Cambodia morning news for February 19

Cambodia morning news for February 19

Cambodia morning news

Cambodia’s carelessness over coronavirus could bring disaster
When passengers from the MS Westerdam disembarked in Sihanoukville, Cambodia on Valentine’s Day last week, it was smiles and handshakes all around, as Prime minister Hun Sen greeted them with roses. Protective masks were nowhere to be seen.
— The Thaiger

No Cambodian Students in Wuhan Infected with Covid-19, Says PM Hun Sen
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen confirmed that no Cambodian students in Wuhan, China infected with coronavirus; they are in good health, speaking at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
— Fresh News

PM Hun Sen Says No Comments on EU’s Decision to Partially Withdraw EBA
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said that he has no comments on the European Union’s decision regarding the partial withdrawal of preferential tax system of EBA, speaking at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
— Fresh News

130 of 145 MS Westerdam passengers who landed in Malaysia, have flown home, 2 hospitalised for COVID 19
Approximately 130 passengers who took the first charter flight from Sihanoukville with the sick American woman, have left for the US, Europe and Australia and Hong Kong.
— Khmer Times

Chickens from Vietnam banned
Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon to take action to prevent the spread of bird flu (H5N1) from Vietnam into the Kingdom as an outbreak of the disease plagues southern Vietnam.
— The Phnom Penh Post

MS Westerdam passengers to fly home, PM says
Prime Minister Hun Sen said today that the MS Westerdam passengers being stranded in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville have had three flights arranged to leave Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

MS Westerdam’s remaining passengers and crew complete testing for COVID-19
The MS Westerdam remains alongside in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, where officials from the Cambodian Health Ministry were on board Monday to complete testing for COVID-19 on the 255 guests and 747 crew that are awaiting clearance.
— Khmer Times

Westerdam’s Owner Thanks PM Hun Sen for Allowing His Cruise to Dock in Cambodia
The President of Holland America Line Orlando Ashford, owner of Westerdam, thanked Prime Minister Hun Sen for his humanitarian gesture for allowing Westerdam to dock in Sihanoukville port.
— Fresh News

US Ambassador to Cambodia Conveys Gratitude to PM Hun Sen on Allowing Entry to Westerdam Cruise
The US Ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy thanked Prime Minister Hun Sen for his humanitarian gesture for allowing Westerdam to dock in Sihanoukville port.
— Fresh News

PM Hun Sen: If Cambodia Does Not Allow Westerdam Ship to Dock, Global Humanitarian Crisis Occurs (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reiterated on Tuesday morning that if Cambodia did not allow Westerdam to dock, there will be a global humanitarian crisis. He added Cambodia has the responsibility to ensure that passengers on board get access to a thorough medical test to confirm no cases of Covid-19.
— Fresh News

All 362 Indonesian Citizens Working aboard MS Westerdam are Healthy: Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi
All 362 Indonesian citizens working aboard the MS Westerdam cruise liner currently docked in Cambodia are healthy, said Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Monday (Feb 17).
— Fresh News

Coronavirus: UK trying to contact Britons who left cruise ship in Cambodia
The Guardian Newspaper in UK has reported that the UK government is scrambling to contact scores of British travellers who disembarked from a cruise ship in Cambodia, after one of the passengers onboard later tested positive for coronavirus.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Coronavirus Complacency May Exact a Global Toll
After a cruise ship docked in Cambodia, passengers streamed off the ship, maskless, and fears are rising that the country could become a vector of transmission.
— The New York Times

Ministry to promote workers’ rights amid partial EBA status suspension
The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training yesterday vowed that it would continue to promote workers’ rights and fair working conditions for those in the garment sector amid the recommended partial withdrawal of the European Union’s Everything but arms (EBA) preferential trade scheme in Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Fake News, reports of Cambodian student dying from COVID-19, Prime Minister
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen today reaffirmed that no Cambodian students in Wuhan, China have been infected with coronavirus.
— Khmer Times

Covid-19 Is Attacking Economy, Says PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed his concern over the impact on the Cambodian economy due to a crisis of the coronavirus, speaking at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
— Fresh News

BREAKING NEWS: Kandal Province Appoints New Governor: Royal Decree
Kandal Deputy Governor Kong Sorphorn was appointed as the new governor of Kandal province, replacing Mao Phearun, according to the Royal Decree dated 17 February 2020.
— Fresh News

