Cambodia morning news for July 12

Cambodia morning news for July 12
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Cambodia morning newsShanxi helps construct Cambodia’s largest airport
Shanxi Mechanization Construction Group recently won the bid to build two sections of the new Siem Reap Angkor International Airport project in Cambodia for 290 million yuan ($42.16 million).
— Khmer Times

African Swine Fever Kills 337 Pigs in Tbong Khmum Province (Video inside)
As of Thursday, African swine fever has killed 337 pigs among the 9,000 in Tbong Khmum province of Cambodia.
— Fresh News Asia

Cambodia Scraps Pay-to-Stay ‘Hotel’ Prison Plans
The Cambodian government is abolishing a controversial “hotel” prison project, according to Ministry of Interior officials.

Chinese language at forefront
Amid an influx of Chinese investment into Cambodia, local residents are starting to see the Chinese language, more specifically mandarin, as an important skill within the labour market.
— Khmer Times

Interior Ministry set to recruit new civil servants
The Ministry of Interior is set to recruit another 232 civil servants for this year to work at national and sub-national institutions.
— The Phnom Penh Post

GMAC chair questions EU in Brussels over EBA withdrawal
The chairman of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said that in Brussels on Wednesday, it questioned the EU’s grounds for launching the “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement withdrawal process.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Dengue fever situation under control: Health Ministry
The Health Ministry yesterday said the dengue fever situation in the Kingdom is under control with fewer cases detected this month.
— Khmer Times

Vietnam’s Investment Capital in Cambodia Reaches More Than US$3 Billion
Cambodia has so far received some 214 listed investment projects from Vietnam worth in total US$3.07 billion, said Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Vu Quang Minh at Cambodia-Vietnam Trade and Investment Promotion Forum 2019 held here recently.

Special Report: Cambodia-China Vow to Curb Chinese Illegal Conducts in the Kingdom (Video inside)
Trade and investment policy of the Cambodian and Chinese Governments have attracted many Chinese people to the kingdom in recent years. They are investors, construction workers, and tourists.
— Fresh News Asia

Fake Coke, Fanta factory shut down after raid
A Kampong Thom town mineral water production facility has been shut down after it was found to be also producing fake bottles and cans of major soft drink brands including Coca-Cola, Fanta, 7-Up, and energy drink Samurai, among others, for nationwide distribution.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Biggest ICT event in Cambodia rescheduled for next year
The much-anticipated Cambodia International ICT & Mobile Expo 2019 (CIIME’19) has been re-scheduled for next year.
— Khmer Times

Thousands of garment workers on strike in Kandal province
Thousands of Bowker Garment Factory workers in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district are on strike to demand better working conditions and the return of their union leader.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia construction approvals hit $3.1bn in Q2 as China piles in
Approved construction investment in Cambodia surged nearly 90% to $3.1 billion in the second quarter, according to new data, as “bullish” Chinese investors dominate a booming condominium market in Phnom Penh.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Chinese firms seek details on investment climate at seminar
Chinese investors yesterday sought the latest information on the Kingdom’s investment climate in a seminar organised by law firm DFDL.
— Khmer Times

GDT collects $1.5bln in taxes in first half of the year
Tax revenue reached $1.5 billion during the first half of the year, about 66 percent of the full-year target.
— Khmer Times

Business owners express concern over competition from Chinese
Chinese tourists topped the country’s tourism market in the first quarter of this year.
— Khmer Times

ARB wins US$120m IT jobs in Cambodia
ARB Bhd is venturing into Cambodia, having won long-term information technology (IT) contracts worth US$120 million from a property developer and an insurer there.
— New Straits Times

EuroCham: Cambodia Ready to Welcome Local and Foreign Investments
Cambodia is ready to welcome both national and international investors, affirmed the European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (EuroCham Cambodia) in its White Book 2019.

TOP NEWS: Cambodia Seizes $7.4M in Cash without Source: Interior Minister
Cambodia has confiscated an overall of USD 7.4 million at the international border, according Interior Minister Sar Kheng.
— Fresh News Asia

Camcontrol seizes nearly a tonne of expired products
Camcontrol on Tuesday seized nearly a tonne of expired products during raids on a warehouse and shops around Doeum Thkov market in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district.
— Khmer Times

Preah Sihanouk governor discusses cooperation with Chinese embassy
In a bid to improve administrative procedures and ensure safety in the face of an influx of Chinese investments in the region, Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun has requested that China to open a local consulate and a branch office of the Cambodia-China Journalist Association.
— Khmer Times

Calls for protection of refugees
Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) chairman Arash Bordbar wrote an open letter to Minister of Interior Sar Kheng, urging the government to “safeguard the rights of all refugees inside its borders”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Trade forum held as Vietnamese investors’ interest in Cambodia rises
The Embassy of Vietnam in Cambodia hosted on Tuesday the Vietnam-Cambodia Trade and Investment Forum 2019.
— Khmer Times

