Cambodia morning news for December 18

Cambodia morning news for December 18

Cambodia morning news

Contract farming will boost Cambodian mango processing capacity
The Cambodian Ministry of Commerce has urged the China-owned Long Wo Fruit Industry Co to carry out contract farming with more farmers’ associations or farmers directly, in order to ensure its processing capacity and supply chain can increase exports of a processed-mango.
— Fresh Plaza

Phnom Penh Airport named best regional airport in the Asia-Pacific region
The jury was keen to reward “the regional airport that has established itself as a leader and done the most to advance the progress of the aviation industry”
— Vinci

Rott Mony files Supreme Court appeal over conviction
A lawyer representing Rath Rott Mony yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn the conviction of his client who was found guilty of being involved in the production of a sex trafficking documentary.
— Khmer Times

Sar Kheng: Sub-nat’l level budgets to be paid via bank to stop corruption
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng announced on Tuesday that the budgets for sub-national administrations next year will be paid via the bank to prevent corruption and ensure transparency. He also warned officials not to abuse power for personal gain.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Waste collection changes to come in the new year
Come next year, Phnom Penh residents will no longer have waste collection fees included in their electricity bill, thanks to an online payment system.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia: Conflicts continue between Preah Vihear villagers & Hengfu Sugar subsidiaries, as locals accuse companies of taking land without adequate compensations
“Tbeng Meanchey district is comprised of various villages, most of them inhabited by the Kuoy ethnic minority, who are engaged in small-scale farming and the collection of Non-Timber Forest Products…However, in 2011…two Chinese firms, Lan Feng and Roy Feng International [both subsidiaries of Chinese company Hengfu Sugar], were granted ELCs on villagers’ land
— Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

How insect farming is lifting Cambodians out of poverty
Ngo Sinoun recalls the gruelling time spent working in a garment factory. With four young children to provide for, the 37-year-old was forced to battle through ailing health to work long hours to support her family.
— Eco-Business

Cambodia, Russia to ink human rights pact
Cambodia and the Russian Federation will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Human Rights Cooperation this week.
— New Straits Times

Opposition Activists and Families Bear the Brunt of Political Crossfire
Cambodia — Sok Chan Thai was riding on a motorcycle in Kampong Thom along a street she had used many times before. She was heading to the local government administrative office to deal with an issue with her business license.
— VOA 

New Zealand to closely observe Sokha’s upcoming treason trial
New Zealand Ambassador Taha Macpherson yesterday met with former opposition leader Kem Sokha and said the latter’s trial will be closely monitored, according to an official.
— Khmer Times 

Cambodians struggle to get compensation for Dara Sakor megaproject
Saing Puy has been waiting a decade for compensation. She represents 77 of the families in Cambodia’s southwestern province of Koh Kong displaced by a US$3.8 billion Chinese megaproject called Dara Sakor.
— China Dialogue

Spotlight: China-aided project transforms lives of over 6,000 cataract patients in Cambodia
Sam Him, a 78-year-old farmer in Cambodia’s Kampon Cham province, used to be in blindness because of cataracts in his eyes and could not even walk normally without the company of a family member. His life changed last year after Chinese doctors removed the cataracts and restored his vision.
— Xinhua

$10 million North Korean museum in Cambodia “temporarily” suspends operations
A museum operated by North Korea in northern Cambodia appears to have suspended operations ahead of a looming UN ban requiring member states to repatriate DPRK citizens earning money overseas, NK News has learned.
— Nk News

Understanding digital economy in Cambodia
Over the last two decades, Cambodia has experienced high economic growth at an average of 7 percent of real gross domestic product (GDP).
— Khmer Times

Cambodia halts export of human breast milk
Cambodia has suspended the export of human breast milk, a business pioneered last year by a former Mormon missionary.
— Living Ston Ledgers

Defense Lawyers Undecided on Kem Sokha’s Participation in January Trial
A lawyer for opposition leader Kem Sokha said the legal team had yet to decide if the former lawmaker would attend the January 15 trial that will rule on whether he conspired with a foreign power to overthrow the government.
— VOA

