Cambodia Morning News For May 5

Cambodia Morning News For May 5
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Ground broken for oil refinery
After years of delays and setbacks, the Cambodian firm set to operate the Kingdom’s landmark oil refinery finally broke ground yesterday on a $1.62 billion project with an updated completion date set for the middle of 2019.
The Phnom Penh Post

Local coffee sector gets a jolt
Several international and local coffee industry representatives gathered yesterday for the start of a three-day event promoting partnerships and franchising opportunities to satisfy Cambodia’s growing coffee cravings.
The Phnom Penh Post

Brewing Coffee Culture Brings Cafe Expo to Phnom Penh
In a nod to the percolating market for upscale cafes and trendy coffee shops in Cambodia, more than 75 companies from 18 countries have turned out for the country’s first international cafe and bakery conference.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodia’s First Oil Refinery Breaks Ground in Preah Sihanouk
Construction began on Thursday in Preah Sihanouk province on Cambodia’s first oil refinery, a massive $1.6 billion project capable of producing almost three times Cambodia’s domestic needs, the Mines and Energy Ministry announced on its Facebook page.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodia to deploy 37,530 security personnel for upcoming local election
Cambodian National Police chief Gen. Neth Savoeun said on Thursday that the Southeast Asian country will deploy 37,530 security personnel to ensure security and public order during the commune election on June 4.

Cambodian PM says hospitalizing in Singapore due to fatigue
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Thursday that he has been hospitalizing in Singapore after getting sick due to fatigue.

Acleda profiting in foreign markets
Acleda Bank’s foreign operations in Laos and Myanmar performed well during the first quarter of 2017 while recording strong net profits last year, leading the bank to seek further regional expansion, according to a senior executive.
The Phnom Penh Post

WEF forum to bring new investment
With the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Asean less than a week away, government officials yesterday said that the theme of the three-day event would focus on “Youth, Technology and Growth”, while providing an opportunity to raise Cambodia’s international profile and attract more investors and tourists.
The Phnom Penh Post

Radio Free Asia Journalist Back on the Air—From Washington
The journalist who had been leading Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) news operations in Cambodia returned to the airwaves on Wednesday for the first time since he left the country and a day after a court issued a warrant for his arrest.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Laos Dam Poses Environmental Dangers to Lower Mekong Basin
Plans for the newest hydropower dam on the Mekong River will need dramatically improved environmental safeguards in order to minimize damage to fish and other wildlife in the river basin, researchers say.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

In Bid to Renew Coral, Biodiversity, Cambodian Navy Makes Use of Old Shipping Containers
Two disused shipping containers were dumped in the waters off the island of Koh Rong Sanloem last Saturday in an effort to create a better marine environment and protect coral reefs, a navy official said.

Cambodian Workers Out in Force on Labor Day
Workers from some 20 unions and workers’ associations gathered on Monday in central Phnom Penh to demand better working conditions and protections.

First int’l cafe, bakery exhibition held in Cambodia
The first international cafe and bakery exhibition kicked off here at the Diamond Island Exhibition Center on Thursday, aiming to boost the development of the fast-growing coffee industry in the kingdom, officials said.
— Xinhua

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