Cambodia Morning News For March 28

Cambodia Morning News For March 28

Cambodia morning newsCambodia Tax Chief: Comply or be Fined… & Possibly Shunned
Attendees at a seminar in Phnom Penh last week ahead of the March 31 closing of the annual tax return filing period have been told to comply with Cambodia’s tax law or face steep fines when caught.
— AEC News Today

Small taxpayers will be the engine for future economic growth
It is a generally accepted economic tenet that small businesses are the backbone of an economy. Statistical facts have supported this creed and governments across the globe encourage growth of small businesses through supportive legislation, monetary grants, paid research and most importantly, tax incentives.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen willing to risk losing his oldest ally
As global pressure steadily mounts on Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen over his crackdown on the opposition, independent media, nongovernmental organizations and other critics, he is also in danger of losing one of his few close allies: Vietnam.
— Asia Times

Indonesia set to start low-cost direct flights
Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air will soon commence direct flights to Cambodia in order to boost business, trade and investment between the two Asean member states.
— Khmer Times

‘Cartel’ let off hook by ministry
The Agriculture Ministry last week accused slaughterhouses across Cambodia of conspiring to form a cartel and engaging in price fixing while local authorities turned a blind eye, but has since said it has no plans to punish or even name the alleged perpetrators.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Belt and Road could bring risks for Cambodia debt
China’s financing of Belt and Road Initiative projects in Cambodia could lead to increased debt distress, according to a recent analysis, though the Kingdom’s low overall debt makes it unlikely to default in the near future.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Why Cambodia’s beach town Sihanoukville could be the region’s next big tourist hub
The beach town of Sihanoukville has great tourism potential, but industry experts say proper planning and infrastructure must come first
— Southeast Asia Globe

Kampot ferry construction delayed
Construction on a new tourist ferry port located about 6 kilometres from the provincial capital in Kampot province has been delayed, although a Tourism Ministry spokesman promised that construction would begin before the end of this year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

‘No negotiation with traitors’: Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen refuses to talk to opposition leaders to resolve stalemate
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reiterated on Tuesday he will not negotiate with opposition leaders such as Sam Rainsy, former leader of the now-defunct Cambodia National Rescue Party.
— South China Morning Post

UNDP remains committed to Cambodia’s development
Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn met with newly appointed United Nations Development Programme representative Pauline Tamesis yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Court Rejects Bail for Opposition Leader Kem Sokha
Cambodia’s Appeals Court upheld the continued detention without bail of opposition leader Kem Sokha on Tuesday, as Prime Minister Hun Sen boasted that he personally ordered the arrest last year that has earned Phnom Penh international condemnation and cuts in aid from donor counties.
— Radio Free Asia

Review hopes to up fruit exports
The Agriculture Ministry (MAFF) and the German Development Agency GIZ yesterday reviewed non-tariff barriers and improved draft export guidelines for fresh bananas, mangoes and longan to China.
— Khmer Times

Government timber figures belie ‘ban’ on Vietnam trade
A series of quarterly reports from the National Bank of Cambodia raises questions about the government’s ban on timber exports, as they show that last year, more than $5 million in sawn timber was exported from the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Japan to sign aid agreements next week
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday announced that Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will visit Cambodia soon to sign an aid agreement, dismissing reports that the Japanese would pressure him to negotiate with former CNRP officials.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen to Attend 6th GMS Summit in Hanoi
Prime Minister Hun Sen will lead a delegation to attend the 6th Greater Mekong Subregion Summit, to be held from March 30-31 in Hanoi, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ press release dated on Tuesday.
— Fresh News

China-ASEAN Expo-Cambodia exhibition to kick off in Phnom Penh
The China-ASEAN Expo-Cambodia Exhibition will be held here for the first time from March 30 to April 1, organizers said Tuesday.


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