Cambodia Morning News For March 22

Cambodia Morning News For March 22
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Air cargo volume soars again
For the second straight year Cambodia has proven to be one of the world’s most dynamic markets for air freight shipments, with growth in cargo volume exceeding both global and regional averages.
The Phnom Penh Post

Alternative to TPP shows no sign of activity: analysts
While Prime Minister Hun Sen has publicly expressed his distaste for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was dealt a critical blow by US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the agreement, economists say there has been little visible progress in cementing a rival multilateral free trade agreement that puts China and ASEAN in leading roles.
The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s Largest MFIs Eye Future as Commercial Banks
Cambodia’s largest microfinance institution, Prasac, underwent a shuffle in shareholders this week as part of a multimillion dollar deal with one goal in mind: to transform into a licensed commercial bank.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Dropout rates dropped in ’16, Education Ministry says
Significantly fewer upper secondary students dropped out of school in 2016 compared to the previous year, but Cambodian education authorities say they still want to halve the rate to improve graduation rates and students’ chances of success in life.
The Phnom Penh Post

PM Praises Trump’s TPP Withdrawal, Slams Protectionism
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday praised U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but said the president’s protectionist policies were doomed to fail.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Chevron Granted More Time to Appeal Court Order to Release Kem Ley Murder Footage
A U.S. court has extended the deadline for oil giant Chevron to appeal a court decision ordering it to release security camera footage from the gas station in Phnom Penh where Cambodian political analyst Kem Ley was killed last year.

Civil Society Groups Express Concerns Over Restrictive Laws
Civil society groups in Cambodia have expressed concerns over increasing restrictions placed on them since the passage of laws governing NGOs and unions.

Thai-Cambodian Products Piloted As GIs In ASEAN
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the European Union (EU), and Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) have registered Lamphun’s silk from Thailand and Cambodian pepper and loaf sugar as part of a piloted project of GI products in ASEAN, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
Malaysian Digest

Cambodia rejects paying ‘dirty debt’ to the US
The United States has renewed its demand for Cambodia to repay a war debt of $500m amid President Donald Trump’s push to improve the state budget. Such a demand has met with an outcry from Cambodian political leaders and their people, who have consistently called the debt “dirty” and “blood-stained”.
Al Jazeera

Cambodia Court Grills Jailed Political Analyst on Radio Interview
Jailed Cambodian political and social commentator Kim Sok was summoned to court Tuesday for questioning in connection with charges of inciting social chaos and defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen during a radio interview with RFA’s Khmer Service last month.
Radio Free Asia

Cambodia stops export of breast milk to US
On Monday, Cambodia’s government temporarily banned exports of breast milk to the US by Ambrosia Labs, the only company currently shipping Cambodian breast milk to the US.
Southeast Asia Globe

North Korea-Cambodia Relations: The Sound of Silence
Cambodia and North Korea had enjoyed a special relationship for decades. Their close ties date back to the height of the Cold War, when this country’s longtime and often troubled monarch and political leader, Norodom Sihanouk, sought Chinese patronage and refuge in Pyongyang.
The Diplomat

Breast milk mothers mourn trade
Pha Rem has a lightly freckled face and a bicycle laden with vegetables – lotus root still wet from the river. Peddling the greens to market is a meagre source of income – bringing in around $5 a day – but after the government temporarily halted exports of human breast milk to the United States on Monday, it’s all she has.
The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian LGBT Comes Out of the Shadows
Cambodia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is coming out with an assertion of unprecedented pride, in stark contrast to just five years ago when discrimination and bullying were usually endured in private.

Court Presses Ahead With Defamation Case Against Former Opposition Leader
A lawyer for Cambodia’s former opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, has labeled a court’s decision to decline a request for a delay in proceedings a violation of Rainsy’s human rights.

Slow Start for Observer Sign-Ups Ahead of Commune Polls
About 500 Cambodians have registered as observers for the June commune elections, falling well short of the more than 20,000 that civil society groups are hoping for, while not a single foreigner has signed up yet, the National Election Committee (NEC) said on Tuesday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Minister: School Quality Improving, Dropout Rate Still High
While acknowledging low enrollment, especially in higher grade levels, Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron on Tuesday said the government is making efforts to improve schools throughout Cambodia.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)



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