Cambodia morning news for May 16

Cambodia morning news for May 16

Cambodia morning news

EU prepares to kneecap Cambodia over human rights
EU prepares to kneecap Cambodia over human rights15 May 2019Author: Kongkea Chhoeun, ANUIn February 2019, the European Union launched an 18-month process over whether or not to maintain Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme.
— East Asia Forum

Phnom Penh Police Chief Seeks Chinese Surveillance Technology
Chinese-built surveillance cameras with a range of up to 10 km may soon be coming to Phnom Penh, according to municipal police chief Sar Thet.

Cambodia and Thailand discuss railway transport
Cambodia and Thailand have recently begun negotiations on the cross border transportation of people and goods after their railways where connected in April.
— Khmer Times

Tourist numbers rise sharply during holiday
The number of tourists rose dramatically during King’s Birthday, the Ministry of Tourism said.Higher incomes, better roads and a wider offer of tourism products are encouraging more Cambodians to travel, particularly during national holidays like King Norodom Sihamoni’s birthday, they noted
— Khmer Times

Cambodia: Banana investments have large potential
Hun Lak, the director of Longmate Agriculture, is very optimistic about the banana investment prospects in Cambodia following his company’s recently-launched packaging facility in Kampot province.
— Fresh Plaza

Cambodian surrogate mothers freed after agreeing to keep babies; will be prosecuted if they sell them
Eleven women allegedly paid to be surrogate mothers have been released on bail after agreeing to keep the babies, Cambodia’s trafficking czar said on Wednesday (May 15), as the country seeks to regulate the womb-for-hire trade.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Students Apply Science to Make Environmental Difference
From looking at religious merit release practices in and around Siem Reap, to exploring “pet culture” and animal welfare in households, to investigating the effects of noise pollution on a vulnerable bat population, students at The School for Field Studies in Cambodia are doing more than just studying abroad.
— Cambodia News English

80 Cambodians Caught in Thai Migrant Bust
Thai soldiers seized 80 Cambodian migrants who had illegally crossing into Thailand on May 15, 2019, according Thai media.
— Cambodia News English

Digital trends through the lenses of tourist photographers
With the introduction of technology in developing countries, many professionals have had to change the way they cater to customers. Here in Phnom Penh, photographers express their woes regarding the introduction of smartphones. However, many tourist photographers remain hopeful that their profession will stand the test of time.
— Khmer Times

Belt and Road: the good and bad
While the Chinese government describes its One Belt One Road, also known as Belt and Road Initiative, as an attempt to improve regional connectivity for a brighter future, some observers see it as a drive for the Red Giant’s dominance with a China-centred trading network in global affairs.
— Khmer Times

CCF touches lives of thousands living at dumpsite
The Cambodia Children’s Fund has improved the lives of more than 3,000 students and their families living around the Stung Meanchey landfill over the past 15 years, the NGO said in a report today.
— Khmer Times

Opinion: The Year After a Media Crackdown
Freedom of expression in Cambodia is not, in fact, free. That’s according to Freedom House’s Freedom in the World Report, under which Cambodia’s scores have stagnated — 5.5 for freedoms, 6 for political rights and 5 for civil liberties — for four straight years from 2016 to 2019.

Exports to Japan rise by 16 pct
Cambodia’s exports to Japan increased by about 16 percent in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2018, according to the latest report from the Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro).
— Khmer Times

Four Sisters Benefit from Their Parents’ Long Road Here
n her History of U.S. Immigration class, Prof. Robert Forrant offered Mai and the other students the opportunity to write their family story. Mai’s parents came to the U.S. from Southeast Asia, and she knew that they had a story of their own, but she knew few of the details.

As Tamoak Lake Is Developed, Families Ask for Recompense
Residents living nearby Phnom Penh’s Tamoak Lake say they will refuse to remove their homes from the area as instructed unless government authorities agree to compensate them in advance — rather than later, as promised.

Trio of Troublesome Monks Deported From Thailand
Thai Police deported three monks back to Cambodia after they were accused of aggressively seeking cash donations from local people.
— Cambodia News English

Fractions of Cents Offered to Readers of News App
A mobile app is promising cash rewards for users who read the news — an estimated $0.0015 per article — but one observer has raised concerns over the potential privacy implications of the company’s unclear business model.

