Cambodia morning news for December 30

Cambodia morning news for December 30

Cambodia morning news

Cambodia’s economy to slow down if EU withdraws trade preferences: IMF
Cambodia’s economic growth is expected to slow down in 2020 if the European Union (EU) withdraws the Everything but Arm (EBA) trade scheme from the kingdom, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a press release on Friday.
— NEW AGE

Land Rights NGO Says All Phnom Penh Lakes Fully Or Partially Filled
Urban land rights NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut released a report on Friday highlighting the state of lakes in Phnom Penh, saying not a single water body was intact, with 60 percent of lakes completely filled in for development projects.
— VOA 

Cambodian Authorities Bar Villagers in Land Dispute From Hearing RFA
Local authorities in central Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang province have warned villagers locked in a land dispute not to listen in groups to reports by Radio Free Asia, saying that broadcasts heard over loudspeaker have disturbed their neighbors, sources in the region said.
— RFA 

Sar Kheng calls on commune councils to use 2020 budget effectively
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday called on members of all commune councils to firmly execute their roles and make sufficient uses of funds they were given.
— Khmer Times 

Animal bones smugglers arrested at PP Airport
Two Vietnamese nationals were detained at Phnom Penh International Airport yesterday after they attempted to smuggle nearly 300kg of rare animal bones, according to the National Police.
— Khmer Times 

Opposition Activists Increasingly Flee Cambodia For Thailand Amid Government Pressure
An increasing number of activists from Cambodia’s opposition party are fleeing to Thailand to pursue their goals amid growing pressure from local authorities, they said Friday, despite what appears to be a relative easing of restrictions on the country’s political space.
— RFA 

Audit department says imposters behind extortions
The Interior Ministry’s Internal Audit Department has refuted accusations that high-ranking officials extorted money from provincial officials and police officers, saying that the perpetrators were imposters.
— Khmer Times 

China to Construct US$1.2 Billion Trade Centre in Phnom Penh
China-based BOCC Development Co., Ltd. is planning to invest US$1.181 billion to construct a trade centre in Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich (Diamond Island) city.
— AKP 

Japanese Professor Helps to Clean up Garbage in Capital
It’s early morning, and a 67-year-old Japanese man is pulling a wagon with a broom and bag to collect rubbish on the sidewalks of the capital.
— Thmey Thmey 

National Police signs fire safety agreement
The National Police has signed Memorandum of Understanding with China’s Zhong Guo Yi Zhou Investment Company on supplying specialised firefighting equipment to the Fire and Rescue Police Department and training its officers for 20 years.
— Khmer Times

Manage increased budget efficiently: Sar Kheng
Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Friday called on commune councillors across the Kingdom to efficiently manage their budget as the government will double it next year.
— Khmer Times

Prime Minister signals second SCC mandate
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday said the Supreme Consultative Council’s mandate could be extended after 2023 if it can produce “fruitful results”.
— Khmer Times

PM Highly Appreciates the Supreme Consultation and Recommendation Council’s Achievements
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has expressed his appreciation for the achievements of the Supreme Consultation and Recommendation Council (SCRC) since its formation more than a year ago.
— AKP 

Hun Sen thanks Pich Sros over land reclamation report
Prime Minister Hun Sen lauded Cambodia Youth Party president Pich Sros for reporting a land reclamation filled by an army two-star general in Koh Kong’s Khemarak Phoumint city.
— Khmer Times

Public forum idea for border work transparency shot down
Sok Touch, president of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, yesterday shot down a suggestion that the government should hold public forums to ensure transparency as it demarcates the border with Vietnam.
— Khmer Times 

Group tried over alleged coup attempt
Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday began the trial of 12 men accused of organising a coup to overthrow the government last year.
— Khmer Times

Group claims 60 pct of Phnom Penh lakes filled since 2003
Property developers have filled in 60 percent of lakes and more than 40 percent of wetlands around the capital since 2003, a local urban group says.
— Thmey Thmey 

Military police officers ordered to strictly combat drug crimes
Defence Minister General Tea Banh yesterday ordered military police officers to take serious actions against drug trafficking, noting that drug use has increased criminal behaviors.
— Khmer Times  

