Cambodia morning news for July 5

Cambodia morning news for July 5

Cambodia morning newsTobacco-related illnesses kill 15,000 in Cambodia per year: UN-led study
Tobacco-related illnesses claimed about 15,000 lives in Cambodia a year, costing the country’s economy 657 million U.S. dollars, or three percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), said a United Nations-led new study released on Thursday.
— Xinhua

More than 30 Cambodian refugees deported to Cambodia
More than 30 Cambodian refugees convicted of committing crimes in the United States have been deported to Cambodia, according to an official.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian investors eye global vegan market
A Cambodian investment company hopes that the purchase of a 65 per cent stake in a local ‘healthy food’ group will help it seize a portion of the trillion dollar international vegan and natural/healthy food market.
— AEC News today

Stricter checks on migrants applying for legal status
Interior Minister Sar Kheng has issued a directive to all relevant authorities to ensure that foreigners who apply for legal status provide valid supporting documents.
— Khmer Times

Stung Treng hospital swamped in dengue outbreak
The Cambodian Red Cross has set up tents on the grounds of the Stung Treng referral hospital and another outside to cope with a lack of children’s beds due to the dengue fever outbreak gripping the province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

City Hall calls for PassApp company and drivers to negotiate after more protests
City Hall has called for PassApp rickshaw drivers and the company to negotiate a solution after 300 drivers held yet another protest to demand the company drop plans to cut charges for trips and also submitted a petition.
— Khmer Times

Swiss Companies to Invest USD 40M to Build Hospitals in Cambodia
During a courtesy visit with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, six Swiss companies expressed interest to invest USD 40 million to build hospitals and health centers in Cambodia.
— Fresh News Asia

WTO nations reaffirm pledge to aid LDCs through trade
Six World Trade Organization members on Tuesday pledged a combined $13 million to finance the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), a significant show of support for trade as a development tool.
— Khmer Times

Eurocham issues recommendations for real estate and construction
As part of its annual publication ‘White Book’, the European Chamber of Commerce has issued a list of recommendations for the government to support the development of the real estate and construction sectors.
— Khmer Times

‘Hotel’ jail nears completion
A prison official said on Wednesday that construction of Cambodia’s first privately run prison, which is set to allow prisoners with enough money to upgrade to more comfortable cells, is close to completion.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Gov’t reviews access to information law draft
A fifth inter-ministerial meeting was held on Wednesday to continue reviewing and discussing the first draft of the Access to Information Law, even as civil society called on the ministries to accelerate its discussions.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM: Ending trade pacts hurts development
Prime Minister Hun Sen called on World Trade Organisation (WTO) member states and development partners “to give close consideration” before removing preferential trade status from Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Some Country Did Not Send Electoral Observers, but Issued Statement Criticizing Cambodian Elections: PM Hun Sen
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen delivered a speech at the 41st Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights at the United Nations Office at Geneva on Thursday.
— Fresh News Asia

U.S.-Cambodia trade supporting Cambodia’s dynamic growth
The United States is Cambodia’s single largest export destination, and Cambodia’s exports to the United States continue to grow.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen’s Eldest Son Taunts Dissolved Opposition for Failing to Protest against His Father in Switzerland
Dr. Hun Manet, the eldest son of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, on Thursday 4 July, taunted the dissolved opposition party for failing to protest against the presence of his father in Switzerland.
— Fresh News Asia

Preah Sihanouk chief halts construction for checks
New Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun has ordered the immediate halt to the construction of all steel-framed structures in the province to allow for the inspection of building standards.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Public Investment in Cambodia Growing
Cambodia’s public investment has increased to 8 percent of the Kingdom’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to H.E. Vongsey Vissoth.

Justice Minister briefs parliament on legal reforms
Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana today briefed members of the National Assembly on the progress of the Kingdom’s judicial reforms by highlighting improvements to legal services for out-of-court settlements.
— Khmer Times

Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and Viettel Signed Cooperation MoU
The Cambodian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and the Vietnam-based Viettel have reached a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in telecommunications development.

CPP sacks Pheng Vannak from commune working group
The CPP today sacked Facebook personality Pheng Vannak from his position as a member of a party working group in Prey Veng province following his release from prison last month after serving a suspended one-year sentence.
— Khmer Times

Smart launches Ideamart mobile app development platform in Cambodia
Smart has introduced the ‘Ideamart’ mobile application development platform in Cambodia. ‘Ideamart powered by Smart’ is designed to offer entrepreneurship opportunities to third-party app developers, using Smart’s network assets through APIs.
— Telecompaper

PM Hun Sen: Cambodia Is a Land of Freedom
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has reaffirmed that Cambodia is a nation of freedom.

Cambodian PM Attends 41st Session of the Human Rights Council
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, attended the 41st Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland this afternoon (Phnom Penh time).

‘RCAF cracks down on 3,000 crimes’
The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) cracked down on nearly 3,000 crimes along the Kingdom’s borders in the first six months of this year, Ministry of National Defence spokesperson Chhum Socheat said on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

WTO’s Senior Official Impressed by Cambodia’s Strong Economic Growth in Past Two Decades
Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) H.E. Ratnakar Adhikari​​ expressed his impression with Cambodia’s strong and sustainable economic growth of around 7 percent annually in the past two decades.

Prime Minister pushes for greater trade with Finland
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday sought to strengthen trade ties with Finland during a meeting with the Finnish Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade.
— Khmer Times

Local firm receives fund management licence
The Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia (SECC) yesterday granted Cambodian Investors Capital Partners a licence to act as a fund management company.
— Khmer Times

Police, land protesters clash
More than 100 villagers, representing 197 families from Chi Khor Krom and Chi Khor Leu communes in Koh Kong province’s Sre Ambel district, protested again on Wednesday and clashed with authorities in front of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction after the ministry had rejected their claims on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh post

Cambodia Introduces Traditional Noddle and Desserts to International Guests in Geneva
Num Banchok – Khmer traditional noodle – and some Khmer desserts have been introduced to international guests who attended the Socio-Cultural Programme at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland yesterday.

Cambodian PM Meets Director-General of WTO
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen held talks with Director-General of World Trade Organisation (WTO) H.E. Roberto Azevêdo, in Geneva, Switzerland yesterday, on the sidelines of the Aid-for-Trade Global Review 2019.

Cambodian PM Calls for More Support to LDCs
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has appealed to all advanced member states of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and development partners to further consider and extend their support so as to assist the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) out of poverty quickly in accordance with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Bunong families petition PM
Four villagers representing more than 1,800 Bunong ethnic families who are embroiled in a territorial spat in Mondulkiri province petitioned two ministries and Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Water treatment plant breaks ground in Kampot
The construction of a $10-million water treatment plant in Kampot province began on Wednesday.
— Khmer Times


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