Cambodia morning news for January 24

Cambodia morning news for January 24

Cambodia morning news

Hun Sen in China to Promote Stronger Diplomatic Ties
In a post on his official Facebook page, Hun Sen said Cambodia was looking to “expand and reinforce its market besides the US”, saying trade between China and Cambodia had reached $5.6 billion.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodia, Myanmar entrepreneurs off to London as AGLP 2019 heads to China (video)
A rice trading entrepreneur from Cambodia and the head of a Myanmar agriculture and trading company have been awarded scholarships to this year’s Asean Global Leadership Program (AGLP) in London, and to the fourth edition of the AGLP Asia programme in China.
— AEC News Today

Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Minister meets with European officials
Democracy, human rights and the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preferences were discussed in a meeting in Belgium on Monday between Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Prak Sokhonn, his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders, and EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Faces Next Trade-Sanctions Move by the European Union
The European Union moved closer to imposing trade sanctions against Cambodia as a result of alleged human-rights violations in the country.
— Bloomberg

Premier pushes for FTA with China
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday urged China to consider entering a free trade agreement with the Kingdom to spur trade and investment between the two nations.
— Khmer Times

International arrivals up six per cent to 1.4B this year
The number of international tourist arrivals rose by 6 per cent last year to 1.4 billion, according to an estimate published on Monday by the World Tourism Organisation (WTO).
— Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia, China Sign 8 Cooperation Documents
The Kingdom of Cambodia and the People’s Republic of China have reached eight cooperation agreements, during the official visit of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen in China from Jan. 20 to 23.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Apsara starts pilot project to treat toilet water from villagers’ homes
The Apsara Authority has started a pilot project to treat contaminated water from the toilets of villagers living in the Angkor site in a bid to improve their health and sanitation.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Monk Questioned Over Thai Monk Murder
A Cambodian monk has been taken into custody pending a DNA test to find out whether he was involved in the murder of a Thai monk, who was found dead in outer Bangkok on Monday. (The Nation)
— Cambodia News English

Battambang prisoners receive early release
In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Win-Win Policy on December 29, 227 Battambang Provincial Prison inmates had their sentences reduced, provincial governor Nguon Ratanak said on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Charcoal exports banned
Charcoal traders have complained about the high cost of “service payments” required to export to Thailand via Banteay Meanchey province’s Boeung Trakuon border crossing, forcing some to stop operating. Meanwhile, Forestry Administration officials recently imposed a blanket ban on all charcoal exports.
— Phnom Penh Post

Korm quizzed in Sokha treason case
Kong Korm, a former CNRP top adviser, today appeared at Phnom Penh Municipal Court to be questioned as a witness in the treason case against former opposition leader Kem Sokha.
— Khmer Times

Fishermen Found Using UXOs as Net Weights
Recently there has been a surprise after fishermen in Prey Teoch village, Tbong Khmum province were found to be using unexploded 155mm shells as weights to hold their nets to the riverbed.
— Cambodia News English

China vows to continue to support the government
The Chinese government has agreed to continue to support Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government despite reform pressure from the European Union and the United States to restore democracy.
— Khmer Times

Out of a job, but not down and out
Despite the dissolution of the CNRP, many of its former commune councillors and chiefs who had their positions revoked are hopeful the party will return to the political arena. In the meantime, Khmer Times finds out what is keeping them occupied as the political climate shifts.
— Khmer Times

New institute to target idle labour inspectors
The Labour Ministry on Tuesday announced the creation of the National Labour Institute, which stems from the government’s initiative to train the Kingdom’s labour inspectors.
— Khmer Times

Information Ministry To Host 16th Asia Media Summit 2019
Ministry of Information will host the 16th Asia Media Summit 2019 in mid-June to look into the progresses and challenges as well as mutual sharing across the continent.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Preah Sihanouk order land title revocation
The Preah Sihanouk provincial authority has taken tougher measures against land grabbing and encroachment on mangrove and flooded forests at the protected Prek Kampong Smach sanctuary in Prey Nub district.
— Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia-Thailand Trade Volume Hit Over US$8 billion in 2018
Cambodia-Thailand trade volume reached more than US$8 billion in 2018, and it is expected to increase to US$15 billion by 2020.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

