Cambodia morning news for March 21

Cambodia morning news for March 21

Cambodia morning newsPM Hun Sen: EBA Can’t Make Cambodia Rich (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme could not make Cambodia rich, only self-determination can, speaking before tens of thousands of workers in Pursat province, west of Cambodia.
— Fresh News

PM Holds 66th Gathering with Factory Workers
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen this morning held a get-together with over 10,000 workers and employees from six factories and enterprises in Pursat province.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

EU Delegation Meets Cambodian Ministers to Discuss Trade Status Amid Democratic Rollbacks
A European Union delegation met with top officials in Cambodia Wednesday to discuss whether the Southeast Asian nation should continue to enjoy preferential trade terms with the bloc amid rollbacks on democracy, even as Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered “attacks” on the country’s opposition.
— Radio Free Asia

Panel Discusses the Role of Arts in Post-Conflict Healing Process
Classical dancer Om Yuvanna was 20 years old when the Khmer Rouge rolled their tanks and armored personnel carriers into Phnom Penh in April 1975.

Dr. Kem Lay’s Killer Supreme Court Appeal
On the morning of March 20, 2019, the Supreme Court has opened a case over the conviction of Eurth Ang, shooter of Dr. Kem Ley, the social analyst, three years ago.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Phnom Penh climbs six spots in cost of living ranking
Phnom Penh moved up six places, reaching the 76th spot, in The Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, a ranking compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
— Khmer Times

Do Not Insult Your Associates, PM Hun Sen Tells Sam Rainsy (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen informed former opposition leader Sam Rainsy not to insult former associates who requested to re-enter politics, speaking Wednesday in a meeting with over 10,000 workers in Pursat province, west of Cambodia.
— Fresh News

EU warned as delegation lands
Civil society groups and associations released a public statement on Tuesday expressing concern over the EU starting the process to withdraw Cambodia’s access to its preferential “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement, as a delegation from the bloc landed in Phnom Penh the same day.
— The Phnom Penh Post

UNDP, 4PX Express sign deal to boost ecommerce sector
Shenzhen-based 4PX Express, partially owned by Alibaba Group, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) yesterday signed a cost-sharing agreement to build up the ecommerce ecosystem in the Kingdom and improve cross-border logistics.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Does Not Belong to “Hun Family”: PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Wednesday that Cambodia does not belong to the “Hun Family”, but to all Cambodian people, speaking on Wednesday before tens of thousands of workers in Pursat province, west of Cambodia.
— Fresh News

Cambodia To Bring in Turkey’s Powership to Settle Electricity Shortage Issue
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has ordered the Electricité du Cambodge (EDC) to lobby Turkey for a powership to solve the current electricity shortage in Cambodia.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Five more former CNRP officials granted political rehabilitation
Five more former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) senior officials were granted political rehabilitation on Tuesday, a day after they submitted requests to the Ministry of Interior.
— The Phnom Penh Post

One-stop platform for business registration
The Ministry of Economy and Finance has presented a proposal for the creation of a platform that will centralise all services needed to register a company in Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

CPP, the Only Party Capable of Ensuring Cambodia’s Peace and Development (Video inside)
In this current context, no other political parties besides the ruling Cambodian People’s Party could maintain the kingdom’s peace and development, Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen announced before 10,000 workers in meeting in Pursat on Wednesday morning.
— Fresh News

Fire leaves 48 families homeless
The Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) said on Tuesday that 48 families have been made homeless after a fire swept through their homes in Phnom Penh on Sunday afternoon.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian PM: In-depth Reform Package to Be Released on Mar. 29
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, this morning announced that the Royal Government will release a very in-depth reform package on Mar. 29, 2019.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Supreme Court delays appeal hearing for Kem Ley’s killer
The Supreme Court appeal hearing for Oeuth Ang, the man convicted for gunning down political analyst Kem Ley in 2016, has been delayed after Mr Ang asked the court to appoint a lawyer to represent him in his case.
— Khmer Times

