Cambodia Morning News For April 21

Cambodia Morning News For April 21

Cambodia morning news

Kingdom’s debt grows to nearly $6 billion
Cambodia’s national debt stood at $5.8 billion at the end of 2016, totalling nearly a third of GDP, according to the latest debt bulletin released by the Ministry and Economy and Finance earlier this month.
The Phnom Penh Post

Construction sector investment falls by 22 percent
Investment capital in Cambodia’s construction industry is off to a dwindling start this year, falling 22.1 percent at the end of the first quarter compared with the same period last year.
The Phnom Penh Post

Young Entrepreneur Wants to Bring Tech Efficiency to Cambodian Businesses
Integrating technology into your business operation can improve staff management, customer targeting, accounting, and communication with authorities, says Sok Sopheakmonkol, CEO of Codingate, a Cambodia-based
company providing technology solutions.

AIA Life Insurance partners with Smart
AIA Cambodia Life Insurance Plc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed AIA Group Ltd, has partnered with telecommunications provider Smart Axiata to deliver life insurance products and services, according to a press release.
The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnamese firm to invest in massive casino
A little-known Vietnamese investment firm plans to build a massive $200 million mixed-use development that includes a hotel, casino and water park in the dusty Cambodian border town of Bavet through its fully-owned Malaysian subsidiary, a government official confirmed yesterday.
The Phnom Penh Post

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Gov’t to Aid Rice Exports To China
The Agriculture Ministry is working to have more Cambodian rice exporters permitted to sell in China, as exports to the country have almost doubled in a year, according to government reports.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodia cracks down on bogus orphanages
Cambodia yesterday launched a crackdown on bogus orphanages set up to attract donations from tourists. It aims to return about 3,500 children who are not orphans to their families, said a government minister.
The Straits Times

Cambodia, U.N. launch plan to tackle fake orphanages
Cambodia launched a crackdown on bogus orphanages on Thursday, many of which are set up to attract donations from tourists, with the aim of returning about 3,500 children who were not orphans to their families, a government minister said.

Officials Ask Vietnam to Help Pay for Drug Rehab Center
The Vietnamese government will invest in Sihanoukville’s first community-based drug rehabilitation center after leaders from the two countries’ drug control authorities met in Hanoi this week, according to a Cambodian official.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Social Affairs Ministry Says 38% of Orphanages Unregistered
Heightening the risk of neglect, abuse and child trafficking, nearly 40 percent of the country’s orphanages remain unregistered despite a comprehensive mapping exercise carried out last year, according to a report released on Thursday in Phnom Penh.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodian Opposition Expected to Play on Anti-Vietnamese Sentiment Ahead of Elections
Cambodia’s long-standing fear of Vietnam can sometimes appear to be borderline irrational and allegations of land grabbing, war-mongering, even contaminated food exports — alongside abusive insults — are often leveled at the eastern neighbors. That will only intensify as the commune elections get closer this year.

Health Ministry Rejects Doctor’s Claim He Was Denied Medical License
The Ministry of Health on Tuesday rejected claims from a Cambodian-American doctor who alleged he had been denied a medical license and barred from bringing medical supplies into the country after he criticized Cambodia’s health sector earlier this year.

Election Body Calls on Media to Give Equal Airtime to All Parties
The national election body has called on media proprietors to allot equal airtime to all political parties during campaigning for the upcoming local election.

Welcomed by war survivors in Vietnam and Cambodia
Most places I have visited over the past 45 years have a sense of history. The stories they tell are millennia old. Interesting and colourful, they lend a certain magic to the castles and cathedrals.
The Globe and Mail

Citizen of the world: Sothy Eng connects Lehigh to Cambodia
Sothy Eng wasn’t like most kids. He learned at an early age not to complain, especially about food and especially to his parents.
The Brown and White

Application of Hyperledger Iroha to Central Bank and Regulatory Uses of Blockchain
Soramitsu Co., Ltd. and the National Bank of Cambodia are working to co-develop the open source distributed ledger (blockchain) project, Hyperledger Iroha.
SYS-CON Media (press release)

Cambodian PM supports full probe into chemical weapon attack in Syria
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Thursday that the country backed a thorough probe into a recent chemical weapon attack in Syria that killed over 70 people.

Cambodia has 406 orphanages with 16,579 children: new survey
A new survey released by the Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday showed that Cambodia currently has 406 residential care institutions (RCIs), or orphanages, with 16,579 children living in them.

Government Bars CNRP From Prison Visits
The Interior Ministry will no longer allow CNRP officials to visit their jailed comrades after it accused the party of bringing a Radio Free Asia (RFA) staff member to a prison visit under false pretenses, a claim disputed by the party and the employee.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

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