EU Suspension Seen Having ‘Muted’ Direct Impact on Cambodian Economy
The European Commission’s partial suspension of Cambodia’s duty-free access to the EU market will have a limited impact on the country’s economy, a U.S. credit rating agency said Tuesday.
— AKP

Cambodia Unchanged as Growth Forecasts Cut for 15 Economies
Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday downgraded this year’s GDP forecasts for 15 economies in the Asia-Pacific region following the recent coronavirus outbreak in China but left Cambodia’s forecast unchanged.
— AKP

Tax Incentives Offered to SMEs in Priority Sectors
Ministry of Economy and Finance has encouraged small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to register themselves for tax to benefit from tax incentives.
— AKP

Rare Royal Turtle Nests Found at Sre Ambel River
Three nests of endangered royal turtle have been spotted along the bank of Sre Ambel River in Koh Kong province, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
— AKP

Ten Investment Projects of US$80 million Approved by CDC
Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) earlier this week approved ten new investment projects with a total investment capital of US$83.3 million.
— AKP

Message from Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia
It is a great pleasure to be sharing this message with the Cambodian people on the occasion of the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen pushes for migrant worker safety
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday ordered the Labour Ministry to pay attention to the safety of women migrant workers.
— Khmer Times

Ten baby Siamese crocs spotted in the Cardamom mountains
Ten baby Siamese crocodiles have been sighted in the Veal Veng crocodile sanctuary in Pursat province for only the second time in a decade.
— Khmer Times

Rural Development Ministry to fast track anti-overloading regulation
The Ministry of Rural Development announced its plans to coordinate with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to amend some sub-decrees which will allow for its involvement in preventing heavy vehicles from using and damaging rural roads.
— Khmer Times

Blockchain technology improves coronavirus response, maybe be beneficial to Cambodia
It’s a classic contradiction of public versus personal interests: how can authorities slow the spread of coronavirus while protecting patient privacy?
— Khmer Times

Tea Banh off to Hanoi for ADMM today
Defence Minister General Tea Banh will lead a high-powered delegation today to attend the Asean Defence Ministers Meeting in Hanoi.
— Khmer Times

PM proposes ‘hotel-room courts’ for female offenders
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday suggested the use of hotel rooms to speed up court proceedings for female prisoners.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM Meets President of Holland America Line
Visiting President of Holland America Line, the operator of Westerdam cruise ship, Mr. Orlando Ashford has paid a courtesy visit to Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
— AKP

PM Hun Sen Urges to Prevent Bird Flu Outbreak in South Vietnam (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on all ministries, institutions and authorities to be vigilant and to prevent the bird flu outbreak as it is occurring in the south of Vietnam, speaking at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
— Fresh News

Tax-free brackets adjusted
The government has raised the tax-free bracket from 1.2 million riel (about $300) to 1.3 million (about $320) in a move to ensure civil servants due for raises this year are not subjected to income tax.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen Hopes Covid-19 Ends Soon
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen congratulated the Chinese Government on discovering the effective drug, anti-malaria, against coronavirus, speaking at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
— Fresh News

Education sector the top priority: Hun Sen
Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday that the government’s number one priority is the education sector, and that focus is being placed on improving the quality of teachers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Court questions the Rock owner in drug raid case
The case against Oknha Kith Theang, the owner of Rock Entertainment Centre in Phnom Penh, and his associates continued on Tuesday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
— The Phnom Penh Post

School dropouts gain hope through Beep programmes
The ministries of Education; Labour and Vocational Training, and Unesco continue to collaborate on the four-year Basic Education Equivalency Programme (Beep) 2020-23 which has so far benefitted more than 2,000 school dropouts across the 15 provinces, of which nearly 30 per cent are female.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chickens from Vietnam banned
Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon to take action to prevent the spread of bird flu (H5N1) from Vietnam into the Kingdom as an outbreak of the disease plagues southern Vietnam.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM orders to lower prices of retail petrol
Prime Minister Hun Sen has stepped in to lower retail petrol prices by $0.04 per litre in line with international markets.
— The Phnom Penh Post

