Cambodia morning news for February 17

Cambodia morning news for February 17

Cambodia morning news

Westerdam passenger from Cambodia confirmed as Malaysia’s 22nd COVID-19 case (video) *updated
An 83-year-old American woman who was among 145 people to disembark the cruise ship MS Westerdam at Cambodia’s Sihanoukville port on Friday was today (Feb 15) confirmed as Malaysia’s 22nd COVID-19 case.
— AEC News Today

Cambodia’s Ministry of Health Requests Malaysia to Verify Case of American Woman Tested Positive with Covid-19: Official Letter
The Cambodian Ministry of Health sent a letter to H.E. Hon. Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad, Minister of Health of Malaysia, to verify the case of an American woman aged 83 years old tested positive of COVID-19 who had disembarked from the Westerdam ship docked at Sihanoukville Port.
— Fresh News

Malaysia: Second Test Confirms Virus in Ship Passenger Cleared by Cambodia
A second test confirmed that an elderly American woman, who had traveled on a cruise ship allowed to dock in Cambodia, was accurately diagnosed with the coronavirus upon arriving in Kuala Lumpur on a flight from Phnom Penh, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister said Sunday.
— Benar News

Visitors from Cambodia to Thailand face testing for COVID-19
Thai health authorities have ordered strict screening of passengers from the MS Westerdam and others arriving on flights or land from Cambodia after the cruise ship was allowed to berth in Sihanoukville on Thursday.
— Khmer Times

Almost 500 passengers of MS Westerdam have headed home
The State Secretariat for Civil Aviation (SSCA) said yesterday that 494 of MS Westerdam’s 2,257 passengers and crew have left for their home country through Phnom Penh International Airport and a further 145 through Sihanoukville International Airport.
— Khmer Times

900 more passengers from MS Westerdam scheduled to leave the Kingdom today
Sihanoukville: Some 900 passengers today continued to disembark and to leave the Kingdom from Phnom Penh International Airport to their countries.
— Khmer Times

COVID – 19. As more passengers depart Kuala Lumpur, 2 admitted, 6 denied boarding
The last batch of 17 passengers from the 145 passengers from MS Westerdam, who were supposed to fly out of Kuala Lumpur International Airport last night saw two hospitalized and six denied boarding for further tests.
— Khmer Times

Soldier badly wounded in Preah Vihear landmine explosion
A military officer was severely injured in a landmine explosion last Friday at Preah Vihear province.
— Khmer Times

COVID-19: Chinese Diagnosed Days After Cambodia Trip
According to information released by the Guangxi Health and Medical Commission of China, four Chinese nationals were diagnosed with COVID-19 after traveling to Cambodia. The first patient developed symptoms 6 days after leaving Cambodia.
— CNE

Japan to Provide Medical Equipment for Cambodia to Counter COVID-19
The Government of Japan has announced its assistance in medical equipment to Cambodia, as a part of its efforts to counter Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection worldwide.
— AKP

Japanese Embassy to Hold 9th Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival Next Week
The 9th Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival will be held here at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Centre (CJCC) from Feb. 20 to 23, 2020 at CJCC, under the collaboration between the Embassy of Japan, CJCC, and the Japan Foundation Asia Centre.
— AKP

Cambodia Receives Appreciation from UNWTO
Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) H.E. Zurab Pololikashvili has sent a letter of appreciation to Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, for authorising the docking of Westerdam Cruise Ship at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port.
— AKP

DPM Prak Sokhonn to Attend Two Important Meetings in Laos Next Week
H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will lead a delegation to attend the 5th Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (COVID-19) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, on Feb. 19-20.
— AKP

Japanese business journal says punishing Cambodia is going to backfire on EU
Respected Japanese business journal, Nikkei Asian Review , in an opinion piece last week said that removing tariff-free access will more likely to backfire, pushing Cambodia away from Europe and toward China.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s private sector expresses regret over EU’s partial withdrawal of EBA
The Cambodian Chamber of Commerce along with other business chambers including the Malaysian Business Council of Cambodia, European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia and American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia has expressed their regret over the European Union (EU)’s decision for partially withdrawal of the Everything but Arms (EBA) trade preference.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Good Deed Can Yield Positive Tourism
Cambodia is positive about the Kingdom’s image internationally in the wake of its humanitarian act of allowing Westerdam Cruise Ship to dock at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port despite COVID-19 scare.
— AKP

