Cambodia morning news for February 18

Cambodia morning news for February 18

Cambodia morning news

Cruise passengers scatter, take Cambodia bus tours despite virus fears
A scramble intensified on Monday to trace passengers from a US cruise liner allowed to disembark in Cambodia despite at least one traveller later being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus.
— Business Times (very annoying popups)

PM infected with coronavirus is fake news, says Health Ministry
The Health Ministry today flatly denied a social media post that Prime Minister Hun Sen has been contracted with COVID-19 from an elderly US woman disembarking from MS Westerdam in Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, saying it is fake news.
— Khmer Times

Scramble to track Cambodia cruise passengers after infection
Health authorities scrambled on Monday to track hundreds of passengers who disembarked from a cruise ship in Cambodia last week after a woman tested positive for coronavirus, heightening fears about the spread of the disease around the world.
— Bangkok Post

Cambodia to Take Care of Westerdam Passengers If Their Respective Countries Reject: PM Hun Sen
Speaking at the annual meeting of National Council for Women on Tuesday, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen affirmed his commitment to look after the over 2,000 people of Westerdam docked in Cambodia if their respective countries reject them.
— Fresh News

Malaysia Refuses More Westerdam Passengers
The remaining passengers on the MS Westerdam cruise ship in Cambodia will not be allowed to enter Malaysia after an 83-year-old American woman on board the ship tested positive for Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) after flying into Malaysia.

83-year Old Woman Tested Positive in Malaysia Was Not among 20 Tested in Cambodia: Health Ministry’s Spokesperson
The 83-year old woman who was tested positive in Malaysia was not among the 20 tested in Cambodia, Health Ministry’s Spokesperson Or Vandine told Fresh News CEO Lim Chea Vutha on Monday.
— Fresh News

GMAC Urges EU to Restore Full EBA
Partially suspension of the ‘Everything But Arms’ (EBA) from Cambodia would may cause job losses and effect workers’ livelihoods, said Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC), urging the European Commission and members of the European Parliament to reconsider restoring full EBA trade programme to Cambodia.

EU’s ‘privileged trade scheme’ suspension with Cambodia is a blessing in disguise
I would like to convey to the European Union the following message: There are responsible and foresighted Cambodian leaders from all political affiliations who understand that the partial suspension of the EU’s trade privilege scheme known as “Everything But Arms” (EBA) is a blessing in disguise in that it represents a powerful call for reform.
— The Brussels Times

MS Westerdam owner says no other passengers have reported COVID -19 symptoms
Holland America Line, the owners of the MS Westerdam cruise vessel reported that no other guests or crew, either on board or on their way home, have reported any symptoms of the illness associated with COVID -19 (Coronavirus).
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM Wishes to Host a Reception for Westerdam Cruise Ship’s Passengers
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen expressed his intention to host a reception for the passengers on the Westerdam Cruise Ship to show Cambodia’s true love, warm hospitality and humanitarian heart

Private sector ‘regrets’ EBA partial withdrawal decision
The Cambodian Chamber of Commerce and other business chambers including the Malaysian Business Council of Cambodia, European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia and American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia have expressed their regret over the recommendation by the European Commission to partially withdraw the Everything but Arms (EBA) trade preference.
— Khmer Times

Virus deals new blow to Cambodian city bound to China
An influx of Chinese that some Cambodians resented for bringing noise, dust and chaos to the port of Sihanoukville, is the cause of more pain now that it has gone into reverse.
— Reuters

35 Westerdam Passengers Found Clear of COVID-19 at Thai Airport
Two Thai passengers on board the luxury cruise ship Westerdam have no sign of the coronavirus, though a 83-year-old American passenger of the luxury cruise ship twice tested positive for Covid-19 by Malaysian health officials.
— Fresh News

PM Presides over CNCW’s Annual Meeting
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen presided over here this morning at the Peace Palace the annual meeting of Cambodian National Council for Women (CNCW).

GMAC: Pulling rug from under workers’ feet not way to proceed
The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has expressed disappointment at the European Commission’s (EC’s) recent decision to suspended one-fifth of the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme awarded to Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s Industrial Product Exports Valued at US$11 Billion in 2019
Cambodia exported industrial products, including garment products, with a total value of US$11,185 million in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 14 percent.

