Cambodia morning news for February 10

Cambodia morning news for February 10

Cambodia morning news

EU to end trade privileges on some Cambodia exports, MEP says
The European Union is set to withdraw trade privileges on some Cambodian exports after a yearlong review of the Southeast Asian nation’s widely-condemned human rights record, according to a document uploaded to the European Parliament’s website.
— Asian Nikkei Review (paywall)

China pledges support for Cambodia in EBA fallout
PHNOM PENH: Chinese President Xi Jinping has reassured Cambodia that China will continue to support its economy despite a potential Everything but Arms (EBA) agreement suspension by the European Union.
— News Straits Times 

Scary reality: China’s secret Cambodian military base
It’s supposed to be an international airport. It’s supposed to be part of a large-scale holiday resort on a pristine piece of Cambodian coastline. But it’s not.
— News

Rice exports down 15% year-on-year in January
Cambodia exported 50,450 tonnes of rice worth $39 million to the international market in January, down 15.39 per cent compared to the same period in 2018, Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) secretary-general Lun Yeng said on Sunday.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Cambodia faces losing EU trade preferences
Brussels is expected this week to move towards stripping Cambodia of some its trade preferences with the EU in response to a political crackdown on the country’s opposition.
— Financial Times

Authorities in Cambodia Arrest Police Officials Over Role in Alleged Torture Case
The men were charged with ‘intentional violence and aggravated assault’ in a case that resulted in a villager’s death.
— Rouut

Novel Coronavirus will hit Cambodia’s tourism prospects for 2020
This 21st-century economic proverb has taken a fatal new meaning as the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-NcoV) puts a strain on international markets dependent on manufacturing capacity and market demands. The Kingdom of Cambodia’s tourism and real estate sectors could experience slowdowns in the first half of 2020 as a result.
— Khmer Times 

Children used to smuggle un-milled rice from Cambodia into Thailand
Eight people were arrested Thursday night for hiring children to smuggle sacks of un-milled rice from Cambodia into Thailand in the eastern border province of Sa Kaew.
— Thai PBS World  

More Cambodian Schools Ban Smartphones
Like many other countries in the region, Cambodia has witnessed a smartphone boom over the past years. The smartphone penetration rate has surged to over 117 percent. Half of the population now owns smartphones with phones being used by youngsters under 18 including kindergarteners and high-school students.
— Thmey Thmey 

Coronavirus Man in Cambodia to Be Discharged from Hospital Tomorrow, Says Health Minister
Cambodia’s Minister of Health Mam Bunheng confirmed on Sunday that a Chinese national with coronavirus will be discharged from Sihanoukville referral hospital tomorrow on 10 February after he recovered from the illness.
— Fresh News 

Preah Sihanouk province to become special economic zone
Preah Sihanouk province will soon become a multi-purpose special economic zone and potentially the industrial hub of Cambodia, according to a senior official from the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
— Bangkok Post 

Thai trade fair promotes trade with Cambodia
The Top Thai Brands 2020 trade fair showcased a wide range of branded products and services from Thailand.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

PM Hun Sen Calls on Strengthening Cambodia-Laos Border Cooperation
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen urged Cambodia-Laos to further improve border relations, speaking in a meeting with His Excellency Bounnhang Vorachith, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic at the Peace Palace on 9 February.
— Fresh News 

Cambodia, Laos pledge to further enhance bilateral ties, cooperation
Cambodia and Laos pledged on Sunday to further strengthen their comprehensive strategic partnership for mutual benefit, a senior Cambodian official said.
— Xinhua 

CPP listens to the people, Sar Kheng promises
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said on Saturday that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has supported the people since the fall of the Khmer Rouge, despite their political affiliations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Virus-infected Chinese to be discharged from hospital
The only person to have tested positive for coronavirus in Cambodia has recovered completely and will leave quarantine on Monday, the Ministry of Health said.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Cambodia’s Coal-Fueled Power Plants and their Environmental Costs
Cambodia’s move to approve new coal-fired power plants has prompted concern about potential environmental and health costs despite the government pledging to strictly enforce environmental regulations.
— Thmey Thmey 

