Cambodia morning news for December 7

Cambodia morning news for December 7
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Cambodia morning newsEU companies voice concern over impact of possible EBA withdrawal
European companies operating in Cambodia voiced concern over the potential repercussions of removing the Kingdom’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential scheme, as the EU Ambassador to Cambodia, George Edgar, led an EU-organised media trip this week.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Taiwan protests after nationals arrested in Cambodia sent to China
Taiwan’s government on Thursday strongly protested Cambodia’s decision to deport 46 Republic of China (Taiwan) citizens, arrested last month for their alleged involvement in telecommunications fraud, to China earlier that day.
— Focus Taiwan

Kem Sokha’s daughters slam ‘liar’ Sam Rainsy over ‘smears’
The daughters of former opposition leader Kem Sokha hit out at Sam Rainsy on Tuesday, accusing the newly nominated “acting president” of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) of leading a “smear campaign” against their father
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia forms group to settle lawsuits against unionists
The Cambodian government this week formed a group reportedly tasked with facilitating expediting legal cases against unionists.
— Voice of America

Positive sign in EU rice tariff saga
The European Union yesterday failed to come to a consensus on taxing Cambodia fragrant and white rice, giving leaders of the local rice sector more time to plan the next step in their fight to stop the EU from imposing tariffs.
— Khmer Times

Battambang farmers struggle amid drought
Thousands of hectares of rice fields in 12 districts here have been sucked dry as drought continues to afflict farmers, with those living in Kors Kralor district hit the hardest.
— Khmer Times

NGOs call for budget tweaks
The NGO Forum yesterday urged the government to increase the 2019 national budget allocation for health, agriculture, environment and natural resources and local services at the sub-national level in order to better respond to the needs of the people.
— Khmer Times

More than 200 Chinese scammers deported to China
Immigration police this morning deported more than 200 Chinese nationals who were caught operating Voice over Internet Protocol scams in Takeo province.
— Khmer Times

Under Western pressure, Hun Sen hints at a lighter touch
When Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in September, just months after his ruling party won an election deemed by the international community as illegitimate, his message to the gathered dignitaries was one of fire and fury.
— Asia Times

PMs ‘committed’ to settling border row
— The Phnom Penh PostPrime Minister Hun Sen and his Lao counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith have called on the French government to supply maps and other related documents to settle a border dispute
— The Phnom Penh Post

US Embassy urges reconciliation
The US has urged Cambodia to restore the independence of the media, drop charges against Kem Sokha and other political prisoners, and end the prohibition of political activity by opposition parties.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia rescues two Chinese nationals from casino kidnappers
Cambodian authorities have arrested a number of Chinese nationals who allegedly kidnapped and tortured two of their countrymen who couldn’t pay their gambling debts.
— Calvin Ayre

China, Cambodia to boost youth ties: officials
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Hun Many, president of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia on Thursday, pledging to strengthen exchanges and cooperation on youth.
— Xinhua

Cambodian landmine removal group pledges to protect dogs
The Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) has signed an agreement with animal rights groups to cooperate to protect dogs from the dog meat trade.
— Asia Times

Court delays ruling in Sam Rainsy defamation case
The Supreme Court on Wednesday delayed its ruling in the Sam Rainsy defamation case in which the newly nominated Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) acting president was ordered to pay Prime Minister Hun Sen four billion riel (around $1 million) in compensation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend business forum
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Cambodia counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen attended the Vietnam-Cambodia Business Forum in Hanoi on December 6.
— Nhan Dan

Workers’ welfare progresses’
An international Labour Organisation (ILO) report released on Tuesday shows that Cambodia continues to make steady progress in the welfare of garment and factory workers, but significant concerns remain over health and safety issues.
— The Phnom Penh Post

JICA holding tax seminars at universities
The General Department of Taxation and the Japan International Cooperation Agency are holding a series of tax seminars in universities across the country to promote the importance of tax revenue.
— Khmer Times

Energy deal inked with Laos
Cambodia will increase energy imports from neighbouring Laos following the signing of a deal between the countries on Wednesday.
— Khmer Times

Hattha Kaksekar Limited bond officially lists on the CSX
Investors will have more options in Cambodia’s securities market as Hattha Kaksekar Limited’s (HKL) first-ever corporate bond was officially listed on the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

‘Expanding Like Crazy’: local cinema king races to retain pole position
Cambodia’s largest movie theatre operator, Legend Cinema, is racing to open new screens as it fights to stave off rising competition from international rivals.
— Khmer Times

Philippine-made products to enter Cambodia market — DFA
More products made in the Philippines are expected to enter Cambodia’s consumer market in the coming months as companies intend to expand their presence abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Thursday.

