Cambodia morning news for February 8

Cambodia morning news for February 8

Cambodia morning newsCambodia, Myanmar mirror decline of democracy in Southeast Asia
Political freedom across the globe has been declining in the last 13 years, and Southeast Asia is no exception.
— Southeast Asian Press Alliance

International Smuggling Ring Broken Up
An operation between enforcement agencies in Canada, Japan and Cambodia has caught the Nigerian ringleaders of a drug smuggling group hiding in the country.
— Cambodia News English

Warning issued over crooked visas
The Foreign Affairs Ministry has called on the public and tourists not to pay e-visa fees through private tour agencies overseas because they are overcharging and cheating tourists.
— Khmer Times

Protests continue for ‘filmmaker’s’ release
Alleged filmmaker Rath Rott Mony’s supporters and wife, Long Kimheang, gathered outside the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Phnom Penh for a fourth time on Wednesday, reiterating calls for his release, after the Appeal Court rejected his plea for bail last week.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Swiss Donates $6 Million for Landmine Clearance in Cambodia 2020-2025
Lars Buechler, Head of Programme Agriculture and Food Security, representing​ Swiss Development and Cooperation, confirmed Thursday that the Government and People of Switzerland will continue to aid US$6 million for mine clearance in Cambodia 2020-2025, speaking in a courtesy call on First Vice-President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) Ly Thuch in Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Cases at court in push to tackle jail overcrowding
A working group established to streamline court procedures, with the aim of resolving prison overcrowding, last week began sending cases to municipal and provincial courts throughout the country, Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin said on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Wisma Putra confirms detention of 47 Malaysians in Cambodia
The Foreign Ministry has confirmed the detention of 47 Malaysians in Poi Pet, Cambodia since Dec 11, 2018.
— The Star Online

Is Cambodia’s Foreign Policy Heading in the Right Direction?
Cambodia needs to recalibrate its relationships with the US and EU, or risk becoming overly reliant on China.
— The Diplomat

Ministry seeks geographical indication for oranges
With a study being carried out now to determine whether or not they deserve the designation, oranges grown in Pursat and Battambang might soon become the next Cambodian agricultural product to gain Geographical Indication (GI) status.
— Khmer Times

French senator vows to lobby EU states over EBA preferential status
French Senator Francois Grosdidier, who was in Cambodia the past week conducting meetings with government officials, vowed on Saturday to lobby EU member states not to withdraw Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential trade status.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Girls only coding club launched
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Wednesday said it hoped to encourage female students to enrol in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects through the implementation of Cambodia’s first female-only “coding club”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Air Quality in Cambodia Getting Better
Air quality in Cambodia, especially in Phnom Penh, is much better, compared to last few days, affirmed the Ministry of Environment in an announcement.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Seekers / Cambodia’s first gin company embraces the start-up spirit
The makers of Cambodia’s first professionally produced gin talk local flavours, start-up headaches and Southeast Asia’s growing love of homegrown spirits
— Southeast Asia Globe

Croc farmers urged to look toward Chinese market
During a visit to a local crocodile farm last week, the Minister of Agriculture highlighted the potential to increase exports of live crocodiles to China while stressing the need to create processing facilities in the Kingdom to climb up the value chain in the sector.
— Khmer Times

Rainsy calls on citizens to ‘rise up for change’
In his latest move to seize power in the Kingdom, Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) “acting president” Sam Rainsy has called for a rebellion to change the government.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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

A Thai Firm Interested in Investing in Kep Province
A Thai company is interested in some investment projects, especially in the establishment of tourist attraction sites, in Cambodia’s Kep province.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Land row villagers see hope
The Preah Vihear provincial authority and other relevant parties issued a statement on Wednesday that contained five points aimed to end a land dispute between 330 families and private company Metrei Pheap.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sam Rainsy’s arrest ordered upon arrival
The General Immigration Department has ordered its officials to arrest former opposition leader Sam Rainsy should he return to the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Gov’t warns tourists over use of fake visa websites
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Wednesday urged tourists to avoid websites offering e-visas for Cambodia after receiving fresh reports of tourists being ripped off and losing their money.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Angkor Gold Exploring Oil and Gas Potential in Cambodia
The Canadian-listed explorer has been operating in the Asian nation since 2012, closing 10 deals with a combined value of US$19.5 million within that timespan.
— Investing News

JICA Alumni of Cambodia holds annual conference
On February 1, the JICA Cambodia Office held its annual conference of the JICA Alumni of Cambodia (JICA-AC), where about 200 members and alumni gathered together to share inputs for the JICA-AC programmes and activities at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center.
— Khmer Times

Japanese naval vessels set to visit Cambodia to strengthen military ties
Two Japanese naval vessels are to dock at the Sihanouk Autonomous Port for four days later this month to strengthen Japanese-Cambodian military ties, the Japanese embassy in Phnom Penh said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

KAMSAB’s Operation To End Later This Month
The operation of Kampuchea Shipping Agency and Brokers (KAMSAB) will come to an end from Feb. 28, 2019 onwards, according to a sub-decree signed recently by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

ACLEDA Bank, JCB launch co-branded debit card in Cambodia
Cambodian lender ACLEDA Bank has collaborated with JCB International (JCBI), the international subsidiary of Japanese card issuer JCB, to introduce a co-branded debit card in Cambodia.
— Verdict

Cambodia To Join 4th Silk Road International Exposition in China as Guest Country of Honour
Cambodia is going to participate in the 4th Silk Road International Exposition and the Investment and Trade Forum for Cooperation between East and West China as the Guest Country of Honour.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Official regrets relocating monkeys
Residents at Sihanoukville’s Independence Beach have raised concerns as to the possible effect on tourism following the relocation of “dozens” of macaque monkeys last week, with one tourism chief expressing regret over the move.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian-Canadian Pursuing Oil and Gas Ops
CEO Stephen Burega is pleased to announce that Angkor is actively pursuing oil and gas opportunities in Cambodia in addition to its ongoing mineral exploration projects.
— Cambodia News English

Trucks deployed to provide water
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has announced that its officials are helping to provide water in provincial areas prone to water shortages.
— Khmer Times

Upgrade infrastructure to attract global manufacturing, GMS told
There is a significant need for Mekong region 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).
— Myanmar 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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