Cambodia morning news for January 23

Cambodia morning news for January 23

Cambodia morning news

China Pledges Nearly US $600 Million in Aid to Cambodia Over Three Years: PM Hun Sen
China will provide Cambodia with 4 billion yuan (U.S. $587.6 million) in aid over the next three years, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday, as Phnom Penh further cements ties with Beijing in the face of sanctions threats from the European Union.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia Faces Next Trade-Sanctions Move by the European Union
The European Union moved closer to imposing trade sanctions against Cambodia as a result of alleged human-rights violations in the country.
— Bloomberg

Hun Sen’s populism hangs by a thread
The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), once known for its business-friendly laissez faire approach, has recently lurched decisively towards more economic populism but the costly policies are beginning to erode confidence in the long-ruling party’s economic management and direction.
— Asia Times

CNRP ‘preparing budget for the return of Rainsy’
The permanent committee of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) held a meeting in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the US on Monday to prepare for the return of “acting president” Sam Rainsy to Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Japan Provides US$2 million to Cambodia to End All Forms of Violence Against Children
The Royal Government of Cambodia, the Government of Japan and UNICEF launched today the Project for the Prevention of and Response to Violence against Children in Cambodia.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

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China pledges to purchase 400,000 tonnes of rice from Cambodia
China has pledged to purchase 400,000 tonnes of rice from Cambodia this year, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s facebook post.
— Khmer Times

Factories to be moved out of Phnom Penh to ease traffic
A Phnom Penh city official told The Post on Monday that all warehouses and factories will be relocated along the capital’s new third ring road once it is completed in 2021
— The Phnom Penh Post

Future of EBA discussed during AEM sideline meeting
On the sidelines of the on-going Asean-EU Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn met with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström to discuss the future of Cambodia’s access to the Everything-but-arms preferential trade agreement.
— Khmer Times

China Invites Other Countries to Participate and Compete in Cambodia
China’s investment has tremendously helped Cambodia in its infrastructure development.
— The EurAsian Times

Indonesia offers to collaborate on Cambodian LNG project
Indonesia’s offer to build an LNG-to-power project in Cambodia could help the latter reduce its reliance on diesel and oil for electricity generation, potentially offering cheaper power.
— Interfax Global Energy

Police revoke thousands of invalid documents
The General Immigration Department has revoked more than 30,000 invalid documents used mostly by Vietnamese nationals in Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Dropouts to get online education scheme
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport is working in conjunction with Unesco and the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MLVT) to launch an internet-based education programme for Cambodian youths in grades seven to nine who have dropped out of school.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese firm eyes submarine cable investment in Kingdom
Beijing-based China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) expressed its intention to invest in a submarine cable connecting the Kingdom and Hong Kong.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Deports Some 15,000 Undocumented Migrants
As of 2018, Cambodian competent authorities have deported 15,000 undocumented migrants back to their home countries.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

PM Hun Sen Attends Cambodia-China Trade and Investment Promotion Forum
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen attended in Beijing, China this morning the Cambodia-China Trade and Investment Promotion Forum 2019, as part of his four-day official visit in China since Jan. 20.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Cambodia to Host 1700 Delegates from Over 30 Countries at CamTESOL Conference
The CamTESOL Conference Series is a premiere professional development and networking platform in the Asia-Pacific region. CamTESOL is hosted annually by IDP Education (Cambodia), a world leader in international student placement and education services with relevant stakeholders in Cambodia and internationally.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Economy not working for many women in Cambodia | #AsiaNewsNetwork
Sophoan is a domestic worker mother of three. She recently gave birth to a healthy third child. Sophoan is the main income earner in her family – her husband works as a motodop but he can only contribute $50 per month.
— Eleven

Dozens honour slain Free Trade Union leader
Dozens of unionists, garment workers and members of civil society marked the 15-year anniversary of former Free Trade Union leader Chea Vichea’s death today by holding a religious ceremony and urging police to speed up an investigation into his murder
— Khmer Times

Kbal Chhay protesters held
Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities arrested two men on Monday after some 50 to 100 people protested against authorities demarcating a land boundary at the protected Kbal Chhay freshwater area.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Sokhonn: Cambodia will not sacrifice sovereignty for aid
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation maintained on Monday that the Kingdom will not sacrifice its national sovereignty in exchange for foreign aid.
— The Phnom Penh Post

15 years on, justice elusive in Cambodia union leader’s murder
Rong Chhun was visiting family in rural Cambodia when he received a phone call telling him that his good friend and colleague Chea Vichea, a prominent union leader, had been shot dead by two men on a motorbike.
— Al Jazeera

Rising Mekong Floods Bamboo Bridge
Kampong Cham: On the afternoon of January 21, 2019, HE Kuch Chamroeun, the governor of the Kampong Cham province, visited the famous bamboo bridge at Koh Pen. Heavy rainfall further upstream has caused the Mekong’s water level to rise, putting the bridge at risk.
— Cambodia News English

58 Chinese Arrested in Bavet
At least 58 Chinese nationals have been detained by Cambodian police and local authorities from three casinos in Svay Rieng province on January 21, 2019. The 58 were identified as involved in online extortion.
— Cambodia News English

Sanctions and the EU
Has the EU just shot itself in the foot? The EU has been threatening to sanction Cambodia, for not conducting its elections as it was told to do, by withdrawing tariff exemptions under the Everything But Arms agreement.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian PM Receives President of Bank of China
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen received this morning Mr. Chen Siqing, President of the Bank of China, during his stay in Beijing, China for a four-day visit.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Dams Blamed For Unseasonable Flooding
This sudden high water is not believed to be a natural phenomenon, but due to the flow of water from hydropower dams on the upper part of the Mekong River.
— Cambodia News English

The backpack ‘social entrepreneurs’ giving back to Cambodian students
When Canadian siblings Anika and Michael Funk founded ethically focused travel company Banana Backpacks in 2017, they had a very clear vision for what they intended to accomplish.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Wild Fire Prevention Measures Announced
The government has issued wild-fire prevention measures to draw attention of relevant public during the incoming dry season.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Police used fake docs, says defence lawyer
A defence lawyer told the Supreme Court on Monday that officers from the Phnom Penh municipal police drugs unit used a fake document to implicate his client in a 2015 trafficking case.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Concerns in Lao, lessons from Sihanoukville
Recent reports have revealed that villagers in the remote Lao settlement of Huaiyae in the scenic Vang Vieng region north of Vientiane have expressed concern about the possibility of losing their land to a Chinese development project.
— The Asean Post

Life on the Dump
Phnom Penh: Many older men and women scavenge on the garbage dump. Some children give up their studies, to help their parents to scratch a livelihood.
— Cambodia News English


Feature photo Unicef/ Sokchanlina Lim

This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day of Education, January 24.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

Cambodia morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop source for Cambodia news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities. It is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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