Cambodia morning news for October 19

Cambodia morning news for October 19

Cambodia morning newsCambodia government mulls standard for imported cars
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, a senior official from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport has said.
— Bangkok Post

Doors open for EBA talks, EU says
If nothing else happens, a dismal outlook looms ahead as Cambodia’s trade preferences under the Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement granted in 2011 by the European Union (EU) risk termination in 18 months.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, Thailand single visa
Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to promote the use of single visa for foreign tourits, particularly among those traveling within the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) countries.
— Khmer Times

Construction investment in Cambodia slows down in first 9 months
Cambodia’s construction sector attracted a total investment of 4.82 billion U.S. dollars in the first nine months of this year, down 14 percent over the same period last year, according to the latest report on Thursday.
— Xin Hua

Cambodia accuses Vietnam of complicity in illegal cross-border logging
Cambodia has asked Interpol to investigate Vietnam after accusing its neighbor of knowingly accepting fraudulent permits for rare, illegally logged rosewood timber for transport across their shared border.
— Mongabay

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Survey set to identify potential investment
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has given a $1.3 million grant to Cambodia to conduct an agricultural survey to identify potential agricultural products that investors can look into.
— Phnom Penh Post

MAFF launches information platform to assist farmers
Farmers, traders and relevant stakeholders can now find updated information on agricultural and commodity prices and other information related to agriculture with the Agricultural Market Information Service website (AMIS) accessible through the Ministry of Agriculture’s main portal.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Aims to Dodge Trade Sanctions in Brussels Talks
In a move aimed at countering European criticism of his rule, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen arrived in Brussels on Wednesday for top-level meetings hoping to persuade European leaders to forgo threatened sanctions against his government following national elections widely regarded as rigged.
— Radio Free Asia

PM orders restoration of S’ville beach
Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered Minister of Land Management Chea Sophara to personally inspect claims of landfilling at Praek Treng beach.
— Phnom Penh Post

SADIF invests in Agribuddy
Smart Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (SADIF) became a Series A investor in Agribuddy, an agriculture technology platform currently operating in Cambodia and India, in a bid to assist the company in its business footprint expansion, said Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart Axiata.
— Khmer Times

Fish species in troubled water
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) organised a workshop in the capital on Tuesday, bringing in a number of experts to identify high-priority data needed to tackle the issue of fish migration in the Mekong Basin.
— Phnom Penh Post

How climate change forces farmers into slavery in Cambodia’s brick kilns – in pictures
Heatwaves and drought have devastated crops in rural Cambodia, forcing many farmers to abandon the fields and take work in the country’s burgeoning brick industry, where they become trapped in debt bondage. Photographer Thomas Cristofoletti visited Cambodia to explore the reality behind research done at Royal Holloway, University of London, that shows farmers struggling with debt are putting their families’ lives at risk to make ‘blood bricks’
— The Guardian

Kem Sokha seeks treatment overseas
A lawyer for former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who is currently on bail as his treason case progresses, has called on Phnom Penh Municipal Court to conclude its investigation and grant his client permission to pursue medical treatment overseas.
— Khmer Times

Wall Street English gets wider rights
Wall Street English Thailand Co, the operator of language learning centres, has won the master franchise rights to open Wall Street English branches in Cambodia and Laos.
— Bangkok Post

ASEM: Trying to connect Europe and Asia together
ASEM: Trying to connect Europe and Asia together. October is set to be a “very Asia-oriented month” in Brussels according to the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini as she revealed the EU Strategy for Connecting Europe and Asia.
— Khmer Times

Conflict lingers on Paris Accords
As the Kingdom prepares to commemorate on October 23 the 27th anniversary of the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, which ushered in an end to nearly two decades of civil war, there is political conflict on whether the tenets of the agreement are still being adhered to.
— Phnom Penh Post

Nearly 30 on trial over VoIP scams
Phnom Penh Municipal Court today tried four Taiwanese masterminds and 25 Thai nationals for allegedly operating VoIP scams from within Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Court questions marriage scam ‘suspects’
Tbong Khmum provincial court on Wednesday questioned a husband and wife for conspiring to traffic a Cambodian woman to China through marriage scam.
— Phnom Penh Post

Activist asks UN to review EU-Vietnam timber deal
A prominent environmental activist has reached out to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment in a bid to have him oppose a timber trade deal set to be inked between the European Union and Vietnam.
— Khmer Times

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Global Lawmakers Condemn ‘Blatant’ Rights Violations of Cambodia’s Opposition MPs
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Thursday expressed “serious concerns” about rights violations against lawmakers from Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and called for a meeting with CNRP chief Kem Sokha, who is currently held under house arrest.
— Radio Free Asia

UN notes Kingdom’s peacekeeping efforts
The Defence Ministry has announced that the United Nations has ranked Cambodia 29th among 122 countries that have sent peacekeeping forces to conflict areas around the world.
— Khmer Times

Lightning strike killed four, injured three people
Lightning strike in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nob district killed one person and injured three others on Wednesday, while another lightning strike in Banteay Meanchey’s Phnom Srok district has killed three people. A report said during the first nine months of this year, lightning has killed more than one hundred people and injured dozens.
— Khmer Times

Notes from Cambodia: Is the young democracy sliding back towards dictatorship?
It’s 40 years since the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror in Cambodia ended, but beneath a shiny surface of modern capitalism, it’s feared the young democracy is sliding back towards dictatorship.
— Noted

More than 20 senior police officers retired
Twenty-two high-ranking national police officials, including three provincial police chiefs have been put into retirement, according to a royal decree.
— Khmer Times


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