Cambodia morning news for March 28

Cambodia morning news for March 28

Cambodia morning newsChinese tourists to Cambodia up 31.7 pct in first two months of 2019
Some 418,572 Chinese tourists visited Cambodia in the first two months of 2019, up 31.7 percent over the same period last year, the Tourism Ministry’s latest report showed on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Cambodian Court Denies Request to Drop Charges Against Detained Opposition Chief Kem Sokha
A court in Cambodia has refused to drop “treason” charges against opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) chief Kem Sokha citing an ongoing investigation, his lawyer said Wednesday, despite holding him for more than a year in pre-trial detention.
— Radio Free Asia

Japan shouldn’t act like China in Cambodia
In a dimly lit ballroom at a Tokyo luxury hotel, Sok Chenda Sophea, the secretary-general of the Council for the Development of Cambodia and the minister attached to Prime Minister Hun Sen, persistently asked about 200 Japanese businesspeople to invest in Cambodia.
— The Japan Times

Farmers battling drought in Battambang
Has Sarath stands on a bank of a pond in Slap Pang village here that villagers used to utilise as one of their main sources of water.
— Khmer Times

New $5 million annual fund to boost digital startups
In a bid to ease the transition into a digital economy, the government will create a $5-million annual fund to strengthen the tech startup scene in the country, Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Range Rover Family Pays $5000 for Funeral
After a fatal collision between a Range Rover and motorcyclist shocked the country, the Prime Minister ordered police force to arrest the car driver on March 27, 2019. The owner of the car has agreed to meet with Traffic Police Office of Phnom Penh Police.
— Cambodia News English

More than 15,000 trees planted in Sihanoukville in bid to fight pollution
More than 15,000 luxury neang nuon trees have been planted along Sihanoukville’s streets, around four water treatment facilities and along the Ochheuteal canal, in order to mitigate the pollution of the coastal environment when dirty water flows into the sea.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen to Announce Business Reforms on March 29 (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen confirmed to announce business reforms on 29 March 2019, addressing Wednesday at the graduation ceremony held at National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Cambodia returns land taken from indigenous people in ‘unprecedented’ move
Governor of Ratanakari province has asked the agriculture ministry to take out 64 areas from the land concessions that belonged to a dozen indigenous communities in Cambodia.
— TRT World

The Life and Near Death of Sam Rainsy
22 years after surviving a grenade attack, the popular opposition leader faces new questions about his role in politics.
— The Diplomat

Free water taxi service ends
City Hall yesterday announced an end to the free trial period for water taxis, which will now charge $0.50 per trip.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia To Review Next Year’s Public Holiday List
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen said the Royal Government of Cambodia will review the list of national public holidays for next year.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Ministry rejects salt society’s dissolution
The Ministry of Industry and Handicraft on Tuesday rejected the Salt Producers Community of Kampot-Kep’s (SPCKK’s) proposal to dissolve, saying it needed more time to figure out the issues facing the industry, its spokesman Oum Sotha said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Joint Patrols Highlight Vietnam-Cambodia Maritime Ties
The latest iteration of the interaction offered a window into an aspect of the bilateral defense relationship.
— The Diplomat

Cambodian PM: Cambodia Does Not Have to Follow Others’ Concerns
Others’ concerns do not constitute a political line or law that Cambodia has to implement, underlined Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen at the 2019 Cambodia Outlook Conference on “Digital Transformation Towards Industry 4.0” here yesterday.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

2nd BRF will provide shared benefits, equal opportunities for all: Cambodian MP
The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) will further promote international collaborations and partnerships, said a Cambodian ruling party member of parliament.
— Xinhua

Hun Sen fires back at the EU and US over democracy
In response to calls from the European Union and the United States for Cambodia to respect democracy and human rights, Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said the Kingdom has its own laws, noting that “you eat bread and I eat rice”.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen: Cambodian Officials Survive with $300 Monthly Salary (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said that with USD 300 more or less, Cambodian civil servants survive with proper lifestyle compared to those who earned USD 3,000 working in other countries.
— Fresh News

What’s in the New Philippines-Cambodia Defense Meeting?
Both countries finally held the inaugural iteration of a new defense meeting earlier this month.
— The Diplomat

Cambodia Calls for More Foreign Investments from America
Cambodian Minister of Commerce H.E. Pan Sorasak has requested the United States of America to invest more in Cambodian industry, tourism, infrastructure, energy, environment and agriculture.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

W&D demands gov’t reimbursement
W&D (CAMBODIA) Co Ltd has demanded that the government compensate its loss in exchange for the reinstatement of more than 1,000 factory workers who were sacked due to their alleged involvement in a series of protests against the company since December.
— The Phnom Penh Post

