Cambodia Morning News For March 28

Cambodia Morning News For March 28
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Push to reduce chemical dependency
The Ministry of Agriculture is working to develop a procedural framework for the trade and use of biological control agents (BCAs) in agriculture in an effort to improve crop yields, protect consumer health and ensure continued access to key export markets.
— The Phnom Penh Post

New coal-fired plant billed at $600 million
Malaysian-owned energy firm Cambodian Energy II Co Ltd (CEL2) will invest a total of $600 million into building its 150-megawatt coal-fired power plant near Sihanoukville, which is set to become the Kingdom’s third coal-fired power station.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government Using Interest Rate Cap for Political Gain, Analysts Say
A government-imposed interest rate cap on microfinance loans may lead the sector into crisis, analysts have said.

Interest Cap Poses Body Blow for Cambodian Microfinance
Just months ahead of local elections, the Cambodian government has ordered the microfinance industry to cap interest rates on new and refinanced loans at 18 percent a year starting April 1.

NEC Says It Will Recognize CNRP Commune Election Candidates
The National Election Committee (NEC) won’t stop CNRP candidates from running in June’s commune elections, even if the Interior Ministry invalidates the party’s recent change in leadership, a spokesman said on Monday amid speculation from analysts that the government was seeking to bar the opposition from the ballot.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

PM Calls for Insult-Free Campaign for Commune Elections
Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has a long track record of hurling insults at his political rivals, on Monday called for a campaign season free from personal attacks in the lead-up to June’s commune elections.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodia, Shaanxi agreement
Cambodia and Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in trade and investment.
— Global Times

Cambodia arrests over 6,100 drug suspects in 3 months of anti-drug campaign
Cambodian authorities have arrested 6,132 drug suspects in 2,677 cases in the first three months of a six-month anti-drug campaign that launched on January 1, said the Interior Ministry’s latest report on Monday.
— Global Times

Officials to Grill Opposition Over New Leader Appointment
Officials will meet with opposition leaders in late March to discuss the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s recent selection of Kem Sokha to replace its former leader, Sam Rainsy.

Super Duper to branch out
Super Duper, a Western-styled 24-hour supermarket that first launched in early 2015, is planning to open its second branch in June in response to a strong demand for clean wide aisles and a vast array of local and imported grocery products, including hard-to-find items, a company executive said yesterday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen tells parties to refrain from insults, drawing accusations of hypocrisy
In the middle of what observers and experts have described as a sustained legal, political and, at times, physical onslaught against the opposition, Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called for parties to refrain from attacking or insulting their opponents in the run-up to the June commune elections.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Give Hun Sen a Nobel Peace Prize, Government Human Rights Head Says
Prime Minister Hun Sen deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, not the scorn of neighbors who don’t understand Cambodia’s human rights situation, the head of a government committee on human rights said on Monday.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Official Blames Factory Worker for Fatal Generator Explosion
An explosion at a Phnom Penh garment factory that killed one worker and injured seven others last week was caused by an operator who stoked a wood-fired generator because he wanted extra time for lunch, an official said on Monday.
— The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodian PM calls for people to vote for ruling party in forthcoming commune election
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Monday called for the country’s eligible voters to cast their ballots for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) in the commune election on June 4.
— Global Times

Cambodia Property Awards 2017 Winners Focus on Expertly Planned Developments
Cambodia’s most outstanding real estate developers were honoured at the second annual PropertyGuru Cambodia Property Awards during an evening of celebrations, dining and networking with more than 300 guests at the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra.

Thai gov’t won’t rescue agitator for protesting Cambodia casino
Thailand’s deputy prime minister has warned a local agitator that he’s on his own if Cambodian authorities arrest him for protesting a new border casino.



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