Cambodia morning news for June 7

Cambodia morning news for June 7
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Cambodia morning newsWorld Bank giving $60 million to help poor farmers
The World Bank will provide about $60 million in continued funding for the third phase of a project by the Agriculture Ministry to improve poor farmers’ livelihoods, a representative said.
— Khmer Times

No exchange of sovereignty for EBA access, Prak Sokhonn tells EU
Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn yesterday met with a visiting EU delegation and reiterated that the government will not exchange its sovereignty for access to the Everything-but-arms trade scheme.
— The Korea Times

CDC Endorses some US$60 Investment Projects
Council for the Development of Cambodia has endorsed investments project worth about US$60 million, according the council’s update released yesterday.

CLC seeks $300 minimum wage for tourism, service sector workers
The Cambodian Labour Confederation plans to petition the government to raise the minimum wage for workers in the tourism and service sectors to at least $300 per month.
— Khmer Times

Record shows ‘slight’ decrease in drug crimes in Cambodia compared to last year
The authorities have conducted 2,425 drug raids across the country this year, detaining 7,294 dealers and users, including 562 women and 167 foreigners, an anti-drugs official said.
— Eleven

Union urges customs officials to apply press law against reporters
The Union of Journalist Federations of Cambodia (UJFC) has called on Prek Chak customs officials in Kampot province to use the Law on the Press to avoid court action against 1 online reporters.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Govt to call up Singapore Ambassador over PM Lee’s controversial remarks
The Khmer Times reported today (6 Jun) that the Cambodia government would be calling up the Singapore Ambassador soon to discuss the controversial remark made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last week.
— The Online Citizen SG

Cambodia Urges Airport Company to Expand Runways for Boeing 777 to Land by 2022
Minister in Charge of Civil Aviation Mao Havannall urged France’s Vinci, a company overseeing airports in Cambodia to finish expanding airport runways in Sihanoukville by 2022 for Boeing 777 to land, speaking in a meeting with Vinci CEO Eric Delobel on Thursday.
— Fresh News

US, China tensions put Cambodia in potential peril
In a now common refrain, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe publicly denied at a recent defense forum that Beijing intends to build a naval base in Cambodia.
— Spratly Islands

Former bank officer jailed after taking more than $200k from accounts of two elderly clients
A former bank relationship manager was sentenced on Thursday (June 6) to three years and 10 months’ jail after making off with more than $200,000 from two elderly clients.
— The Straits Times

Cambodian Consumers Embracing Digital Payments as a New Way to Pay
Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, has today released figures that show Cambodians are embracing digital payments with 43 percent year-on-year growth in total value of purchases made using Visa cards and 58 percent growth in the number of transactions.

Malaysia Becomes Largest Cambodian Rice Importer in ASEAN: PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Malaysia has become the largest importer of Cambodian rice, Prime Minister Hun Sen spoke at the Puthisastra graduation ceremony on Thursday.
— Fresh News

Cambodia, the 8th Biggest Beneficiary of GSP
As it now stands, Cambodia is the eight biggest beneficiary of Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) and the progress in its exports reflects positive move in the textile and garment industry.

Cambodia Has 25 Oil Blocks, First Production Starts in 2019: Minister of Energy
Cambodia has 25 oil blocks, six off-shores, minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem spoke in a workshop on understanding the draft law on the management and production of petroleum, held at the National Assembly on Thursday.
— Fresh News

Anti-money laundering measures set
Dy Vichea, the National Police deputy chief and Ministry of Interior’s central security department director, told The Post on Wednesday that money laundering offences had increased in an intertwined and complex manner.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia underinvesting in agriculture research, ADB says
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said that Cambodia is underinvesting in agricultural research which may impede the development of the sector.
— Khmer Times

Why global media does not care about Cambodia’s peacekeepers
Two weeks ago, the UN wrote on its official Facebook page extending gratitude to Cambodia for its active participation and sacrifice for peace in many peacekeeping missions around the world.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Korean banks seek cash cow in Cambodia
Korea’s commercial banks are expanding their presence in Cambodia by providing differentiated financial services for customers, bank officials said Thursday.
— The Korea Times

Cashless payments booming – Visa report
Visa Inc, a global leader in digital payments, says Cambodia will see a dramatic increase in cashless transactions in the next seven years.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia to host ICAPP’s Asia Pacific Summit this year
Cambodia is expected to host ICAPP’s Asia Pacific Summit in November, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s assistant.
— Khmer Times

EU visit: Workers, unions and politicians express EBA fears
Workers, union leaders and politicians have expressed fear over the consequences of losing access to the EU’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement – something analysts have described as “manageable”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

7-8 Million People Expected to Eat Num Banh Chok This Weekend
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has expected that between 7 and 8 million people across the country are expected to eat Num Banh Chok – Khmer traditional noodle – this Sunday.