CCCC and pharma association to jointly crack down on fake products
The Cambodian Counter Counterfeit Committee and the Association of Pharmaceutical Sales signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday to intensify joint efforts to prevent fake medicines and cosmetic products from being sold within the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times 

Phnom Penh garment factory catches fire
A fire reportedly broke out at a garment factory belonging to Morica Industry Company in Meanchey district’s Meanchey III commune in the capital on Saturday evening.
— Khmer Times 

Letter to Editor: «Strongman Hun Sen Status Ups after EBA Partial Suspension»
The European Union (EU), which might decide to partially suspend the preferential trade system EBA (Everything But Arms) from Cambodia, considers that as a sanction being imposed on the Phnom Penh Government. But my view is the opposite. I think this decision will definitely offer Prime Minister Hun Sen a golden opportunity with «Special Gift».
— Fresh News 

PM proposes sporting events to ease border tensions with Laos
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday reportedly asked visiting Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith to help ease border tensions by allowing his soldiers to participate in sporting events with Cambodian troops.
— Khmer Times 

The Kingdom celebrates Meak Bochea
Hundreds of Buddhist monks today celebrated Meak Bochea day at Oudong Mountain in Kandal province’s Ponhea Leu district where a stupa of Buddha’s relics is located.
— Khmer Times  

Rubbish tuk-tuks delivered to six districts in the capital
Phnom Penh Municipal Hall has handed over 40 modern rubbish tuk-tuks to six districts in the capital as a means to transport rubbish while it seeks to improve waste management.
— The Phnom Penh Post  

BMW the official limousine of ASEM13 in Cambodia
BMW has delivered 110 vehicles to Royal Cambodian Limousine Service, the fleet management provider for the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) that will be held in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia arrests man for trafficking over 15 kilos of drugs from Thailand
Cambodian anti-drug police has arrested a local man for allegedly smuggling more than 15 kilograms of illicit drugs from Thailand into Cambodia, the National Police reported on Sunday.
— Xinhua 

Yemeni who fainted did not have coronavirus: Ministry
The Health Ministry yesterday rejected as fake news, social media posts that claimed a Yemeni man fainted at Phnom Penh International Airport due to contracting Novel Coronavirus.
— Khmer Times

Unions urge Minister to revoke articles
A group of unions have sent a letter to Labour Minister Ith Samheng requesting him to revoke three articles in the draft amendment to the Labour Law which they claim damage the interests of workers.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM says ties with China closer after Beijing visit
“It’s very clear that Cambodia is staying closer with China, especially in this difficult moment, because a friend in need is a friend indeed,” he wrote on Friday on his official Facebook page.
— Thmey Thmey

Cambodia faces losing EU trade preferences
Brussels is expected this week to move towards stripping Cambodia of some its trade preferences with the EU in response to a political crackdown on the country’s opposition.
— Financial Times 

Culture Ministry To Stop Illegal Music Re-Recordings
Recently, the original song, “Because of You”, originally recorded by the emperor, Sin Sisamouth, was remade by 2 female singers with the title “Because of You” with lyrics.
— CNE 

Detained Australian missionary Martin Chan gets bail
Amid hugs and tears, Australian missionary Martin Chan has been given bail on his third attempt in a Phnom Penh court on Friday amidst a bitter legal dispute over the construction of a school.
— Khmer Times  

Labour Ministry establishes Project Advisory Committee for BFC programme
The Labour Ministry has issued a Praka to establish the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) for 2020-2022; an extended three-year program that has been broadened to include travel goods.
— Khmer Times 

Cambodian children detained for rice smuggling at Thai border
Eight people were arrested last Thursday night for hiring children to smuggle sacks of un-milled rice from Cambodia into Thailand in the eastern border province of Sa Kaew.
— Khmer Times 