PM Returns Home from Official Visit in China
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen arrived home this afternoon after concluding successfully his official visit in China, from Jan. 20 to 23.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Indonesia tries to attract more tourists from Cambodia
Here comes the sun: People wait for the first sunrise to mark the new year of 2017 on top of Borobudur temple, Central Java. One of Indonesia’s greatest tourist attractions, the temple was named by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a world heritage site in 1991.
— The Jakarta Post

Prayers at Vichea anniversary
Friends and relatives gathered to lay a wreath and pray at the statue of Chea Vichea on the 15th anniversary of his murder on Tuesday, calling on the authorities to step up ongoing investigations to seek justice for his family.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Korean KTV Owner in Court
Phnom Penh: Soeun Monirath, deputy prosecutor of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, is questioning three suspects involved in a KTV business which was raided on January 19th.
— Cambodia News English

Factory library targets workers left behind
French NGO SIPAR on Tuesday inaugurated a learning centre set up in a textile factory in Bavet city, Svay Rieng province as part of its initiative to help increase the country’s literacy rate.
— Khmer Times

Boom time for online travel firms
China’s online tourism sector is witnessing a boom, and firms in the business are growing rapidly, on the back of Chinese wanderlust.
— Phnom Penh Post

Boeung Ket Rubber Plantation Company To Expand Banana Growing Area to 1,500 ha
Boeung Ket Rubber Plantation Company is planning to expand its land area for growing Cavendish bananas to 1,500 hectares to meet Chinese market’s demands.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

The untapped wealth of Cambodia’s third sector
Economic growth in Cambodia remained robust in 2018 at a projected rate of 6.9 per cent, compared with 6.8 per cent in 2017. But it is unlikely that Cambodia’s model of export-driven economic growth will bolster Cambodia’s economic prosperity in the future.
— Eastasia Forum

Cambodia Ruler’s Recipe for Youth Appeal? An 8,900-Pound Rice Cake
First came the 8,900-pound sticky-rice cake, stuffed with mung beans and pork belly, displayed at Angkor Wat and heralded as “officially amazing” by Guinness World Records.
— New York Times (paywall)

Reptiles Saved From The Pot in Stung Treng
Stung Treng: Forest rangers, in cooperation with the national armed forces caught hunters red handed on January 21, 2019.
— Cambodia News English

Canadian trade delegation completes Kingdom visit
A Canadian business delegation completed its five-day visit to Cambodia last week, saying its exploration of opportunities to grow ties with the Kingdom was successful.
— Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian ruling elites are China-educated
Wrong. None of the current Cambodian ministers are China-educated. In fact, most of them are Western educated. Their offspring are also mostly or wholly Western educated.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Kingdom soon to directly ship yellow bananas to China
The direct shipment of yellow bananas to China may officially begin by the end of next month and will no longer go through Vietnam, according to Longmate Agriculture Co Ltd chief financial officer Hun Lak.
— Phnom Penh Post

A new player enters Phnom Penh’s food delivery market
Seeing the growing number of office workers and smartphone users in Phnom Penh, two young entrepreneurs have entered the competitive world of mobile phone apps and launched their own food ordering service, Muuve Delivery.
— Phnom Penh Post

Wildfire Controlled in Kampong Cham
At 7:00 pm on January 22, 2019, there is a fire on the forest at the edge of a curve in the village of Angkunloung, Krala Commune, Kampong Siem District, Kampong Cham Province
— Cambodia News English

Bamboo Bridge in need of repairs
The Kampong Cham governor yesterday ordered local authorities to repair part of the Bamboo Bridge that leads to Koh Pen island after rising water flooded and damaged a 100-metre stretch of the crossing.
— Khmer Times

The untapped wealth of Cambodia’s third sector
Economic growth in Cambodia remained robust in 2018 at a projected rate of 6.9 per cent, compared with 6.8 per cent in 2017.
— East Asia Forum

New institute to target idle labour inspectors
The Labour Ministry on Tuesday announced the creation of the National Labour Institute, which stems from the government’s initiative to train the Kingdom’s labour inspectors.
— Khmer Times

 

Feature photo Unicef/ Sokchanlina Lim

This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day of Education, January 24.

 

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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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