Cambodia morning news for February 7

Cambodia morning news for February 7

Cambodia morning newsCambodia’s banking industry sees 20.1 percent lending growth last year
Loan demands from Cambodia’s banking industry had surged by 20.1 percent in 2018 thanks to the growing business activities in trade, real estate and construction, agriculture, and manufacturing, said a central bank’s annual report on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Paddy rice production reaches 7.4 million in 2018
Cambodia produced 7.4 million tonnes of paddy rice in 2018, a 3.5 percent increase, according to the Ministry of Agriculture’s annual report.
— Khmer Times

Human Rights Watch Demands Treatment, Justice for Cambodia Acid Attack Survivors
A leading US-based rights group has said acid attack survivors in Cambodia are unlawfully denied free medical care and face pressure to accept inadequate settlements.
— VOA Khmer

Video: Will Sam Rainsy Return?
Another year, another promise from Sam Rainsy that he will return to Cambodia — it still remains to be seen how the self-proclaimed court-dissolved CNRP president can resume his political activities in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Unicef Calls for ‘Concrete Action’ on Online Bullying in Cambodia
The UN Children’s Agency has called for a new policy to protect Cambodian children from bullying.
— Radio Free Asia

PM Hun Sen Reaffirms Commitment Not to Let Cambodia Get into War Again
“Under my leadership, I won’t let Cambodia go back to war and destruction no matter what,” reaffirmed Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Digicro pulls in $300k funding for mobile microfinance in Cambodia
The funding came from investors led by Japanese company Showcase Capital. Digicro, which stands for digital microfinance, was founded by Yuta Nagano in 2018.
— Banking Tech

Cambodia arrests, charges man with race insult
A Cambodian court on Wednesday charged a man with inciting discrimination after he insulted the Khmer race via a Facebook post, a court spokesman said.
— Xinhua

Sam Rainsy Shall Prepare to Enter Prison, Analyst Says
We all still remembered that former opposition leader Sam Rainsy dared Cambodian Premier Hun Sen to release former president of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party on 3 March the latest.
— Fresh News

Government rejects damning HRW report
A senior Ministry of Justice official and a spokesperson from the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on Tuesday rejected the findings of a damning Human Rights Watch (HRW) report published the same day, claiming that acid attack victims in Cambodia remain poorly treated by authorities and healthcare professionals.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia loans app gets funding ahead of fintech boom
In Cambodia, the average loan size is now among the highest in the world, with around 2 million borrowers owing a record US$2.8 billion. It’s not a healthy situation, with experts warning of a bubble in the Southeast Asian nation of 16 million.
— Tech In Asia

Sam Rainsy slammed for wanting to ‘liberate’ Kingdom
Government officials yesterday blasted former opposition leader Sam Rainsy for calling on Cambodians living overseas to return with him to a “liberate Cambodia” later this year.
— Khmer Times

CMAC official lashes out at US over row with Chinese embassy
The Cambodian Mine Action Centre has lashed out at the United States for comments made on Facebook accusing China of supporting Pol Pot’s regime from 1975 to 1979.
— Khmer Times

Senior Minister Sun Chanthol Receives ADB Cambodia Country Director
Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport H.E. Sun Chanthol met here yesterday with Country Director of Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Cambodia Ms. Sunniya Durrani-Jamal to discuss and review ADB’s ongoing and future programmes related to the ministry.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Giant Statue and Fast Train for Kep?
His Excellency Ken Satha, Kep Provincial Governor, says Kep will have the largest Buddha in the world and high-speed trains from Sihanoukville to Kep in the near future.
— Cambodia News English

CNRP official pens EU letter claiming government intimidation
The deputy president of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Mu Sochua, has written to the EU about alleged threats against CNRP acting President Sam Rainsy and other former party lawmakers and activists in Cambodia and abroad.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Debate over creation of new districts ahead of elections
Sitting on a motorbike outside a market in Boeng Keng Kang commune, Oem Thai smiles at the prospect that something good is coming his way.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Suggests Experience Exchange in Transport Development with Indonesia
Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport H.E. Sun Chanthol has suggested the exchange of experience and good practice in road, maritime and rail transport development between Cambodia and Indonesia.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

