Cambodia morning news for March 14

Cambodia morning news for March 14

Cambodia morning news

EU ambassador bids farewell amid EBA review
Outgoing European Union Ambassador George Edgar yesterday said farewell to Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn and despite the potential withdrawal of the Kingdom’s Everything-but-arms preferential trade status, he said the EU is still committed to working with the government.
— Khmer Times

Focus on Jobs and Income, Not Incitement and Propaganda, PM Hun Sen Tells Workers (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday again reminded workers that as long as ones have jobs, ones do not have to care about the ill-intended agenda, propaganda, and incitement of the opposition groups, addressing in a meeting with over 13,000 garment workers in Koh Kong province, southwest of the kingdom.
— Fresh News

Sweden donates $268,000 to Cambodia’s Arbitration Council
Sweden provided $268,000 to the Arbitration Council Foundation (ACF) to boost up Cambodia’s industrial relations and labor market conditions.
— Scand Asia

Polluting Chinese Casino in Cambodia Ordered Closed
Officials in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville province have ordered a Chinese casino and hotel accused of ruining the beauty of a local beach by pouring raw sewage into the sea to close following complaints by area residents and inspections by authorities.
— Radio Free Asia

The Mirage of a Cambodia Palace Coup
Despite having failed to return to Cambodia from exile on March 3 despite a very public wager with Prime Minister Hun Sen that he would do so, Sam Rainsy, the Cambodian opposition figure who is today the acting-president of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), continues to be causing trouble on a range of fronts that may draw attention but are unlikely to have any real impact on the country’s politics.
— The Diplomat

NGO urges people to respect monks
Buddhism for Development has urged the public not to look down on all monks just because of the actions of a few bad apples.
— Khmer Times

PM appeals for more specialised medical personnel deployment
Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the deployment of more specialised medical staff at public hospitals throughout the country, especially in rural areas, to meet rising demands, strengthen the public health sector and reduce the number of people seeking medical help abroad.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Minister of Justice Receives Lao Legislative Delegation
H.E. Ang Vong Vathana, Minister of Justice, received here yesterday afternoon a visiting Lao legislative delegation to discuss judicial and non-judicial practices.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Hun Sen tells ministry to deploy rural area doctors
Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Health Ministry to deploy doctors to rural areas in the Kingdom in order to promote and expand medical services.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia-Thailand to Set Up Border Factories to Reduce Illegal Migrant Workers (Video inside)
The Royal Government of Cambodia and the Government of Thailand have agreed to establish factories at Cambodia-Thailand border, aimed at reducing illegal migrant workers to Thailand, according Cambodia Premier Hun Sen in a meeting with more than 13,000 workers from seven factories in Koh Kong province on Wednesday.
— Fresh News

Say No to Plastic / Siam Eco Pack takes on plastic pollution with eco-friendly packaging
Siam Eco Pack is a supplier and distributor of biodegradable packaging for the retail, catering and hospitality businesses based in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Set up by a professional couple with a background in hospitality and art & design.
— Southeast Asia Globe

EU team to arrive for EBA talks
An EU delegation is set to arrive in Phnom Penh next week for a two-day official visit to as part of the review and monitoring process as it considers withdrawing Cambodia’s access to its preferential ‘Everything But Arms’ (EBA) agreement, officials said on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

7,520kg of Seafood Seized (Video)
Camcontrol Officers in Phnom Penh jointly cooperated with Anti-Economic Police and the Ministry of Interior to investigate seafood for unregulated chemicals.
— Cambodia News English

Enhancement of Public Health Services and Nutrition, a Government’s Priority
The improvement of public health services and nutrition remains a priority of this new mandate Royal Government, stressed Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen while presiding over here yesterday afternoon the closing ceremony of the 40th Health Conference.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

PM orders digging of wells to address water shortages
Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered provincial authorities to dig wells for people who are facing shortages of water during the dry season.
— Khmer Times

Chinese and Viet Border Hoppers Busted in Bavet
Bavet City Inspection Corps At 6:00 am on March 12, 2019, detained four foreigners in Tauph Village, Sangkat Bavet, Bavet City, Svay Rieng province, for sneaking across the border.
— Cambodia News English

