Cambodia morning news for February 21

Cambodia morning news for February 21

Cambodia morning newsWait till Hun Sen Dies to Lead, Wait till Next Life: Says PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday taunted the opposition groups who wished to see him dead, saying “you have to wait until next life”, addressing in a meeting with approximately 10,000 garment workers in Kandal’s Ang Snoul district.
— Fresh News

‘EBA loss will worsen West-China tug-of-war’
Political veteran Kong Korm, who is currently the honorary president of the Khmer Will Party, weighed into the EBA debate on Monday, saying that withdrawing Cambodia’s trade preferences was tantamount to a Khmer saying, “getting angry with the oxen, but beating the oxen-driven cart”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM asks US lawfirm to consider providing services
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday met a US-based law firm and asked it to explore the possibility of providing legal services to citizens and investors in Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM predicts robust growth this year amid EU trade sanctions threat
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Wednesday that the country’s economy is expected to grow by 7 percent in 2019 despite the ongoing threat of trade sanctions from the European Union.
— Xinhua

Family ties thwart Cambodia’s efforts to tackle bride trafficking to China
A rising number of Cambodian women are being sold as brides in China but complaints and convictions are on the decline with many victims refusing to speak out because their families are colluding with trafficking rings, a regional police chief said.
— Reuters

Cambodia economy: High growth expected to continue
Cambodia has been one of the best-performing economies in the world over the past two decades, and that’s forecast to continue this year.
— Al Jazeera

Cambodia seeking Singapore motorbike owner over fatal hit-and-run accident
The Cambodian authorities are seeking the owner of a Singapore-registered motorcycle allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed an elderly man in Phnom Penh.
— The Straits Times (annoying pop-ups)

Cambodia sees zero death from malaria for 1st time last year
Cambodia has reported zero death from malaria in 2018, achieving its self-imposed target three years earlier, Huy Rekol, director of the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, said Wednesday.
— Xinhua

PM tasks Lawyer’s Council to form special team for women
Prime Minister Hun Sen has tasked the government’s Lawyers Council president to form a legal team under his direct supervision to provide free legal aid to poverty-stricken women in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Royal Government To Hold Two Important Meetings Soon
The Royal Government will have two important meetings in late February and March, said Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen at a get-together with factory workers and employees in Kandal province this morning.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

PM Hun Sen: Khmer Riel Is Resilient (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed his satisfaction with the stability of Cambodian currency, the Khmer riel, speaking in a meeting with approximately 10,000 garment workers in Kandal’s Ang Snoul district.
— Fresh News

Officials weigh in on possible EBA status revocation
The preferential trade status, which can be credited with helping the Kingdom’s economy grow, is currently under the European Commission’s scrutiny due to perceived setbacks on human rights and democracy, including the dissolution of the CNRP, crackdowns on press freedom and civil society.
— Khmer Times

Justice Ministry: US claims ‘baseless’
The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday reacted to recent “baseless” claims by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh regarding the case of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, urging the embassy to stop spreading misinformation regarding the implementation of the law in Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Higher Student Dropout Rates Along Cambodia’s Border with Thailand
A Cambodian official reported last week that about 23 percent of children in three provinces along the border with Thailand have stopped attending school.
— VOA News

Samdech Hun Sen: CPP and I Never Run Away from People
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has reaffirmed that he and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (PPC) had never run away from the people.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Books launched to help children with disabilites
Sipar Books launched the second edition of its “Special Children Series” in Phnom Penh on Tuesday with four books under the disability theme and based on the true stories of four children. The books aim to educate people to accept those who are differently abled to get equal access to education.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Welcomes Investors to the Peaceful and Democratic Kingdom, Says PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called for all investors to invest and conduct business in the peaceful and democratic kingdom, speaking in a meeting with approximately 10,000 garment workers in Kandal’s Ang Snoul district.
— Fresh News

Officials probe border land dispute
Cambodian and Thai joint authorities on Monday reviewed a disputed area where the Thais removed cassava trees of two Cambodian farmers in Banteay Meanchey province’s Svay Chek district last week.
— Khmer Times

