Cambodia morning news for May 2

Cambodia morning news for May 2

Cambodia morning newsSiem Reap named top tourist destination in Southeast Asia
Siem Reap was named the top tourist destination in Southeast Asia by Germany-based online travel platform YouDiscover.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s failing education system
In December 2018, Cambodian Senate president Say Chhum had encouraged the country’s youth to study hard in order to become future leaders. He made the comment during the opening ceremony of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia congress at a hotel in Phnom Penh.
— The Asean Post

National Bank set to boost bet on Cambodia even as country faces mounting scrutiny on human rights
National Bank of Canada is preparing to increase its bet on Cambodia this year, a decision that comes as the Southeast Asian country is facing increasing scrutiny and potential economic sanctions over its government’s human-rights record.
— Financial Post

Aung San Suu Kyi in Cambodia: Pledges Made to Promote Trade, Education, Cultural Ties
Aung San Suu Kyi, state counselor of Myanmar, and Prime Minister Hun Sen have agreed to promote and expand commercial, educational, cultural, and tourism ties between the two countries, according to Hun Sen’s official Facebook page.

Cambodian Court Summons 12 CNRP Members Over ‘Banned’ Activities
Authorities in northwestern Cambodia’s Battambang province summoned 12 members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party to court this week to answer charges they were still active in the opposition group dissolved by court order almost two years ago.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia asked to join WEF digital growth project
The World Economic Forum has requested Cambodia’s participation in an Asean-wide programme to promote digital development and electronic payments.
— Khmer Times

Siem Reap’s wildlife sanctuary, aquarium to break ground in May
Construction of the ambitious Wildlife Park and Aquarium in Siem Reap is due to begin next month, investors announced during an event Monday.
— Khmer Times

Asia Regulatory Roundup: WHO Seeks to Help Cambodia Strengthen Drug Regulation
India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has posted a guide to its new drugs and clinical trials rules.
— Regulatory Focus

Champagne earns GI status in Cambodia
Champagne, one of the most recognisable appellations in the world, on Monday became the first foreign product to be awarded Geographical Indication status in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Chinese investment in Cambodia is bringing Phnom Penh closer to Beijing – and further from the EU
Beijing’s pledge of US$90 million in support of Cambodia’s defence sector was among at least nine deals the Southeast Asian nation signed with China last week during the second Belt and Road Forum.

PM Marks International Labour Day with Workers in Kandal Province
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen this morning joined the celebration of the 133rd anniversary of International Labour Day with some 3,700 workers and employees of Yi Da Manufacturer Co., Ltd. located in Chheuteal commune, Kean Svay district, Kandal province.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Capital’s airport mulls relocating smoking areas
The Tourism and Health Ministries yesterday requested Phnom Penh International Airport to relocate smoking areas farther away from arrival and departure gates in anticipation of the implementation of the Law on Tobacco Control.
— Khmer Times

Cardamom Elephant Calves Caught on Camera (Video)
First, the good news. Footage from the 46 camera traps deployed by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains is giving us a privileged insight into the lives of the Asian elephants that roam through in one of the continent’s last remaining forest wildernesses.
— Cambodia News English

Drop in water level kills 25 tonnes of fish in Tonle Chhmar lake
More than 25 tonnes of fish have died since Saturday in Kampong Thom province’s Stoung district following a drop in Tonle Chhmar lake’s water level.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Angkor receives nearly 1 mln foreign tourists in 4 months, down 7.3 pct
Cambodia’s famed Angkor Archeological Park attracted 973,305 foreign tourists in the first four months of 2019, down 7.3 percent compared to the same period last year, a press release said on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Cambodia, Japan To Have Closer Friendship during New Era
Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia H.E. Hidehisa Horinouchi has expressed his strong hope for a closer friendship between the two countries during the new era of “Reiwa”.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Reviewing the Kingdom’s judicial system
The World Justice Project last year released its Rule of Law Index, which measures rule of law adherence and jurisdictions in 113 countries, based on “more than 110,000 households and 3,000 expert surveys”. In the report, Cambodia ranks 112, the lowest second only to Venezuela.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Siem Reap top tourist destination
Siem Reap was named the top tourist destination in southeast Asia by Germany-based online travel platform YouDiscover.
— The Manila Times

Cambodian Police Arrest a Chinese with Hand-made Grenades
Cambodian police, on Wednesday, arrested a Chinese man with a backpack full of hand-made grenades.
— Fresh News

Sokha meeting denial upsets Smith
UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith yesterday said she should have the right to meet all detainees in Cambodia, especially former opposition party leader Kem Sokha who is accused of treason.
— Khmer Times

Sam Rainsy’s contradictory coup belief
In recent months, Sam Rainsy has raised wildly different theories on how political change could come about in Cambodia, most verging on the fanciful.
— Asia Times

PM Hun Sen meets Aung San Suu Kyi
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday met with Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the Peace Palace to discuss student exchange programmes, culture and bilateral trade.
— Khmer Times

Commerce Minister Calls on Foreign Companies to Register Certificate of Origin for Their Products
H.E. Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, has appealed to all foreign associations and companies to register the Certificate of Origin (CO) for their products to get legal protection.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Golden Hanuman military exercise to fire off in Kampot this week
Nearly 1,600 soldiers will participate in a five-day live fire exercise called the Golden Hanuman 2019 in Kampot province this week.
— Khmer Times

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Leaves Cambodia
State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi departed from Cambodia at 3 p.m Wednesday after concluding her first official visit to the kingdom from 29 April to 01 May 2019 at the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— Fresh News

Cambodia sees rise in drug arrests in 1st four months
Cambodian authorities had arrested 5,335 drug-related suspects in the first four months of 2019, a 10-percent rise over the same period last year, the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department said on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Details on Three-day Official Visit of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi to Cambodia
State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi led a delegation for the official visit to the kingdom from 29 April to 01 May 2019 at the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— Fresh News

No foreign nationals to be employed as security guards
The National Police have called on private security firms not to employ foreign nationals as security guards since Cambodian law does not allow them to do so.
— Khmer Times


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges the release of 20 Royal Turtles into the wild by WCS Cambodia


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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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