Sokha’s Lawyer: My Client Always Abides Legal Procedures
Chan Chen, lawyer of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, said that his client has always abided legal procedures; yet, he could not confirm whether Sokha will attend the treason trial on 15 January 2020, speaking to the press on Tuesday.
— Fresh News

EU presses Cambodia on Human Rights and Democracy
European Union High Representative Josep Borrell says Cambodia needs to do more to address human rights and democracy.
— Thmey Thmey 

DPM Tea Banh to Pay Five-day Official Visit in Vietnam
Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence, will pay a five-day official visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, starting tomorrow.
— AKP 

Takakazu Yamada — A Lifelong Love Affair with Cambodia
This being 1994, military divisions with guns and tanks were guarding the Angkor Archeological Park against the Khmer Rouge. “But I did not feel in danger,” Yamada said. “Those armed soldiers at Angkor Wat, I could feel their warm personalities.
— Themy Themy 

PM Hun Sen Recommends Smart to Setup Internet Access in Schools and Hospitals
​ Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has recommended Smart Axiata, one of the leading telecommunications in Asia, to consider setup internet access in public schools and hospitals for teachers and students to do research, gather knowledge, and learn about social issues.​
— Fresh News

Cambodia looks to hydropower, but…
Along with most Southeast Asian countries, Cambodia’s electricity consumption over the past decade has skyrocketed. In a report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), electricity consumption in Cambodia has been growing rapidly, averaging 20 percent growth per annum since 2010. This rate continues to accelerate as average incomes in the nation rise on the whole.
— The Asean Post

Number of Chinese tourists to Cambodia reaches 2 million in 10 months
Some 2.02 million Chinese tourists had visited Cambodia in the first 10 months of 2019, up 24.4 percent compared to the same period last year, a tourism ministry’s report said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua 

US ambassador meets with ECCC officials
US Ambassador Patrick Murphy yesterday met with officials at the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia to discuss the US’ further support in the Khmer Rouge tribunal.
— Khmer Times 

US investors look to invest in Kingdom’s agriculture
A group of investors from the US will visit the Kingdom on February 6 to look for investment opportunities in the agricultural sector, said US ambassador Patrick Murphy.
— The Phnom Penh Post

GDT: Tax revenue surpassed targets
The government collected almost 28 per cent more tax revenue in the first 11 months of this year than in the same period last year, the General Department of Taxation (GDT) said on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

NagaWorld promotes good waste management through Cleanup Day
NagaWorld’s corporate social responsibility arm, NagaWorld Kind Hearts, collaborated with GoGreen Cambodia to initiate the NagaWorld Cleanup Day.
— Khmer Times

Students to Pay for School with Plastic Waste
Khun Sive, who works at Organization For Basic Training (OBT) said that the students just bring the plastic rubbish to pay for their tuition, as the organization recycles that plastic garbage to produce diesel and environment bricks.
— Thmey Thmey

Police Surround Sihanoukville Casino
At 10:40 am on December 17, 2019, there a mixed force of police officers from various departments surrounded the ‘XM’ Casino in Sihanoulville.
— CNE

BBQ Murder- Officer Jailed For Chinese Man’s Death
A former military officer was sentenced to 25 years in prison under the charge of premeditated murder under Article 200 of the Penal Code.
— CNE

Chinese/Cambodian Arms Cache/Drug Stash Seized
An investigation into kidnappings led to seven suspects \ arrested- three Chinese and four Cambodians.
— CNE 

Draft laws to guarantee pay for six firms in energy sector
Following a meeting with Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem on Monday, the technical committee of the National Assembly will review six draft laws that address the government’s guarantees of payment to six companies investing in the development of the electricity sector in four provinces.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Kampot’s Most Wanted! 60 Faces To Look Out For
The Kampot Provincial Police Office would like to inform all businessmen and citizens that Kampot province will hold the 8thSea Festival on December 20-22, 2019.
— CNE

Immigration Raid On Construction Site
An immigration police operation took place at 10:00 am on December 17, 2019 in Boeung Thom Village, Sangkat Boeng Thom, Khan Kambol, Phnom Penh.
— CNE

