Cambodia morning news for February 19

Cambodia morning news for February 19

Cambodia morning newsUS Embassy urged to stop ‘disrespecting sovereignty’
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s sovereignty”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Royal Academy official says EBA review unfair
The Royal Academy of Cambodia on Friday said the removal of the Everything-but-arms preferential status would not be fair and called the move to review the Kingdom’s access politically motivated.
— Khmer Times

Investment Law to be revised
The government is gathering input from the private sector and development partners to amend the country’s Investment Law and make the country a more attractive destination for foreign investment.
— Khmer Times

Four Vietnamese charged with drug trafficking in Cambodia
Local newspaper the Khmer Times reported that Nguyen Thi Le, Bui Thi Lo, Truong Thi Mai, and Ha Vo Khong were working in a Vietnamese-owned casino in the Cambodian border city of Bavet.
— VN Express

Thailand-Cambodia committee reaches border security, economic deal
The Thailand-Cambodia General Border Committee (GBC) has reached an agreement to enhance mutual border security and economic deals without taking border issues as disputes.
— Vietnam Plus

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Registered Exporter System To Help Speeding up Cambodia’s Milled Rice Export to EU Market
Registered Exporter System (REX) will help speeding up the export of Cambodian milled rice to the European Union markets by saving time and money for private sector as it does not require Certificate of Origin (CO) or many relevant documents.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Preah Vihear authorities crack down on illegal mining sites
A Preah Vihear provincial joint force has cracked down on seven illegal mining sites in Romdeng village in Rovieng district’s Romtom commune and shut down five of the locations while preparing to send two cases to court.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Investigation on Sam Rainsy’s incitement case completed
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has concluded its investigation into two criminal cases of incitement and insulting against former opposition leader Sam Rainsy.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM Considers Forming a Lawyer Group to Protect Vulnerable Women
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, will consider the formation of a special lawyer group to protect the poor and vulnerable women.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia Condemns Terrorist Attack in India
Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhonn expressed the deepest condolences to Indian Minister of External Affairs H.E Sushma Swaraj on the loss of many security officers in a suicide bomb attack in Pulwama, Jammu, and Kashmir on 14 February 2019, according to the ministry of foreign affairs letter dated Monday.
— Fresh News

EBA suspension not fatal: gov’t
Government, private sector and civil society representatives gathered on Friday to discuss the impact of a likely removal of Cambodia’s preferential trade status in the European Union and explore potential courses of action.
— Khmer Times

Preah Sihanouk land dispute agreement nullified ‘to prevent irregular issues’
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has reversed its previous order to allocate land to 48 families in Preah Sihanouk province’s Koki village – the scene of violent clashes between protesters and security forces – in order to follow procedure in trying to resolve a long-running land dispute.
— The Phnom Penh Post

How green technology is fuelling Cambodia’s eco-friendly flying
Emirates takes the environment very seriously. We have developed an environmentally friendly aircraft cleaning technique that enables the airline to save millions of litres of water every year.
— Southeast Asian Globe

Rainsy will return at ‘favourable time’
Opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Saturday suggested he would not return to Cambodia as he had previously promised, saying that like liberators King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Charles de Gaulle, he would only do so at a “favourable time”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Embassy slammed over Kem Sokha comment
The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Saturday rebuked the United States embassy for saying former opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested unjustly and noted that the remark was undiplomatic and disrespectful to Cambodia’s sovereignty.
— Khmer Times

US Embassy Phnom Penh Misleads Legal Procedures of Cambodian Court on Kem Sokha’s Case, Says Justice Ministry
Ministry of Justice spokesman Kim Santepheap stated Monday that the US Embassy Phnom Penh did not respect Cambodia’s sovereignty and independence and that the Embassy intended to distort and mislead the legal procedures of Cambodian court concerning the legal case of Kem Sokha, former leader of opposition party.
— Fresh News

Cambodian Muslims urged to help oppose foreign meddling
Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An on Sunday called on Muslims in the Kingdom to oppose foreigners who meddle in Cambodia’s internal affairs and attempt to bring about a colour revolution.
— Khmer Times

Another Ganja Farm Blazed
According to a preliminary report, 1,398 ganja trees were torched on a 979 square meters plantation in Chroeung commune, Bakong commune, Kirivong district, Takeo province on February 17, 2019.
— Cambodia News English

PM ‘will betray sovereignty if he decides to meet EU demands’
Prime Minister Hun Sen “will be someone who betrays sovereignty and disobeys the constitution if he changes his mind to meet EU’s demands”, Royal Academy of Cambodia president Sok Touch said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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City Hall laments growing traffic woes
City Hall today said that traffic congestion in the capital remains a major problem because many people do not use public buses.
— Khmer Times

Government, NGO launch disabled children teaching manual
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and Save the Children have created a manual to help teachers in the education of children with disabilities. The move is designed to help get nearly 55,000 disabled youngsters in schools.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tens of thousands of foreigners living illegally
The Ministry of Interior has reported that more than 81,864 out of 182,673 foreign nationals surveyed in the Kingdom are holding invalid Cambodian documents, noting that the majority of them are from Vietnam.
— Khmer Times

Government starts programme for secondary school dropouts
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) launched the Basic Education Equivalency Programme (Beep) on Sunday – an internet-based education programme for Cambodian youths in grades seven to nine who have dropped out of school – at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia To Mark Meak Bochea Day Tomorrow
Cambodia will celebrate the annual Meak Bochea Day on the top hill of Preah Reachtroap (Oudong), Ponhea Leu district, Kandal province, where a stupa of Buddha’s relics is located, on Feb. 19.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Apsara Authority puts up signs to foil land grabs
The Apsara Authority has been installing boards informing the public on the prohibition against buying and selling land in Siem Reap province’s Angkor area, following recent Facebook posts of land sales in the world heritage protected site.
— Khmer Times

Renewable Energy Development Master Plan Discussed
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged to help Cambodia in preparing the energy master plan, particularly to effectively utilise the renewable energy.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Water shortages affect paddy fields
Over 1,000ha of paddy fields in Banteay Meanchey province have been seriously affected by water shortages, according to provincial agriculture department officials.
— The Phnom Penh Post

After Mid 2019, Only Brunei Has No Direct Flight with Cambodia
Direct flight between Cambodia and the Philippines and Indonesia will begin by the midst of this year – the move that almost enables such connection between the Kingdom and the rest of ASEAN nations.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Activists come together for Prey Lang tree ceremony
The Ministry of Environment and 300 villagers from natural protection communities across four provinces gathered at Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary this weekend for a tree ceremony calling for the protection of natural resources, ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra told The Post on Sunday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

The UK to continue demining support
The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority yesterday said that the United Kingdom will continue to support demining efforts until the last mine is cleared in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Dozens of hectares of state land illegally grabbed in Mondulkiri
Dozens of hectares of state land in Mondulkiri province have been grabbed illegally, provincial Forestry Administration deputy director Saro Ratana told The Post on Sunday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Siem Reap To Host 7th RECP Intersessional Ministerial Meeting
Cambodia will host the 7th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Intersessional Ministerial Meeting (7th RCEP ISSL MM) in Siem Reap province, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

KNUP to screen candidates for sub-national election
Khmer National United Party president Nhek Bun Chhay has warned party officials not to nominate relatives in the upcoming sub-national election.
— Khmer Times

CWEA seeks platform for businesswomen
Cambodia Women Entrepreneur Association (CWEA) is a private association dedicated to providing a representative platform for women in business. Its goal is to bring issues involving women to the attention of the government and media to boost business growth and open up networking opportunities for businesswomen.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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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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