Cambodia morning news for September 19

Cambodia morning news for September 19

Cambodia morning news

Ministry issues flood warning for 11 provinces
The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry yesterday warned that 11 provinces risk flooding from heavy rainfall until next week.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia-US Trade Volume Reaches $3B in First Semester of 2019
Within the first seven month of 2019, Cambodia-US trade volume has reached over USD 3 billion, an increase of 29 percent compared to the same period in 2018, which was USD 2.3 billion.
— Fresh News

World Bank approves $1 billion in development assistance
The World Bank has officially approved the disbursement of $1 billion to develop priority sectors in Cambodia, the Ministry of Economy and Finance announced Monday.
— Khmer Times

Governor accused of land grabbing 60,000sqm of state land
Khmer Rise Party (KRP) president and member of the Supreme Consultation Council Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung accused Kampong Chhnang provincial governor Chhour Chandoeun on Wednesday of illegally grabbing 56,966 sqm of state land.
— The Phonm Penh Post

New city to be built in Siem Reap province
A new urban centre will be built in Siem Reap, with the project having recently been included in the province’s tourism master plan.
— Khmer Times

Ministry official charged over $20,000 job scam
Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged and jailed a government official who allegedly cheated a man out of $20,000 by promising him a non-existent job as a police officer in the city in 2017.
— Khmer Times

Arrest warrants issued against three timber tycoons
Mondulkiri Provincial Court has issued warrants of arrest against three well-known tycoons who failed to appear for questioning over suspected large-scale illegal logging operations.
— Khmer Times

Thousands evacuated as deadly flooding hits Cambodia
Eleven people, including two children, have died and 10,000 families have been evacuated across 14 provinces in the past 10 days due to severe flooding, Kun Kim, president of Cambodia’s National Disaster Management Committee, said on Wednesday.
— Euro News

UK, Cambodia discuss Asean, trade
The United Kingdom is seeking to become a dialogue partner with Asean after it leaves the European Union, a senior official said.
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen praises Kingdom’s strong ties with China
Prime Minister Hun Sen has praised the strong relationship Cambodia enjoys with China, saying the Asian giant plays a significant role in promoting peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
— Khmer Times

Sar Kheng defends Pchum Ben security measures
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday denied that heightened security for Pchum Ben will affect citizens and their plans to pray and offer food at pagodas.
— Khmer Times

The U.K. Looking to Become a Dialogue Partner with Asean after Brexit
Heather Wheeler, parliamentary undersecretary of state at the U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, mentioned this Tuesday during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, according to the Meas Kimheng, undersecretary of state at the Foreign Ministry, who spoke to the press after the meeting.
— Themy Themy

Detained Borei Keila residents demand compensation over lost homes
Thirteen Borei Keila residents held for hours at the Prampi Makara district office on Monday as City Hall oversaw the demolition of a building they had used as a makeshift home are calling on the government to provide compensation.
— Khmer Times

Thailand-US defense ties heal as China makes gains in Cambodia
Gen. Apirat Kongsompong, Thailand’s powerful army chief, is shifting the kingdom’s security architecture, and U.S. military equipment is helping to lay the groundwork.
— Nikkei Asia Review (paywall)

Cambodian PM Receives Chinese Investors
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen received here this morning at the Peace Palace the Chinese hydropower dam constructers.

Health Ministry calls for food hygiene during Pchum Ben
The Ministry of Health has reminded the public to practice food hygiene to prevent illness during the Pchum Ben festival.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, Vietnam Boost Collaboration in Banking and Financial Sector
Cambodia and Vietnam have convened an annual meeting to strengthen their good cooperation on banking and financial sector, according to local media report.

U.S. Calls for Release of Political Activists Held in Cambodia
The United States expressed concern on Wednesday over the detention of political activists in Cambodia and called on the government to lift restrictions on the opposition.

Heat, Flooding, Disease: Phnom Penhers Share Their Climate Concerns
Ahead of a global summit that the U.N. is hoping will be the “defining moment” for action against climate change, residents around Phnom Penh spoke to VOD trainee reporters about their concerns related to the global challenge.

Heavy Rain Knocks Out Sihanoukville Power
According to reports from Sihanoukville, on September 18, 2019, from 9:15 am there is a suspension of electricity supply in some areas.

