Cambodia Morning News For May 18

Cambodia Morning News For May 18
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Cambodia morning newsCambodia’s PM Hun Sen ‘Violating Law’ by Asking For Votes Outside of Campaign Period: Observers
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen is in breach of the country’s electoral laws by urging people to vote for him in an upcoming general ballot, election observers said Thursday, because he is rallying for his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) outside of the official campaign period.
— Radio Free Asia

Disappointed in Election Preparations in Cambodia, House Committee to Meet on Possible Sanctions
The lawmakers were set to discuss the Cambodia Democracy Act and an amendment that could see Phnom Penh handed further sanctions over its crackdown on the opposition, civil society, and independent media.
— VOA Cambodia

Exports to US up 25 pct in Q1
Cambodian exports to the United States, the world’s largest economy, rose sharply during the first three months of the year following a marked increase in the shipments of travel goods after the US renewed its Generalized System of Preferences in March.
— Khmer Times

Vietnam, Cambodia agree to foster partnerships in various fields
The 16th meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Commission on Economic, Cultural, and Scientific-Technological Cooperation was held in Hanoi on May 17 under the co-chair of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn.
— Nhan Dan Online

Satellite city projects unveiled
Plans to build two massive satellite cities in Kandal province were unveiled yesterday.
— Khmer Times

ANZ offloads stake in Cambodian bank
ANZ has agreed to sell its majority stake in a Cambodian bank as it continues to divest assets in Asia.
— Yahoo News

Ministry asks companies to take sanitation up a notch
The Minister of Industry and Handicraft, Cham Prasidh, yesterday reminded food producers of the importance of following proper hygiene standards in every stage of their products’ processing.
— Khmer Times

Union group fears for future of EU trade deal
The Cambodian Confederation of Unions (CCU) on Wednesday issued a statement expressing its concern that the upcoming election will impact garment workers, and that if the political climate isn’t improved they could face dire consequences in the form of sanctions or boycotts.
— The Phnom Penh Post

China-backed plan for Mekong’s biggest dam would ‘devastate’ fisheries that feed millions of people, according to US study
Seven dams that China built on the Mekong headwaters in its territory are already a headache for Southeast Asian countries, and have been criticised for exacerbating droughts
— South China Morning Post

NagaCorp issues bonds on HK bourse
Nagacorp, which operates the NagaWorld casino and hotel in Phnom Penh, has become the first Cambodian issuer of offshore bonds, raising $300 million to endorse further growth of its gaming business and to refurbish hotel rooms, according to the firm’s filing in the Hong Kong Stock — Exchange on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM asks for degraded mines clarification
Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked demining NGOs to clarify their claims that most landmines or unexploded ordnances are degraded or damaged in order to avoid misleading information.
— Khmer Times

Price woes for Kingdom’s non-GI pepper farmers
While geographic indication (GI) status Kampot pepper is commanding a good market price, the rest of the Kingdom’s pepper farmers are experiencing falling rates due to the lack of a robust market, according to the Memot Pepper association.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Gold Mine Waste Blamed for Deadly Poisoning in Cambodia
Toxic substances including chromium and cyanide used to flush gold mines were improperly handled and seeped into a river, sickening hundreds and killing more than a dozen people in two northeastern Cambodian provinces, the country’s industry minister said on Thursday.
— Radio Free Asia

Election Monitoring Group Backs Out of Observer Mission
Five political parties have so far successfully registered for the election, while a further 15 are having their applications reviewed.
— VOA Cambodia

S. Korea’s role welcomed
Early this week, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen lauded the role of South Korea in Southeast Asia especially under the leadership of President Moon Jae-In and his New Southern Policy which was announced last year. It is a critical turning point in South Korea’s regional diplomacy.
— Khmer Times

Immigration Police Chief: Over 30,000 Foreign Workers Apply for 2018 Cambodia’s Working Permit
General Sok Phal, Head of the Interior Ministry’s Immigration Department, said on Thursday morning that 31,598 foreign workers has applied for 2018 working permit to legally work in Cambodia.
— Fresh News

Cambodia-China tourism forum held in Phnom Penh
The first high-level Cambodia-China Tourism Forum was held here on Thursday, aiming at exploring opportunities to further promote tourism ties between the two countries.
— Xinhua

US Missionary Convicted of Child Sex Abuse in Cambodia
A federal jury Wednesday convicted an American missionary of sexually abusing children in an orphanage he ran in Phnom Penh.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodia-Turkey Pledges to Promote Turkey-Cambodia Direct Flight and Turkish Investment
Ayda Ünlü, the newly appointed Ambassador of Turkey to the Kingdom of Cambodia, pledged to successfully launch direct flights from Turkey to Cambodia to promote tourism for both countries and to attract Turkish investors to Cambodia.
— Fresh News

Maybank Child Sponsorship @ People Improvement Organisation
Maybank last Saturday started its new child sponsorship programme in Cambodia.
— Khmer Times


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