Cambodia morning news for April 9

Cambodia morning news for April 9
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Cambodia morning newsIndustry Associations Issue Stark Warning to Cambodia Over Trade Schemes
Eight buyers associations have expressed concern over the possible expulsion of Cambodia from international preferential trading schemes over the country’s rights record.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodia to Face Hardship if it Loses EU Trade Preferences, Interior Minister Says
Cambodia will face severe economic hardship if the European Union proceeds with threatened plans to suspend beneficial trade preferences, Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng said Monday, calling the expected move a matter of “regret.”
— Radio Free Asia

Hydroelectric and Solar announced as alternative to cancelled Turkish floating power plant
The government has cancelled a contract it signed last week to bring a powership from Turkey to cope with the current energy deficit.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia steps up fight against climate change
Considered one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change, the Royal Government of Cambodia is taking major steps to improve its resilience and reduce its disaster risk with support from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
— Relief Web

Singapore, Cambodia Strike Fintech Deal For Improved Cross-Border Collaboration
During the recently concluded ASEAN leaders meeting in Thailand, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that seeks to enhance the two countries’ partnership on financial services innovations.
— Business Times

Cambodian Activist Urges Authorities to Free Son, Villagers Detained Amid Land Dispute
An activist from northern Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province on Monday urged authorities to release his son and other villagers who were detained amid an ongoing land dispute with an agro-industrial company.
— Radio Free Asia

Quality Free Health Care Remains Elusive for Poorest Cambodians
When Om Samath arrived at the provincial referral hospital last year to undergo eye surgery, she knew the operation would be performed free of charge.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodia and the half-million-dollar question
Late last week, The Seattle Times reported that Doug Ericksen, a Washington state senator, is to be paid US$500,000 over a 12-month period to lobby US lawmakers on behalf of the Cambodian government, especially “to promote improved relations between the USA and the Kingdom of Cambodia and legislation that promotes improved relations.”
— Asia Times

Ministry warns of food poisoning over New Year
The Ministry of Health has called on the people to take 11 preventive measures to protect themselves from food or alcohol poisoning during the Khmer New Year celebration. Those who felt unwell should immediately seek medical treatment, it said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Asks Vietnam to Increase Electricity Supply
Cambodian Minister of Mines and Energy H.E. Suy Sem received here today Mr. Le Bien Cuong, Commercial Counselor at the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Ministers approve draft petroleum law
The Council of Ministers on Friday approved a draft of the Law on Petroleum and Petroleum Production Management which aims to manage Cambodia’s oil resources.
— Khmer Times

Expensive Khmer Riel Is Bad for 1M Workers Remunerated by USD, Says PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, on Monday, stated that when Khmer Riel currency is too high, it is not good for 1 million workers whose salary is remunerated in USD, speaking Monday at the inauguration of the first-ever national monetary museum, “Preah Srey Icanavarman Museum” located near the Old Market in Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Reinvigorating Japan’s twin-track diplomacy in Cambodia
Amid the ongoing deterioration of democracy, human rights and media freedom in Cambodia and the country’s rising diplomatic tension with the European Union, Japan still maintains its low-profile diplomacy toward Cambodia.
— The Japan Times

Phnom Penh to roll out free bus services during Khmer New Year
The Phnom Penh government recently announced the provision of free bus services on a first-come, first served basis to the provinces during the Khmer New Year week.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian, Thai railroads to be linked this month
The railway systems of Cambodia and Thailand will be linked later this month, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia discovers ancient graves
Cambodia has discovered six ancient graves, which date back to between the first and fifth centuries AD, in the country’s southeastern region, local media reported on Monday.
— AA

Khmer Writers Association set to launch spell checker
The Khmer Writers Association and Cambodian literature lovers have volunteered to jointly launch a new online digital spell checker to verify the accuracy of Khmer language text as the Kingdom continues to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).
— The Phnom Penh Post

MRC Awards Green Campaign Winners to Celebrate Mekong Day on Plastic Pollution
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has recently awarded the winners of its green campaign to celebrate the Mekong Day anniversary and raise awareness of the danger of plastic waste in the Mekong River basin.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Ministry reminds public to safeguard health during New Year
As millions of people are preparing to embark in a mass exodus to celebrate the upcoming Khmer New Year with their families in their hometowns, the Health Ministry on Friday issued a statement appealing to the public to guard their health during celebrations.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Dollarized by UNTAC: PM Hun Sen
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen stated that the presence of United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) in 1992–93 brought too much dollars that negatively affected the kingdom’s economy, speaking Monday at the inauguration of the first-ever national monetary museum, “Preah Srey Icanavarman Museum” located near the Old Market in Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Archaeologists unearth ancient Funan burial site in Prey Veng town
Archaeologists have unearthed six ancient graves in Tnort Tret village, in Prey Veng town’s Takor commune, concluding that the tombs date from the Funan era between the first and fifth centuries AD.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Discover Kirirom National Park: Cambodia’s Former Royal Destination
Cambodia’s Senior Environment Ministry promised to keep Kirirom National Park in order last year after the place made a comeback, following the Khmer Rouge reign from 1975 to 1979.
— Business Times

International business group urges respect for labour rights
A group of international business associations representing garment, footwear and travel goods buyers have called on the government to improve labour and human rights conditions in the Kingdom in the face of possible preferential trade agreement changes by the United States and European Union.
— Khmer Times

Student health targeted under new gov’t policy
The Cambodian government has approved the “Draft National Policy on School Health” after hearing reports and holding discussions at a Council of Ministers meeting led by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Wishes Other Nations Not Dollarized: PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
As a peace contributor and civilization connector, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Cambodia does not want to see other countries dominated by excessive USD currency as much as Cambodia was in the past.
— Fresh News

Call to regulate alcohol advertising
Cambodia Movement for Health and lawyers have requested the government to have laws to regulate alcohol advertisements which encourage people to consume alcohol despite adverse social impacts.
— Khmer Times

‘Ill-intended’ Facebook users warned over ‘provocative’ posts
The Ministry of National Defence has warned that legal action will be taken against the “ill-intended” individuals who recently used Facebook to post provocative content along with photos of military commanders in a bid to incite soldiers to oppose the government.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Preah Srey Icanavarman Museum Inaugurated
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen inaugurated here this morning the Kingdom’s Economic and Monetary Museum.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Teacher disciplined for collecting money from students
The Education Ministry has disciplined a teacher at a primary school in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district after a Facebook video of her collecting money from students to supplement her income went viral.
— Khmer Times

MRC awards green campaign winners to raise awareness of plastic pollution
A Phnom Penh resident was among the six winners of a green campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of disposing plastic waste in the river as the Mekong River Commission (MRC) on Friday commemorated the 24th anniversary of the signing of the agreement that led to its creation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

City Hall to hold forum with NGOs tomorrow
City Hall will hold a consultative forum with non-governmental organisations tomorrow to discuss challenges in resolving issues and also promote cooperation between the government and civil society groups.
— Khmer Times

Hydrodam, solar power stations are approved
The government last week approved the construction of a hydroelectric dam and supplemental solar power stations with a total electrical capacity of 220MW, as the Kingdom continues battling a national electricity shortage.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Laos urged to address dam project impacts
Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam have urged fellow Mekong River Commission member Laos to address cross-border and environmental impact issues following consultations on its Pak Lay hydropower dam project.
— Khmer Times

Lu Lay Sreng returns to Kingdom after 18 months in exile
Despite his troubles in court, government critic Lu Lay Sreng yesterday returned to the Kingdom after pleading for mercy from Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— Khmer Times


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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