Cambodia morning news for January 16

Cambodia morning news for January 16

Cambodia morning news

Economy grew 7.3 pct in 2018: Ministry
On the back of strong growth in the garment, construction and hospitality sectors, the national economy expanded by 7.3 percent last year, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
— Khmer Times

Condo supply up 19 percent in Q4 2018: CBRE
The condo supply in Phnom Penh increased by nearly 19 percent in the last quarter of 2018, with 2,234 new units joining the market, according to CBRE’s latest report.
— Khmer Times

SSEZ exports valued at $372 million last year
EXPORTS from the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ) were valued at $372 million last year – up 68 per cent compared to 2017 – according to a statement from the Council for the Development of Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s ‘quiet king’ must find his political voice
The recent abdication of Malaysia’s Sultan Muhammad V after his controversial marriage to a 25-year-old Russian beauty queen has raised questions about the moral authority and responsibilities of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni.
— Asia Times

EU on the verge of imposing tariffs on Burmese, Cambodian rice
THE European Union plans to impose tariffs on rice coming from Cambodia and Burma for the next three years in a decision that could deal a huge blow to the agriculturally-dependent Southeast Asian economies.
— Asian Correspondence

Hun Sen takes on the EU
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s battle with the European Union (EU) intensified this week after he threatened to act out against the country’s opposition should the EU follow through with its proposed withdrawal of trade benefits.
— The Asean Post

Say No to Plastic / Striving for better health and environment in Cambodia… and Southeast Asia
Since early 2015, Plastic Free Cambodia (PFC) has been the public voice for plastic free awareness in the region.
— The Cambodia Daily

Cambodia to end border check
CAMBODIA’S Prime Minister Hun Sen has unveiled a new campaign to boost economic independence and reduce the reliance on preferential trade statuses offered by advanced countries, saying the government will provide better trade facilitation and eliminate unnecessary procedures.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

Asia-Pacific parliamentary forum kicks off in Cambodia
The 27th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-27) kicked off in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province Tuesday, focusing talks on politics, security, economy, trade issues and cultural cooperation.
— Xinhua

Japanese volunteer’s initiative allows Cambodians to see future beyond dumps where they scavenged
In Anlong Pi, a village on the outskirts of famous tourist destination Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia, a group of women gather each day to peel bark from 3-meter-long sections of banana tree trunks.
— The Japan Times

Fears for former Canberra public servant held in Cambodian jail
There are fears for the welfare of a former Canberra public servant imprisoned in Cambodia on drugs charges.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…
Even before Thaksin Shinawatra entered politics, his family was involved in dubious, if not totally illegal, business documentation.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

International airports handle over 10 million passengers
Passenger traffic continued to grow at the Kingdom’s three international airports last year, pushing full-year passenger numbers above 10 million for the first time, according to figures from Cambodia Airports, the French-owned company operating them.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen pulls passport perk
Cambodia’s decision to revoke the diplomatic passports of non-citizens demonstrates the strong ties between Cambodia and Thailand, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Hospital in Phnom Penh closed after confinement claims | #AsiaNewsNetwork
Cambodia’s Ministry of Health on Monday ordered the immediate closure of the capital’s Victoria International Hospital for allegedly holding a patient and her family against their will for failing to pay a $2,000 medical bill.
— Eleven/ Asia News Network

Ministry seeks public’s help to fight fake news
Information Minister Khieu Kanharith on Monday called on the public to help officials monitor fake news in order to prevent it from impacting society and affecting public security.
— Khmer Times

SME Bank to come online this year
The SME Bank, a government initiative to enhance access to funding for local small and medium-sized enterprises, will come online late this year, a high ranking public official said.
— Khmer Times

Chip Mong’s new $150 million building breaks ground
Royal Field Development Company Limited, a subsidiary of Chip Mong Group, has invested $150 million to build the Chip Mong International Mixed Use Development Project, a 45-floor building that will include a Fairfield Inn.
— Khmer Times

PM hits back at environmental activists over logging criticisms
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday responded to environmental activists who accused the government of inaction over deforestation in Cambodia, saying they themselves used luxury wood to build and decorate their own homes.
— Phnom Penh Post

Logistics centre planned for capital
Aiming to reduce freight costs in the country, the Ministry of Public Works And Transport is considering building a logistics centre in Phnom Penh to make multimodal transportation more seamless.
— Khmer Times

Unionist memorial to proceed
Phnom Penh Municipal Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey told The Post on Monday that it will likely allow a ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the murder of union leader Chea Vichea, adding that the decision is subject to Governor Khung Sreng’s approval.
— Phnom Penh Post

Japanese volunteer’s initiative allows Cambodians to see future beyond dumps where they scavenged
In Anlong Pi, a village on the outskirts of famous tourist destination Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia, a group of women gather each day to peel bark from 3-meter-long sections of banana tree trunks.

