Cambodia morning news for March 29

Cambodia morning news for March 29

Cambodia morning newsEnvironment Ministry responds to deforestation claim
Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra yesterday responded to public criticism blaming deforestation as the major factor for high temperatures in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia / Ready for a (digital) revolution?
The exhibition hall stretched as far as the eye could see: hundreds of booths representing dozens of sectors, both local and regional, put their best tech-foot forward at the first annual Digital Cambodia conference.
— Southeast Asia Globe

PM hails impact of education
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said the strengthening of Cambodia’s education sector was a top priority for the government, adding that they will expand the provision of scholarships for outstanding and underprivileged students.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia returns land taken from indigenous people in ‘unprecedented’ move
Cambodia has returned land taken a decade ago from indigenous communities for a Vietnamese company’s rubber plantation, a sign that foreign investors are facing greater scrutiny over rights violations, analysts said on Wednesday.
— TRF News

Ministry to find water for protected wildlife
Due to shortages of water and high temperatures in the Kingdom, the Environment Ministry has said that it will create new water sources for protected wildlife, such as elephants.
— Khmer Times

Sihanoukville authorities close canal to transfer flow of polluted water
Local authorities on Tuesday decided to close a canal at Sihanoukville’s Sokha Beach following the completion of four facilities in Preah Sihanouk province designed to treat wastewater before it reaches the sea. Four more facilities are still under construction.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodians terrorized by Hun Sen’s hate speech
The recent tragic massacre in Christchurch by an Australian extremist, unleashing his hatred in New Zealand’s mosques, puts the spotlight on giant tech companies that should be doing more to filter online content associated with hate speech.
— Asia Times

Dispute ends as W&D factory rehires workers
The three-month industrial dispute involving W&D Cambodia Co Ltd appeared to be over on Wednesday after the company agreed to reinstate more than 1,000 sacked workers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

More than 30 percent of villagers do not have clean water
The Rural Development Ministry yesterday said more than 30 percent of the rural population in the Kingdom still do not have access to clean water.
— Khmer Times

99% Cambodian Employed, 10M Labor Forces, Says PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
At least 99.3 per cent of Cambodian people are employed, an equivalent to 10 million labor forces, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday at the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of International Labor Organization (ILO) at the Peace Palace Phnom Penh.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian PM Presides Over the Celebration of ILO Centenary
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen presided over here this morning the commemoration of the Centenary of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the 50th anniversary of Cambodia’s membership in this organisation.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Sacked Education Ministry teachers demand justice
Representatives of a group of 11 teachers sacked by the Education Ministry in January last year for allegedly missing work during the 2017 commune elections testified yesterday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
— Khmer Times

PM: Holidays may be cut as ‘reforms’ near
Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday that public holidays in Cambodia could be reduced in revisions made to the working calendar as a part of “huge reforms” to be announced on Friday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Attracts Almost 650,000 Foreign Visitors in January
During the first month of this year, a total of 647,206 international tourists from more than 100 countries around the world visited Cambodia, up 8.5 percent compared to the same period the previous year, according to the Ministry of Tourism’s report AKP received yesterday.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Traffic management system to battle jams
City Hall’s Traffic Control Centre director on Tuesday said that it has completed a project aimed at improving traffic conditions in Phnom Penh.
— Khmer Times

‘Factories, fossil fuels mostly to blame for climate change’
Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra on Wednesday blamed climate change and global warming on greenhouse gas emissions from heavy industrial factories and the burning of fossil fuels in developed countries. He said deforestation is only a small contributing factor.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen Recommends Eight Policies to Ensure Labor Rights in Cambodia (Video inside)
Prime Minister Hun Sen, on Thursday, recommended eight policies to ensure labor rights in Cambodia in accordance to international conventions, speaking at the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of International Labor Organization (ILO) at the Peace Palace Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Japan’s grants aim to ease Phnom Penh’s traffic woes
Workers are putting the finishing touches to the capital’s Chroy Changvar Bridge before its official reopening on April 4, in time for Khmer New Year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

