Cambodia morning news for October 25

Cambodia morning news for October 25

Cambodia morning newsCambodia’s garment exports up 10.73%, projected strong
Cambodia’s garment exports grew by 10.73 percent in the first half of 2018 and are projected to remain strong despite a European Union threat to withdraw duty-free trading access, official data showed on Wednesday.

ADB signs $250 million loan deal
Cambodia and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday signed a new loan agreement for $250 million to finance projects in key development areas, according to a statement from the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
— Khmer Times

Condo supply sees modest increase
The supply of condominiums in Phnom Penh rose moderately in the third quarter, adding 2,374 new units to the market, CBRE Cambodia said in its latest report.
— Khmer Times

National Police HQ relocation plan spurs corruption allegations
A request to relocate the National Police headquarters is seen by civil society as an excuse for corruption. But, a senior police official says the request was made as the current building is inadequate for its needs while space is confined
— Phnom Penh Post

UK Donates $9 Million for Landmines Clearance in Cambodia 2018-2020
First Vice-President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) Ly Thuch and Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Cambodia Tina Redshaw, on Wednesday, presided over the launching of Program of the Department of International Development (DFID) at HALO Trust office in Siem Reap.
— Fresh News

Aussie MP calls for sanctions
A senior Cambodian bureaucrat has slammed as “ineffective, silly and ill-intentioned”, an Australian MP’s appeal on Tuesday to the Australian Federal Government to impose sanctions on a number of top officials.
— Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Sees Growing Fintech Industry; Laos Still Lacks Behind
Cambodia’s startup ecosystem is experiencing growth, with tech investment on the rise. By Q2 2018, Cambodia had seen at least 12 tech startup funding announcements, or exactly a 140% increase from at five in the previous year, according to a new report by Mekong Strategic Partners and Raintree Development.
— Fintech

China Comes to Invest, Not Invade: Says Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reassured citizens that the excessive presences of China in Cambodia, particularly in Sihanoukville, is positive, speaking in a meeting with more than 900 Cambodians in Switzerland on 23 October 2018.
— Fresh News

Making palm sugar harvest attractive again
Kampong Speu Palm Sugar, which has a geographical indication (GI) status, is seeing lower production due to a labour shortage.
— Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen requests UN cooperation on human rights
Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested the United Nations to cooperate in order to ensure understanding on the issue of human rights prior to any evaluation by the intergovernmental organisation’s human rights commission.
— Khmer Times

Anniversary of Paris Peace Accord Muted as Democracy Assailed in Cambodia
The anniversary of the Paris Peace Accord, which set Cambodia on a course towards democracy 27 years ago, was met with little celebration Tuesday, as both the government and nongovernmental groups reevaluated the meaning of the agreement in the wake of an election widely deemed unfree and unfair.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia believes Russia to be friend and is set for cooperation
Cambodia believes Russia to be a friend and intends to develop bilateral cooperation, said Suos Yara, a member of the Cambodian National Assembly and a member of the Central Committee of the ruling People’s Party, at a meeting with TASS Director General Sergei Mikhailov.

Why Cambodia’s Poverty Statistics Dispute Matters
How many Cambodians are living in poverty? According to the government’s figures, using income as the only indicator, poverty stands at 13.5 percent, a considerable feat given that it was in the realm of 40 percent only two decades ago.
— The Diplomat

UNCTAD pledges to aid Cambodia boost bike exports
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on Monday promised to support the expansion of Cambodian exports, particularly bicycles, during bilateral talks with the Cambodian Prime Minister in Switzerland.
— Khmer Times

China’s top legislator meets Cambodian Senate president
China’s top legislator Li Zhanshu on Wednesday met with Samdech Say Chhum, president of Cambodia’s senate, vowing to further advance bilateral ties.
— Xinhua

Colombia Receives Mine-Clearing Machines Training from Cambodia
The nine delegates of Colombian Landmine Specialist Engineering received training on how to operate mine-clearance machine and learned more on the demining operations in Cambodia from the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC), according to Heng Ratana, Director General of CMAC.
— Fresh News

Thousands flock to a Khmer ox race at temple in south Vietnam
THE annual ox racing festival at Ro temple in Vietnam is a popular event for both locals and tourists. This year’s edition, which took place on October 14-15, gathered 25 pairs of strong oxen from all over Tinh Bien district.
— Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia to Send Her First 5,000 Workers to Kuwait
Cambodia will send the first group of 5,000 workers to Kuwait in 2019, Minister of Labor and Vocational Training Ith Sam Heng said on Wednesday receiving a courtesy call from Hend S.B. Al Subaih, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour of Kuwait.
— Fresh News

UN human rights office ‘gets two-year extension after MoU’
In a meeting with the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, the Cambodian government said it had extended the mandate of the human rights office in Cambodia for a further two years, while requesting “cooperation” on rights issues before it makes evaluations.
— Phnom Penh Post

Paris Peace Accords anniversary marked
The Royal Academy of Cambodia yesterday marked the 27th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords, signed to end decades of armed conflict, by saying that the accords could not be used as an instrument to have the international community meddle in Cambodia’s internal affairs.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian regime figures splash millions on Melbourne properties as death threats escalate
Senior members of the Cambodian regime have amassed multi-million dollar properties and business portfolios in Melbourne, raising questions about the clout of the foreign ruling party in Australia amid its escalating global campaign to silence dissenters.

Cambodia: justice after genocide
Many Cambodians born after the short but violent period of the Khmer Rouge, which lasted from mid-April 1975 to December-January 1978, cannot believe the horror stories of the previous generation. “My parents tell me their stories, but I did not believe them,” says Uon Silot, a fiction writer and farmer, who adds: “They said to me – the reason we are telling you is so that the same does not happen again, this time to you.”
— Open Democracy

Senate proposes new prisons to offset rise in inmates
Senators have asked the Interior Ministry to build more prisons in order to reduce overcrowding in jails across the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Convicted Khmer Rouge prison chief hospitalized
Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, is serving out a life sentence for his role in managing a Phnom Penh detention center where thousands were incarcerated, tortured and sent to their deaths in nearby ‘Killing Fields’.
— Rappler

World-curious Chinese can now tour Asean without leaving home
Guangxi now boasts a $500-million theme park and amusement centre that brings Asean’s cultural landmarks to China in miniature format.
— Khmer Times

Report highlights Kingdom’s land woes
Land disputes remain a chronic issue that has affected more than 20,000 families across the country, with some cases allegedly involving authorities who collude with traders or private firms to grab people’s land, a report released by the NGO Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community (CCFC) says.
— Phnom Penh Post

Don’t worry about an increase of Chinese people, Hun Sen says
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday appealed to the people not to be concerned about an increase of Chinese people in Preah Sihanouk province because they are skilled workers working in constructions.
— Khmer Times


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