Western tourists in classic cars descend on Cambodia
A group of European tourists in 10 classic cars arrived in Cambodia on Saturday through the O’ Smach border gate in Oddar Meanchey province.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Releases Outcome of PM Hun Sen’s Working Visit to China
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn, and other senior government officials successfully concluded a working visit to Beijing, the People’s Republic of China, where Samdech Techo had a bilateral meeting with Premier Li Keqiang and paid a courtesy call on President Xi Jinping.
— Fresh News 

Two coal-fired power plant development projects approved
A 700MW coal-fired power plant, a joint venture between Royal Group and Sinosteel Equipment and Engineering Co., Ltd., located in Botum Sakor district, Koh Kong province has been approved by the cabinet today. It is planned to generate power in 2024.
— Khmer Times

Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters with Vietnam endorsed by Cabinet
Cambodian cabinet ministers gathered here this morning at the Peace Palace in a weekly meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Hun Sen after several weeks of hiatus.
— Khmer Times

Coronavirus likely to result in lay-offs as China factories close
The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has warned that some garment factories in Cambodia may be forced to shut down temporarily or lay off workers next month due to a shortage of raw materials.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

President of Laos Begin Two-day State Visit in Cambodia
H.E. Bounnhang Vorachith, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic started his two-day state visit in the Kingdom of Cambodia this morning, at the invitation of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia.
— AKP

Huge blaze destroys factory building in Stung Meanchey
A huge fire had broken broked out in a factory at around 5:30 pm on Saturday, February 8 in Stung Meanchey 3, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh.
— Khmer Times 

A Group of European Tourists Visit Cambodia by Car
A group of ten classic cars of European tourists arrived in Cambodia on Feb. 8 through O’ Smach border gate in Oddar Meanchey province.
— AKP 

Over 1000 workers stage protest against Thai management
More than 1,000 workers from Sisophon’s Hong Seng Sport Co., Ltd, which manufactures sportswear in Sangkat Teuk Thla, Serey Sophorn City, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia staged a protest against their Thai management.
— Khmer Times

Council of Ministers approves two coal-fired plants, transmission line
The Council of Ministers has approved two coal-fired power plant projects and a transmission line worth nearly $1.7 billion, a plenary meeting of the Council of Ministers heard on Friday.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Angkor Eye Set To Open In March
A $7.2 million-dollar Ferris wheel in Siem Reap province is expected to open on 1 March this year, according to the Siem Reap Department of Tourism.
— CNE 

Cambodia on alert for Vietnamese cop who shot five, killing four
Cambodian border and police authorities have been put on alert following reports that a Vietnamese police officer who shot four people dead and wounded another may have fled across the border.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia on alert for Vietnamese cop who shot five, killing four
Cambodian border and police authorities have been put on alert following reports that a Vietnamese police officer who shot four people dead and wounded another may have fled across the border.
— Khmer Times

Historical events mark Anlong Veng’s KR history
The Ministry of Tourism and Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam) led the second annual Anlong Veng Tourism Sports Event over the weekend to raise awareness of the area’s history.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Nine charged over illegal logging in Mondulkiri
The Mondulkiri Provincial Court on Saturday charged and placed seven men and two minors in pre-trial detention over illegal logging in a protected area in Koh Nhek district’s Ror Nhor commune.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Kingdom’s rice exports to EU declined through tariffs but 2020 outlook good
Cambodia’s milled rice exports to the European Union (EU), which takes the current largest market share of the Kingdom’s rice, saw a more than 20 per cent decrease in January compared with the same period last year, data from the Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF)shows.
— Khmer Times

World Bank highlights economic factors that are affecting the Kingdom’s economic welfare
According to the World Bank’s recent economic and development outlook, Cambodia has sustained accommodative monetary and prudent fiscal policy.
— Khmer Times

Ministry reports million-dollar carbon credit sale
The Environment Ministry reported yesterday the government received $2.1 million by selling carbon credits to global conglomerates last year.
— Khmer Times

 

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