Cambodia Morning News For December 20

Cambodia Morning News For December 20

Cambodia morning newsUS democracy ‘not a good fit for Cambodia’, says academic
Pro-government academic and head of Cambodia’s Royal Academy Sok Touch yesterday continued to voice support for the government’s recent actions against the opposition while dismissing US pressure for Cambodia to maintain democratic principles, claiming the “American democracy” model was not palatable to the “culture and norms” of the Cambodian people.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Former deputy prime minister calls for protests
Former Funcinpec Deputy Prime Minister Lu Lay Sreng could be facing a new court case after calling for peaceful protests against the government in a video posted to Facebook yesterday, issuing comments similar to ones that recently saw former opposition leader Sam Rainsy slapped with a lawsuit earlier this month.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia to Launch First AGT System
The first ever 18-kilometer automated guideway transit (AGT) system running on six lines in the central and outskirt of Phnom Penh will be constructed.
— Fresh News

More work to be done fighting corruption in business: TI report
A new business integrity report from Transparency International Cambodia shows public sector bodies largely failing to promote transparency with regards to bribery, corruption and public disclosure, with businesses faring only a little better on corporate governance norms.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Q&A: UN Secretary-General ‘Concerned’ by Deteriorating Democratic Space in Cambodia
Farhan Aziz Haq spoke to VOA Khmer about the Cambodian government’s crackdown on the opposition and growing democratic crisis leading up to next year’s general election.

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Ride-hailing service Grab seizes opportunity in Cambodia
Grab, Southeast Asia’s top ride-hailing company, on Tuesday announced it is starting service in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, as it seeks to increase its market share in the region.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Government-Aligned Unions Sue Chea Mony Over ‘Appeal’ For Sanctions Against Cambodia
More than 100 government-aligned trade unions and federations have filed a joint lawsuit against the former leader of Cambodia’s Free Trade Union, Chea Mony, accusing him of calling for international sanctions against the government for dissolving the country’s opposition party.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia’s fisheries at risk due to hydropower development on Mekong, MRC warns
Hydropower development will likely deal a serious economic blow to Cambodia, with dire outlooks for its fisheries and rice outputs predicted even under best-case scenarios, according to key findings from the Mekong River Commission (MRC).
— The Phnom Penh Post

CEO of Cambodia’s Sathapana Bank shares how business has changed with the Kingdom’s smartphone revolution
The smartphone revolution has arrived in Cambodia – and nothing is changing more rapidly than the world of finance. Increasingly, wallets are found in apps, not pockets, money is sent via SMS, not cheques, and banks operate out of a cloud, not a branch.
— Southeast Asia Globe

CMAC Clears 50,000 Explosive Ammunitions in 2018
Heng Ratana, Director General of Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC), said that in 2017, CMAC had cleared 8,636 hectares of landmines and destroyed 37,448 landmines and ammunitions.
— Fresh News


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