Agreement to Promote Cambodia-Thailand Trade and Investment Signed
Cambodia and Thailand have entered an agreement to promote cooperation on trade relations and investment between the two neighbouring countries, according to local media report.
— AKP

CRC President Calls for Further Promotion of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen, President of the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC), has urged for further enhancement of maternal, newborn and child health and that of pregnant women, along with the encouragement of all women to undergo medical checkups regularly.
— AKP

Construction of Samlot-Koh Kong road to begin in March
Construction work on the new National Road No.10 connecting Battambang to Koh Kong is scheduled to begin in March, with the ground-breaking ceremony to be presided over by Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen.
— Khmer Times

Water Resources Ministry Seeks AFD’s Support for Phase II of Water Management Programme
Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has requested the French Development Agency (AFD) to continue to support the Water resources management and Agricultural Transition for Cambodia (WAT4CAM) programme in its 2nd phase focusing on the construction and rehabilitation of hydraulic systems in five additional provinces.
— AKP

Foreign Affairs Minister to attend 5th Mekong-Lancang Cooperation
Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn will lead a delegation to attend the 5th Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (COVID-19) next week.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia does the right thing for humanitarian needs, Murphy says
US Ambassador to Cambodia, Patrick Murphy said the Cambodian government did the right thing for humanitarian needs by allowing MS Westerdam to be anchored in Sihanoukville and passengers to disembark.
— Khmer Times

Gov’t to spend $50M to cut electricity tax for industries
The government will spend some $50 million in subsidies to reduce electricity tariffs by $0.01 per kilowatt-hour for the industrial and agricultural sectors from this month, Ministry of Mines and Energy senior official Victor Jona said on Sunday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Asian Cultural Council Thanks PM Hun Sen for His $100K Fund
The Asian Cultural Council issued a press release expressing deepest gratitude to Prime Minister Hun Sen for his donation of USD 100,000 to support the Asian Cultural Council.
— Fresh News

Garment worker accidents drop
Traffic accidents involving garment workers decreased by 10 per cent last year, said a report from the National Social Security Fund (NSSF).
— Khmer Times

Singapore company eyeing biz opportunities in K Speu
Singapore-based company PLMP Holding Pte Ltd has expressed its intention to invest in various sectors in Kampong Speu province, despite the EU’s partial withdrawal of its Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme, provincial governor Vei Samnang said on Sunday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Khlaing Rom Sev market to close down on April 30
Khlaing Rom Sev market in the capital’s Tuol Kork district will be closed down on April 30 by the owner to redevelop the site.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia says it has repatriated all N. Korean workers: U.N. report
Cambodia has repatriated all North Korean workers in compliance with U.N. sanctions aimed at cutting off Pyongyang’s revenue from labour exports, a U.N. Security Council committee report showed Friday.
— Khmer Times

Thai border casino operator states COVID-19 hasn’t affected Poipet’s largest casino
Donaco International, an Australian publicly listed company that operates casinos in both Cambodia and Vietnam has announced that there has been no direct business impacts from the Novel Coronavirus on their Cambodian casino, as of yet.
— Khmer Times

Acleda IPO sets sights for Korean investors
The Korea Association of Finance Companies in Cambodia will hold a seminar on Acleda Bank’s upcoming Initial Public Offering (IPO) for Korean Investors on Wednesday, Feb 19, 4 pm at Acleda Bank headquarters in Phnom Penh.
— Khmer Times

Takhmao Town Celebrates Its Success of Receiving ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award
Takhmao town of Kandal province has organised a mass gathering to celebrate its success of wining the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award 2020-2022.
— AKP

Family of missing Khmer-American girl calls for support in the search
The family of a young Khmer-American girl who was reported missing said they will not give up the search, calling for support from the public to help find her.
— Khmer Times

Another Kirivong Ganja Plantation Up In Smoke
At 7:30 am on February 16, 2020, Kirivong district police forces conducted a search for illegal marijuana plantations and destroyed seven water reservoirs.
— CNE

 

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