Cambodia morning news for February 4

Cambodia morning news for February 4

Cambodia morning newsHun Sen Ready to Visit Cambodians in Wuhan City if China Authorizes his Visit
Speaking during a meeting with the Cambodian community in Seoul where he is attending the Universal Peace Federation World Summit 2020, Hun Sen spoke of the students stranded in Wuhan City due to the Coronavirus(2019-nCoV) outbreak. “I will visit our students in Wuhan if the Chinese government allows,” he said.
— Thmey Thmey

Phnom Penh Residents Want Cambodians In China Evacuated
Residents of Phnom Penh said on Friday that they were concerned about the health of Cambodians stranded in China, on account of the viral epidemic, and wanted the government to evacuate them from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
— VOA

Experts Say Cambodian Economy to Feel The Effects of Coronavirus Outbreak
Chinese stock markets crashed Monday morning, falling more than 8 percent, the first time the Shanghai stock exchange has seen such a drop in five years.
VOA 

Cambodian Court Rules Against Returning Passports, IDs to Former RFA Reporters
A court in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh has rejected a request by two former RFA reporters to return their passports and identifying documents after an appellate court ruled last week to continue a reinvestigation into espionage charges against them, according to their lawyer.
— Radio Free Asia 

Hun Sen offers Wuhan visit, while Pakistan resumes China flights
Even as many countries curb travel to and from China amid the coronavirus outbreak, two countries with close ties to Beijing — Cambodia and Pakistan — are signaling support by keeping their doors open.
— Asia Nikkei Review (paywall)

As EU decision on tariffs looms, Cambodia garment industry gets nervous
A rare public spat has broken out between Cambodian garment factories and the international brands they supply as concerns grow that the country will soon lose its tariff-free access to Europe.
— Asia Nikkei Review (paywall)

Chinese Nationals Returning Home from Cambodia Test Positive for the Wuhan Virus
Ministry of Health spokesman Ly Sovann Monday said that he was informed that these three persons had come to Cambodia last month on the same flight as the Chinese man who was found to carry the coronavirus when he landed in Sihanoukville City.
— Thmey Thmey 

Cambodia’s blockchain payment network will go live in early 2020
The Cambodian central bank will soon launch a blockchain-based payment and money transfer platform, after completing a pilot period last year.
— Central Banking

EU-Asean relations could be better, says Hun Sen
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen stated that the EU has poor relations with some of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines.
— Khmer Times 

Calm returns to Cambodia after coronavirus-induced panic
The fear caused by the first coronavirus case confirmed in Cambodia has lessened, this according to Fr Giovanni Tulino, a missionary with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME).
— Asia News 

Tackling fake news amid a coronavirus outbreak
Amid the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has infected more than 14,000 people worldwide and caused over 360 deaths, false claims and fake news about the spread of the virus are on the rise.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen to attend peace summit in South Korea
Prime Minister Hun Sen today left the Kingdom for South Korea to attend the Universal Peace Federation World Summit till Wednesday.
— Khmer Times 

Hun Sen not afraid of travelling to epicentre of coronavirus outbreak
Following his decision last week not to evacuate Cambodians in China, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said he would go to the Chinese city at the epicentre of a viral pandemic if granted permission by Chinese authorities.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Land dispute case sent to Kampong Speu governor
A land dispute case involving 20ha has been referred to the governor of Kampong Speu after the alleged victims – 156 families who lost their land – petitioned the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction to get involved.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Sar Kheng: CSOs exaggerating facts about restricting activities
Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Monday accused some civil society organisations (CSOs) of harbouring ill will against the government and falsely claiming that authorities were restricting their activities.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Cambodia’s foreign policy 2020
The annual conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wrapped up last week with several key observations and messages on international politics and Cambodia’s foreign policy priorities.
— Khmer Times 

PM Hun Sen Applauds Fruitful Results of Cambodia-South Korea Good Relations
In a meeting with Cambodian people and workers in South Korea on 3 February 2020, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen praised Cambodia-South Korea strong diplomatic relations and fruitful results between the two countries.
— Fresh News

PM Hun Sen Satisfied to Build Relations with Koreas (Video inside)
In a meeting with Cambodian people and workers in South Korea on 3 February 2020, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen declared that was a successful man to build good relations with Koreas.
— Fresh News 