CMAC chief: The truth should be accepted together to heal wounds
The director-general of the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC), Heng Ratana, on Tuesday warned against pointing the blame for past political decisions that led to the devastation of Cambodia, saying, “the truth should be accepted together to heal the wounds”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Stung Treng government seeks to have Kngok Meas listed as national heritage site
The Stung Treng provincial government is preparing supporting documents and evidence to have Kngok Meas mountain listed as a national heritage site.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government Encourages Hard Work to Smoothly Host 2023 SEA Games
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has asked concerned institutions to work hard in achieving common goal for the upcoming 2023 SEA Games hosted by Cambodia.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

PM calls for full citizen participation in Cambodia’s first self-funded census
With the Kingdom set to conduct a nationwide census on March 3-13, using its own funding for the first time, Prime Minister Hun Sen appealed to the population to cooperate fully, insisting it does not involve politics.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Upgrade infrastructure to attract global manufacturing, GMS told
There is a significant need for Mekong countries to upgrade their infrastructure to take on a larger share of global manufacturing, said Sok Siphana, chairman of independent Cambodian think-tank Asian Vision Institute (AVI).
— Khmer Times

Youths at risk of cyberbullying
Based on a poll and youth talks held in more than 160 countries, including Cambodia, 85.7 per cent of young Cambodians aged between 15 and 25 years are in danger of online violence, cyberbullying and digital harassment, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Agriculture Minister Receives French Ambassador to Cambodia
H.E. Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has received H.E. Ms. Eva Nguyen Binh, Ambassador of France to Cambodia.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Angkor Park to have 5G discussions
Apsara National Authority is conducting a study into the proposal for tourist-use wireless internet in the Angkor Archaeological Park, Long Kosal, director of the authority’s Department of Communication, told The Post on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

With aquaculture on the rise, fish production up 6 pct in 2018
Fish production in the Kingdom rose to 910,153 tonnes in 2018, a 6.2 percent increase year-on-year made possible by a rapidly growing aquaculture sector.
— Khmer Times

Suspected snatcher dies from injuries
A suspected phone snatcher died from his injuries after jumping from a seven-storey building in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Trabek commune on Monday in a bid to escape police.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Japan To Continue Training Cambodian Peacekeepers
Japan has reaffirmed to continue training Cambodian blue helmet troops on engineering skill before their departure for UN peacekeeping missions.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

RT news fixer’s family again lobbies for Russian help
Family members and friends of a news fixer Rath Rott Mony, charged over his role in the production of a sex trafficking documentary, today rallied in front of the Russian embassy for the fourth time to demand its intervention for his freedom.
— Khmer Times

Body found floating in Stung Treng river
An unidentified man whose body was found tied to four large rocks in a river in Phluk commune on Monday may have been murdered, according to Stung Treng provincial police’s preliminary investigation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Faces Rising Temperature for a Week
Cambodia will experience an increase by one to two degrees Celsius in temperature for one week due to low impact of northeast monsoon.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Turkish tourists increase expected
Cambodia expects to attract more Turkish travellers to the Kingdom after it joined the 23rd East Mediterranean International Travel and Tourism Exhibition 2019 (EMITT) in Turkey last week, according to tourism insiders.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s casino industry is the land of opportunity
Cambodia’s casino industry, once nothing more than a footnote in the global casino space, has grown significantly in the past year. There has been an increase of 53% in the number of licenses issued, leading to the country being viewed as the “New Land of Opportunity” by Casino Review Magazine (CR).
— Calvin Ayre

Police have clues on journo’s murder
Kratie provincial police on Tuesday said they have some clues about the murder of a journalist in Snuol district’s Pi Thnou commune and are working to identify the suspects.
— 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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