Cambodia morning news for February 15

Cambodia morning news for February 15

Cambodia morning newsSMEs bemoan gov’t tax exemption requirements
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are finding it difficult to meet the requirements to apply for tax exemption from the General Department of Taxation ’s (GDT) said Federation of Association for Small and Medium Enterprises of Cambodia (Fasmec) president Te Taingpor.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Opposition Party Destroyed If EBA Withdrawn, PM Hun Sen Warns (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday said that the withdrawal of EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme would put an “end” to the opposition party, speaking at the annual meeting of the ministry of interior.
— Fresh News

Cambodia and Vietnam agree to drop import duties
Trade ties between Cambodia and Vietnam were strengthened on Wednesday following a meeting between high-ranking commerce officials in which both countries agree to drop tariffs on a number of goods.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia can achieve SDGs, but deep fiscal reform needed: ADB report
Cambodia has a good chance of achieving its social protection agenda under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but will need to balance different social protection investments, according to a report published on Wednesday by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
— Khmer Times

Cambodian treatment facility approved for export to South Korea
The Hyundai-owned fruit treatment facility in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province said the company is ready to export mangoes to South Korea following fruit treatment inspections.
— Fresh Plaza

Tears as Malaysians visit 47 detainees
After 65 days of being held in Banteay Meanchey provincial prison, some of the 47 Malaysians accused of fraud and running an illegal gambling operation in Poipet city finally got to meet their loved ones yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Gov’t Decries EU Trade Scheme Withdrawal Warnings
Cambodia on Tuesday expressed dismay over the European Union’s plans to initiate the country’s withdrawal process from a preferential trading scheme that experts say is vital for the Cambodian economy.
— VOA Cambodia

EBA Withdrawal Does Not Affect Cambodia-EU Ties; Cambodia Will Host ASEM in 2020: PM Hun Sen
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the withdrawal of EBA trade scheme did not affect Cambodia-Europe relations, speaking at the closing ceremony of the annual meeting of the Ministry of Interior on 14 February 2019.
— Fresh News

Banh promotes and replaces 39 officials to ‘improve efficiency’
Asenior official at the Ministry of National Defence claimed that the streamlining of military units, which included the promotion and removal of 39 military officials from posts, was done based on the request of the units in question and was not a political decision.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Calls For Destruction of Opposition in Leaked Phone Call
Cambodia must work during the next 18 months to destroy the opposition party at the local level before European Union trade sanctions come into effect, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a phone call to government officers leaked to social media on Thursday.
— Radio Free Asia

PM Hun Sen Appeals for Europeans to Live and Do Business in the Peaceful Cambodia (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, on Thursday, called on all companies from Europe to settle and conduct business in Cambodia, speaking at the annual meeting of the ministry of interior.
— Fresh News

PM Calls on the Public to Join National Census Next Month
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen appealed here this afternoon to the public to join the National Census to be held on Mar. 3, 2019.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Launch of EBA Withdrawal Investigation by European Commission Counterproductive to Cambodia’s Socio-Economic Transformation, Says European Chamber of Commerce
The European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia expresses its regret in respect to the decision taken by the European Commission to initiate the formal investigation into a withdrawal of preferences granted to the Kingdom of Cambodia under the Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement, according to the EuroCham’s statement dated 11 February 2019.
— Fresh News

Ministries begin measures to offset EU’s EBA decision
In the wake of the EU’s controversial announcement this week that it has begun the withdrawal process for Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential agreement, government ministries and political analysts continued to share their reactions and economic mitigation plans in preparation for the measures coming into effect.
— The Phnom Penh Post

China signs off on special funds projects
The Chinese government has provided more than $7.66 million to Cambodia through the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund 2018.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Keen on Cambodia-Indonesia Economic, Trade, Investment, Tourism, and Culture
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged Cambodia and Indonesia to deepen ties and promote economy, trade, investment, tourism, and culture, speaking in a courtesy call from Puan Maharani, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs at the Peace Palace Phnom Penh on Thursday.
— Fresh News

Kampong Speu’s Planned Solar Power Plant Impact Assessment Reviewed
Officials from competent ministries have reviewed environmental and social impact assessment for the establishment of a solar power plant in Kampong Speu province.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Gov’t: Education is priority
As over one million Cambodians migrate to work abroad, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron said improvements in education is a priority for the Kingdom in order to stem migration and create jobs.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Threat of EBA suspension a test over sovereignty
Lieutenant General Hun Manith, director-general of the General Intelligence Department, yesterday said the European Union is testing the will of the government and all Cambodians by threatening to withdraw the country’s access to the Everything-but-arms trade scheme.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia-China Sign Cooperation Agreement on 19 Mekong-Lancang Projects
Cambodia and China signed Thursday the Agreement on the Cooperation on Projects of the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Special Fund at the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, presided over by Prak Sokhonn, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and His Excellency Wang Wentian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of Cambodia.
— Fresh News

M’sia MP accused of ‘influencing law’
Malaysian Member of Parliament (MP) Larry Sng arrived in Siem Reap early on Wednesday, in what was slammed by one NGO as efforts by Kuala Lumpur to “influence Cambodian law”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Concern over dropouts migrating for jobs
Education Minister Hang Choun Naron yesterday voiced concern over the number of school dropouts who migrate to work as labourers in other countries.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia and Thailand Welcome Progress in Border Cooperation
Senior military leaders of Cambodia and Thailand have welcomed the progress in the cooperation between both nations along the common border.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia’s Tallest Building Breaks Ground
On the morning of February 14, 2019, “Royal One”, a 62-storey commercial project worth an estimated $ 230 million was inaugurated.
— Cambodia News English

Ministry to meet with companies over EBA saga
The Ministry of Commerce is planning a meeting with public and private actors to discuss the revocation of the European Union’s Everything-but-arms (EBA) deal and to find ways to diminish its impact on the economy, the ministry said in a press release.
— Khmer Times

‘Commune development budget to double in 2020’
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said on Wednesday that commune development budgets will double to more than $70,000 in 2020, excluding administrative costs, and more than triple in 2023, in response to public needs – but an NGO has requested transparency over the allocation of funds.
— The Phnom Penh Post

U.S. Embassy Promotes Female Empowerment in Cambodia
The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh sponsors the American music group Harpeth Rising to hold their rising tour in Cambodia with local artists to promote female empowerment in the Kingdom, according to a press release AKP received this afternoon.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Four Viets Busted in Bavet
Svay Rieng provincial police in cooperation with Bavet City Administration Police raided a rented house village in Bavet, Svay Rieng province on February 14, 2019 .
— Cambodia News English

Street food to feature in clean city competition
The Clean City Contest, a competition held every year to evaluate cities according to cleanliness, may soon expand to include categories for best street food and best street food vendors.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia To Create Water Data Centre
Cambodia is planning to create a water data centre with high capacity and smart technology, for water management across the nation, according to a news release of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM).
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Rabies Warning After 10 year Old Dies From Cat Bite
Everybody has heard a lot about rabies but probably do not know how dangerous it is. The disease can be fatal, and if there is not the correct treatment, the patient will die.
— Cambodia News English


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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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