Cambodia Morning News Roundup For February 28

Cambodia Morning News Roundup For February 28

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

Cambodia scraps counter-terrorism exercise with Australia, says it is occupied by elections
Cambodia has cancelled a counter-terrorism exercise with Australia, just two months after holding its first major army drills with China.
ABC Online

Cambodian official urges emulating Trump’s position on press
A Cambodian government official says U.S. President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media are an inspiration to his own country to observe limits on freedom of expression.
ABC News

Cambodia Threatens Media Outlets, Using Trump as Justification
Cambodia’s government has threatened to expel several media outlets, including the Voice of America, and is using U.S. President Donald Trump’s criticisms of the press as justification.

Third coal-fired plant on order
A Japanese engineering firm has secured a contract to build a 150-megawatt coal-fired power station in Preah Sihanouk province – the Kingdom’s third approved coal-based energy generation facility to date.
The Phnom Penh Post

Outbound travel up by 20% in 2016
Cambodians spent about $600 million abroad last year, state media reported yesterday, while official figures showed a 20 percent annual increase in outbound tourism.
The Phnom Penh Post

Hong Kong delegation scouts out investment
A business delegation from Hong Kong that arrived on Sunday wrapped up its whistle-stop tour yesterday after meeting Cambodian government officials and local business associations to discuss avenues for greater investment across a broad range of sectors, especially real estate development.
The Phnom Penh Post

PM wants local meat and veggies for tourists
Prime Minister Hun Sen urged Cambodia’s hospitality sector to increase its use of locally grown produce yesterday during an event for the 2017 National Clean City day.
The Phnom Penh Post

Modest rise for Thai trade
Trade between Cambodia and Thailand was worth $5.6 billion last year, a $100 million rise compared with 2015, said the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh.
Khmer Times

Hong Kong firms offer expertise
Companies from Hong Kong with expertise in infrastructure development, real estate-related services and professional services are keen to form partnerships with local investors, said a trade delegation visiting Cambodia.
Khmer Times

PM: Green Belt for tourists
Prime Minister Hun Sen called for a Green Belt to be established at the country’s main tourist areas to supply holiday-makers with locally produced vegetables and meat, instead of importing them from neighboring countries.
Khmer Times

PM warns of media anarchy
Prime Minister Hun Sen warned the media yesterday that he was determined to maintain social order, citing US President Donald Trump’s exclusion of some news outlets from a White House briefing.
Khmer Times

Japanese Firm to Construct Coal-Fired Plant
A Japanese company announced plans on Monday to build a coal-powered electrical plant in Preah Sihanouk province, mere months after Cambodia ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change that seeks to reduce global carbon emissions.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Long-Improvised Customs Fees to Be Standardized
A recently proposed customs law would standardize service fees, improve government tax collection and reduce the opportunity for customs officers to set their own charges, a Finance Ministry official said on Monday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodian, Thai Officials Hold Security Meeting
A military delegation led by Royal Cambodian Armed Forces General Neang Phat began a three-day meeting with a Thai delegation on Monday in Siem Reap province in the run-up to a meeting between the countries’ defense ministers next month, a Defense Ministry statement said.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)



Feature photo: John Le Fevre



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