‘Khmer Empire’ party name illegal
Interior Minister Sar Kheng has told recently-pardoned Real Camerin that the name of his proposed new party has to be changed because the name contradicts the Law on Political Parties.
— Khmer Times

Iceland Wants to Establish Honorary Consulate in Cambodia
The Government of Iceland has expressed its intention to establish an Honorary Consulate in Phnom Penh to foster friendship, solidarity, and cooperation between the two countries.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Government repays $1.39B in debt service payments
The government has repaid an accumulated $1.39 billion in debt service payments from 1993 to the end of last year, of which last year alone it repaid about $265.6 million, said the Cambodia Public Debt Statistical Bulletin released on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia, WFP Reach a Deal on Country Strategic Plan 2019-2023
The “Country Strategic Plan 2019-2023” agreement was signed here this morning between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and World Food Programme (WFP).
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Soldiers, civil servants urged to seek moral education
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday urged civil servants and members of the armed forces to seek moral education in a bid to reduce drug cases and traffic accidents involving them.
— Khmer Times

Car owners with unpaid tax rack up $1.43M fines
The General Department of Taxation (GDT) has collected some $1.43 million in fines from more than 6,000 vehicles with unpaid tax last year, according an announcement on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

More Yunnan firms to invest in Kingdom
The Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday said that more companies from China’s Yunnan province plan to invest in the Kingdom, following in the footsteps of 25 firms which have already invested more than $2 billion in various sectors.
— Khmer Times

Sub-National Technical Consultation on Sustainable Development Mainstreaming
Kampong Cham has hosted a sub-national technical consultation session to mainstream the sustainable development to further promote Cambodia’s deconcentration and decentralisation reform effort.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Kuoy villagers in court over alleged seizure of bulldozers
Four ethnic Kuoy villagers appeared in Preah Vihear provincial court on Wednesday for allegedly seizing two bulldozers from a Chinese-owned company in a December 2014 dispute that saw a group of locals attempt to prevent the firm from clearing their rice fields.
— The Phnom Penh Post

General Tea Banh in New York for UN conference
Defence Minister General Tea Banh and senior military officers are in New York to attend tomorrow’s UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference along with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and representatives of other UN member states.
— Khmer Times

Environment Delegation Attends Boao Forum
Ministry of Environment’s senior delegation is attending the Boao Forum for Asia taking place in Hainan province of China with focus on joint effort for sustainable use of the seas.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Ethnic land row forum created
The provincial government on Tuesday ordered the creation of a forum in a bid to find a resolution in the 10-year land dispute between 12 ethnic minority communities in Ratanakkiri province and Vietnamese agribusiness giant Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) over 20 ancestral “spirit mountains”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM highlights hit-and-run that killed promising young student
After Prime Minister Hun Sen personally ordered police to identify and arrest motorists suspected of killing a promising young university student in Phnom Penh in a hit-and-run incident on Tuesday, the father of the driver turned himself in to police yesterday morning.
— Khmer Times

PM Appreciates Progress in Cambodia-ILO Partnership
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has lauded the progress in partnership between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Local aviation sector thriving: SSCA
Cambodia’s aviation sector has grown remarkably in recent years, particularly since the implementation of the government’s open sky policy, a recent report from the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) highlights.
— Khmer Times

Koh Kong protesters seek return of disputed land
Some 500 Koh Kong province villagers, who have been locked in a 12-year land dispute with a sugar company owned by tycoon Ly Yong Phat, protested in front of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction on Wednesday, demanding the ministry help return their land.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Thai, Cambodian venture to build data centre
Thailand’s NTT Communications is partnering with local firm TESK Green to build a data centre in Cambodia to meet the needs of businesses and ease the country’s transition into a digital economy.
— Khmer Times


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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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