Gov’t to spend $50M to cut electricity tax for industries
The government will invest some $50 million 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

Coronavirus could damage global growth in 2020, Cambodia not exempted: IMF
The coronavirus epidemic could damage global economic growth this year, the IMF head said Sunday, but a sharp and rapid economic rebound could follow.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia-Singapore Street Art Fest++ to Enhance Mutual Understanding
Cambodia-Singapore Street Arts Fest++ will help promote mutual understanding and connection between their people, said Cambodian Minister of Culture and Fine Arts H.E. Mrs. Phoeurng Sackona at the official opening ceremony of the event held in Phnom Penh last Saturday.

Female Civil Servants in Cambodia Recorded at 41 Percent
The number of Cambodian female civil servants accounts for 41 percent, according to the statistics released here this morning at the Cambodian National Council for Women (CNCW)’s annual meeting.

Cambodia’s garment, footwear and travel goods exports valued at $9.3 billion
Cambodia exported garment products, footwear and travel goods valued at $9,325 million in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 11 percent, according to a report from Ministry of Industry and Handicraft.
— Khmer Times

CDC Grants Licenses to Four Projects with Investment Nearly $12M
The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) has granted licenses to four new investment on garment and footwear factories with a total investment of nearly USD 12 million amidst EU’s partial withdrawal of preferential tariff EBA.
— Fresh News

S Korea’s Woori Bank accelerates expansion in Cambodia
South Korea’s Woori Bank said Sunday it has integrated two of its subsidiaries in Cambodia, as a means to grow into a leading financial firm in the Southeast Asian country.
— Khmer Times

Key stakeholders report Kingdom’s investment climate friendly, favourable
In a series of interviews conducted by a World Economic Forum team with key stakeholders across policymakers, firms, business associations and researchers, amounting to 41 separate entities, firms have reported Cambodia as possessing a friendly investment and business environment.
— Khmer Times

Hopes to boost textile exports to Japan with added value
Cambodia, as well as Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, are being encouraged to improve their production chains to provide added value to their textile products exported to Japan.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, China closer to FTA signing deal
Cambodia and China say they are now planning to sign a free-trade deal some time later this year. The move came after the duo wrapped up their first-round negotiations, which were held last month in Beijing, China.
— Khmer Times

Two Cambodian resorts shortlisted for top AHEAD Asia 2020 awards
Two Cambodian resorts have been shortlisted for AHEAD Asia 2020 hospitality awards.
— Khmer Times

Grand Opening Foreign Trade Bank Of Cambodia, Takhmao Branch
Kandal: Foreign Trade Bank of Cambodia (FTB) has officially announced its new branch locates in the heart of Takhmao City, Kandal Province on 12th February 2020.
— Khmer Times

Telecom Cambodia, CFOCN partner on fibre network deployment
State-owned Telecom Cambodia and Cambodia Fibre Optic Communication Network (CFOCN) have agreed to jointly deploy metro and regional fibre optic backbone networks, The Phnom Penh Post reports, citing the country’s minister of Posts and Telecommunications Tram Iv Tek.
— Telecompaper

PM Urges to Speed Up Trials of Female Offenders
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has called for the acceleration of trials of female offenders.

PM Orders to Take Action Against Porn Videos on Website
Head of the Royal Government of Cambodia has ordered the Ministry of Interior to check and take action against porn videos of some Cambodian women leaked on some websites, according to his official Facebook page.

Indian man files breach of contract complaint
An Indian national who was leasing a hotel from two Cambodians in Daun Penh district has filed a complaint against them for breach of contract, claiming they sold the building without providing him proper compensation as per their contract.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Village leader confesses to illegal logging allowances in Siem Reap
Banteay Srei district governor Khim Finan has issued fines of 12 million riel ($3,000) to 10 villages and a formal warning to a village chief for illegal logging in Skun village, Tbeng commune, Banteay Srei district, Siem Reap province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Five new solar farms to be connected to the national grid
Solar farms across five provinces are being launched this year, according to the Ministry of Mine and Energy.
— Khmer Times

Ministry approves Kingdom’s first hybrid maize seed
The Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries has approved the first Cambodian hybrid maize, named CHM01, for public use throughout the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Police Arrests a Japanese Man; Seizes Nearly 2 Kg of Drugs
Phnom Penh authority airport in collaboration with anti drug police arrested a Japanese man in Cambodia; confiscated nearly two kilograms of methamphetamine.
— Fresh News


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