Cambodia morning news for February 26

Cambodia morning news for February 26

Cambodia morning newsCambodia’s population will reach 20 million by 2030: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the Kingdom is projected to have a population of about 20 million by 2030 with a growth of 1 percent to 1.5 percent per year and that most of them will be moving to settle in urban areas.
— Khmer Times

Six to Face Punishment For Crackdown on Protest in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville
Five Cambodian police officers and a soldier will be punished for their role in suppressing a land-rights protest on Jan. 24 in southwest Cambodia’s Sihanoukville province, with two cases already referred to the courts for action, a police spokesperson told reporters on Monday.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia’s tourism makes 4.35 bln USD revenue last year, up 19.8 pct
Cambodia’s tourism earned gross revenues of 4.35 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, up 19.8 percent from 3.63 billion dollars in a year earlier, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said here on Monday.
— Xinhua

EBA Withdrawal Would Serve the Opposition and Hurt Innocent Cambodians, Says Khmer Will Party’s Honorary President
Kong Korm, Khmer Will Party’s honorary president, on Monday, wrote a letter to EU Ambassador to Cambodia George Edgar expressing his perspective on the EU’s launching formal procedure that could lead to Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU market under Everything But Arms (EBA).
— Fresh News

Cambodia and EBA: Why not take a long-term view?
The move to withdraw Everything But Arms trade privileges could jeopardise any possible future long-term efforts by the EU to build local capacities for safeguarding Cambodia’s democracy.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Keen on Counter Terrorism to Ensure Peace for Tourists
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for joint efforts to combat terrorism to ensure peace in the kingdom, particularly at tourist destinations nationwide.
— Fresh News

Droughts in Pailin, Banteay Meanchey
Some areas in Pailin and Banteay Meanchey provinces are facing water shortages due to prolonged drought, though no major impacts have been reported, according to a spokesman for the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Poachers kill elephant in Cambodia wildlife sanctuary
An elephant has been found dead with its tusks and tail sliced off in a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia, where wild elephant numbers have dwindled to just a few hundred due to poaching and deforestation.
— France 24

What went down: Stories behind the arrest of 47 Malaysians
While the 47 Malaysians allegedly involved in illicit activities in Banteay Meanchey province were permitted to return home following approval by Prime Minister Hun Sen last week, the mystery behind what had transpired is far from resolved.
— Khmer Times

Malaysia’s WA Hospitality to enter Cambodia with upscale Sihanoukville casino resort
Malaysian-based WA Hospitality has announced plans to set foot in Sihanoukville following the recent signing of a management contract with Cambodian real estate developer Won Majestic to manage the 150-key Won Majestic Casino Hotel & Resort Cambodia, which is under construction and is targeted to open in 1Q2021.
— TTG Asia

Ministry issues guidance on restoration of political rights
The Ministry of Interior has released guidance for banned politicians who wish to request a return to politics after the Amendment to the Law on Political Parties was signed off by King Norodom Sihamoni in January.
— The Phnom Penh Post

India Eying Investment in Four Sectors in Cambodia
Science and technology, tourism, infrastructure (road, rail, bridge), and agro-industry are the four key sectors that India is eying for investment in Cambodia to further strengthen and expand the economic cooperation and trade ties between both countries.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia and Laos seek to speed up Terms of Reference on border
Cambodia and Laos have urged their respective working groups to finalise a Terms of Reference document concerning the border that divides the two countries noting that France has been asked to assist in helping end border disputes.
— Khmer Times

Germany to Assist Cambodia on Agriculture, Energy, Irrigation, Investment
Senior officials of Germany have expressed their strong commitment to supporting Cambodia, particularly Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, in developing the kingdom’s key areas, according to Eang Sophalleth, personal secretary to Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— Fresh News