S. Korea Explores Cambodia’s Potential Agriculture
The Republic of Korea is interested in exploring the potential of agriculture in Cambodia, according to local media report.
— AKP

Cambodian PM Reaffirms Support to Joint Humanitarian Military Drill with Neighbouring Nation
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has reiterated his support to a joint humanitarian military drill to be held with a neighbouring nation.
— AKP

Cambodian Top Diplomat Attends ASEM FMM14 in Spain
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, attended the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM14 ), held in Madrid, Spain on Dec. 16 afternoon.
— AKP

Siem Reap International Airport to Host a Full Scale Emergency Exercise
Siem Reap International Airport, one of the key gateways of Cambodia, will host a Full Scale Airport Emergency Exercise (REPEX-19) tomorrow.
— AKP

Cambodia Earns Over US$11 Million from Carbon Credit Sales
Since 2016, Cambodia has yielded some US$11.6 million from the carbon credit sales, said Minister of Environment H.E. Say Samal yesterday evening.
— AKP

Sihanoukville Re-Engineered: The Way Forward
The Cambodian government’s online gaming ban, issued on August 19, which resulted in the exodus of thousands of Chinese from the country, has left Sihanoukville with numerous sub-par construction projects suspended amid inappropriate master planning worsened by inadequate government supervision and rampant urban development from Chinese mainland investment.
— Asia Sentinel

Challenges linger as resource conservation communities confer
Ministry of Environment secretary of state Mom Thany expressed hope on Tuesday that in-depth discussions on natural resource protection and conservation measures between 168 officials and natural resource conservation communities would bear fruit.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Stem classes introduced at Preah Yukunthor High School
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Tuesday formally inaugurated Preah Yukunthor High School in Phnom Penh as a New Generation School (NGS).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Banh travels to Hanoi for bilateral military collaboration meets
Minister of National Defence Tea Banh is leading senior military officials on a visit to Hanoi, Vietnam from Tuesday to Sunday to discuss next year’s bilateral military collaborations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Kingdom to welcome 550 Oz interns
The Australian Embassy said on Tuesday that nearly 550 Australian university students will arrive in Cambodia next year to study and undertake internships in the country through the support of the Australian government’s signature initiative, the New Colombo Plan.
— The Phonm Penh Post

Petrol stations called on to improve safety
The Ministry of Mines and Energy appealed to all owners of petroleum and fuel stations to abide with technical safety standards and legal requirements after noticing some substandard stations operating without a business permit.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Workshop held in PP to discuss discrimination against women
Ten national and international organisations jointly convened a workshop on Tuesday in Phnom Penh to discuss the discrimination of women.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vathana Sabung to refile land dispute report to PM on behalf of villagers
Supreme Consultation Forum member Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung will file a second report to Prime Minister Hun Sen in a bid to resolve a land dispute concerning 225 families in Roka Khpos commune, Sa’ang district, Kandal province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

S&P upgrades ABA Bank’s credit rating
The S&P Global Ratings agency has raised the long-term credit rating of the Advanced Bank of Asia (ABA Bank) to reflect “sound financial performance from the Kingdom’s third largest commercial bank”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

City Hall asks vendors to vacate after cracks
City Hall yesterday asked 128 vendors operating along the terrace of Orussey Market in Prampi Makara district to temporarily move out after cracks were found in one section.
— Khmer Times

Minister calls for faster community registration
Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon yesterday called for faster registration of forestry communities and the issuance of land titles to better manage and protect forests.
— Khmer Times

PM accounts for millions handed to pregnant workers
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday announced the government has spent $13 million to pregnant garment workers since the programme began last year.
— Khmer Times

Join hands to promote Buddhism, says Say Chhum
Senate president Say Chhum has called on all monks and Buddhists to join hands to promote the religion.
— Khmer Times

PM asks Smart Axiata to provide internet access in rural schools
Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, managing director, president and group CEO of Axiata Group Berhad, yesterday met with Prime Minister Hun Sen to discuss ways of further developing the Kingdom’s digital economy.
— Khmer Times

 

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