Cambodia Morning News Roundup For February 24

Cambodia Morning News Roundup For February 24

Welcome to the Cambodia morning news roundup by AEC News Today, your one stop for Cambodia news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities.


Cambodia morning news

Demonstrators Attacked as Cambodian Court Convicts Prominent Activist
Security guards outside a Phnom Penh courthouse attacked demonstrators who came to support land rights activist Tep Vanny during her trial Thursday for a 2013 protest near Prime Minister Hun Sen’s home.
– Radio Free Asia

Cambodia jails land rights activist for 2-1/2 years
A Cambodian court convicted and sentenced a prominent land rights activist to 2-1/2 years in jail on Thursday for her role in a protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s residence in 2013.
– Reuters

Infrastructure development struggles to keep pace with needs of a growing city
City expansion and the fast rate of private-sector development are causes for celebration. However, Phnom Penh citizens continue to be disappointed when heavy rain floods the streets, causing rubbish to float and blocking the sewage system.
—  The Phnom Penh Post

‘We Are Private Institutions’—Banks and MFIs Heed Prime Minister
More commercial banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) were working hastily on Thursday to replace logos that could be confused with those of national agencies and comply with a government directive to publicly declare that they are private institutions, not state-owned.
—  The Cambodia Daily (Paywall)

Why Angelina Jolie’s New Cambodia Movie Matters
There has been no shortage of movies made about Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge. Some, like David Putnam’s The Killing Fields, hit their mark in the 1980s and became a cultural reference point for one of the great tragedies of the 20th century.
—  The Diplomat

Kingdom sees major increase in United States investment
US investments in Cambodia increased 15-fold last year, due mainly to the construction of a new Coca-Cola plant in the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, according to a statement from the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC).
 Khmer Times

Bentleys to be sold in Cambodia
Bentley Motors Group, which is based in the United Kingdom, has collaborated with and has now authorized the Cambodian-based HGB Group to bring the upmarket Bentley cars into the local market.
Khmer Times

Local home loans survive a slowdown
Commercial banks saw strong growth in housing loans last year despite a slowdown in the real estate sector, which could have a knock-on effect and threaten the growth of the country’s services.
Khmer Times

Meat imports rack up $100M tab
Cambodians spent over $100 million on imported meat last year, further widening the gap of domestic supply as local producers failed to capture the lucrative protein market, a government official said yesterday.
—  The Phnom Penh Post

KrisEnergy to consider selling stake in Block A
Singapore-listed KrisEnergy Ltd is considering selling or farming out a stake in its Cambodia Block A offshore oilfield to ease its debt burden, according to the company’s 2016 year-end report.
  The Phnom Penh Post

‘Desperate’ Australian couples unable to leave Cambodia with surrogate babies
Around 10 Australian couples have been left in legal limbo in Cambodia — unable to bring surrogate babies home months after their birth — as they wait for the Government in Phnom Penh to draft new laws on surrogacy.
– ABC (Australia)

Court acquits two Thais accused of human trafficking
A provincial court in southern Thailand has dismissed human trafficking charges filed by Cambodian workers against a Thai fishing boat captain and a fish market owner.

Vietnam on full alert as bird flu hits neighbors China, Cambodia
Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has called for elevated efforts from the administrations of border localities to prevent a cross-border spread of bird flu caused by avian influenza A(H7N9) and other viral strains to Vietnam.
Tuoi Tre News



Feature photo: John Le Fevre



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