Cambodia morning news for December 4

Cambodia morning news for December 4

Cambodia morning newsCambodia reviews ban on opposition after EU sanctions threat
Cambodia’s parliament is reviewing a five-year ban on more than 100 members of the main opposition party, which could allow them to return to politics, following threats by the European Union to deny duty-free trading access to the Southeast Asian nation.
— Reuters

Cambodia mulls tougher laws on illegal timber logging
Cambodia loses thousands of cubic meters of timber through illegal activities and now the government is looking to amend its laws to better protect the prized natural resource.
— Asian Correspondent

EU set to slap tariffs on rice from Cambodia, Myanmar
The European Commission will on Tuesday propose imposing tariffs on rice coming from Cambodia and Myanmar to curb a surge in imports that it believes is damaging to European producers.
— Successful Farming

CRF joins chorus of criticism against potential EU tariffs
The Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) last week met with trade representatives in Brussels to express its concern over the possibility that the European Union might impose tariffs on Cambodian rice exports.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, Thailand trade surpasses 2017 numbers
Trade between Cambodia and Thailand reached $7 billion during the first nine months of the year, exceeding figures for the entire last year.
— Khmer Times

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Cambodia, ADB discuss $30m loan
The Ministry of Tourism has begun discussions with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) over a $30-million loan to fund infrastructure in coastal provinces that would support tourism development.
— Khmer Times

Lethal protest union leaders’ trial date set
Phnom Penh Municipal Court has set this Friday as the start of the trial of six union leaders who were charged following protests after the 2013 national elections where demands to raise the minimum wage for garment factory workers turned violent.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government outlines efforts to strengthen democracy
The National Assembly is reviewing a five-year ban on more than 100 members of the former opposition party, which could allow them to return to politics, following threats by the European Union to revoke the Everything-but-arms treaty.
— The Khmer Times

GMAC says EBA removal worries are premature
In the wake of the European Union’s decision to put the Everything-but-arms (EBA) agreement with Cambodia under review, prior to its possible cancellation, the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said people should not be too worried.
— Khmer Times

Khmer Rise Party: Preah Sihanouk governor grabbing land
The leader of the Khmer Rise Party (KRP) on Friday submitted a report to Prime Minister Hun Sen accusing the Preah Sihanouk provincial governor of colluding with two prominent tycoons to grab land for personal gain in the province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

In Cambodia, fintech development is slowly gathering pace
As Singapore strides ahead of other ASEAN nations in the arena of fintech development, Cambodia lags some way behind. Its fintech infrastructure is one of the least developed in Southeast Asia.
— Asean Today

CMAC outlines demining work during meeting in Switzerland
A Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority delegation last week briefed representatives from more than 100 countries on efforts to make Cambodia mine-free by 2025 at the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines during its official visit to Switzerland.
— The Khmer Times

Forty-six US deportees set to arrive this month
Forty-six Cambodian deportees from the US are expected to arrive in the Kingdom later this month, according to a senior National Police official.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese investment in Cambodia to diversify into SME finance
Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Cambodia is expected to diversify into finance and banking in the near term, offering microlending services to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s migration boom leaves children home alone, and uniquely vulnerable
This demographic shift means that some villages are primarily populated by children, the elderly, and men who are unemployable because they use drugs or struggle with mental illness.
— Voice of America

Cambodia releases statement on further steps to strengthen democracy and political space
“The Royal Government always cherishes promotion of freedom of press and freedom of expression … the newspaper can resume its operation … The two radio stations are free to reopen their offices”
— Fresh News

The Post ink MoU with Incheon Ilbo
The Phnom Penh Post has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South Korean news website Incheon Ilbo (Daily), in a landmark agreement aimed at improving information and cultural exchanges between the two nations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Lao Airlines opens Vientiane-Luang Prabang-Changsha route
Lao Airlines, the national flag carrier, has opened a new sector from Vientiane-Luang Prabang-Changsha city in China’s Hunan province, aiming to attract more Chinese travellers, especially during Visit Laos Year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia and Nepal sign agreements
Cambodia and Nepal signed four agreements over the weekend to expand economic, diplomatic and political relations between the two nations, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— Khmer Times

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Rainsy made acting president of the dissolved CNRP
Sam Rainsy was made acting president of the dissolved CNRP party in a conference held in the US while former opposition leader Kem Sokha opposed the conference.
— Khmer Times

Kem Sokha distances himself from ‘Rainsy’s’ US event
Former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha on Sunday further distanced himself from an international conference held in the US by members of the court-dissolved opposition.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry starts reforming higher education sector
The Education Ministry has started to improve the quality of education in Cambodia’s top five universities after the World Bank agreed to provide $90 million to fund higher education reforms.
— The Khmer Times

United Front anniversary marked
National Assembly president Heng Samrin yesterday called on youth to maintain hard-earned peace in the Kingdom following decades of war as he commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Solidarity Front for the Development of the Cambodian Motherland.
— Khmer Times

Government extends disabled people’s strategy
The government will extend the National Strategy on Disability for another four years to eliminate all forms of exploitation and discrimination against persons with disabilities.
— The Khmer Times

UN staffer in Mali repatriated following deadly terror attack
A Cambodian United Nations staffer who was injured in a car bomb attack that killed two people in Northern Mali returned to Cambodia on Sunday.
— The Khmer Times

VoIP scammers to be deported next week
More than 230 Chinese nationals caught operating Voice over Internet Protocol scams in Takeo province last week will be deported on December 10, a senior police officer said.
— Khmer Times

Kampong Speu Military Police confiscate wild meat
Military Police in Kampong Speu province’s Phnom Sruoch district on Saturday seized nearly 90kg of wild meat during a raid led by a provincial court prosecutor and Forestry Administration officials in Ou commune’s Cheak village.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Airport train crash injures two
Two people were injured after an airport train crashed into vehicles in Por Senchey district’s Kabab II commune yesterday.
— The Khmer Times

Ministry urges greater youth participation in forest protection
The Environment Ministry is urging people, especially youth, to take part in the protection of forests and natural resources as the government is lacking manpower and equipment.
— Khmer Times

AIDS fight successes praised
The chairman of the National AIDS Authority (NAA) said on Saturday that Cambodia is successfully combating AIDS, having reached 90 per cent of its 2025 target. However, there are concerns about the number of AIDS patients who do not seek treatment.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Kantha Bopha Founder, Dr. Richner’s ashes to rest in Siem Reap hospital
The ashes of Dr Beat “Beatocello” Richner, the Swiss-born doctor credited with resurrecting the network of Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals, will be enshrined in Siem Reap on Wednesday, according to a Kantha Bopha Foundation statement.
— The Phnom Penh Post


Feature photo Christian Haugen

This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, December 5.


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A a professional photographer since the days of film, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photomedia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

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