Dino park to open in Chroy Changvar
The Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC) is building a $2-million theme park in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar that will feature animatronic dinosaurs.
— Khmer Times

Number of internet users up this year
Cambodia now has 12.5 million internet users, compared to 10.8 million last year, an increase that follows mobile operators’ service expansion in rural areas
— Khmer Times

Meeting outcomes aim to promote ‘green jobs’
The 25th Asean Labour Ministers’ Meeting (ALMM) and its related meetings/conference, which concluded on November 29, have adopted three outcome documents which were released to the media late on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Law change ‘welcomed’ by Kem Sokha as it goes for review
The Permanent Committee of the National Assembly met on Wednesday to discuss the proposed amendment to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties – something “supported and welcomed” by former opposition leader Kem Sokha
— The Phnom Penh Post

Information Ministry: Cambodian journalists nationwide to meet Cambodian PM Hun Sen
The third meeting between Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and local journalists nationwide will take place on 11 January 2019 at the Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Center
— Fresh News Asia

Education Ministry urges the Kingdom’s youth to volunteer
The value of volunteering work is underestimated by Cambodia’s youth, according to Sean Borat, secretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sacked education officers request PM grant them return
Cambodian Confederation of Unions (CCU) president Rong Chhun on Tuesday requested that Prime Minister Hun Sen allow him and 10 other education officers to return to work at the Ministry of Education. The 11 teachers, including Chhun himself, were sacked by the ministry in January over accusations they took time off work without permission to take up other jobs.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Daily rebuffs government reinstatement offer
An independent news outlet that ceased operations within Cambodia ahead of government demands it settle a crushing “tax debt” has dismissed a government offer for reinstatement.
— Radio Free Asia

Religions key to fighting drugs
The Interior Ministry and Cults and Religion Ministry are working together with religious leaders to discourage drug use within religious institutions and educate people about the dangers of drugs.
— Khmer Times

Shocking moment stolen pet dogs crammed into a cage are delivered to a slaughterhouse to be turned into human food in Cambodia
A shocking video shows a cage crammed full of dogs that are believed to have been stolen from their owners en route to a slaughterhouse in Cambodia.
— Daily Mail

Supreme Court upholds drug trafficker’s conviction
The Supreme Court today upheld 25-year sentences handed to two Vietnamese nationals convicted of trafficking more than 38 kilograms of ketamine powder in Phnom Penh in 2014.
— Khmer Times

Belgian retried for drug trafficking
Phnom Penh Muniipal Court yesterday retried a Belgian man who was sentenced to life in prison in absentia in June for trafficking more than one kilogram of cocaine from Brazil to Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport in January.
— Khmer Times

Home: building futures in Cambodia
In support of the FT’s seasonal appeal, the FT’s Yuan Yang joins a team of Habitat for Humanity volunteers and local workers as they spend a week building a new house for a local family.
— Financial Times (video)

A fixed abode: How US retirees are helping Cambodia’s poor
Habitat for Humanity has repaired and built houses for more than 70,000 households in the country
— Financial Times

A second look at Cambodia’s plastic habits
The exponential rise in the use of plastic bags in the country has triggered a Phnom Penh-based Portuguese photographer Miguel Jeronimo to create a discourse through an art exhibition dubbed ‘Plastic Kingdom’.
— Khmer Times

The project weaving a brighter future for Cambodia’s rural women
A Cambodian social enterprise is giving the ancient art of Khmer weaving a modern twist – and supporting rural women at the same time
— Southeast Asia Globe

Celebrate literature at the 7th Cambodia Book Fair
With the significant increase of local authors and storytellers, as well as the expanding culture of reading among Cambodian youths, there are enough reasons to believe that publications and literature are going nowhere but forward.
— 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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