EU Imposes Tariff on Cambodian Rice, as EU Rice Can’t Compete with Cambodian: PM Hun Sen
The European Union has begun to impose import taxes on rice of Cambodia and Myanmar, which are exported to 28 EU Member States, for a period of three years from 18 January 2019-2021.
— Fresh News

Sokha’s lawyer hits back at PM
Chan Chen, lawyer for former opposition leader Kem Sokha, yesterday responded to statements made by Prime Minister Hun Sen alleging that Mr Sokha is discouraging banned CNRP officials from seeking a lift on their five-year ban from politics.
— Khmer Times

Elephants Creep Closer to Mondolkiri Village
Seven wild elephants have been seen in a cluster around 100 meters behind the Keo Seima Hall in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri, according to a Facebook post from WCS.
— Cambodia News English

PM Hun Sen Ready for Public-Private Sector Forum
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen adfirmed here this morning his readiness for the Public-Private Sector Forum (PPSF), a mechanism of the Royal Government to reduce obstacles in doing business and to improve investment environment in the country.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Prak Sokhonn meets with team of freshly appointed representatives from the UN
UN resident Coordinator Pauline Tamesis led newly appointed UN Development Project (UNDP) resident representative Nick Beresford, Unesco representative Sardar Umar and Unicef representative Cristian Munduate as they presented their credentials to Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Accord Signed for Japan to Receive Skilled Workers from Cambodia
Cambodia and Japan have signed a milestone Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the sending of Cambodian skilled workers to Japan.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

MoU paves way for work in Japan for Cambodians
A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which would pave the way for skilled Cambodians to work in Japan was signed in Tokyo on Monday by representatives of both governments.
— The Phnom Penh Post

H.E. Gen. Hun Manet Meets Chief of Military Academy of Russia
As part of their trip to the country, Cambodian military delegation has met the team of the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, according to local media report.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Disabled students to receive university grants
In what could be a world first, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Monday announced that disabled students who pass high school examinations will be given university scholarships automatically.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian-Japanese Friendship bridge to be re-opened next month
The Cambodian-Japanese Friendship Bridge will be temporarily opened to ease traffic flow during Khmer New Year next month, a Public Works and Transport Ministry official said on Tuesday.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM Gives Remarks on French Language
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen of the Kingdom of Cambodia has once again given his remarks on the decline of the number of French speaking people in the country.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Digital transformation ‘new growth engine’ for Kingdom
With the rise of Industry 4.0, digital transformation will be the new growth engine that Cambodia needs to realise its long-term vision of becoming a high-income country, an economic expert said on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Transport Minister Asks CCCC to Speed up On-going Projects
Cambodian Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport H.E. Sun Chanthol requested China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC) to speed up the ongoing transportation projects and to seek cooperation possibilities with Cambodian National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) in order to enhance road safety in the country.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Drug-using officers to be fired
Phnom Penh police chief Lieutenant General Sar Thet yesterday said he would dismiss officers under his command who test positive for drug use, adding that the move was to set a good example for citizens.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Unveils Reasons of French Deficit in Cambodia
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen stated that the reason of French language deficit in the kingdom was due to the rejection to open a French institute in the kingdom, addressing Wednesday at the graduation ceremony held at National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Government, ILO cooperation hailed
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday highlighted the joint accomplishments of the Cambodian government and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in helping to bring 1.5 million of the Kingdom’s workers into the formal labour market.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian PM Receives Chinese Senior Official from Yunnan
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, received here this morning visiting Secretary of Yunnan Provincial Party Committee of the Communist Party of China H.E. Chen Hao.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia Will Not Take Back Peacekeepers in Mali: PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Cambodia will not take back her peacekeepers from Mali; the kingdom spent USD 15 million budget for purchasing armored vehicles to protect the kingdom’s peacekeeping forces to Africa’s Republic of Mali under the United Nations framework, Prime Minister Hun Sen addressed Wednesday at the graduation ceremony held at National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Trucks carrying VN pigs halted
Cambodia is attempting to minimise the import of infected pigs from Vietnam by imposing strict restrictions on animals without clear origins.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry asks for stricter border checks to prevent ASF cases
The Ministry of Agriculture has requested relevant authorities to strengthen border checks to prevent the African swine fever (ASF) virus from entering the country.
— Khmer Times

China To Help Elaborating Monorail System Development Plan in Cambodia
Chongqing Municipal Committee agreed to assist Cambodia in preparing a monorail system development plan to reduce traffic congestion in the country’s capital and to study the possibilities of strengthening and expanding the logistics relation between the two countries.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Rock drug ring officer apprehended
The police officer hunted in the Rock Entertainment Centre drugs ring investigation – a senior official with the capital’s anti-drugs unit – has been caught, deputy chief of the National Police Mok Chito announced on Tuesday.
— 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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