Cambodia morning news for February 14

Cambodia morning news for February 14

Cambodia morning news

PM Hun Sen to Visit Sihanoukville to Welcome Passengers of Westerdam
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen will travel to Sihanoukville port tomorrow, 14 February 2020, to welcome passengers of Westerdam cruise, according to his Facebook post on Thursday.
— Fresh News

No passengers of Westerdam allowed to leave the ship until test of specimens is released
Cambodian authorities said that none of more than 2,200 passengers and crew aboard Holland MS Westerdam cruise ship docking at Sihanoukville will be allowed to disembark until test result of the 20 passengers specimens is released.
— Khmer Times

Analyst Says Partial EBA Withdrawal Costs Cambodia $100M per Annum
Director of the Center for Policy Study Chan Sophal said that the impact of partial withdrawal of the European Union’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) preferential tariff affects 20 percent of Cambodia’s total exports to the EU.
— Fresh News

Couple Arrested, 3 Minors Rescued From Massage Shop
Phnom Penh: At 7:50 pm on February 12, 2020, Anti-Human Trafficking Department and juvenile protection officers cooperated with local police to raid a massage shop.
— CNE

Kem Sokha Lawyers Walk Out Of Trial, Claim Irregularities With Evidence
In a dramatic turn of events, Kem Sokha’s defense lawyers walked out of court this morning, alleging irregularities with a piece of evidence and for not being allowed to address their grievances in court.
— VOA Cambodia

Punishing Cambodia is going to backfire on EU
In taking the drastic step of suspending Cambodia’s tariff-free access to EU markets last week, the European Commission hoped it would incentivize Phnom Penh to repair human rights violations and improve its governance.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Cambodia says it closed North Korean-owned businesses, deported all workers
Cambodia “shut down all” North Korean businesses and bank accounts, kicked out all workers, and complied with all other UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions by the end of 2019, the country claimed in its first implementation report to the UN regarding sanctions enforcement efforts.
— NK News

Local rubber farmers suffer from a decade of low prices
Industry workers have voiced serious concerns over the current rubber plantation sector in the Kingdom, with major companies in the market struggling to survive after 10 years of stubbornly low prices.
— Khmer Times

Chinese company granted licence to explore Block D
Chinese-owned Cambodian Resources Energy Development Co Ltd has been granted a three-year exploration licence in the Gulf of Thailand’s Block D, off the coast of Cambodia, a senior official at the General Department of Petroleum told The Post on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Rare turtle nests found in Koh Kong: WCS
Three rare Royal Turtle nests were discovered along the bank of Sre Ambel River in Koh Kong province by conservationists last month, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian exports to the US soar
Cambodia’s exports to the US were worth more than $5 billion last year, a sharp year-on-year increase.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia: Over 58,000 tons of mangoes exported in 2019
In 2019, Cambodia exported more than 58,000 tons of mangoes to various international markets in 2019 and is mulling the expansion and diversification of the exports. The export figure – 58,161.16 tons of mangoes to be exact – was shared recently by Penn Sovicheat, Under Secretary of State and Spokesperson at Ministry of Commerce.
— Fresh Plaza

Westerdam Arrives in Sihanoukville with Gratefulness to Cambodia
A giant cruise ship named Westerdam docked at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port in Preah Sihanouk province this morning after receiving authorisation from the Royal Government of Cambodia.
— AKP

EU partially withdraws EBA
The EU Commission on Wednesday announced the partial withdrawal of the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme, citing a serious and systematic violation by Cambodia of principles in the four core human and labour rights.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Fireworks Maker Blown To Pieces In Takeo
A man died in a massive explosion while making fireworks at 8:30 am on the morning of February 13 in Kraing Thnong commune, Bati district.
— CNE

TOP NEWS: EU’s New Decision Only Taxes 40/9,000 Cambodian Products
The Ministry of Commerce, on Thursday, announced that only 40 among 9,000 Cambodian products are to be affected by the new decision of the European Commission.
— Fresh News

Cambodia’s Health Minister: No Signs of Covid-19 Infection among Passengers of Westerdam
Samples tested at the Pasteur Institute indicated that the 20 suspected passengers of Westerdam cruise are negative of Covid-19 infection, Cambodia’s Health Minister told Fresh News CEO Lim Chea Vutha on Thursday night.
— Fresh News

Cambodian People on Government Side to Protect Nation’s Sovereignty and Safeguard Peace and Development
What Cambodian people and the world have been long waiting for in relation to the country’s fate on preferential EBA trade scheme has been officially announced on 12 February 2020 by the EU Commission – with the commission deciding to partially suspend the trade privileges on Cambodia’s products, which amounts around 1,000 million euros annually.
— Fresh News