Cambodia, India boost human development, trade investment
Cambodia and India are boosting cooperation in human development and trade investment to strengthen relations between the two countries.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian PM Receives German Senior Official
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen received here this afternoon at the Peace Palace visiting Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany H.E. Norbert Barthle.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Whale shark sightings reported
The National Committee for Maritime Security and Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities yesterday called on the public to help protect whale sharks and dolphins present in waters surrounding Sihanoukville’s Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem islands.
— Khmer Times

Rock Ravers Released
Until the afternoon of February 25, 2019, by the authority of Phnom Penh Police Commissioner, more than 200 people were allowed to return home out of 312 people, including 14 Chinese nationals, who were arrested after a raid in Rock Entertainment Center.
— Cambodia News English

An Elephant Killed in Cambodia’s Mondulkiri (Video Inside)
An elephant body was found dead with its tusks and tail sliced off in a cashew farm of local people located in Mondulkiri’s Keo Seima district, according to Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra on Monday.
— Fresh News

Olympic Committee lays out 2023 SEA Games strategy
Officials from the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) have laid out its strategic aims ahead of the regional Phnom Penh SEA Games 2023 which will be hosted in the kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Siem Reap To Host Food and Beverage Expo 2019
Siem Reap has been identified to host another prestigious food and beverage exposition 2019, according to the president of Cambodia Tourism Federation.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Don’t panic over dog and cat bites: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the public not to be panicked and flock to receiving rabies vaccination over dog and cat bites.
— Khmer Times

Koh Kong agriculture head denies selling state property
Meng Leang, the director of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Koh Kong department, has rejected allegations by local media that he sold state land, as the ministry investigates the matter.
— The Phnom Penh Post

President of Viet Nam Begins State Visit in Cambodia
General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, H.E. Nguyen Phu Trong, began his two-day state visit in Cambodia this afternoon.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

US, top firms urge Cambodia to join aviation convention
The United States says Cambodia should consider becoming a signatory to the Cape Town Convention, an international treaty that experts say will open access to the latest aviation technology and expand the international networks of local airlines.
— Khmer Times

‘Unfair’ to include Cambodia in money-laundering ‘grey list’
Cambodia’s relisting in the “grey list” of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Friday is “unfair”, after the Kingdom met all requirements and was removed from it in 2015, said a source at the National Bank of Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Clubbers made to sign anti-drug contract
About 200 people who were arrested in a drug raid at a popular Phnom Penh nightclub often frequented by young people last week have been made to sign a contract promising to seek rehabilitation.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen’s Official Facebook Page Hacked
The official Facebook page of Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen of the Kingdom of Cambodia was hacked at around noon.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Japanese Donated Patrol Boats Catch First Smugglers
Boats donated to Cambodian Customs and Excise by the Japanese government in Kep Province have captured 1,129 cartons of illegal gigarettes on 25 February 2019, according to a press release.
— Cambodia News English

Information Minister calls on news outlets to run error corrections
Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith on Friday called on newspapers and radio stations to run corrections to errors made in reporting when requested.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Presides over the Celebration of National Clean City Day 2019
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, presided over here this morning the commemoration of National Clean City Day 2019 to promote tourism sector.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia placed on money laundering grey list
Cambodia has been included on a list of countries “highly vulnerable to money laundering” following reports that show its judicial system has high levels of corruption and that it lacks the will to investigate financial crimes.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Sets Five Tasks for Clean City, Aims for SEA Games and SDGs
Prime Minister Hun Sen, on Monday, set five prioritized tasks for Cambodia, preparing her to host the SEA Games in 2023 and to achieve the 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals.
— Fresh News

Thailand to waive re-entry visa for Cambodian workers, says embassy
Thailand has confirmed it will waive visa fees for Cambodian workers who travel home for Khmer New Year, a press release issued by the Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok states.
— The Phnom Penh Post

ADB project to bolster agriculture industry
With most local agricultural exports consisting of raw materials, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is now designing a multimillion project to increase the value of the agriculture industry.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Female Football Players Visit Japan
Eight-teen (18) Cambodian U-19 female football players and five officials are going to pay a ten-day visit to Japan, at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan under the JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth) 2018.
— 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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