GDT says revenues up 15% in January
The General Department of Taxation (GDT) collected about 956.76 billion riel ($239.19 million) in tax revenue in January, up 14.74 per cent compared to the same period last year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Muuve and Ooctane put parntership in motion
Cambodian food delivery start-up Muuve has announced a partnership with Sear Rithy’s investment company Ooctane, a local venture capital firm, to meet market demands.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Meng: FTA with China will help us forget EBA
The loss of trade preferences in Europe would be more than offset if Cambodia manages to enter a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, said Cambodian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) president Kith Meng.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Dual currency payment system launched
Cambodia’s Acleda Bank Plc and Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank Pcl (SCB) have teamed up to launch an innovative payment system that will allow customers to pay in either country using their own currency.
— The Phnom Penh Post

GDP growth to shrink to 5.5% on partial EBA suspension, Covid-19
Moody’s Investors Service Inc has maintained its forecast for Cambodia’s real gross domestic product growth for this year at a moderate 5.5 per cent, it said on Tuesday in a note.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CMAC targets more than 100 villages in Banteay Meanchey for demining work
The Cambodian Mine Action Center has targetted more than 100 villages in Banteay Meanchey province for mine clearing operations over the next three years.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s ranking as a logistics hub remains ‘stable’
Cambodia’s ranking has slightly improved in this year’s global index of emerging logistics markets, rising one notch compared with the same survey last year from 42 to 41 among 50 countries included in the study.
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen: EU should respect Kingdom’s stance on human rights, democracy
While Cambodia accepts the European Commission’s recommendation for the partial suspension of the Kingdom’s Everything-but-arms (EBA) trade status, Prime Minister Hun Sen said the European Union should also respect the Kingdom’s stance.
— Khmer Times

Manet: Military a tool for peace and stability
Army Commander Lieutenant General Hun Manet yesterday ordered the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces for the continued preservation of the Kingdom’s peace and stability.
— Khmer Times

NCCT checks efforts to help migrant workers
THe National Committee for Counter Trafficking yesterday held a meeting with stakeholders to determine the effectiveness of steps taken to deal with Cambodian migrants deported for illegally working overseas.
— Khmer Times

Stricter tax collection puts $2.9 billion target in sight
The General Department of Taxation (GDT) announced it aims to collect a total of $2,886 million in tax revenue this year.
— Khmer Times

First phase of affordable housing to be completed within the year
The first affordable housing project targeting lower- and middle-income families will be completed by the end of this year, according to senior staff from WorldBridge Homes Co, the company behind the project.
— Khmer Times

Tax incentives offered to SMEs that register
Tax preferences have been offered to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as incentives for encouraging informal ones to register and update business information.
— Khmer Times

Virus games buoyed by Covid-19 spread
Virus-related games are gaining popularity amid the ongoing Covid-19 spread.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Police burn marijuana farms
Takeo provincial police are on the hunt for the owners of 13 marijuana plantations they discovered and destroyed on Sunday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Negligence cause of fires in provinces
The director of the National Police’s Fire Department, Neth Vatha, has urged all fire department units in the capital and provinces to be vigilant amid a wave of fires across the country.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Battambang province drug raid nets drugs, cash
A police crack down on a drug distribution network in front of Queens Casino in Dong Village, Boeung Reang Commune, Kamrieng District, Battambang Monday netted a cache of drugs, vehicles, cash and jewellery.
— Khmer Times

Boy loses hand in K Thom after playing with UXO
A 12-year-old boy from Kampong Thom province’s Prasat Balang district lost his right hand when an unexploded ordnance (UXO) he was playing with blew up on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sihanoukville: Unsafe ‘roofs’ over their heads
Despite a ban on workers living inside construction sites, many are still doing so because they have either not been informed about the prohibition or just cannot afford to rent accommodation outside.
— Khmer Times

Debunking the Chinese naval base in Cambodia narrative
The Claim that a new Cambodian airfield is actually a Chinese base is dubious at best has been widely circulated from News.com.au, a division of News Corp Australia, was published on Feb. 8, 2020, and was subsequently parroted and shared all around the national security and defense online community.
— Khmer Times

Female Construction Worker Dies on Chip Mong Build
Phnom Penh: A female construction worker on the Borey Chip Mong Land has died tragically after falling from a building.
— CNE

 

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