Cambodia morning news for June 11

Cambodia morning news for June 11

Cambodia morning newsConstruction Investment Capital Worth Nearly US$3 Billion in First 4 Months
During the first four months of 2019, investment capital in construction sector was reported to amount to US$2.74 billion, up 67.37 percent compared with the same period last year.

Cambodia, France trade up 9 percent last year
Trade between Cambodia and France grew by more than 9 percent last year, exceeding $1.2 billion in value and making France the Kingdom’s third largest export market in the European Union.
— Khmer Times

MFA says Singapore did not support the Khmer Rogue but LKY’s book reveals that it provided US$55 million in aid to the Cambodian resistance movement against Vietnam
PM Lee Hsein Loong generated some bad press recently when he posted an excerpt of his controversial condolence letter on the passing of former Thailand Prime Minister and Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda in which he touched Vietnam’s intervention in Cambodia in the late 70s, describing as an ‘invasion’.
— The Online Citizen

CPP deny forum to end mandate following dissatisfaction from PM
A spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has dismissed recent media reports that the Supreme Consultation Forum, which was established following the 2018 national elections, will have its mandate ended due to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s dissatisfaction with its performance.
— The Phnom Penh Post

More than 1,400 crimes against children since 2013: CPU
There were more than 1,400 child homicide cases recorded in the Kingdom since 2013, the Child Protection Unit said today.
— Khmer Times

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Gov’t adopts national lifelong learning policy
The adoption of a national policy outlining lifelong learning opportunities for all Cambodians has been approved and is set to be implemented in the near future, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport said on Friday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Japan to Support Harbour Development Master Plan Study in Preah Sihanouk Province
Japan is supporting Cambodia with the feasibility study for the Kingdom’s harbour development master plan that will include the systematization of special economic zones in Preah Sihanouk province.

Angkor Enterprise receives more than $50M in ticket sales
Cambodia earned more than $50 million from ticket sales to the Angkor Archaeological Park in the first five months of this year – an 8.5 per cent decrease compared to the same period last year, Angkor Enterprise figures showed.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Rights Organizations Reel as Authoritarian Cambodia Hosts Asia Media Summit
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen is slated to preside over the 16th Asia Media Summit as Cambodia is hosting the gathering this week, but rights organizations have expressed concerns about having an event in a country that restricts media and harasses journalists.
— Radio Free Asia

Japanese companies to begin mineral extraction in Northeast
The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) on Tuesday announced plans to exploit copper and zinc deposits in Stung Treng province, in the country’s northeast.
— Khmer Times

Asia’s ‘rising tiger’ declares transnational war
Having recently commemorated Cambodia’s national day of “anger” against an autarkic regime with a grisly re-enactment of the systematic violence that took place under the notorious Khmer Rouge regime, Prime Minister Hun Sen jetted off to Japan for the 25th International Conference on The Future of Asia, held in Tokyo on May 30-31.
— Asia Times

Waste receptacles built near Kampot wetland
Birdlife International Cambodia has installed seven one-cubic-metre concrete receptacles along rice field dykes in two villages near the Anlung Pring protected wetland area in Kampot province to encourage farmers to safely dispose of their waste.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Considers Nominating Num Banhchok as World Heritage
Cambodia considers nominating Num Banhchok (a Khmer traditional rice noodle) to be included in the list of intangible world heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

PM, Sar Kheng prepare French Rainsy case
The government has announced that Prime Minister Hun Sen and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng are preparing cases against Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), for submission to French courts.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Police hold more than 400 in drug bust at PP nightclub
Some 400 people, including around 130 foreigners, were arrested early on Saturday morning after failing drug tests following a raid on the Luxurious nightclub in the capital’s Daun Penh district. Illicit substances were also found.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Travel agencies warned against assigning star ratings to hotels
The Ministry of Tourism has warned international online travel agencies against rating Cambodian hotels prior to the former’s evaluation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Woman and grandson die in grenade blast
An elderly woman and her grandson were killed yesterday after a grenade they scavenged exploded in their home in Svay Rieng province.
— Khmer Times

Challenges in tackling land issues in Cambodia
Cambodia is facing complex structural challenge to deal with land disputes. As the economy grows with high influx of capital investment ready to rip benefit from speculation and structural weaknesses of the land management system, tackling the land issues is becoming even more difficult.
— Khmer Times

Is it ‘fair’ to punish Cambodians for gov’t’s actions?
After I published yet another story in Asia Times last week on the possibility of Cambodia being removed from the United States’ and European Union’s preferential trade deals (the GSP and EBA respectively, which grant quota and tariff-free status to some Cambodian exports), I received a message on Twitter posing a question I realize I haven’t yet tried to tackle.
— Asia Times

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Minister calls upon citizens to help preserve ancient temples
Culture and Fine Arts Minister Phoeung Sakona today appealed to the public to participate in the preservation of the national heritage sites such as temples located within the Angkor area.
— Khmer Times

Non-timber forest producers contribute to social, environmental protection in Cambodia: Conservationist groups
Non-timber forest producer groups and associations represented important providers of social protection, while making a significant contribution to forest conservation and poverty eradication goals in Cambodia, conservationist groups said in a joint press release on Monday.
— Xinhuanet

Massive resort breaks ground on coast
Hotel and entertainment complex Prince Tian Xi Wan broke ground on Thursday in Sihanoukville.
— Khmer Times

Ministry calls on public to support local forest products
Environment Ministry officials, NGOs and local communities are appealing to the public to support the local forest industry in order to lift impoverished families out of poverty.
— Khmer Times

U.S. Joins the Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of World Monuments Funds at Phnom Bakheng
The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh today joined the celebration of the 30th anniversary of World Monuments Fund (WMF) at Phnom Bakheng, Siem Reap.

PM Hun Sen to Make Official Visit to Hungary and Attend the 5th CICA Summit in Tajikistan: Foreign Affairs
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn, Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak, and other senior government officials, will be on an official visit to the Republic of Hungary and attend the 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), the Republic of Tajikistan from 13-15 June 2019, according to the ministry’s press release dated Monday.
— Fresh News

France holds its first Asean Forum in Phnom Penh
French foreign trade advisers held the European nation’s first Asean Forum in Phnom Penh last week to exchange views on the political and economic evolution in the region as well as France’s strategy in Asean, a French Embassy press release said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Technical Vocational Skill Encouraged for Cambodian Youth
Cambodian federation of employers has urged Cambodian youths to focus their career on technical vocational skills of high demand in current job market.

“Dream” Event Promoting Love of Environment among Children
Children of government officials have gathered to demonstrate their courage and talent related particularly to environment conservation in an event called “Dream”.

Major and Career Fair 2019 Organised
Phnom Penh has hosted the so-called Major and Career Fair 2019 – a platform that allows knowledge and experience sharing among students and successful graduates.

Isuzu seeks edge over Japanese competitors in Cambodia with new pickup truck model
Isuzu Motors Ltd. has launched a fuel-efficient model in its mainstay D-Max pickup truck series in Cambodia, as it aims to steal a march on competitors from its homeland.
— The Japan Times


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Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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