Cambodia morning news for May 23

Cambodia morning news for May 23

Cambodia morning news

Cambodia Dismisses Bill by US Lawmakers in Support of Paris Peace Agreement
Cambodia’s government on Wednesday dismissed a bill written by a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers last week to “support the successful implementation of the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement” that ended civil war in Cambodia and established the Southeast Asian nation as a fledgling democracy.
— Radio Free Asia

Chinese team to study master plan for Sihanoukville
A team from China’s Shenzhen city, in Guangdong province, is in Cambodia to study the possibility of drafting a master plan to guide the development of Sihanoukville.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s royal oxen predict bumper rice crop amid EU tariffs
Cambodia’s royal oxen predicted a plentiful harvest of rice, the country’s biggest crop, at an ancient ploughing ceremony on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Limestone Network aims to transform Phnom Penh into a blockchain-enabled smart city
Once implemented, it will enable businesses, retail shops, consumers, tourists and visitors to interact with each other in a smarter and more effective manner About five years ago, Eddie Lee, a tech entrepreneur, and his real estate developer-friend Jeremiah Lee, together with other co-founders, …
— e27

Phnom Penh port sees nearly $6M generated in this year’s first quarter
Cambodia Securities Exchange- (CSX-) listed Phnom Penh Autonomous Port (PPAP), a state-owned enterprise, generated nearly $6 million in the first quarter of this year, a more than 25 per cent increase compared to the same period last year, a quarterly report filed with CSX said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia holds royal ploughing ceremony to mark start of farming season
Cambodia celebrated a traditional royal ploughing ceremony here on Wednesday to mark the annual beginning of farming season.
— Xinhuanet

Belt and Road / How Cambodia can make the most of China’s millions
Cambodia’s relationship with China is stronger than ever before, in great part thanks to the many projects funded by China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Kingdom.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Campaigning Under Way in Local Elections Without Challengers to Ruling Party
Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) announced Tuesday that the ongoing campaigns for the May 26 elections of city and provincial councillor positions were proceeding orderly and without irregularities.
— VOA Khmer

Ministry to evaluate local exporters
China has asked the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture to inspect local companies included in a list of potential rice exporters to the Chinese market.
— Khmer Times

China’s Baowu looking into plans to move blast furnaces to Cambodia
CHINA’S top steel maker Baowu Group is studying plans to relocate blast furnaces from remote Xinjiang to Cambodia in a bold example of China’s heavy industry shifting excess capacity overseas, a source familiar with the firm’s plans said.
— The Business Times

More than a dozen institutions set to observe upcoming elections
The National Election Committee yesterday said 19 national institutions will participate in monitoring Sunday’s municipal, provincial and district council elections.
— Khmer Times

Chinese Casino in Cambodia Ignores Shutdown Orders from Local Government
A Chinese-backed casino in Cambodia’s southwestern city of Sihanoukville is still in business despite calls from the city to cease operations.
— Radio Free Asia

Solar must be prioritised over hydropower – association
With the country currently struggling with its power supply, Cambodia must prioritise the development of solar energy facilities over hydropower dams, the Solar Energy Association of Cambodia said.
— Khmer Times

Building a research culture in Cambodia
It is a cliché to say that Cambodia lacks a research culture. It is also not uncommon to hear phrases such as “no reading culture,” “no research culture,” or “limited research” in the context of Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Royal oxen predict bumper harvest
Brahmin priests and astrologers predicted a bumper harvest in the Kingdom this year following a ritual held during yesterday’s Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Takeo province.
— Khmer Times

King off to France today for ICC-Angkor event
King Norodom Sihamoni will leave for France today to attend an event being held to commemorate the successful work done by the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor over the past 25 years.
— Khmer Times

Phnom Penh police chief asks Vietnam to train special unit
Phnom Penh police chief Lieutenant General Sar Thet on Tuesday met with a visiting Vietnamese police delegation and asked for help training selected members of the Special Intervention Unit to ensure security and public order in the capital and protect high-profile leaders.
— Khmer Times

Chinese school signs MoU on exchange programme
A primary school from China on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a primary school in Phnom Penh on an exchange programme aimed at improving the quality of education in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

More than 50 nabbed over online gambling
Military police in Banteay Meanchey province on Monday arrested more than 50 Chinese nationals suspected of running an illegal online gambling operation in Poipet city.
— Khmer Times

Three killed as taxi collides with truck
Three people, including two Chinese tourists, died on Tuesday evening during a traffic accident in Banteay Meanchey province’s O’Chrov district, police said.
— Khmer Times

Five in Preah Vihear jailed for allegedly trafficking drugs
Preah Vihear Provincial Court yesterday charged five people accused of trafficking methamphetamine in Preah Vihear city, near the Cambodian-Thai border.
— Khmer Times

Japanese firm to invest in sorghum
Japanese company Applied Natural Products (ANP) is planning to invest in the production of sorghum silage in Battambang province.
— Khmer Times

US man suspected of molesting four minors in Siem Reap
Siem Reap provincial police on Monday arrested a US national suspected of molesting four underage girls.
— Khmer Times

Farmer charged over cassava theft
Battambang Provincial Court yesterday charged a 28-year-old farmer for allegedly stealing more than 800 kilograms of cassava in Kors Kralor district.
— Khmer Times

Timor Leste, Cambodia study stunting prevention in Indonesia
Timor Leste and Cambodia sent delegations to learn about Indonesia’s success in preventing the stunting of children.
— Antara News

Minister of Information calls on staff to identify ‘ghost officials’
Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith on Tuesday called on officials at his ministry to send names and pictures of “ghost officials” to him and he would post them on Facebook as a means of punishment.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges Royal Ploughing Ceremony, May 22.


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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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