Anti-corruption Arrests Former Cambodian Consul in China’s Kunming
Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) has arrested Kruy Lim Heng, 45, former consul general of the Consulate General of Cambodia in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, allegedly charged with corruption, according to a senior ACU official on Sunday.
— Fresh News 

Vietnam firm gets the go-ahead to ship Cambodian bananas to Chinese markets
Listed company Honng Anh Gia Lai Agrico (HAGL Agrico), a Vietnam conglomerate firm, on Saturday officially launched its packing house facility and began shipping fresh bananas to China in response to the rapidly rising demand in the market.
— Khmer Times 

PM Hun Sen: Comments by Supreme Council for Consultations Better than Orders by Foreigners (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen stated he would rather get comments from Supreme Council for Consultations (SCC) rather than the orders made by foreigners.
— Fresh News

Confucius Institute Established in University of Battambang
University of Battambang officially celebrated the official inauguration of Confucius Institute on Thursday, 26 December 2019. The institute is located at the University of Battambang campus.
— Fresh News

Royal Group announces nearly $300 million investment project
The Royal Group, one of the largest investment companies in Cambodia, has announced a $285 million investment project in Preah Sihanouk, intending to making Koh Rong into a world-class resort.
— Khmer Times 

Building committee concerned over construction safety in Preah Sihanouk
The Committee for the Inspection of the Quality of Buildings is concerned about construction safety in Preah Sihanouk province as it ordered 23 buildings to be demolished, 166 to be rehabilitated and found 381 construction projects lacked the necessary documents.
— Khmer Times 

Chinese Kidnapper Caught In Poipet
At 4:20 pm onDecember 28, 2019, Poipet City Police Inspectorate and Chinese authorities under the direct command of the Poipet City Anti-Money Laundering Bureau conducted a search and arrested a suspect for intentional injury and forcible confinement in front of a Chinese food store in Poipet.
— CNE

National Military Police notes rise in natural resource crimes
The National Military Police yesterday said that natural resource crimes in the Kingdom increased by 909 cases this year compared with last year despite efforts to crack down on the scourge.
— Khmer Times

Chinese Pair Arrested After Car Break In
Two Chinese men were arrested after three of them broke into a car and stole a large amount of cash and phones.
— CNE

Third Aeon Mall receives official approval
From being a duo, Aeon Malls are set to become a trio with a third gaining approval from the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) and scheduled to open in 2023.
— Khmer Times

South Korean Bank to own 70 pct stake in local micro lender
KB Kookmin Bank yesterday announced that the company has agreed to buy a 70 percent stake in Prasac Microfinance Institution, one of the Kingdom’s largest micro lenders.
— Khmer Times

Driver arrested for alleged involvement in fatal hit-and-run
Phnom Penh police chief Lieutenant General Sar Thet said authorities have today arrested a driver with an Audi SUV allegedly involved in a deadly hit-and-run incident that killed two young girls earlier this month.
— Khmer Times

Supreme Council of Advisors seeks to spend unspent budget on cars
The Supreme Council of Advisors will submit a request to the government to buy cars for work, the chairman of the council’s secretariat said Friday.
— Thmey Thmey

IMF says Cambodia remains at low risk of external debt distress
The International Monetary Fund says Cambodia remains at low risk of external debt distress but that debt sustainability is vulnerable to economic shocks.
— Thmey Thmey

2 Cambodia-registered airlines launch new routes to China
Carrier Cambodia Airways will launch a regular non-stop flight between Phnom Penh and Shenzhen in southeastern China on Dec. 27, the Khmer Times reported, citing an airline’s statement.
— Thmey Thmey

Apsara Authority takes legal action against imposters
Apsara Authority is taking legal action against two men who posed as its officials and swindled a resident who wanted to have permits to get her home repaired within the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province.
— Khmer Times 

The Year 2019 in a Few Benchmarks
They no doubt will stress that China’s presence in the country kept on expanding along with money pouring in in real estate especially in Sihanoukville. The port city’s amazing growth, its transformation into some sort of Asian Las Vegas and the sinicization of its population have been the subject of numerous news stories in the foreign press, often underlining its shortcomings.
— Thmey Thmey

City Hall launches two bridge constructions
City Hall on Saturday launched the construction of two pedestrian overhead bridges and the work is expected to be completed in six months.
— Khmer Times

 

 

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