Cambodia morning news for February 22

Cambodia morning news for February 22
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Provinces hit by drought, PM advises farmers on growing rice
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called on local authorities to advise farmers to cultivate dry-season rice once due to the dry spell and water shortage this year.
— Khmer Times

US Is Obliged to Demine Cluster Munitions in Cambodia, Says US Embassy Phnom Penh
US Embassy in Cambodia’s Chargé D’Affaires Michael Newbill, acknowledged that demining landmines (massive contamination), cluster munition remnants (heavy contamination), and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Cambodia is the US’s obligation, speaking in a meeting with First Vice-President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) Ly Thuch on Wednesday.
— Fresh News

A Pillar of the Paris Peace Accords, on “Seeking Justice in Cambodia”
One of the greatest disappointments of my public life has been the international community’s failure – and my failure, the failure of all of us – to match the achievement of peace in Cambodia, which so many of us worked so hard to achieve, with any comparable achievement in relation to democracy and human rights.
— VOA Cambodia

Government seeks to boost rice exports
Prime Minister Hun Sen said the government will take more action to raise the Kingdom’s rice exports, including reducing production costs and boosting market competitiveness.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Monks and Activists Hold Buddhist Ceremony to Protect Cambodia’s Prey Lang Forest
A group of forestry activists accompanied by monks held a Buddhist ceremony in hopes of protecting Prey Lang forest in Cambodia’s central plains
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia – North Korea ties still in the woods
Cambodia is among the five Southeast Asian countries that have an embassy in Pyongyang. The bilateral relationship has fluctuated over time, due to three factors: leadership, economics, and geopolitics.
— Khmer Times

Talk of the week: RI, Cambodia celebrate 60 years of friendly ties with cultural show
Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni (sixth left, center) poses for a photograph with Indonesian Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani (seventh left) and Indonesian choreographer Guruh Sukarno Putra (fifth left) at the opening ceremony of an Indonesia-Cambodia cultural show.
— The Jakarta Post

Cambodia’s Democracy and EU Trade Privileges: Taking a Long-Term View
Withdrawing Cambodia’s EBA privileges might not do more harm than good.
— The Diplomat

Metfone revenue tops $2.2 billion over 10 years in Cambodia
Metfone, the first telecommunications brand of Viettel in an overseas market, posted an accumulated revenue of more than US$2.2 billion in its first 10 years of operation.
— Vietnam News

Cambodia Is Able to Retain EBA Preferential Scheme
In the last couple of days, I have heard a lot of debates among Cambodian politicians, academicians, and ordinary citizens regarding the withdrawal from Cambodia the European Union’s Everything But Arms preferential scheme.
— Fresh News

Kingdom not yet ready for LGBT laws: Hun Sen
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said the Kingdom is not ready yet to create legislation to allow same-sex marriages because the issue is still causing controversy in some countries.
— Khmer Times

A return to Cambodia’s Koh Russey island
Despite being one of the first stops on China’s new Belt and Road Initiative, the roads in southern Cambodia still leave a lot to be desired.
— The National

Angkor Sankranta 2019 Will Include Showcase of Domestic Products
Cambodia will organise an exhibition of domestic products in upcoming Angkor Sankranta 2019, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

EDC launches tender offer for solar project
Cambodian national utility company Electricite du Cambodge (EDC) has launched a tender offer for construction rights to a 60MW solar project in Kampong Chhnang province on a build-own-operate basis.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Perceiving China-Jiangsu Culture Week opens in Cambodia
The Perceiving China-Jiangsu Culture Week kicked off in Cambodia on Monday, aimed at strengthening cultural exchanges and enhancing friendship between the country and China.
— Global Times