Digital economy needs 10 years
Cambodia’s digital economy remains at a nascent stage and will need at least 10 years to grow and aim for a technology-driven economy, said Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Golden Dragon joint military exercises with China begin today
Today the Cambodian and Chinese armies will hold their largest joint military exercise. Dubbed the “Golden Dragon”, senior military officials say it is a representation of current Sino-Cambodian relations.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM To Sue Those who Insulted Him on Facebook
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has announced to file a lawsuit against those who had insulted him on social media, mainly Facebook.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Government set to slash holidays
The private sector has welcomed the government’s move to reduce the number of public holidays in the in the Kingdom – known for having the most public holidays in the world – by seven days.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Connect water pipes from Thailand: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged relevant authorities to have water pipes connected from Thailand’s Trat province to supply water to Koh Kong province as it faces water shortages.
— Khmer Times

Sadif heralds Okra Solar investments
The SmartAxiata Digital Innovation Fund (Sadif) announced its latest investments into Okra Solar, a Cambodian-based solar energy software company and Sousdey Cambodia, a digital marketing platform and an enterprise solution for customer relationship management, it said on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia To Launch Five-year Strategy for Combating Money Laundering
The Cambodia Financial Intelligence Unit (CAFIU) is going to launch the National Strategy for Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism 2019-2023 tomorrow.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Region sees meth production spike
A new report from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warns that there has been a significant increase in methamphetamine production in Southeast Asia over the past year, leading to an oversupply of the drug in East and Southeast Asia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

More than 30 court cases to be filed against Sam Rainsy: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen said that his lawyers have prepared to file dozens of lawsuits against former opposition leader Sam Rainsy over insulting and will seek to seize all of his property for compensation.
— Khmer Times

Council of Ministers Auto Dissolved If Kingdom Loses PM, Says PM Hun Sen
Cambodia’s Council of Ministers would be automatically dissolved if the kingdom lost Prime Minister, Strongman Hun Sen stated Wednesday in a meeting with over 13,000 garment workers in Koh Kong province, southwest of the kingdom.
— Fresh News

ICT has played ‘major role’ in sharing public service info
Government officials and civil society on Tuesday said information and communications technology (ICT) has played a major role in disseminating public service information throughout the Kingdom as most people use smartphones and the internet, and this has helped reduce corruption and provide transparency.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Full-fledged digital economy not likely in the next decade: Minister
Digital technologies will give Cambodia the opportunity to leapfrog traditional stages of development, but it will take the country at least 10 years to complete the transition into a full-fledged digital economy, the minister of economy and finance said yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Ancient inscription stone turned in for preservation
A more than 1,000-year-old inscription stone, made during the reign of Jayavarman IV between 921 and 941, was handed over by a local pagoda to the Svay Rieng provincial Department of Culture and Fine Arts on Monday for preservation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry of Economy and Finance Marks the 108th International Women’s Day
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance H.E. Academician Aun Pornmoniroth (L, Pic. 1) and his spouse pose for a photo while they were presiding over here this morning the celebration of the 108th International Women’s Day (Mar. 8).
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

‘This is mine’, man says as Preah Sihanouk authorities tackle ‘chaotic’ land issues
As Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Yun Min held an emergency meeting on Tuesday, The Post spoke to those involved in what the authorities have labelled “chaotic” land grabbing in the province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen to Hunt and Sue Cyber Insults
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen warned against Facebook users who insulted him, addressing to more than 13,000 workers from seven factories in Koh Kong province on Wednesday.
— Fresh News

Introduction of Trade Act is unacceptable: AmCham Cambodia
The American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham Cambodia) on Wednesday voiced concerns over the introduction of the Cambodia Trade Act raised in January by US senators, saying it is unacceptable and counterproductive.
— Khmer Times

Royal Government and KOICA To Sign Record of Discussions on Establishment of Business Incubation System
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will sign the Record of Discussions (RoD) of the “Project for Establishment of Business Incubation System between University and Industry in Cambodia” at MoEYS in Phnom Penh tomorrow.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Sar Kheng orders crackdown on counterfeit goods traffickers
Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Tuesday ordered relevant authorities to arrest the traffickers of counterfeit goods, while officials also complained that punishments were not strict enough as Cambodia lacks clear and defined laws on food safety.
— 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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