Cambodia Morning News For August 3

Cambodia Morning News For August 3
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Cambodia morning newsCommerce Ministry Inks Rice Export Deal With Bangladesh
In a major deal that could boost Cambodia’s total rice exports by nearly 50 percent this year, local and Bangladeshi officials signed a deal aiming to move 1 million tons of rice over five years, the countries’ representatives announced on Wednesday.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Growth to Remain Robust Despite ‘Election-Related Uncertainty’, Says IMF
Cambodia’s economy is expected to grow by 7 percent in 2017 and 2018 despite disruptions due to “election-related uncertainty”, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodia’s Microfinance Industry: Why Bigger May Not Be Better
An issue has been swirling around Cambodia’s microfinance circles for some months. Put simply, will poor Cambodians be able to use “movable assets” – motorbikes, cars, livestock or agricultural machinery, for example – as collateral on loans?
— The Diplomat

Corporate bonds edging closer to launch
Cambodia’s market regulator has finalized regulations for establishing a corporate bond, moving one step closer to introducing a new capital market tool that would allow companies to raise funds for expansions, debt refinancing or acquisitions, officials announced yesterday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese company helps reduce poverty
AS the biggest foreign investor in Cambodia, China is an all-around partner to the South Asian country, with cooperation ranging from the high-tech telecom network construction to specific agricultural technique for modern farming.
— Shanghai Daily

Japanese to Provide Flood Aid During PM Visit
Japan will use next week’s state visit by Prime Minister Hun Sen to offer $35 million in grant aid for a flood protection program in Cambodia and improvements to Phnom Penh.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Sand facility allowed to operate
A Koh Kong environmental official yesterday said a company with a sand-washing facility in an area where the Ministry of Mines and Energy last month banned sand dredging would be allowed to keep and operate its facility.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Organic farmers soak up Thai advice
For Cambodian organic farmer Por Koung, the journey to Bangkok was more than just a chance to exhibit his products at an international expo, it was an opportunity to glean some experience from fellow organic farmers in Thailand, a country that is spearheading the region’s commercialisation of organic agriculture.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Silk training centre weaves an opportunity for rural women
The Maybank Silk-Weaving Training Centre held its second graduation ceremony yesterday in Takeo province, with 25 female weavers who completed the free training programme moving on to join Color Silk, a social enterprise that supports women engaged in home-based silk production.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Suspect: Trafficked Weapons From Japan Disarming Program
A man accused of international arms trafficking told authorities that he had taken the weapons nearly a decade ago from areas in Cambodia where a Japanese-funded program had worked to collect tens of thousands of illegal small arms, officials said.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

New Cambodia crossing to Sa Kaeo in the works
Banteay Meanchey provincial authorities plan to create a new border crossing into Sa Kaeo to alleviate heavy traffic at the Poipet checkpoint and also offer migrant workers a new, legal passageway into Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Japan disburses $1.2M to Khmer Rouge Tribunal
Japan has donated more than $1.2 million to the Khmer Rouge tribunal and urged the court to continue prosecuting controversial cases against Khmer Rouge leaders, after the court’s investigating judges proposed halting those proceedings for the “sole reason” of “lack of funding”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Smart sale possible as Axiata’s earnings ebb
Malaysian telecom giant Axiata Group will likely divest stakes in its more profitable operations, including its Cambodian subsidiary Smart, as the company is projected to have a 7 percent year-on-year decline in earnings for 2017, according to PublicInvest Research.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Women Recount Escape from Slavery as ‘Brides’ in China
Neath*, 27, sits in the shade of her family’s small wooden hut in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu district, west of Phnom Penh. With her slight build and spindly arms, most observers would never guess that she had been kept as a slave for three years and forced to carry heavy bags of cement and sand.
— New Deeply

Dispute Between Capitol, Drivers Rolls On
The long and occasionally bloody saga between Capitol Tours and its former drivers continued on Wednesday, as the two sides were summoned to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court as part of a civil case brought by the travel company.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)


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Sreypov Men recently completed a course of study in International Relations at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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