Cambodia Morning News For June 13

Cambodia Morning News For June 13
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Work Permitting Eases, But Glitches Remain
Companies operating in Cambodia have seen the process of obtaining work permits for foreign employees become easier and more transparent since the Labor Ministry started a website in September run by the private sector, industry experts said.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodia tourist arrivals rise 5 percent in 2016: PM
The number of foreign tourists visiting Cambodia in 2016 rose 5 percent to five million, bringing in about $3 billion in revenue, the prime minister said on Monday.

NGOs claim 95 percent result count accuracy
As the National Election Committee launched into the recount process for contested communes yesterday, an election watchdog coalition announced it had found that 95 percent of a sample of polling stations’ vote count forms from the election body matched those compiled by the group itself.
The Phnom Penh Post 

Etihad Cargo adds Cambodia freighter service
Etihad Cargo has launched a weekly freighter service between Abu Dhabi and Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, in a bid to capture Cambodia’s growing garment and footwear output. Fashion related industry now accounts for 10 percent of the country’s workforce, and Cambodia’s rise represents a demand for cheap labor as countries like China see their labor costs rise.
Air Cargo World 

Jet’s to expand night market
Following the popularity of Cambodia’s first-ever container night market, the company behind the project said it is investing an additional $500,000 to expand the open-air facility with an annex scheduled to open next month.
The Phnom Penh Post 

A social investment ecosystem emerges in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar
The social-impact economy in growth markets in Asia has grabbed the attention of governments in the region, according to a new report from the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network. Impact investment funds are launching or expanding, even in Cambodia and Myanmar, as well as in Indonesia and the Phillippines, and a new law is enabling social enterprises in Vietnam.
Impact Alpha 

Product education drives brand trust in Cambodia
Brands must prioritise product education in Cambodia if they want to build consumer trust for new categories, a senior agency executive has said.

It was June 1999, and Cambodia’s then-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Chhea Song, was addressing a regional symposium on forestry law enforcement in Phnom Penh.

The Role of Mutual Respect in Improving Cambodia-Thailand Relations
The relations between Cambodia and Thailand can be appropriately labelled as a love-hate relationship, given the long history of bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries. However, racial hatred, arguably, seems to have prevailed among many, if not most, of the people of both countries, at least during the three-year Cambodian-Thai border dispute that started in July 2008 over the territory surrounding the 11th century Preah Vihear Temple (known as Phra Viharn in Thailand).
IPP Review 

Cambodia: Commune Elections Not Free or Fair
Local elections in Cambodia on June 4, 2017, took place in a threatening environment hostile to free speech and genuine political participation, leading to elections that were neither free nor fair, Human Rights Watch said today. Prime Minister Hun Sen publicly stated that he would be willing to “eliminate 100 to 200 people” if the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) did “not win elections at all stages,” adding to a broader environment of threat and fear against media, political activists, and citizens.
Human Rights Watch 

With City Visit, World Heritage Efforts Ramp Up
As part of Cambodia’s push to have the cities of Battambang, Kampot and Kratie granted world heritage status, a Unesco delegation is set to visit Battambang today and assess its architecture and historical buildings.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Police Say Car-Shooting Official’s Son Is Not Facing Arrest
A traffic police officer accused of shooting at another vehicle after a hit-and-run collision avoided arrest because of his father’s high-ranking government position, a provincial police chief said on Monday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)


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