Gov’t to boost security at residences, lodgings
Secretary of state at the Ministry of Interior Sok Setha on Wednesday hailed the draft of a new sub-decree on security at gated communities, hotels and guesthouses.
— The Phnom Penh Post

New EU ambassador to take office in September
The new EU ambassador to Cambodia is expected to take office in Phnom Penh in early September after her nomination was announced on Tuesday in Brussels.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Senators approve 2019-2023 development plan, power projects
Senators yesterday unanimously agreed to pass the National Strategic Development Plan of 2019-2023 worth $57.7 billion in capital.
— Khmer Times

New governor meets with Chinese ambassador
In a bid to improve administrative procedure and ensure safety in the face of an influx of Chinese investment in the region, Preah Sihanouk provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun has requested that China open a local consulate and a branch office of the Cambodia-China Journalist Association.
— Khmer Times

ING land revoked after failures
The government has decided to revoke five land titles given to tycoon Ing Bun Hoaw after his company, ING Holdings, failed to develop infrastructure along Boeng Choeung Ek lake and erect a satellite city in Phnom Penh and Kandal province’s Takhmao city.
— Khmer Times

PM Highlights Cambodia’s Positive Demographic Trends
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen highlighted some positive demographic trends achieved by Cambodia in the past 25 years, while this afternoon senior government officials and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) observed the World Population Day at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Centre (CJCC), Royal University of Phnom Penh.

More mergers, acquisitions ahead says banking insiders
MGN Emperor Bank Plc’s launch into Cambodia’s growing financial industry on Sunday has led insiders to believe that fierce competition in the crowded market will lead to more mergers and acquisitions.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Mental health patients relocated to new centre
Dozens of patients with mental health disorders were admitted to the newly built Mental Health Rehab Centre in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district.
— Khmer Times

Illegal Sihanoukville beach buildings demolished
Authorities in Sihanoukville on Tuesday demolished two buildings being constructed without permission along O’tres I beach.
— Khmer Times

Eight injured in two separate explosions
Eight people were injured in two separate explosions on Tuesday in Pailin province’s Pailin city and Kampong Chhnang province’s Kampong Tralach district.
— Khmer Times

Top court upholds decision to jail Nigerians over drugs
The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a decision convicting six Nigerian nationals found guilty of trafficking methamphetamine in 2014.
— Khmer Times

NEC records six complaints over ‘minor irregularities’ in voters’ list
The National Election Committee (NEC) recorded six complaints about “minor irregularities” in the preliminary list of voters for the 2022 communal elections and the national elections in 2023 within five days after its release on June 27.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Oddar Meanchey forestry official denies logging collusion allegation
A senior forestry official, based in Oddar Meanchey province’s Trapaing Prasat district, on Wednesday, denied villagers’ accusations that he had colluded with an alleged timber trader – a soldier who also denied any wrongdoing.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM to Chair the Cabinet Meeting Tomorrow
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen will chair the plenary cabinet meeting to be held at the Peace Palace, Phnom Penh tomorrow.

Water problems in Sihanoukville
Officials from the Public Works and Transport Ministry and the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration are studying how to jointly address damaged infrastructure and have decided to first tackle water and road problems.
— Khmer Times

NGO seizes 2,300 chainsaws
International wildlife and forest conservation organisation, Wildlife Alliance, said on Monday that 2,300 chainsaws were seized from illegal loggers in the Southern Cardamom Mountains in the last two years.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tycoon grilled over illegal logging
The National Committee for Forest Crime Prevention and court officials are still questioning well-known timber tycoon Soeng Sam Ol over a large-scale illegal logging operation in Mondulkiri province.
— Khmer Times

Feel at Home at ASEAN’s First Cultural Centre
Visitors can feel Cambodia especially with creative presentations of Khmer greeting, Apsara dance, temples, national costumes, and popular dishes like Num Banchok or Cambodian traditional noodle, and Lort Chha or stir-fried rice pin noodle with the use of multimedia, photo exhibitions and artefacts.

Cambodia to Hold ANGKORFOOD & HOTEL 2019 in October
Cambodia will organise the ANGKORFOOD & HOTEL 2019 on Oct. 10-12 with the expected participation from 120 companies around the world.

Father charged for slashing son with machete
Pusat Provincial Court yesterday charged a 45-year- old man for slashing his 27-year-old son with a machete over a drunken domestic dispute in Veal Veng district.
— Khmer Times

In the remote Cambodian jungles, we made sure rare Siamese crocodiles would have enough food
For nine hours, my colleague Michael Shackleton and I held onto our scooters for dear life while being slapped in the face by spiked jungle plants in the mountains of Cambodia.
— The Conversation


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo focuses on Asean’s endangered species, here, the sun bear (Helarctos malayanus).


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).

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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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