EU should look for win-win deal with Cambodia
In February 2019, the European Union launched an 18-month process over whether or not to maintain Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme.
— Khmer Times

As ICE Deports More Cambodian Refugees, Some Find Hope in Pardons
The Trump administration has deported Cambodian refugees with criminal records at an unprecedented pace. Liberal governors are using pardons to fight back.
— Pacific Standard

Joint Statement on the Official Visit of Prime Minister of Nepal to Cambodia
The following is the Joint Statement on the official visit of the Rt. Hon. K. P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, to the Kingdom of Cambodia from May 13 to 15, released this evening:
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Event will raise money for temple’s final piece
When the first wave of Cambodian refugees settled in Lowell during the early 1980s, they used a small apartment located in the Acre neighborhood as a makeshift Buddhist temple.

Video threat to seize Cambodian city exposes China tensions
In recent years, Chinese developers have built more than 100 ­casinos and dozens of hotels and resorts in the once sleepy province of Sihanoukville on Cambodia’s southwestern coast.
— Inkstone News

King praises Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations
King Norodom Sihamoni has praised China for its key role at the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations being held in Beijing, saying that it promotes cultures and understanding.
— Khmer Times

Payvision celebrates its 1st anniversary with ING with over 50% growth and a brand-new visual and sonic identity
One year of partnership Payvision x ING equals a financial services powerhouse combining payments and banking expertise for innovative commerce solutions; Payvision recorded over 50% growth.
— Cambodia News Gazette

Watergrasshill girl to help those less fortunate in Cambodia
Alana Nixon from Watergrasshill is currently preparing for a major volunteering mission in the town of Poipet in Cambodia this August.
— The Avondhu

Muslim Prayer Rooms for Education Institutes
A spokesman for the Ministry of Youth, Education and sport has requested that higher education institutes set up a prayer room for Muslim students.
— Cambodia News English

Battambang oranges next in line for GI
Oranges from Battambang and Pursat may become the next product to be awarded geographical indication (GI) status in Cambodia, with the Minister of Commerce now considering whether they deserve the label.
— Khmer Times

Meach Sovannara plans return to Kingdom
Former CNRP official Meach Sovannara yesterday said he will return to the Kingdom next month to visit his former party leader Kem Sokha and seek solutions to the current political situation.
— Khmer Times

Chinese gang threatening to cause insecurity in Preah Sihanouk are not in Cambodia: police
The gang of Chinese men threatening to cause insecurity in Preah Sihanouk province in a footage has not lived in Cambodia, police said.
— Khmer Times

Khmer Krom: UN Refugee Agency Asked to Speed up Asylum Seekers Cases
More than 200 people recently fled their region of Kampuchea Krom due to persecution by the Vietnamese authorities. They now live in precarious situations in Thailand, undocumented and uncertain on what their future will look like.

CATA and China’s Gansu partner up to boost tourism
The Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA) and authorities in the Chinese province of Gansu partnered up last week to boost tourism
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Information Minister Attends a Forum on Global Influence of Asian Civilisations in Beijing
Cambodia’s Minister of Information H.E. Khieu Kanharith (Pic. 1) delivers his speech at a forum on Global Influence of Asian Civilisations held in Beijing, China on May 15 as part of the First Conference on Dialogue among Asian Civilisations.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Cambodian Information Minister Grants an Interview to Chinese Media in Beijing
Cambodia’s Minister of Information H.E. Khieu Kanharith (L, Pic. 1) grants an interview to China Radio International and Kunming Daily in Beijing, China on May 15, on the sidelines of the First Conference on Dialogue among Asian Civilisations.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Time to admit Asean’s 11th member
O near, yet so far. Timor-Leste has been trudging on for eight years but the road to membership in Asean remains a long and winding one for Asia’s youngest democracy.
— The Star Online

Cambodia, Nepal Leaders Encourage Trade Between Countries
Premier Hun Sen and visiting Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli encouraged businesses in their countries to explore mutual trade and investment opportunities.
— VOA Cambodia


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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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