Cambodia morning news for February 14

Cambodia morning news for February 14

Cambodia morning news

Cambodian Economists See Positive Growth amid EU’s Threat to Withdraw EBA (Video inside)
Both government officials and economic analysts all agreed that the European Commission will sooner or later eliminate Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme from Cambodia after she graduated from the LDCs; however, that does not stop Cambodia from growing.
— Fresh News

Cambodia PM blasts EU interference
Cambodian premier Hun Sen warned against interference in the country’s affairs on Tuesday, his first comments since the European Union (EU) launched steps to cancel trade benefits that would hammer the local garment industry.
— The Asean Post

Goal! UEFA Champions League live on Twitter for (some) Asean fans
Football fans in four Asean member countries will be able to catch all of the action of the UEFA Champions League Round 16 direct on their smartphones or computers as the result of a deal between Goal media, Twitter, and the UEFA League.
— AEC News Today

Cambodia’s Interior Minister Slams Provincial Authorities for Misuse of Military in Land Disputes
Cambodia’s Interior Minister Sar Kheng has condemned authorities in Sihanoukville and Kratie provinces for using military force to enforce orders of the court in recent land dispute cases.
— Radio Free Asia

Former Opposition Leader Warns Chinese Immigrants Not to ‘Provoke Backlash’
The former head of Cambodia’s main opposition party, Sam Rainsy, has warned Chinese nationals and investors in Cambodia to be sensitive to Cambodian culture and the political situation in the country.
— VOA Cambodia

Malaysian delegates visit 47 Poipet detainees
After 65 days of being held in the Banteay Meanchey provincial prison, some of the 47 detainees finally got to meet their loved ones who flew all the way from Malaysia today.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Post Made US$13 Million in 2018
Cambodia Post, the agency responsible for providing postal services in the Kingdom, generated US$13 million as national income in 2018.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

CMAC officials inspect 340kg American bomb in K’Speu province
A US M117 bomb weighing 340kg was found in Kampong Speu province’s Chamkar Doung village on Monday, with Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) officials inspecting the unexploded ordnance the following day, CMAC director Heng Ratana said on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

EBA withdrawal provides ‘opportunity for growth’
Economic analyst Khoun Bunny said on Tuesday that the loss of the EU’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement could be a golden opportunity for Cambodia to show it deserved to be ranked sixth on the list of the world’s fastest-growing economies.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Research Effects of Marijuana, Drugs Cops Told
Samdech Krohom Sar Kheng has asked officials in the drug unit to conduct research into the effects of marijuana.
— Cambodia News English

Cambodia To Establish One Window Service Office at All Districts/Khan
Cambodia is going to create One Window Service Office (OWSO) at all districts/Khan across the country in order to improve service provision for the public.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Government rebukes EU over EBA review
The government yesterday chastised the European Commission’s move to initiate a six-month “intensive monitoring” period of the country over perceived democratic and human rights setbacks, labelling the move “an extreme injustice” and “tantamount to acts of interference”.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian fruit treatment facility approved to export to South Korea
The Hyundai-owned fruit treatment facility in Kampong Speu province said the company is ready to export mangoes to South Korea following fruit treatment inspections, according to Hyundai Corporation (Cambodia) Co Ltd managing director Lee Chang-hoon.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Produced 220,100 Tons of Rubber in 2018
Cambodia produced in total 220,100 tons of rubber last year and most of the product was exported, according to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

NGO pushes for more disabled-friendly restrooms
The Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation is urging the public and private sectors to implement disabled-friendly restroom standards by expanding entrances and providing ramps.
— Khmer Times

Opinion: Convicted Sam Rainsy Wouldn’t Be Shy Of Harming Cambodian People’s Interest in An Hopeless Attempt to Ruin His Own Nation
Following the Coup in the former Cambodia’s National Rescue Party to overthrow Kem Sokha from the party’s leadership, Sam Rainsy – who were convicted in numerous legal cases – has been attempting to stir Cambodia’s political situation by appealing to the foreign donors to cut off their assistances, the investors to cease their investments and the purchasers to stop ordering goods from Cambodia.
— Fresh News

Trash Nets in SHK
Local authorities have begun to trap trash floating in the various canals and drainage points in an effort to stop waste flowing out into the sea and washing up on the beaches.
— Cambodia News English

More Cambodians travel for leisure
Cambodians are increasingly travelling overseas for leisure, as the number of the Kingdom’s outbound tourists reached nearly two million last year, a trend that a tourism insider said was due to a change in spending habits of Cambodia’s middle-class.
— The Phnom Penh Post

China Opens Trade Centre in Phnom Penh
Yunnan province of the People’s Republic of China has opened a trade centre in Phnom Penh to promote and disseminate updates of trade, tourism and culture between the two countries.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Situation along borders calm, ministry says
The situation along the borders with neighbouring countries is calm, although there are still some issues to be resolved, the Interior Ministry said today.
— Khmer Times

Rice exports down 5%
Rice exports last month were five per cent lower than in January last year, after a full year of decline in 2018. However, a sector insider said it is not a major concern because it is only the beginning of 2019.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Residents want to take part in Prey Lang forest management
Residents in Preah Vihear province are asking the government to allow local communities to take part in the management of the Prey Lang protected forest.
— Khmer Times

Stand up and Forward with Hope: PM Hun Sen
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reassured that Cambodia will not return to poverty like in the past.
— Fresh News

Ethnic group ‘disappointed’ to be denied French visas to attend court
Eleven people at the centre of a case involving seven indigenous Bunong villages in Mondulkiri province pursuing legal action in France have expressed disappointment after the French embassy in Phnom Penh denied their visa applications to attend court.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Access to Information draft law ready
Information Minister Khieu Kanharith yesterday confirmed that the draft law on Access to Information has been inserted into the 6th mandate of the government’s strategic plan.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, China To Sign Agreement on Cooperation on Projects of Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Special Fund Tomorrow
The Kingdom of Cambodia and the People’s Republic of China will sign the Agreement on the Cooperation on Projects of the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Special Fund in Phnom Penh tomorrow morning.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Government reshuffles coastal managemet committee members
The government reshuffled members of the National Committee for Coastal Management and Development in late January, according to a government statement received by The Post on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry and German aid agency launch SME programme
The Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts and GIZ on Monday launched the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Development Programme, a project that aims to improve management, production and quality standards among local enterprises.
— Khmer Times

Authorities strengthen campaign against illegal drug use, trafficking
A senior national anti-drug official on Tuesday called on authorities, educators, students and all citizens to help prevent drug use and trafficking.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Exporters blame EU tariffs for 5 pct drop in rice shipments
Rice exports in January saw a small decline that exporters have blamed on the European Union’s decision last month to impose tariffs on local rice.
— Khmer Times

Army accused of clearing land
Membes of Battambang province’s forest community and relevant authorities on Tuesday claimed that over 100ha of forest land in Samlot Protected Area have been illegally cleared by wealthy citizens and armed forces in order to place it under their ownership.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Gov’t To Increase Budget Allocation to Sub-national Administrations
The Royal Government of Cambodia is planning to increase the budget allocation up to US$110,000 by 2023 to sub-national administrations.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Rangers, activists join forces to stop logging
Prey Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary environmental rangers collaborated in patrols with forestry activists in a crackdown on illegal logging, apprehending two suspects, sending one to Preah Vihear Provincial Court, according to an official close to the matter on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Japan donates $500K for B’bang education
In an agreement signed at the Embassy of Japan in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA) received a $529,068 grant from from the Japanese government to carry out its projects aimed at improving early childhood education in Battambang.
— 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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