Cambodia morning news for June 4

Cambodia morning news for June 4

Cambodia morning newsEU Kicks Off Fact-Finding Mission to Determine Cambodia’s Eligibility For Preferential Trade Status
The European Union kicked off a five-day fact-finding mission in Cambodia on Monday to determine whether it should continue to benefit from a tax-free EU trade scheme, based on the state of human rights and democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.
— Radio Free Asia

Chinese Defense Minister Denies “Military Presence in Cambodia”
Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on Sunday denied that China is establishing a military presence in Cambodia, as rumors have spread and concerns have been raised by the United States.
— VOA Cambodia

PM Hun Sen Vows No Electricity Shortages in 2020 (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed that the government has gained many lessons from the shortages of electricity supply this year and that power outage will not happen in 2020, speaking Monday at the Royal University of Phnom Penh graduation ceremony at Koh Pich.
— Fresh News

Customs officer sues journalists
Prek Chak customs checkpoint chief Yi Thol yesterday filed a lawsuit at Kampot Provincial Court alleging that 10 online journalists had prevented his officers from performing their duties by filming activities in the area on May 28.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Tax Revenue in 2019 ahead of Plan: PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said that tax and customs collection in the first five months from January to May 2019 is ahead of the annual plan, speaking Monday at the Royal University of Phnom Penh graduation ceremony at Koh Pich.
— Fresh News

Khmer Rouge Tribunal appeal hearing set
The pre-trial chamber of the UN-backed Khmer Rouge Tribunal has set June 19 to 21 for the appeal hearing of case 004/2 against former senior cadre Ao An.
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen dares “dog” Sam Rainsy to swear oath over death of Police Chief
Prime Minister Hun Sen has challenged former opposition leader Sam Rainsy to swear for the death of Mr Rainsy’s family members as the latter accused him of being behind the death of former National Police Chief Hok Lundy about 10 years ago.
— Khmer Times

Lee Hsien Loong Disrespectful of Khmer Rouge victims
On 31 May 2019, on his Facebook page, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described about his letter to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to express condolences on the passing of former Thai PM and President of the Privy Council, General Prem Tinsulanonda.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia: Over 145 Opposition Members Summoned
Cambodian authorities should immediately end the harassment of former opposition party members and their supporters, Human Rights Watch said today.
— Human Rights Watch

Increase in dengue reported in Siem Reap
The Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) has expressed its concerns over an increase in severe dengue cases in Siem Reap province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Companies bid for 60 MW solar park project
Twenty-six companies have bid to develop a 60-megawatt solar park in Kampong Chhnang province, according to an official from the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
— Khmer Times

US-China trade war not affecting Cambodia, for now
The Minister of Economy and Finance said last week that the trade tensions between the United States and China have not had a negative impact on the Cambodian economy yet, but warned that a protracted trade war could hurt the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Urges People to Host “Khmer Noodle” Party for National Unity (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged people nationwide to host and join Khmer Noodle-eating party for national unity, speaking Monday at the Royal University of Phnom Penh graduation ceremony at Koh Pich.
— Fresh News (video)

Hun Sen backs Timor Leste Asean bid
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday expressed support for Timor-Leste to become the 11th member of Asean ahead of a meeting with its Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Dionisio da Costa Babo Soares.
— Khmer Times

Sino-Cambodian ties ‘at all-time high’
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn said on Sunday that relations and mutual political trust between Cambodia and China are now stronger than ever due to frequent high-level exchanges between the two countries’ senior officials.
— The Phnom Penh Post

