Cambodia morning news for October 18

Cambodia morning news for October 18
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Cambodia morning newsConstruction Investment in Cambodia Hits $5 Billion
Within the first nine months of 2018, construction investment in Cambodia has reached nearly $5 billion, a decrease of $1 billion compared to the same period of last year, according to the report of the Ministry of Land Management Urban Planning and Construction released on Wednesday.
— Fresh News

Cambodia’s garment workers fear EU trade threat but producers optimistic
A European Union decision to ramp up trade pressure on Cambodia has alarmed unions in its garment industry, a pillar of the economy that employs about 700,000 people, but a key grouping of manufacturers said the risk would take months to materialise.
— Euro News

UN must declare Cambodia’s authoritarianism Illegal
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been met recently with a wave of protests by Cambodia’s diaspora communities living abroad, urging the international community to condemn his government as fake and illegal.
— Asia Times

Standard for imported cars soon
The Cambodian government plans to standardise the import of automobile especially second-hand cars to ensure quality and safety for the end-user is not compromised, said a senior official from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Kampot pepper looks for a new market
Cambodia is eyeing new markets for its highly-prized Kampot pepper – the Kingdom’s only product granted official geographical indication (GI) status – as production of the crop continues to increase, the Kampot Pepper Promotion Association (KPPA) said.
— Phnom Penh Post

Chinese experts offer training course to Cambodian agriculture officials
A group of five senior Chinese experts has been providing a training course to some 210 Cambodian agriculture officials on the management and technology of agriculture machinery, product processing, horticulture and food safety.
— Xinhua

Marijuana destroyed in Battambang, Takeo
Authorities in Takeo and Battambang provinces destroyed a total of 4,282 marijuana plants in separate raids this week.
— Phnom Penh Post

ASEAN Appoints Cambodian Official as Deputy Secretary-General
In a statement, ASEAN said Phoak was chosen for “providing leadership” and to oversee projects that“focus on forging a common identity and building a caring and sharing society.”
— VOA Cambodia

FAO-backed agricultural sector survey kicks off
The Ministry of Planning in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries will start conducting data surveys on the agriculture and fishery sectors in what officials said is a ground breaking step for the improvement of agricultural statistics in the country.
— Khmer Times

Kratie authority bans gold mining operation
The Kratie provincial department of mines and energy warned on Tuesday of legal action against O’droun villagers who illegally dug gold mines in Sambor district’s Kbal Damrey commune.
— Phnom Penh Post

More than 1,300 people die in traffic accidents during nine months
A total of 1,313 people died in traffic accidents and 3,427 people were injured nationwide during nine months this year, according to a report.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s own travel booking platform targets jet-setting families and locals
Domestic holiday travel for Cambodians is often group-orientated – but that comes with the struggle of finding a car park and space for the whole crew to sleep. The new hotel booking service, with 5,000 subscribers and a goal of 10,000 by the end of the year, wants to make travel seamless.
— Cambodia Daily

HKL confident of listing success
Huot Ieng Tong, president and CEO of Hattha Kaksekar Limited (HKL) yesterday said backed by a solid financial performance the company has strong confidence its upcoming corporate bond listing on the local stock exchange will be a success.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia construction boom built on “blood bricks” and slavery – report
Cambodia’s construction boom is built in part with “blood bricks” manufactured by modern-day slaves, including children, researchers said on Tuesday.
— Sight Magazine

Cambodia to IPU: Cambodia Is Independent and Respects Principle of Democracy
Khuon Sodary, the second vice-president of Cambodian National Assembly, said at the 139th Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) that Cambodia respects multiparty liberal democracy, holding free and fair elections that allow citizens to choose their leaders.
— Fresh News

Villagers again demand land resolution
Dozens of villagers representing 170 Prek Khsach community households in Koh Kong province’s Kiri Sakor district gathered at the Provincial Hall yesterday to petition authorities to speed up land dispute resolution involving two development companies.
— Khmer Times

Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?
Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker.
— The Cambodia Daily

Cambodia and Canada to resume trade deal
Cambodia and Canada agreed to extend an expired trade facilitation agreement signed between the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) and Canada’s Office for Trade Facilitation in order to maintain bilateral trade and economic cooperation.
— Khmer Times

Doctors detained for ‘malpractice’
Por sen chey district police are preparing legal action against a husband and wife who are doctors after a patient allegedly died upon being treated at the Pheng Vuthy Medical & Maternity Clinic, which they own.
— Phnom Penh Post

CMAC to use ‘smart’ dogs in demining
The Cambodian Mine Action Centre is training intelligent dogs, equipped with cameras and communication systems, to detect landmines and cluster munitions in demining operations.
— Khmer Times

UN Ranks Cambodia 29th in Sending Forces to UN Peacekeeping Mission
Cambodia is ranked 29th (17th for female) out of 122 countries in the United Nation for sending forces to UN peacekeeping mission, according to General Neang Phat, Secretary of State at the Ministry of National Defense, on Wednesday.
— Fresh News

Is Hun Manet Cambodia’s next strongman?
The perception that Hun Sen is establishing a family dynasty in Cambodia has been reinforced with the promotion of his eldest son Hun Manet to the second highest rank in the nation’s military earlier this month. The move came after several of the military’s top leaders, including then commander in chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) General Pol Saroeun, resigned in order to stand for political office in the July general election.
— East Asia Forum

Warning issued over deadly coffee
The Health Ministry yesterday ordered the recall of Coffee Like or Caf顋amlang Ses which has been found to contain male sex stimulants that can lead to heart attacks.
— Khmer Times

Childhood for sale: RT tells of Cambodian girls turned into sex workers by families
In Cambodia, a country that is officially getting richer, underage girls are being forced into sex work or have their virginity sold by families who try (often unsuccessfully) to make ends meet.
— The Cambodia Daily

AEC: Business expedited amid workers’ rights red lines
With the rules guiding the Asean Economic Community (AEC) seemingly favourable to the business community, what should the Asean workforce expect in return for their movements within the community?
— Khmer Times

World’s largest snake hunt could destroy Southeast Asia’s biggest lake
Her name is Den Yam, but people know her as the “snake lady.” We’ve come to the floating village where Yam, 48, lives deep inside the flooded forest surrounding Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, to talk to her about the world’s largest snake hunt.
— National Geographic


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Sreypov Men recently completed a course of study in International Relations at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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