Cambodia morning news for February 12

Cambodia morning news for February 12

Cambodia morning newsCountdown begins: EU begins process to strip Cambodia of trade preferences
The European Union (EU) today (Feb 11) commenced the formal process to strip Cambodia of preferential tariff subsidies provided under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme.
— AEC News Today

Unions warn Rainsy of strong response if EU withdraws EBA
Union leaders have expressed their regret over Sam Rainsy asking the EU to withdraw the Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential agreement from Cambodia as it is the workers who will be severely affected.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Julau MP: Air Asia will bear cost of repatriating Malaysian detainees
Larry Sng Wei Shien, Malaysian parliamentarian, announced that Air Asia is willing to cover the cost of flying all 47 Malaysians currently detained in Poipet, back home.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia / Traditional fishing ceremony highlights empty nets syndrome
Wielding handmade bamboo baskets and nylon nets, hundreds of people waded thigh-deep into a muddy lake in eastern Cambodia on Sunday for an annual fish-catching ceremony where only traditional tools are used.
— Southeast Asia Globe

EU begins process to hit Cambodia’s with trade sanctions
The European Union started an 18-month process on Monday that could lead to the suspension of Cambodia’s duty-free trade access over its record on human rights and democracy.
— Reuters

Good progress in efforts to bring home Malaysians detained in Cambodia
Efforts to secure the immediate release of 47 Malaysians currently detained in Banteay Meanchey in Cambodia are underway.
— New Strait Times

EU Launches Procedure to Temporarily Suspend Trade Preferences
The EU has today started the process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme, according to the European Commission’s press release dated 11 February 2019.
— Fresh News

Ministry issues guidelines to deal with hot weather
The Health Ministry yesterday issued guidelines on how people can prevent illnesses during extremely hot weather caused by the El Nino phenomenon.
— Khmer Times

Let government negotiate release of Malaysians detained in Cambodia: Fatimah
Leave it to the Malaysian authorities to negotiate the release of the 47 Malaysians arrested and jailed in Cambodia, said state Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Sri Fatimah Abdullah.
— The Sun Daily

Thai Authorities Deport Group of Cambodian Muslims Formerly Suspected of Terrorism
Thai authorities have deported eight Cambodian Muslims who were part of a group of 18 arrested after they were initially suspected of training to join separatist insurgents in Thailand’s mainly Muslim southern border region, diplomats said on Monday.
— Radio Free Asia

Ministry Issues Warning to Young Lovers Against ‘Unusual Activity’ on Valentine’s Day
Cambodia’s education ministry has instructed schools to prevent “unusual activities” during Valentine’s Day, saying the event was not a “traditional holiday” in Cambodia.
— VOA Cambodia

ACU to probe sacked Ratanakkiri military police commander
Anti-Corruption Unit chairman Om Yintieng today said his agency is looking into graft allegations made against former Ratanakkiri Military Police commander Kim Reaksmey, who was sacked and stripped of his rank by the government last week.
— Khmer Times

A Cartoon Launched to Promote Local Currency
The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) has recently launched a short cartoon to encourage people to properly keep Riel, the national currency.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Illegal logging denied in Mondulkiri province
The Mondulkiri agriculture department yesterday denied claims by an environmental activist that it allowed two private firms to transport timber to Vietnam.
— Khmer Times

Ministry issues Valentine’s caution
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has issued guidance to all public and private learning institutions to teach students the true meaning of Valentine’s Day, an outside cultural event relatively new to Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Traditional Fishing Ceremony in Tbong Khmum
Wielding handmade bamboo baskets and nylon nets, hundreds of people waded thigh-deep into a muddy lake in eastern Cambodia on Sunday (Feb 10) for an annual fish-catching ceremony where only traditional tools are used.
— Cambodia News English

Students to visit Japan as part of initiative to protect environment
Six Ministry of Environment officials, along with government representatives and young people from Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, will conduct a nine-day Japan visit from Monday as part of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth – Jenesys – project, under the theme “Improvement of the atmospheric environment”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Attracts Philippine Tourists
A Cambodian delegation has attended the International Travel Trade Expo (ITTE) in Manila, the Philippines to promote the Cambodian potential and attracting tourism in the Philippine market.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Ministry blasts Sam Rainsy over ‘mutinous’ comments
The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Saturday issued a statement slamming comments condemning the government made by former opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Facebook.
— Khmer Times

Kampot pepper yields expected to increase
Yields of Kampot pepper, which was awarded geographical indication (GI) status in 2016, are projected to increase in the upcoming harvest season despite forecasts of heavy drought, the Kampot Pepper Promotion Association (KPPA) said on Sunday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Post sees 55 percent revenue hike
Cambodia Post, the agency responsible for providing postal services in the Kingdom, increased its revenue by more than 50 percent last year, surpassing $13 million, according to the agency’s latest report.
— Khmer Times

NGOs call for speedy passage of information freedom law
A group of 19 non-governmental organisations and associations have urged the Kingdom’s legislative and executive bodies to expedite the passage of a draft law on freedom of information, which the group said had been delayed for years.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Local businesses embrace fintech
It is lunchtime at a coffee shop in Kandal province’s Takhmao city. Customers enjoy a cuppa while chatting effusively with friends. Behind the counter, Sokun Thoeun, the owner, checks their payments on his smartphone.
— Khmer Times

MPWT Holds Workshop on Adaptive Leadership: Leading Change for Organisational Renewal
A training workshop on “Adaptive Leadership: Leading Change for Organisational Renewal,” co-organised by Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) and the Centre for Asian Leadership Initiatives (CALI), kicked off here this morning under the presidency of H.E. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister and Minister of MPWT.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Phnom Penh gov’t to beautify sidewalks
The Phnom Penh Municipal Hall is set to beautify public sidewalks along Russian Federation Boulevard, including relaying tactile paving to support the mobilisation of the disabled.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Kampong Speu judge questions self-proclaimed oknha who deceived villagers
A self-proclaimed oknha was interrogated by the Kampong Speu provincial investigating judge after police produced him in court on Saturday for allegedly refusing to give money belonging to villagers who sold their land through him.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia To Host CLV Development Triangle Joint Coordination Committee Meeting
Cambodia will host the 12th Cambodia-Laos-Viet Nam (CLV) Development Triangle Joint Coordination Committee Meeting and its related Meetings in March.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Lucky Realty CEO talks border towns
While Cambodia’s real estate sector is currently seeing strong growth in coastal areas, an industry insider has said the two main international border checkpoint areas, Poipet and Bavet, have also been attracting more investors – boosting prices to almost double in some parts.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day of Women and Girls in Science, February 11.


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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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