Cambodia morning news for November 9

Cambodia morning news for November 9
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Cambodia morning newsCambodia’s Hun Sen defends promotion of his sons to top posts
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen defended on Thursday the promotion of his three sons to senior positions in government and the military, citing their education and qualifications.
— Reuters

Cambodian, Thai Journalists Networks Ink Cooperative Agreement
Cambodian and Thai leading journalist networks have entered a cooperative agreement to further boost the roles of journalists and promote mutual benefits of the two nations.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

US China trade war boosts Cambodian export products
Cambodian exports to the US in the first nine months of the year grew 27 per cent or $2.86 billion compared to the same period last year, said the Census Bureau of the US Department of Commerce.
— Cambodia Daily

Moody’s maintains B2 sovereign rating, stable outlook in 2019
Moody’s Investors Service Inc retained Cambodia’s B2 sovereign rating with a “stable” outlook for next year, but warned of slowing global growth momentum against rising uncertainty over longer-term financial and economic stability.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian National Day marked in Ho Chi Minh City
The 65th National Day of Cambodia (November 9, 1953-2018) was celebrated at a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on November 8.
— Nhan Dan Online

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Denies Plan to Free Opposition Leader Kem Sokha
Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen denied on Wednesday he has plans to free opposition leader Kem Sokha, rejecting comments made on Facebook by former opposition chief Sam Rainsy, who said the move will be made in December.
— Radio Free Asia

India-Cambodia direct flight expected ‘soon’
Hopes of a direct flight between Cambodia and India were re-kindled this week, with the Indian Ambassador announcing that the flight is expected “soon”.
— Khmer Times

These startups are putting Cambodia on the global tech map
Cambodia’s tech startup scene is growing despite challenges that persist for their young entrepreneurs and startup founders. With its increasing digital literacy, a population that is largely under the age of 30, and support from private firms and the government, Cambodia has a good foundation to amp up their innovation game and step out into the global stage
— Yahoo News

UN expert: Civil society is crucial for sustainable development in Cambodia
“Good governance requires strong and open institutions that function according to human rights principles,” said Rhona Smith, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia at the end of an 11-day visit to the country.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Germany grants additional demining aid
Germany has approved about $570,000 in additional aid for demining operations in the country for the remainder of the year, bringing its total contributing for 2018 to about $1.7 million
— Khmer Times

PPCBank Becomes the First Diners Club International Issuer in Cambodia
PPCBank and Diners Club International have signed a franchise agreement in Cambodia. The Network Participation Agreement gives PPCBank the privilege to issue Diners Club cards to its customers in Cambodia. The signing of the agreement at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra follows the establishment of a memorandum of understanding earlier this year.
— AP

Cambodia To Support Japan to Host World Expo 2025
Cambodian Minister of Commerce has pledged to vote for Japan to be the host country of World Expo 2025 at the 164th General Assembly of BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) to be held in Paris, France on Nov. 22-23, 2018.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

UN researcher calls for Cambodia to speed up trials
The U.N.’s specially appointed researcher on human rights in Cambodia expressed concern Thursday over the country’s use of pre-trial detention and its failure to conduct trials speedily.
— Washington Post

Vietnet to distribute Forcepoint in Cambodia
IT firm Vietnet Distribution JSC is now the distributor in Cambodia for global cybersecurity giant Forcepoint.
— Khmer Times

Amid warm relations, exports to Japan soar
With trade and political ties between the governments strengthening, Cambodian exports to Japan rose sharply in the first nine months of the year.
— Khmer Times

Profit from ELCs ‘doesn’t rectify ecological impact’
The government has collected over $6 million in revenue so far from more than one million hectares of economic land concessions (ELC), says a report from the Ministry of Agriculture published this week.
— Phnom Penh Post

Pursat authorities crackdown on ten marijuana-growing locations in Bakan district.
Phnom Penh Court tries two top job recruiting firm officials over cheated 31 people.
— Khmer Times

Anti-Chinese Sentiment on the Rise in Cambodia
hen a Chinese national crashed his military number-plated SUV into a stone erected in Phnom Penh in the 1990s to celebrate Cambodian-American friendship, many commented on how it was the perfect metaphor for Cambodia in 2018.
— The Diplomat

Slavery is real and the West profits from it – Cambodia’s construction boom highlights how
Modern slavery is a prominent term of late. Thus far, efforts to deal with it have tended to focus on criminality and the explicit imprisonment of people involved. Yet tackling modern slavery in a meaningful sense isn’t merely a question of identifying culprits and freeing victims. To do so is merely to treat the symptoms of the issue.
— The Conversation

UN rights envoy concerned over river evictions
The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia yesterday urged Interior Minister Sar Kheng to respect human rights when relocating hundreds of Cham and Vietnamese minorities living on the Tonle Sap river in Kampong Chhnang province
— Khmer Times

Spokespersons told to work with the media as ‘partners’
The Ministry of Environment has told spokespersons at government ministries not to regard journalists as rivals, but rather, as partners working to disseminate news to the public.
— Phnom Penh Post

EU project improves fishermen’s lives
A European Union delegation on Tuesday visited a fishing community in Svay Rieng province to observe a project aimed at helping them deal with illegal fishing, rear fish, and farm without using chemicals in Peam Ro district.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s ISPs hit by some of the biggest DDoS attacks in the country’s history
Several of Cambodia’s biggest internet service providers (ISPs) have been hit by large-scale DDoS attacks over the last few days, ZDNet has learned.

Gender Mainstreaming among University Students
Ministry of Women’s Affairs is mainstreaming gender in tertiary education in order to promote the knowledge among university students.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

River dwellers’ way of life under threat
River dwellers’ way of life under threat
— Khmer Times

AIMF Appreciates Phnom Penh’s Rapid Development
President of International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF) has appreciated Cambodia’s rapid development, especially the city of Phnom Penh.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Independence was achieved through peace
Sambo Manara, a history professor at Pannasastra University of Cambodia, yesterday said Cambodians should be proud on Independence Day because independence was achieved without bloodshed.
— Khmer Times

Siem Reap in Cambodia: In the temple of a thousand faces
History oozes from every corner of Siem Reap, a resort town located in northwestern Cambodia. It is the gateway to the famous archaeological ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th to 15th centuries. Angkor, named a World Heritage Site in 1992, has hundreds of complexes, intricate stone temples and structures that include the main temple which is depicted on the Cambodian flag.
— The Hindu

Senate Delegation Lay Wreaths at Independence Monument and Royal Statue of Late King-Father
A delegation of the Senate led by its Second Vice President H.E. Tep Ngorn lay wreaths at the Independence Monument and the Royal Statue of His Majesty the late King-Father Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk, located near the Independence Monument, Phnom Penh, this afternoon, to mark the 65th National Independence Day (Nov.​​​​ 9).
— Agence Kampuchea Press

‘More women experience cyberbullying’
Twenty-six per cent of Cambodian internet users aged between 15 and 65 years have experienced online harassment while using social media platforms, says a report released by Sri Lanka-based information and communications technology policy think tank LIRNEasia.
— Phnom Penh Post

Three groups sign deal to help migrants in Thailand
The Manpower Association of Cambodia and the Association of Cambodian Recruitment Agencies yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Thai-Cambodian Relation Association to protect migrant workers in Thailand.
— Khmer Times


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, November 6.


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