CNRP arrest warrants condemned
NGO the Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) on Monday released a statement condemning the arrest warrants filed last week by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court against Mu Sochua and seven other senior officials of the Supreme-Court dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen Orders to Arrest Sam Rainsy’s Accomplices (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered authorities to arrest some accomplices of former leader of opposition who tried to mobilize forces to help Sam Rainsy overthrow the legitimate Prime Minister, speaking before tens of thousands of workers in Pursat province, west of Cambodia.
— Fresh News

Cambodia, India Sign Technology and Telecommunication Cooperation
Cambodia and India have reached bilateral agreement on technology and telecommunication cooperation, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Civil society groups address possible EBA suspension
Civil society groups and trade unions are calling for concrete measures to prevent the possible withdrawal of Cambodia’s Everything-but-arms preferential trade status during various meetings with the European Union in the Kingdom this week.
— Khmer Times

W&D meeting fails to resolve dispute
A meeting supervised by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training between representatives of the W&D Cambodia garment factory and around 1,000 sacked workers failed to find a resolution to end the three-month labour dispute on Tuesday, said Hem Hoeurn, a senior ministry official.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Economic development / Cambodian crafts and food festival empowers local businesses
Standing behind her booth at the third annual Khmer Crafts and Food Fair (KCFF), Chhim Sreypich lays out some handwoven shawls, each made with thoughtful colour combinations, as she explains why she started her business: “ I want to support the women and children.”
— Southeast Asia Globe

PM Hun Sen to Lead until the “Venomous” Opposition Extinct
Cambodian Prime Minister announced to lead until the extinction of the “venomous” opposition groups who aimed to destroy Cambodia’s peace and development, addressing in a meeting with over 10,000 workers in Pursat on Wednesday.
— Fresh News

Woman seeks gov’t intervention to look for her missing husband
A woman from one of the 339 families locked in a land dispute with the Metrei Pheap company on Tuesday pleaded to the authorities to find her missing husband, claiming military officials have taken him to be tortured.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Child Loses Arm in Cambodia Brick Factory
A few seconds were all that it took to change ten-year-old Srey Pheak’s life forever. When she reached into the brick machine to clean off some clay, she got trapped.

Sar Kheng urges fire safety following deadly blaze
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday issued a fire safety reminder over the current hot and dry spell following a blaze in Mondulkiri province which killed two teenagers on Monday evening.
— Khmer Times

First Civil Society Day event attended by some 300 groups
Cambodia’s first Civil Society Day was held on Tuesday, with at least 300 members of civil society groups in attendance at Phnom Penh’s Hotel Cambodiana for the event.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen Keen on Rail Transport Development (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Wednesday that he will lay out a new plan to tackle rail transport issues, speaking before tens of thousands of workers in Pursat province, west of Cambodia.
— Fresh News

Sar Kheng tells P Sihanouk governor to listen to NGOs
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng has instructed Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Yun Min to accept input from the public and civil society organisations and create a working group to receive their requests and complaints.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ranger Wounded on Patrol
Forestry protection officer Chak Socheat, 30, was injured by a suspect when patrolling a conservation area on March 19, 2019, according to Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State and Minister of Environment
— Cambodia News English

Cambodian King Congratulates PM Hun Sen on Honorary Doctorate from Thai University
His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni sent a congratulatory letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen for his achievement of “The Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Communication” from Krirk University, according to the royal letter dated on 20 March 2019.
— Fresh News

Cambodia Daily founder passes away
Former Cambodia Daily journalists paid tribute to Bernard Krisher, the former newspaper’s founder, in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, following the announcement of his death after a private funeral in New York City in the US.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Army veteran aids disabled people
According to the government, people living with disabilities make up two percent of the Kingdom’s workforce.
— Khmer Times

Riel use set to increase, but the dollar still dominates
The use of the riel in the Cambodian economy is set to see a significant increase as more use it for large transactions, but its market share remains dwarfed by the dollar, according to a survey by the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).
— 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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