Gov’t to aid students facing food insecurity
The ministries of Economy and Finance; and Education, Youth and Sport, will implement a food programme for 50,000 children in 205 target schools using community products.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Governor calls for stronger pagodas
Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng on Friday ordered the capital’s 14 district governors to oversee the construction of buildings inside pagodas.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Drainage Blocking Buildings Demolished In Sihanoukville
The Joint Task Force at the Provincial, Municipal and Provincial levels in Sihanoukville continued throughout the day of February 3, 2020 to restore the drainage canal in the Group 30, Sangkat 3, Sihanoukville. Houses illegally built have been destroyed.
— CNE

Angkor Resort Earns Over 10.5 Million in January
Angkor Archaeological Park last month collected more than US$10.5 million from the entrance ticket sale to 222,561 foreign tourists.
— AKP

Cambodia Offers Sympathy to China over New Coronavirus Outbreak
The Royal Government and people of Cambodia would like to share their concerns and difficulties with the Government and people of China who have been facing the spread of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
— AKP

Over 5,000 Associations and NGOs Recorded in Cambodia
As of December 2019, a total of 5,564 associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have deposited relevant documents and have been registered at the Ministry of Interior.
— AKP

IFAD launches development project aimed at rural areas
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have provided the government with $122 million for a rural development project, a press release issued on Monday said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Over 200 killed on roads in January
More than 200 people were killed in road accidents in January alone, according to a report by the Traffic Police and Public Order Department.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministries to continue meals programme in rural schools this year
The Finance and Education Ministries are planning to continue their school meals programme in rural areas to reduce dropout rates this year.
— Khmer Times 

Forest community marks anniversary with call to action
The Sorng Rukhavorn Forest Community in Oddar Meanchey province has issued a call for all to take part in the protection and conservation of forests and wild animals.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Officers arrest killer of monkey in Mondulkiri
The Mondulkiri Provincial Court has charged and detained a man accused of hunting the endangered Douc Langur monkey with an illegal weapon in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Towns set for Unesco’s Creative City Network
UNESCO representatives on Friday met with Minister of Tourism Thong Khon, marking the next step in the Kingdom’s efforts to add Battambang, Kampot and Kratie towns to the Creative City Network.

Ticket sales at Angkor complex are down as Coronavirus frightens off large numbers of overseas tourists
Angkor Archaeological Park earned almost $10.5 million in revenue from ticket sales in January this year, nearly a 15 percent decrease compared with the same time last year, figures from Angkor Enterprise report.
— Khmer Times

Kingdom has high hopes over UK trade privilege retention
Cambodia’s government is hoping to retain its preferential trade status with the UK after it left the European Union.
— Khmer Times

Ministry urges livestock production boost for local market
The Agriculture Ministry yesterday urged farmers and the private sector to increase the production of pigs and cattle to supply the local market following a drop due to African Swine Fever and other factors, leading to increased imports last year.
— Khmer Times 

Three Coronavirus carriers from Cambodia identified in Shenzhen
Three Chinese passengers who were on the same flight as Cambodia’s first coronavirus patient were diagnosed with virus after returning to Shenzhen from Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Sar Kheng calls on NGOs to submit reports
Interior Minister Sar Kheng is blaming civil society organisations for failing to report complaints about rights violations to him.
— Khmer Times 

Cambodia-South Korea Bilateral Trade Reaches $1 Billion
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen stated that the good relations between Cambodia and South Korea has helped boost trade volume between the two countries, speaking at a gathering with Cambodians in South Korea on 3 February 2020.
— Fresh News 

Ministry to get $125 million for rural development project
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), together with the Government and the European Investment Bank (EIB), are launching a $125 million rural development project that aims to boost incomes and food security for 200,000 families in Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Kingdom welcomes return of blue helmets from Lebanon
The Kingdom yesterday welcomed the return of 180 blue helmets who recently completed their one-year peacekeeping tour of duty in Lebanon.
— Khmer Times

Ministry reports alleged border encroachment
The Interior Ministry Border Police Protection Unit has thwarted Thai soldiers trying to erect barbedwire along the border of the white zone area, part of Oddar Meanchey province that both Cambodia and Thailand are yet to reach an agreement regarding demarcation.
— Khmer Times

Australian missionary’s detention ‘justified’
The Kandal Provincial Court has disputed claims that an Australian Christian missionary who has been placed in pre-trial detention on a fraud charge had been unjustly imprisoned.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Preah Sihanouk to remove more than 1,000 shophouses for flood mitigation
Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall will demolish more than 1,000 illegally built shophouses and homes along the banks of canals and on the sidewalks in Sihanoukville to facilitate flood mitigation projects.
— Khmer Times

 

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