Cambodia morning news for October 3

Cambodia morning news for October 3

Cambodia morning newsHun Sen Claims Returns to Cambodia Triumphant After Firebrand Speech to UN
Writing on his Facebook page, Hun Sen said: “I would like to tell my compatriots about my mission with a brief statement: success!”
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodia economy to grow 7.25 pct this year, says IMF
Cambodia’s economic growth should stay at 7.25 percent this year and 7 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Smart Axiata invests $1.5m in building tomorrow’s digital leaders
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) together with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with Smart Axiata to develop future talents and digital corporate leaders over the next three years.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Accused Vietnam of Systematic Logging Fraud
Cambodia has asked INTERPOL to investigate its allegations that Vietnam has repeatedly and knowingly accepted fraudulent permits for endangered luxury timber that is illegally logged across the border.
— VOA News

Hun Sen extends condolences, donates $200K to Indonesia
As the death toll continues to rise from the earthquake that struck Indonesia, Prime Minister Hun Sen has sent his condolences to Indonesian President Joko Widodo and families of victims while also providing $200,000 in humanitarian aid.
— Khmer Times

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Chinese satellite city set for Svay Rieng
Three Chinese companies have unveiled a satellite city project in Svay Rieng province. This is another new project for Chinese investors in Cambodia and follows a series of announcements of similarly large projects.
— Phnom Penh Post

SME parks to drive up competitiveness: gov’t
Construction of the country’s first ‘cluster zone’ for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will not start for another few months, but the government is already urging family-owned businesses to join these industrial parks, arguing that they will improve the competitiveness of local firms.
— Khmer Times

IMF Staff Completes 2018 Article IV Mission to Cambodia
End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

No change in tobacco death toll despite efforts
Some seven million smokers die of tobacco-related illnesses each year. Another 600,000 die from inhaling second-hand smoke. Of these figures, 10,000 are Cambodians.
— Phnom Penh Post

How Wing introduced financial services to Cambodia’s “unbanked”
After more than 10 years at the forefront of the country’s banking sector transformation, Wing is already making big plans for the next decade. The company’s CEO Jojo Malolos recently sat down with the Khmer Times’ chief operating officer, Kay Kimsong, to discuss the sector’s rapid digital evolution.
— Khmer Times

A dozen Kratie farms demolished
Authorities in Kratie province yesterday demolished a dozen family farms deemed illegal in Snuol district’s Khsoem commune. A villager who requested anonymity said that the demolition was conducted by provincial and district authorities along with police and military police officers.
— Khmer Times

GE Foundation funds millions to support safe surgery in Cambodia
The GE Foundation has committed $25 million to global safe surgery to support the expansion of Safe Surgery 2020 into Southeast Asia, with the inclusion of Cambodia and Laos.
— Phnom Penh Post

Cementing Cambodia’s future, but at what cost?
As the Kingdom’s construction boom continues, the local production of cement has evolved alongside it. But potential environmental issues may prove costly.
— Southeast Asia Globe

A Chinese takeaway in Cambodia
Rarely have Beijing and its minions been seen in such a dreadful light. The arrival of mainland Chinese in their droves as developers, financiers, restaurateurs, boiler room operators, gamblers, construction workers and tourists is sorely testing the patience of locals in Cambodia.
— La Croix International

Germany commits to MRC funding
The German government has committed about $4.6 million to the Mekong River Commission to increase dialogue and cooperation on transboundary water resource planning with Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, the MRC said yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia charges 8 people with organizing combat group, trafficking firearms
A Cambodian court has charged eight people with organizing a combat group and trafficking weapons, a court spokesman said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Cambodia to open embassy in Turkish capital
The head of the Turkish parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee said on Tuesday that Cambodia would open an embassy in Turkey’s capital Ankara.
— AA

‘I will not give them the baby’: the plight of Cambodia’s detained surrogates
Women lured by the chance to escape poverty explain how they have gone from being treated as victims to criminals
— The Guardian

Farmer nabbed at Thai border
One of six Cambodian villagers was arrested by Thai soldiers on Sunday night for allegedly crossing the border to log rosewood in Thailand
— Phnom Penh Post

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Malaria’s ticking time bomb
Scientists are racing to stamp out the disease in southeast Asia before unstoppable strains spread. After years in decline, malaria infection rates seem to be on the rise in northeastern Cambodia, where people are moving deeper into lush, mosquito-ridden territories in search of timber and seasonal goods such as samrong (Scaphium affine).
— Nature

Say goodbye to pesticides in Cambodia’s veggie production
Food safety is an issue in Cambodia. Due to high pressure from pests and plant diseases, vegetable producers are still predominantly relying on chemical pesticides.
— Khmer Times

Women for climate resilience in Cambodia
Climate resilience is essential to building sustainable communities. Women play a key role in local adaptation and mitigation efforts with regard to climate change, but in Cambodia they have limited access to decision-making processes.
— Reliefweb


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