PM proposes free medical treatment for foreign workers
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said the Kingdom should begin providing free medical treatment to foreign workers in order to kick start reciprocal treatment for migrants working abroad.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia unveils masterplan to boost tourism in 2 world heritage sites
Cambodia is set to roll out the Four-Strategic Plan for Tourism Development aimed at reviving tourism at the Angkor Archaeological Park and the Preah Vihear temple in northern provinces, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Cambodian Taekwondo Athletes Getting Trained in South Korea
Nine Cambodian Taekwondo athletes are getting trained for the upcoming 30th SEA Games hosted by the Philippines, according to local media report.

Fire kills child as parents attempt rescue in capital
A fire ripped through more than a dozen homes in Phnom Penh yesterday, injuring a couple who tried to save their son who was trapped in their house.
— Khmer Times

Boy Dies After Drug User’s Arson
A drug addict set fire to his own house, which spread to neighboring properties and killed 13-year-old boy on September 17.

Six Chinese arrested on suspicion of armed robberies in Sihanoukville
Preah Sihanouk provincial military police yesterday arrested six Chinese nationals for allegedly stealing $2,000 from a KTV outlet in Sihanoukville.
— Khmer Times

Record low bid for Southeast Asia’s solar power industry
The auction for 60 megawatts of solar power in Cambodia has led to the lowest power price ever recorded in Southeast Asia, various publications dealing with the global energy sector revealed this week.
— Khmer Times

Ex-CNRP official pleads for release
The former second deputy chief of Poipet commune in Banteay Meanchey province, who was sentenced to five years behind bars last year for leading a violent protest in Poipet town in 2015, pleaded for his release at a Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday.
— The Phonm Penh Post

Bao Mai casino owner to settle unpaid wages
Around 300 staff of Baomai Resort and Casino, which has currently ceased operations, protested a second time to demand more than $170,000 in outstanding wages for August and early September.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Drugs Raid on Meanchey Dumpsite
Authorities raided a dump site on the morning of September 18, 2019, at 9 am.

‘Support of CNRP return online will lead to arrest’
Anyone posting messages supporting the return of Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), on social media will be arrested, the Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Rethinking Cambodian soft power
Increasingly, the arena of international affairs is being shaped by soft power. Where traditional economic and military might once reigned supreme, a nation’s strength may now be derived from the appeal of culture, political values and policies. For smaller states like Cambodia, this “second face of power” provides an opportunity to gain international prominence for the purpose of supporting international peace and security.
— Asia Times

New minimum wage figures tabled
The National Committee for Minimum Wage has noted three different wage figures proposed by unions, employers and the government, according to a unionist.
— Khmer Times

Dharma Yatra between Mekong countries to take place in October
About 120 monks and Buddhists from Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar plan to conduct a Dharma Yatra, a pilgrimage of peace, spanning 2,000 kilometres across the five countries next month.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, Thailand ink MoU to connect capital markets
The Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia (SECC) and Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC Thailand) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate and exchange information on cross-border equity offerings and the issuing of depository receipts with SEC Thailand.
— The Phnom Penh Post

M’Kiri Funcinpec office sold for $600K amid controversy
A Funcinpec party headquarters in Banlung town, Mondulkiri province, has been sold for $600,000 to a gold mine owner in Keo Seima district.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Pailin village chief is grilled over land grab in Battambang
The Battambang Provincial Court on Wednesday continued to question a village chief from Pailin province who was arrested for allegedly grabbing and selling state land located in a protected natural area.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ampil community asks S Rieng court to drop land dispute case
Some 100 protestors stood outside the Svay Rieng Provincial Court on Tuesday as community representatives from Romeas Hek district’s Ampil commune in Svay Rieng province made their case to have charges for “involuntary damage and encroaching on to occupy state private land” dropped.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry Considers Illuminating Angkor Temples as Tourist Numbers Drop
The Tourism Ministry is considering new initiatives to draw visitors to the Angkor temple complex, including lighting up the world-famous Angkor Wat at night, in response to declining ticket sales at the park, officials said.

The Cambodian Government Soon to Discuss Its 5-Plan Budget with the World Bank
The Cambodian government will soon meet with the World Bank to go through details of its 5-year plan that may require a budget of US$1 billion.
— Themy Themy

Cambodia to retain trade benefits after Brexit, UK Minister says
Cambodia will continue to enjoy preferential trade status in the United Kingdom once it leaves the European Union, a UK high-ranking official said this week.
— Khmer Times



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