Cambodia Morning News For August 30

Cambodia Morning News For August 30
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Cambodia morning newsMission hits back at UN criticism of Cambodia’s ‘deteriorating’ political climate
The Permanent Mission of Cambodia to the United Nations in Geneva shot back at the UN human rights office (OHCHR) yesterday for criticising what it characterised as the Kingdom’s deteriorating political climate, claiming the criticism was “unverified” and “politically motivated”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Bangladesh, Cambodia and China sign new UN treaty to strengthen digital trade in Asia-Pacific
Bangladesh, Cambodia and China today signed the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, a new United Nations treaty aimed at strengthening digital trade in the region.

Cambodian clampdown yields a deafening silence
While Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government unleashes a fresh crackdown on civil society, nongovernmental organizations and independent media, the country’s main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has been mostly silent.
— Asia Times

Shipping company Wan Hai to launch Cambodia route
Wan Hai Lines Ltd., a Taiwan-based container shipper, is planning to launch direct shipping services to Cambodia from Sept. 21, at a time when the Taiwan government is pushing its New Southbound Policy.
— Focus Taiwan

Bank South Pacific deal with RMA is finalised
Bank South Pacific (BSP), Papua New Guinea’s largest bank, has finalised a deal with RMA Cambodia to launch a new joint venture company to tap into the Kingdom’s asset finance market, foreign media reported yesterday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Smart calls for tax transparency
The annual presentation of mobile operator Smart Axiata’s sustainability report yesterday quickly took aim at the government, with the company claiming that authorities were complicit in allowing an unfair playing field to flourish in the telecom sector, where a price war has been escalating since the start of the year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Private sector crucial to ICT development: gov’t
The government has recognised the crucial role that public private partnerships play in developing Cambodia’s telecommunications sector and will strengthen collaboration with the private sector to achieve its ICT infrastructure goals, Minister of Post and Telecommunications Tram Iv Tek said yesterday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Politics Trump Economics in Promised Wage Hike
A week ago last Sunday, Prime Minister Hun Sen rolled out an unprecedented package of new benefits for the country’s army of garment workers, topped off by the promise of a handsome raise next year, just in time for July’s critical national election.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Water utility says order to drop rates will not dilute its revenues
Prime Minister Hun Sen’s order for the capital’s water supplier to lower its rates and compensate customers for charges incurred under a new payment scheme introduced in May will not have a significant impact on the company’s revenue or growth plans, a finance officer at the listed state-run utility said yesterday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

US denies conspiracy to topple Cambodian government
The US Embassy yesterday hit back at unsubstantiated claims of a United States-backed conspiracy to topple the government disseminated by pro-government media outlet Fresh News, even as local news reported that the Interior Ministry would investigate the purported plot.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Accusations that China is behind Cambodia repression fueled by Sinophobia
Current repression of certain media outlets and multiple NGOs in Cambodia has attracted many people’s attention to the practice of free speech and protection of civil rights within and beyond the country’s territory.
— Global Times

Cambodian Indigenous Minorities Fighting Tide of Development
Sah Phon can live with some grief from his ancestral spirits.
— VOA Cambodia (video)

Cambodian Villagers Ask Government for Relief From Dam Flood Tests
Villagers affected by controlled flooding at Cambodia’s Lower Sesan 2 hydropower dam petitioned the country’s prime minister Hun Sen and the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday for their help in being allowed to remain on their land, sources said.
— Radio Free Asia

Is free speech under attack in Cambodia?
“All the news without fear or favor”. That’s the slogan of The Cambodia Daily. But a huge tax bill from the government has the newspaper’s editorial staff fearing the well-respected publication’s fate.
— Al Jazeera


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