PM to opposition: ‘I am not going to die any time soon’
Prime Minister Hun Sen told members of the opposition on Wednesday not to wait for his death before starting a movement to take power because he wouldn’t be dying anytime soon.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Sees Opportunity to Present its Potentials to Investors in Jiangsu of China
China has proposed Cambodia to send a working group to present the Kingdom’s tourism potentials, especially in Preah Sihanouk province, to Chinese investors in Jiangsu province.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Ministry confirms Angkor Gold oil and gas aspirations
A senior official with the Ministry of Mines and Energy confirmed yesterday that Canadian firm Angkor Gold Corp is seeking to diversify its operations in the Kingdom into oil and gas and that the company is now applying for exploration licenses.
— Khmer Times

NEC names three key tasks
The National Election Committee (NEC) has identified three key tasks to be completed simultaneously this year as it prepares to hold the third mandate district, provincial and municipal council elections in May.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Diplomat Chief to Attend HLS of 40th Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva
His Excellency Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will lead a Delegation to attend the High Level Segment (HLS) of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) from 24-26 February 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland, according to the ministry’s press release dated Thursday.
— Fresh News

Construction of national park in Mondulkiri begins
Construction of Mondulkiri’s first major national park began on Tuesday with a budget of $10 million.
— Khmer Times

‘Activities aimed at destroying peace’ must be halted
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday ordered provincial administration officials and the armed forces to be ready to prevent and intercept all activities by outlawed and (self) exiled groups that attempt to push Cambodia into war and chaos.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry of Health: Three Kinds of Tetraodontidae Are Very Poisonous
Ministry of Health of Cambodia released here yesterday three species of Tetraodontidae (pufferfish) that are found to be poisonous.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Commission created to study a location for new Phnom Penh International airport
The government has created a commission tasked with studying a location for new Phnom Penh International Airport.
— Khmer Times

Prime Minister Hun Sen announces free legal aid for garment workers
Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Wednesday that factory workers will have access to legal representation free of charge once his volunteer group of his lawyers is established, while civil society groups say the government should instead improve labour law enforcement.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia U22’s Make Semi-Finals
A goal in the 16th minute was followed by a saved penalty 19 minutes later.
— Cambodia News English

Hun Sen taunts opposition groups who wish him dead
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday taunted opposition groups who wish to see him dead by telling them to wait until the next lifetime, and claiming himself to be healthy and strong.
— Khmer Times

Japan aid totals $135 million
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn on Wednesday said the Japanese government had provided the Kingdom with $134.38 million in aid packages in the past 12 months – $19.42 million in grants and the remaining $114.96 million in loans.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Public bidding opens for 60-megawatt solar project
With the Kingdom aiming to increase its energy output, the government is calling on private firms to enter the bidding process for the construction of a 60-megawatt solar plant project in Kampong Chhnang province.
— Khmer Times

Senior Minister Sun Chanthol Attends 81st Annual Session of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee in Geneva
A Cambodian delegation led by Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport H.E. Sun Chanthol has been in Switzerland to participate in the 81st Annual Session of UNECE Inland Transport Committee.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Government prioritising national working group over CPP’s
The government has been adjusting the national level working group more than the Cambodian People’s Party’s working group to help promote its rectangular strategy and better provide services to the people at the sub-national level, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sihanoukville officials defend boat terminal
The Preah Sihanouk provincial authority on Wednesday defended its decision to let a private company build a major boat terminal at Village 4 in Stung Hav district’s Tomnup Roloak commune.
— The Phnom Penh Post

30 Years for Belgian E Importer
A Cambodian woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison and fined 40 million riel over a drug importation case.
— Cambodia News English

Police hunt suspects in connection with 1,000 Takeo cannabis plants
Takeo provincial police are on the lookout for individuals who grew over 1,000 cannabis plants on six fields across Preah Bat Chonchum commune’s Chroy village, Kiri Vong district deputy police chief Hiem Srim said on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Institut Pasteur du Cambodge Explains When Rabies PEP Is Necessary
In respond to a high increase of number of patients seeking for rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) has made an announcement explaining to people when PEP is necessary.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Push for cultural icons to join UN heritage list
The Ministry of Fine Arts and Culture is hoping to have Cambodian musical theatre Lakhon Yike, traditional silver handicrafts and other art forms placed on Unesco’s cultural heritage list, it announced on Wednesday.
— 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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