‘Kingdom must prepare for new wave of Chinese’
Cambodia needs to be better prepared to attract and accommodate a new type of Chinese tourist, said Hamburg, Germany-based China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (Cotri).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Prudential, Wing and Chevron join hands to promote road safety
Three renowned corporations Prudential Cambodia, Wing (Cambodia) Limited Specialised Bank and Chevron have joined forces to donate 70 road safety barriers to more than 17 schools across Cambodia, with the sole aim of promoting road safety among school children in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Agriculture ministry warns of legal action over pig import loopholes
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has warned that it will take legal action against its provincial departments and production offices if they maintain any loopholes which allow live pigs or pork products that might be contaminated with African swine fever to be imported from Vietnam.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CSOs express concern over ‘harassment’ of CNRP
More than 70 civil society groups issued a joint statement on Saturday expressing their concern at the alleged ongoing judicial harassment of former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) officials.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Illegal logger loses leg after stepping on landmine
One of 10 men who illegally logged timber and then crossed the border from Thailand into Preah Vihear province last week lost a leg after he stepped on a landmine.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese firms eye chemical processing industry
A delegation of Chinese investors is in Cambodia to study potential investments in chemical processing and agribusiness, among other sectors.
— Khmer Times

Rent waived for market vendors
Banteay Meanchey Provincial Hall has struck an agreement with a private company to rebuild O’Ambel market after a fire gutted it last month.
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen’s Cambodia could be in trouble
There is growing concern about the European Union’s (EU) proposed suspension of its Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement with Cambodia, a move which could set the country back years.
— The Asean Post

PM Hun Sen Urges to Speed Up Vehicle Ownership Procedure (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged to speed up the process of transferring vehicles ownership, speaking Monday at the Royal University of Phnom Penh graduation ceremony at Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Center.
— Fresh News

Korea, Cambodia seek to strengthen economic ties
Officials and academics from Korea and Cambodia discussed furthering economic cooperation at a symposium hosted by The Hankook Ilbo and The Korea Times, Monday.
— The Korea Times

Cambodian PM Receives Timor-Leste Foreign Minister
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen received here this morning at the Peace Palace visiting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, H.E. Dionisio da Costa Babo Soares.

Nearly 60 garment workers hurt in three-vehicle crash
Nearly 60 garment workers were yesterday injured in an accident involving four vehicles along National Road 1 in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Teab district.
— Khmer Times

Military police officer detained over shooting
Kandal provincial military police yesterday arrested a military police officer for allegedly shooting four bullets during a dispute at a karaoke shop in Takhmao city.
— Khmer Times

‘Child-friendly’ room installed in Kampot police HQ
Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE Cambodia), with the Kampot Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Unit, has established a child-friendly interview room at the provincial police headquarters to protect vulnerable minors involved in cases of sexual abuse and exploitation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Seized ivory to be displayed
The Ministry of Environment is looking at places to display seized elephant ivory and other illegal exotic items to highlight the “brutality” of people, despite international conservation organisation Wildlife Alliance calling for them to be destroyed.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Over 3,000 RUPP’s Graduates Obtain Certificates from PM
Some 3,161 new graduates of the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) received here this morning their certificates from Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

WFP Supports Cambodia’s Food Security System
World Food Programme (WFP) continues its support for Cambodia’s initiative to establish a food security system.

Three guilty of killing money lender
Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday convicted and sentenced three people to prison over the murder and robbery of a garment worker whose body was thrown into a canal last year.
— Khmer Times

Is Cambodia the next hub for digital nomads?
Digital nomads are now an accepted part of the global expatriate scene, with Bali one of the first hotspots for these ultra-mobile independent expat professionals.

Drug trafficker gets seven years
Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday convicted and sentenced a 21-year-old man to seven years in prison for selling drugs in Dangkor district last year.
— Khmer Times

Ten to watch / The rising stars of Cambodia’s business scene
With a growing economy, new businesses on the rise and an eye on digitisation, Cambodia’s innovators now have more opportunities to shine than ever before.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Preah Sihanouk forms press unit
The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration established a press and quick reaction unit on Friday as part of efforts to resolve a string of issues occurring amid “tremendous development” in the coastal province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Fitness boom in Cambodia and Vietnam attracts Japan Inc muscle
Bulging waistlines in Cambodia and Vietnam are luring Japanese companies looking to cash in on the growing demand for health-related products and services.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Cambodia Food Earns Awards from Best Asian Gourmet Challenge
Cambodian food has earned awards and recognition from the Best Asian Gourmet Challenge 2019 in Bangkok of Thailand.


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Food Safety Day, June 7


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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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