Cambodia morning news for December 6

Cambodia morning news for December 6

Cambodia morning newsCambodia frees 32 surrogate mothers after they vow to keep their babies
Thirty-two Cambodian women who were charged with human trafficking for serving as surrogate mothers have been provisionally released from detention after agreeing to keep the babies rather than giving them up as originally planned, officials said on Wednesday.
— South China Morning Post

Government asked to ensure reopening of media outlets
The United States embassy in Phnom Penh is urging the government to ensure that Radio Free Asia and Voice of America resume their work in the country without obstruction amid the government’s push to reverse perceived democratic setbacks.
— Khmer Times

Air China to start Phnom Penh flights from January
After a two-month delay, Air China is set to start direct flights between Beijing and Phnom Penh in January, airport officials said.
— Khmer Times

Interior Minister denies easing pressure on opposition due to EU threats
In October, the E.U. told Cambodia it had 12 months to reverse its crackdown on critics, civil society and the media or risk being suspended from the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme, which allows Cambodian products duty-free access to E.U. markets.
— Voice of America

European sanctions are a response to Cambodia’s totalitarian shift
Europe must hold firm on plans to suspend Cambodia from the the EBA trade initiative.
— The Diplomat

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Sar Kheng: CNRP who respect court likely for a return
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said the majority of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) officials who were banned by the Supreme Court from engaging in political activities for five years might be able to resume their political careers, provided they have adhered to the ruling.
— The Phnom Penh Post

KNLF member flees Kingdom amid death threats
A Khmer National Liberation Front member freed from prison last month has fled to Thailand, claiming that he received death threats from anonymous government officials.
— Khmer Times

Migrant worker protection MoU signed
In order to ensure the rights and safety of migrant workers in Malaysia, two Cambodian recruitment associations yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with three associations from Malaysia at the Labour Ministry.
— Khmer Times

Indonesia, Cambodia Agree to Strengthen ASEAN Centrality
Indonesia and Cambodia have agreed to intensify cooperation for ASEAN`s unity and centrality during the 4th Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation between Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Cambodian counterpart Prak Sokhonn in Jakarta on Tuesday

Cambodia and Nepal sign agreements to bolster ties
Cambodia and Nepal have signed a number of agreements to boost diplomatic and trade ties, according to the Cambodian foreign ministry.
— Voice of America

Rainsy ‘assumes control’ of Cambodia’s opposition in exile
The former president of Cambodia’s main opposition party, Sam Rainsy, has declared himself leader of the party despite its current leader, Kem Sokha, being held under house arrest in Phnom Penh by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.
— Voice of America

Stung Treng authority agrees to Bunong request
Stung Treng provincial authorities have unanimously agreed to the request and conditions of the ethnic Bunong community members from Kbal Romeas village who have been impacted by the Lower Sesan II dam in the province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chaom Chao project is underway
Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC), which is developing the Chaom Chao roundabout overpass and subway, said the company began clearing the site on Tuesday after it met with authorities and other stakeholders to push completion by the end of 2020.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Trade logistics centre west of Phnom Penh is in planning
An assessement of plans to build a groundbreaking trade logistics centre west of Phnom Penh will begin soon, the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia-Laos sign agreement on electricity trade and Preah Vihear-Champasak Bridge
The Royal Government of Cambodia and the Government of Lao PDR have signed an agreement in trading electricity power and agreed to build a bridge linking Preah Vihear province of Cambodia and Champasak province of Lao PDR to facilitate the travel of the people.
— Fresh News

UCC examines justice issues in Cambodia
UN Human Rights Committee Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Professor Rhona Smith, will deliver a speech at UCC this Thursday.
— Law Society Gazette

Demagogy is cause of social ills
Cambodia as a country, we are told, has gone completely haywire and needs to be rescued immediately at any cost because its very survival is at stake.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian scouts to be trained in new digital technologies
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said at the first national council meeting of the National Association of Cambodian Scouts (NACS) on Tuesday in Kampong Thom province that scout activities will in future be connected with new technologies.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Groups begin Human Rights Day events
About 300 farmers and some civil society organisations yesterday launched a campaign to celebrate Human Rights Day in Svay Rieng province, where they appealed to the government and local authorities to attend to the basic needs of farmers, resolve land issues and promote human rights and democracy.
— Khmer Times

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Hun Sen family book launched
A book titled “New Blood among Successors”, which is about Prime Minister Hun Sen’s three sons, was launched by its author in the capital yesterday.
— Khmer Times

A slowdown in US could hurt Cambodia’s exports
Investors in Southeast Asia are bracing for the potential impact of a recession in the US even as the world’s largest economy nears its longest stretch of growth in history.
— Khmer Times

Rice exporters call for planning, coordination
Local rice exporters yesterday call for better planning and communication between all industry actors to meet China’s import quota.
— Khmer Times

Green Leader to build 20 factories
Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed Green Leader Holding Group Limited will build 20 factories throughout Cambodia in the next five years, the Ministry of Agriculture said.
— Khmer Times

Microlender becomes 1st firm to list bonds on Cambodia’s bourse
Microfinance institution Hattha Kaksekar Limited (HKL), the third largest microlender in Cambodia, became the first firm to list its corporate bonds on the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Cambodia grants new licence for Apsara oilfield
With the kingdom still waiting to produce its first drop of crude oil, a new exploration agreement in the Apsara oilfield signed yesterday could open the way for another milestone deal in Cambodia’s extractive industry.
— Khmer Times

Construction begins for Sihanoukville’s first-ever mall
With an investment of nearly $10 million, construction of what will become Sihanoukville’s first mall began on Thursday.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s cultural diplomacy 2.0
Rich in history and cultural assets, Cambodia has a great potential and comparative advantage to expand its international networks of friendship and partnerships through cultural diplomacy, and project its soft power based on the contribution to human civilisation.
— The Khmer Times

SMEs find convenience at coworking spaces
There are a wealth of options for finding office space in Cambodia. Indeed, it is estimated that new projects next year will bring over 112,000 additional square metres of strata-titled office space to the market.
— The Khmer Times


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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With a decade of experience as an editor and journalist, Roy has edited mastheads across Australia and Southeast Asia, from the remote island communities of the Torres Strait to Cambodia’s only award-winning newspaper, The Phnom Penh Post.

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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