US Ambassador Appreciates Cambodia’s Assistance to Allow Entry for Westerdam Cruise
The US Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy thanked and appreciated the Royal Government of Cambodia for allowing the Westerdam ship to dock in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville Port on Thursday after she was refused entries to six countries due to fearing of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19).
— Fresh News

WHO Director-General Thanks Cambodia for Welcoming Westerdam Cruise Ship
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, has thanked Cambodia for allowing the Westerdam cruise ship to dock there.
— Fresh News

Authority Carefully Examine Westerdam Cruise before Disembarkation: Governor
Authority take concrete measures to prevent public from approaching the ship and carefully examine passengers prior to disembarkation, Sihanoukville Governor Kuoch Chamroeun told Fresh News on Thursday.
— Fresh News

Cambodia’s Financial Vitality, Creation of Friendly Financial Cooperation between Cambodia and Taiwan
Thanks to the openness of the foreign exchange system, Cambodia has been attracting foreign investments and the Cambodian government has been striving to link up with the world. Thereby, High-Tek Financial (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. opened its door.
— Fresh News

More households to get clean piped water after acquisition
Khmer Water Supply Holding (KWSH), has acquired a fifth water station in Kampong Trabaek district, Prey Veng province.
— Khmer Times

PM issues human rights circular
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday issued a circular urging officials at all levels to work more closely with the Cambodia Human Rights Committee (CHRC) to protect human rights in Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

5 Days of power cuts In Siem Reap
EDC has announced the implementation of the renovation, replacement of equipment and electrical line in Siem Reap.
— Khmer Times

Samdech Sar Kheng Receives New Representative of UNHCR
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng has received the new representative of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam Mr. Giuseppe De Vincentiis.
— AKP

A Hong Kong-Based Firm to Establish Cultural Centre in Phnom Penh
A Hong Kong-based firm branded Sunwah Group is planning to establish a cultural centre in Phnom Penh.
— AKP

Three Japanese companies to join rubbish collection bidding
Three Japanese companies reportedly will take part in rubbish collection tendering when the government plans to begin the process.
— Khmer Times

Sweden Grants US$2.7 Million to Promote Cambodia’s Transparency and Accountability
Sweden has committed US$2.7 million to promote transparency and accountability in Cambodia, according to local media report.
— AKP

Cambodia Produces Almost 8 Million Tons of Cement
Cement factories in Cambodia produced in total nearly 8 million tons in 2019, pointed out the Ministry of Mines and Energy in a report.
— AKP

Japanese investors seek help on business barriers from Cambodia
A group of Japanese investors yesterday has sought Cambodian government help for their business operations in the country.
— Khmer Times

Electrical fire on Street 51 destroys vehicles
An electrical fire on a power line at Street 51, Boeng Keng Kang I commune, Boeung Keng Kang district, Phnom Penh was quickly extinguished before it could cause extensive damage to property.
— Khmer Times

Don’t skip school on Valentine’s Day: Officials tell youth
With the arrival of another Valentine’s Day today, educational officials said that all institutions and guardians should prevent students and their children from “romantic pursuits which break Cambodian culture and tradition”.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian flies inspire Japanese food waste solution
A group of Japanese students are developing a system that uses fly larvae to turn food waste into food for animals
— Khmer Times

Prudential and ACLEDA mark seven years of partnership
ACLEDA, the Kingdom’s largest commercial bank, and insurance giant Prudential have celebrated seven years of partnership under which Prudential life insurance products are distributed through ACLEDA bank branches across Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

First New Cardamom Road Ready
Officials will inaugurate National Road 55 in Thmor Dam, Pursat province, in March. There will also soon be the opening of National Road 10 linking Samlot, Battambang to Koh Kong.
— CNE

Renaissance Minerals says it will extract gold next year
Renaissance Minerals (Cambodia) Ltd, a subsidiary of Australia-listed Emerald Resources NL, is set to become the first large-scale mining operation in the Kingdom, Ministry of Mines and Energy official Yos Monirath said on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Switzerland to provide $12 million to Kantha Bopha hospital
New Swiss Ambassador to Cambodia Helene Budliger Artieda said that her government will continue to provide $12 million to Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals for three years.
— Khmer Times

Review of information law to be completed by month’s end
The ministries of Information, and Justice, will complete reviewing the penalties section of the draft law on access to information by the end of this month at the latest.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry rejects request to repeal law on NGOs
The Ministry of Interior has rejected a request by some 100 civil society organisations to repeal the Law on Associations and NGOs (Lango).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Experts tackle plastic waste
Four countries in the Mekong region have come together to address plastic waste leakage into the rivers. They made the commitment at a workshop this week where the Mekong River was named as one of the 10 which channelled plastic into the ocean.
— The Phnom Penh Post

 

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