Kingdom sees minimal change in rice exports between 2016-2018
The Kingdom’s rice exports saw little change during the last three years to 2018 as the sector appears to face new challenges requiring the government and private sector to work harder to keep the industry healthy.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian PM predicts robust growth this year amid EU trade sanctions threat
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Wednesday that the country’s economy is expected to grow by 7 percent in 2019 despite the ongoing threat of trade sanctions from the European Union.
— Xinhua

Cambodian Premier Urges Workers to Seek Legal Aids from “Samdech Hun Sen Legal Team”
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called for all workers to seek legal aids from “Samdech Hun Sen Legal Team”, a recent establishment of 50 lawyers, headquartered at the Council of Ministers, to provide free legal services to poverty-stricken women nationwide.
— Fresh News

Soldier suspended over land dispute violence
A Preah Sihanouk military commander yesterday said that a soldier, who was involved in a violent crackdown during a land dispute in Prey Nop district last month, has been suspended.
— Khmer Times

Foreign minister to visit Laos
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn will lead a delegation to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) to “strengthen bilateral cooperation in various sectors and discuss regional and international issues later this week.
— The Phnom Penh Post

If You Have Jobs, Don’t Listen to Propaganda: PM Hun Sen Tells Workers (Video inside)
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday informed workers that as long as they have jobs, they do not have to care about the ill-intended propaganda of the opposition groups, addressing in a meeting with approximately 10,000 garment workers in Kandal’s Ang Snoul district.
— Fresh News

New Draft Law on Investment Discussed
The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) is collecting inputs for the new draft law on investment elaborated in response to regional context and the country’s real needs.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Kratie to become a priority tourist destination
The province of Kratie, in the country’s east, is poised to become a priority tourist destination and a national heritage site.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM Hun Sen Urges “No Discrimination” against LGBT Citizens (Video inside)
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday urged his fellow citizens not to discriminate against LGBTs, addressing in a meeting with approximately 10,000 garment workers in Kandal’s Ang Snoul district.
— Fresh News

Fans Complain Over National Stadium Pitch
Fans have been quick to troll Cambodia’s FA for a bizarre artificial surface in the AFF U22 championships, with the Cambodians set to host the Australian youth side “Olyroos” next month in AFC Olympics qualifiers.
— Cambodia News English

Siem Reap welcomes plans for aquarium, sanctuary
Siem Reap will be home to a $70-million aquarium and wildlife sanctuary project that seeks to become a new tourist draw for the province.
— Khmer Times

President of Viet Nam To Visit Cambodia Early Next Week
General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, H.E. Nguyen Phu Trong, will make a state visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia from Feb. 25-26, at the invitation of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Hun Sen calls on farmers to do rice farming only one time due to drought
Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on local authorities to advise farmers to cultivate dry-season rice once due to dry spell and water shortage this year.
— Khmer Times

Japan signs off on $43M loan for drainage, ports
The government will receive more than $43 million from Japan to improve Cambodia’s drainage systems and develop its ports, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Loggers Caught in Thailand
On February 17, 2019, a coalition of armed forces and forest protection forces in national parks Khon Bori district, Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand, arrested alarge group of Cambodians.
— Cambodia News English

Supreme Consultative Council’s meeting to be broadcast live
Prime Minister Hun Sen said the meeting of the Supreme Consultative Council next week will be broadcast live to the provinces and army bases in a move to ensure work effectiveness.
— Khmer Times

First lieutenant awaits legal action for assault
A first lieutenant soldier who assaulted villagers in a land dispute in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district last month is under administrative punishment based on military law and awaits criminal punishment pending an investigative committee’s conclusions.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Thousands mark Meak Bochea Day on Oudong hilltop
Thousands of people, including monks and government officials, yesterday observed Meak Bochea day at Oudong hill in Kandal province’s Ponhea Leu district where it is home to relics of the Buddha.
— Khmer Times

 

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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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