

KRP president hits out at wrongful arrest by police
Khmer Rise Party (KRP) president Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung on Thursday criticised the police for the wrongful arrest of a man suspected of trafficking, storing and using drugs.
— The Phnom Penh Penh Post

Kratie provincial court charges man for robbing and killing neighbour
Kratie provincial police sent a 32-year-old man to court on Sunday after he was arrested for robbing and killing a female neighbour in Roka Thom village, in Prek Prasap district’s Chroy Banteay commune on Thursday.
–The Phnom Penh Post

Alleged land grab in Phnom Oral area
Natural Resource and Wildlife Preservation Organisation director Chea Hean requested Kampong Speu provincial governor Vei Samnang to take back 243ha of land in Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary as state property.
— The Phnom Penh Post

 

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