Cambodia morning news for February 18

Cambodia morning news for February 18

Cambodia morning newsEU trade threat could make Cambodian factories worse for workers—unions
Workers speak of an industry beset by forced overtime, unsafe working conditions and the obstruction of unionisation.
— Eco Business

Barriers remain to Cambodia’s rush to a digital economy
In March 2018, the Cambodian government announced its intention to be ready to transform into a digital economy by 2023.
— AEC News Today

Svay Rieng girl dies after contracting rabies
A 10-year-old girl died in Svay Rieng province on Tuesday after contracting rabies from a cat bite in early December last year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

The people’s worst threat
Once again, the protégé of Europeans and Americans have just launched an appeal for revolt and civil war.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia slams U.S. embassy for misleading statement over detention of former opposition leader
Cambodia on Saturday slammed the Embassy of the United States to Cambodia for a misleading comment concerning the legal case of former Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha.
— Xinhua

EU plays tough with Cambodia
Concerned by ongoing human rights abuses, the European Union has threatened to suspend Cambodia’s preferential access to its market.
— The Japan Times

Indonesian enterprises, businessmen encouraged to do business in Cambodia
Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia Sudirman Haseng encouraged state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and Indonesian businessmen to start doing business and investing in Cambodia because of the country`s rapid economic growth.
— Antara News

See Video of Cambodia’s Community-based Tourism Chi Path (Video inside)
Chi Phat, located in Koh Kong province southwest of Cambodia, is mainland South East Asia’s largest remaining tract of rainforest situated directly in the heart of the Cardamom Mountains.
— Fresh News

Heavy Winds Damage Properties in BTB
Strong winds and heavy rain damaged a cassava warehouse and a number of houses in Battambang’s Bovel district on Sunday, February 17, 2019.
— Cambodia News English

Rainsy told to ‘respect forfeit’
A senior former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) official has said he believed Prime Minister Hun Sen would win the wager on the legal status of party co-founder Kem Sokha that Sam Rainsy made with him.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Interior Minister Questions Military Intervention in Local Disputes
Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Wednesday warned local authorities in Cambodia not to use armed forces to violently disperse protesters.
— VOA Cambodia

At long last..Malaysian detainees leave for home
Laughter, hugs, and photograph sessions lent an air of gaiety at the Siem Reap International Airport where the 47 Malaysian detainees departed on charter flight JC International Airlines Co Ltd, and commercial flight AirAsia, with just the clothes on their back, and small plastic bags of tidbits.
— Khmer Times

Spotlight: Cambodian garment workers concern over EU’s possible suspension of duty-free preferences
Cambodian trade union leaders and workers in the garment and footwear sector remained concerned about the European Union (EU)’s possible suspension of duty-free trading preferences for the kingdom, though the government has taken a series of precautionary measures.
— China Org

PM: We will not die if EBA is withdrawn
Following the EU’s announcement this week that they had formally launched procedures in preparation for the withdrawal of Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preferences, Prime Minister Hun Sen remained defiant in the face of looming economic uncertainty on Thursday, declaring that Cambodia “will not die even if the EBA disappears”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Heat wave precautions
Health Minister Mam Bun Heng has issued an advisory to all people telling them to take prophylactic measures for the oncoming hot weather period.
— Khmer Times

EU Imposes Tariff on Cambodian Rice, as European Farmers Hurt: PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
The EU has begun to impose import taxes on rice of Cambodia and Myanmar, which are exported to 28 EU Member States, for a period of three years from 18 January 2019-2021.
— Fresh News

The Cambodia-based tech company test-driving the world’s drones
Aniwaa has become the world’s largest emerging tech comparison engine. And with commercial and personal demand for drones taking off in Southeast Asia, the start-up has decided to put the world’s leading unmanned aerial vehicles to the test
— Southeast Asia Globe

Reactions to possible EBA status loss
The Cambodian government asks all workers, especially garment workers, to carry on as usual and not worry about the possible withdrawal of Cambodia’s preferential treatment under the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme.
— Khmer Times

Dropout Rates for Cambodian Provinces Bordering Thailand at 23 Percent
About 23 percent of children in three Cambodian provinces along the country’s northwestern border with Thailand have dropped out of school, causing great concern for the education ministry.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia and Vietnam Committed to Achieve Trade Target
Cambodia and Vietnam have agreed to grant each other with zero duty privileges to their goods to further boost their two-way trade.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

NEC releases council candidates
The National Election Committee (NEC) issued a press release on Wednesday on the candidates who are to take part in the third-mandate council elections in May.
— The Phnom Penh Post

47 Malaysians, freed at last
The 47 Malaysians who were detained on December 13, 2018, on allegations of illegal online gambling operations, were released late this afternoon thanks to the intervention of senior government official in collaboration with Malaysian officials.
— Khmer Times

UNESCO Appreciates Cambodia’s Inclusive Education
UNESCO has appreciated the effort of the Royal Government of Cambodia in promoting inclusive education, especially among children in remote areas.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Siem Reap waste ‘pollutes’ river
Residents of Siem Reap province criticised the flow of sewage polluting Siem Reap River on Thursday, saying it negatively impacted the environment and ruined the Kingdom’s reputation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Unionists Warn Against Downplaying Impact of EBA Withdrawal
Unionists in Cambodia have warned that officials’ attempts to downplay the importance of trade ties with the European Union are not taking seriously the impact that the impending withdrawal of preferential trading arrangements will have on workers.
— VOA Cambodia

Direct flight with Indonesia a boon for relations: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said the launch of the first direct flight between Cambodia and Indonesia will spur growth in tourism, trade and investment between the two Asean member states.
— Khmer Times

British Opticians Help Cambodians
Two British opticians from Banbury, Oxfordshire, have helped improve the eye health of the people of Cambodia. Nimish Desai and Manjot Panesar, optometrists at Specsavers on Bridge Street, travelled to Phnom Penh in December to support a clinic run by the Khmer Sight Foundation.
— Cambodia News English

Cambodia To Launch First Learning Centre of Basic Education Equivalency Programme
Cambodia will launch the First Learning Centre of Basic Education Equivalency Programme (BEEP) this Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse


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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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