Guests Pay- The Financial Burden of Weddings
During the wedding season, which traditionally runs from November to April, the sound of singing is heard almost everywhere across the whole country. Khmer weddings show peace and happiness for families according to their traditional customs.
— Cambodia News English

Chinese firm to develop Transport Ministry land
The government has agreed to allow a Chinese company to develop more than 11 hectares of state land in Por Senchey district on condition that it constructs four new buildings and five warehouses for the Transport Ministry on nearly four hectares of land in Russey Keo district.
— Khmer Times

Preah Sihanouk authorities to go ahead with demolition plan
The Preah Sihanouk provincial authority will continue with plans to bulldoze some 20 homes in Sihanoukville, after authorities failed to find a solution to an ongoing land dispute with villagers during a visit on Monday.
— Phnom Penh Post

Chinese Firms Exploring Investment Opportunities in Preah Sihanouk
Eight companies from Guangxi province of the People’s Republic of China have explored investment opportunities in Preah Sihanouk province of Cambodia.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

State Television Undergoing Digitalisation
Ministry of Information is on the verge of shifting its television’s transmission signals from analogue to digital.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Free rides to continue on water taxis
The water taxi system, a network of boats inaugurated in April to connect destinations along the Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers, was used by more than 30,000 passengers in 2018, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
— Khmer Times

Ministry seeks public’s help to fight fake news
Information Minister Khieu Kanharith on Monday called on the public to help officials monitor fake news in order to prevent it from impacting society and affecting public security.
— Khmer Times

Former Newcastle Youth Player Signs for PKR FC
The Preah Khan Reach Football Club has signed Charlie Machell for a one-year contract. The player was formally on the under-18 youth squad at Newcastle United.
— Cambodia News English

Man detained over Victoria hospital fiasco
A Chinese man has been arrested by police over his suspected involvement in the detainment of a patient whose family was unable to pay her medical bills in Tuol Kork district’s Victoria hospital on Sunday.
— Khmer Times

The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia
IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community.
— Phnom Penh Post

Professionals network to strengthen tourism human resources
To foment the training of more and better professionals in the tourism industry, the government has launched an initiative that will bring together industry experts to work alongside public officials.
— Khmer Times

New Trains Getting Ready to Roll
On January 9, 2019, Cambodia welcomed the arrival of three luxury trains, ordered by Royal Railway Cambodia from Mexico, to be used to transport passengers from Phnom Penh Railway Station to Phnom Penh International Airport.
— Cambodia News English

Angkor Enterprise sees new website launched
THE Angkor Enterprise, a state-run institution that manages tickets sales for international visitors to the Angkor Archaeological Park, has launched a new website that will show real-time figures of tickets sold and other information relevant to tourism.
— Phnom Penh Post

Press Statement on ACC’s Official Launching
The following is the full press statement on the Official Launching of the Asian Cultural Council issued in Siem Reap provincial city this evening:
— Agence Kampuchea Press

School-Children in Cambodia Pave Way for Climate Adaptation
As part of a project to help people adapt to climate change, UN Environment and the Cambodian government have established school vegetable gardens, along with a water-pump for irrigation and some training for growing vegetables.
— Cambodia News English

Svay Rieng denounces striking garment workers
The Svay Rieng provincial administration yesterday issued a statement saying that striking garment workers from the Bai Hong factory in Svay Teab district were not yet considered official employees by the factory, noting they did not have the right to form a local union.
— Khmer Times

Vietnamese NA President Praises Cambodia’s Development
Visiting President of the National Assembly (NA) of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam H.E. Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has lauded the rapid development of Cambodia compared to her previous visit to the Kingdom two years ago.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

DPM Bin Chhin Emphasises Significant Role of ACC
H.E. Kittinitekorsalbandit Bin Chhin, Standing Deputy Prime Minister, Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, has highlighted the important role of the Asian Cultural Centre (ACC) in promoting cultural diversity.
— Agence Kampuchea Press


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Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

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