Cambodia Morning News For May 1

Cambodia Morning News For May 1
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Cambodia morning newsCambodia registers parties ahead of July vote after main opposition dissolved
Cambodia began registering political parties on Monday for a July general election which long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen is poised to win after the Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition party.
— Business Insider

Hun Sen reiterates CNRP ban as party registration begins
Registration for political parties to compete in the coming national elections kicked off on Monday, with Prime Minister Hun Sen repeating there will be no “resurrection” for the now-dissolved CNRP.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry to focus on quality, innovation to boost agriculture
The government has vowed to boost crop, fish and meat production by prioritizing productivity, quality and innovation in the agriculture sector, the Minister of Agriculture said yesterday.
— Khmer Times

UN Expert Urges Cambodia to Take ‘Final Opportunity’ to Return to Democracy Ahead of Elections
The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur to Cambodia Rhona Smith on Monday called on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government to immediately release detained leaders from the dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and to reinstate the party ahead of an upcoming general election.
— Radio Free Asia

Report shows growth for agriculture, but sector still faces hurdles
The total export of agricultural products rose to 5.13 million tonnes last year, up from 4.7 million tonnes the year before, a sign that the sector was on the right track according to Agriculture Minister Veng Sokhon.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian prime minister announces budget reform strategy
Cambodia’s prime minister has announced a new strategy for budget reform to improve the management of public funds.
— Public Finance International

Economic outlook stable: Moody’s
Rating agency Moody renewed Cambodia’s B2 credit rating, a decision based on the kingdom’s stable outlook and expected solid economic growth, but warned investors of a possible downturn in business activity as the general elections in July approach.
— Khmer Times

Investing in the energy transition
Technology to address the health and environmental issues associated with cooking with wood and charcoal has been developed in Cambodia, in efforts towards clean energy.
— Eco-Business

EU to review Cambodia’s EBA status
The European Union has announced a “dedicated” mission to Cambodia to monitor its Generalised Scheme of Preferences, the agreement under which Cambodian goods reach the crucial European market tariff-free.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia reinstates Sisophon – Battambang railway
The reopening of a further 69 km of main line railway was celebrated on April 29 when an inaugural train ran from Sisophon to Battambang carrying Transport Minister Sun Chanthol.
— Railway Gazette

NEC Begins Enlisting Political Parties and Candidates for 2018 Election
The National Election Committee (NEC) embarked on registering political parties and candidates for the 2018 election.
— Fresh News

Cambodia to expand barcode system
The Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) aims to boost local usage of barcodes to protect the market against counterfeit products and facilitate exports.
— Khmer Times

Amret to get $40 million from IFC to expand microfinance loan portfolio
The International Financing Corporation has proposed giving $40 million in loans to Cambodian microfinance institution Amret to help it expand its loan portfolio.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian soldiers join UN peacekeeping missions
Four hundred Cambodian soldiers will join a UN peacekeeping missions in Mali and South Sudan on Thursday.
— Khmer Times

Piaggio joins local three-wheeler segment
Commuters in the kingdom now have access to a new type of vehicle, with the Piaggio Ape officially entering the local market last week.
— Khmer Times

Judge to order Facebook to provide data for Cambodian exile
Facebook must turn over information on its platform to an exiled Cambodian politician who’s trying to defend himself against charges by the ruling regime that would sent him to prison if he returns.
— SF Gate


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