Cambodia morning news for February 13

Cambodia morning news for February 13

Cambodia morning newsGovernment aims to tackle drought
The Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts on Monday said that 100 per cent of people in urban areas will have reliable access to clean water by 2025 as the government takes action to tackle drought and other effects of climate change.
— The Phnom Penh Post

UNDP & DanChurchAid helping drought proof Cambodia
In an effort to reduce the impact of drought on two of Cambodia’s most at-risk provinces, Kampot and Takeo, United Nation Development Program (UNDP) Cambodia and DanChurchAid (DCA) have joined together to establish two new provincial drought information hubs and to train farmers and local communities in climate-resilient agriculture.
— AEC News Today

Brexit and EU sanctions threaten to push Cambodia into economic crisis
Cambodia is teetering on the verge of economic crisis, as it faces higher export tariffs into Britain due to Brexit at a time when the European Union is considering suspending duty-free access to punish Prime Minister Hun Sen for political suppression.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

New Deadline for Online Business Application
Ministry of Commerce has extended online registration deadline to the end of December 2019 for companies completed paperwork required.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

EU starts intensive monitoring of Cambodia
The European Union yesterday started the process of intense monitoring and engagement for six months that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia’s preferential access to the market under the Everything-but-arms (EBA) trade scheme, it said in a statement.
— Khmer Times

If Cambodia to Lose EBA, It’d be in mid-2020, Says Cambodian Rice Exporter
Amru Rice founder and CEO Song Saran said Tuesday that Cambodia will still enjoy Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme, as the EU is Cambodia’s friend.
— Fresh News

Sokhonn meets newly appointed Italian ambassador
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn met with newly appointed Italian Ambassador to Cambodia Lorenzo Galanti on Monday, with the pair pledging improved cooperation between the two countries, according to ministry spokesman Ket Sophan.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Kingdom’s economy is improving: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen today reiterated that he will not use the country’s independence and sovereignty to exchange with trade, noting the economy is improving.
— Khmer Times

PM Reaffirms the Country’s Socioeconomic Progress
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has reaffirmed the current good political situation and social and economic progress in the country.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia’s Exiled Opposition Accuses the Phnom Penh Post “Biased”; The Post Asks for Evidences
Former opposition leader in exile Sam Rainsy recently accused the Phnom Penh Post “biased” to which it is not worth responding.
— Fresh News

Samroang city water shortages
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has decided to dig a one-hectare pond to store day-to-day water for the Oddar Meanchey provincial prison and its surroundings.
— Khmer Times

Rainsy slammed for ejecting questioner at US public forum
SENIOR government officials and analysts have slammed Sam Rainsy for not allowing uncomfortable questions at a recent public forum in the US, considering it a gross violation of democratic policy and freedom of expression, and labelling Rainsy a dictator.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Anything that Costs Cambodia Sovereignty and Independence Is Too Expensive, Says PM Hun Sen
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reiterated his commitment to maintaining Cambodian independence and sovereignty and that Cambodia shall not trade the aforementioned blessings with anything.
— Fresh News

Airport Shuttle Train to Go Official Shortly
Royal Railways is positive for official launch of its new and modern shuttle trains for transportation between downtown area and Phnom Penh International Airport.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Do as we say, not as we do: Cambodia in a polarised world
“It can be hard to rally the people behind a message of pragmatism, compromise and limits” writes Beverly Gage, a history professor at Yale University. Her piece in The New York Times Magazine, published in early February, is entitled: “The Political ‘Center’ Isn’t Gone – Just Disputed.”
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Slams ‘Unjust Decision’ by EU to Proceed With Ending Preferential Trade Status
Cambodia on Tuesday slammed what it called an “unjust decision” by the European Union to launch proceedings that could see its preferential access to the bloc’s market suspended, saying the move amounted to interference in its internal affairs amid political tensions in the Southeast Asian nation.
— Radio Free Asia

PM: War result of foreign meddling
Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday that Cambodia’s recent history of conflict was caused by foreign interference.
— The Phnom Penh Post

GMAC: Withdrawing EBA from Cambodia Would Strengthen Democracy and Human Rights?
Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) calls upon the European Commission and EU Member States to thoroughly assess whether such a procedure potentially resulting in the suspension of preferential tariff arrangements under the Everything But Arms program would be proportionate and ultimately strengthen democracy and human rights in Cambodia, according to its statement dated Tuesday.
— Fresh News

Anti-Corruption Unit investigates wealth of sacked RCAF general
A probe was launched on Monday into the excessive wealth of the sacked commander of the Ratanakkiri provincial Military Police, Kim Reaksmey, despite no official complaint having been filed as yet, Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) president Om Yentieng said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sam Rainsy slammed for anti-Chinese rhetoric
A senior CPP official yesterday issued a statement condemning former opposition leader Sam Rainsy for perceived prejudice against Chinese nationals in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Responds to European Commission’s Decision to Launch Formal Procedure to Withdraw EBA
The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) expresses its deep regret over the European Commission’s (EC) decision on 11 February 2019 to launch the formal procedure for the temporary withdrawal of the Everything But Arms (EBA) preferences for Cambodia, according to the foreign affairs ministry’s statement dated Tuesday.
— Fresh News

Pension closer as government creates draft law on social security funds
Pensions for those in the private sector moved closer after the National Assembly and ministries of Economy and Finance, and Labour and Vocational Training created a draft law on social security funds.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Rice Exports in January 2019 Decreases 5%
Cambodia exported nearly 60,000 tons of rice in first month of 2019, a decrease of 5% compared to January 2018, according to a report of Secretariat of One Window Service for Rice Export on Tuesday.
— Fresh News

Outstanding Performance of Four Cambodian Peacekeepers in CAR Recognised
Services of four Cambodian peacekeepers have been recognised as outstanding by senior officials of United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Environment ministry works to better identify timber sources
Minister of Environment Say Sam Al said on Monday that his ministry is working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to identify whether transported timber is from legal or illegal sources.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CYP to investigate deforestation
Cambodian Youth Party president Pich Sros yesterday said ministries tasked with preventing deforestation have no regular preventive measures against the crime.
— Khmer Times

Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival 2019 To Be Held Next Week
The Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Centre (CJCC) and the Japan Foundation Asia Centre, is going to organise the 8th Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival from Feb. 21 to 24, 2019 at CJCC, Phnom Penh.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia nabs 12th place in best retirement destinations
Cambodia is an expatriate hotspot for those dreaming of living a more luxurious lifestyle at an affordable cost, according to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2019.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Agriculture Minister Receives a Delegation of Korea Land and Geospatial Informatics Corporation
A visiting delegation of Korea Land and Geospatial Informatics Corporation led by Dr. Choi Hui Jae, General Manager of Performance Management Department, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Veng Sakhon, Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, at the ministry office yesterday afternoon.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Kingdom’s satellite project still under study
The Telecom Regulator of Cambodia yesterday said that the Kingdom’s plan to launch its first satellite is still being studied after the Defence Ministry denied media reports that it will be sent into space in 2021.
— Khmer Times

Nonperforming loans 1% at end of last year
The rate of microfinance loans with overdue payments dropped noticeably with the nonperforming loans ratio at one per cent at the end of last year, according to the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) annual report.
— The Phnom Penh Post

 

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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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