Vietnam’s envoy to Cambodia on PM Lee’s online remark: We have not forsaken lessons of history
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported yesterday (‘Singapore PM Stirs Flap in Cambodia by Bringing up Vietnam’s 1979 Invasion’, 5 Jun) that the Cambodian officials are unhappy with a recent online remark by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, recalling Vietnam’s January 1979 invasion and …
— The Online Citizen

Kingdom’s first digital hospital service launched
Health Minister Mam Bun Heng yesterday launched a digital patient record retrieval service at Phnom Penh’s Preah Ang Duong Hospital.
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen urges rice farmers to quit chemicals
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday urged rice farmers to abstain from using chemical fertilizers, arguing that Cambodian rice’s appeal abroad is that it is grown using organic techniques.
— Khmer Times

Thousands of land dispute cases solved: Land Ministry
The Land Management Ministry yesterday reported that nearly 10,000 land dispute cases have been resolved throughout the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s schools are the new frontline in the battle against climate change
Students in Cambodia experience climate change firsthand. For the second time in four years, school hours had to be reduced across the country, due to record heat waves in the dry season.
— World Economic Forum (blog)

From Malaria Stronghold, Health Minister Urges Extra Attention
From the stronghold of malaria, minister of health has urged extra attention among especially mobile population and concerned service providers to achieve malaria-free Cambodia by 2025.

Cambodia To Host the UPF Asia Pacific Summit in November
Cambodia will host the Universal Peace Federation Asia-Pacific Summit in Phnom Penh on Nov. 19-20, 2019, according to the Cambodian Premier’s Assistant H.E. Eang Sophalleth.

TOP NEWS: Do Not Take “Noodle” as Tool for Political Dialogue, PM Hun Sen Warns (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen warned the dissolved opposition that “noodle for national solidary” will not be a tool for political dialogue.
— Fresh News

More Than 74 Percent of Land Registered
The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction has so far issued more than 5.22 million land title certificates for citizens.

PM Hun Sen Calls on Rubber Farmers “Patient” with Price Fluctuation (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on rubber farmers to be patient with the fluctuation of rubber price on the international market due to trade war, speaking at the Puthisastra graduation ceremony on Thursday.
— Fresh News

Cambodia’s First Lady Dispatches Relief Item to Vulnerable Children and Youth
Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen, President of Cambodian Red Cross (CRC), has visited and handed out relief items to 275 children and youth with disability and impaired intelligence.

Vehicle registration laws issued
The government on Monday issued a sub-decree on the registration for vehicle identification cards and number plates at the request of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Nine New Super Markets and Shopping Malls Expected End of 2019
Nine new mega shopping malls and super markets in Phnom Penh will complete their construction and serve customers by the close of 2019, according to local media report.

PM Hun Sen Urges Farmers to Grow Organic Rice for International Market Competition (Video inside)
Prime Minister Hun Sen urged farmers to grow crops organically using non-chemical fertilizers, addressing Thursday at the Puthisastra graduation ceremony.
— Fresh News

Apsara Authority allows repair of 35 Angkor homes this month
The Apsara Authority allowed villagers to repair and renovate more than 600 deteriorating homes in the Angkor area in accordance with conservation efforts at the Unesco World Heritage Site, a report seen by The Post on Tuesday said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Kingdom set to grow local silk operations
Cambodia is considering the opportunity to invest in China’s silk sector. Although China is a major supplier of silk, its production is on the decline, said Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) Board of Directors chairman Mey Kalyan.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Capacitation to Promote Women’s Justice
Ministry of Women’s Affairs is providing technical capacity building session among direct implementers focusing particularly on justice for women.

Cambodian Police Arrests an American, Confiscates 9 Handguns
Criminal department of the Ministry of Interior arrested an American man on 3 June 2019 in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmorn district.
— Fresh News

Prime Minister presides over University of Puthisastra’s 3rd Graduation Ceremony
The University of Puthisastra (UP) celebrates its 3rd Graduation Ceremony at the Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Center in Phnom Penh on 6 June 2019 with the Guest of Honor being Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia as the.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Statistics and Analyses 2019 –
Despite its status as a lesser developed country, Cambodia’s efforts to expand and upgrade its telecom infrastructure are bearing fruit.
— Yahoo Finance (media release)

SME cluster law in the works
In a bid to boost the SME sector, the Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts is drafting a law to regulate the construction of industrial parks dedicated to small businesses, an official revealed yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Food Republic opens in Cambodia
Local and foreign foodies can now enjoy a variety of street food in the comfort of an air-conditioned hall, as Singapore-based food court chain Food Republic unveiled its first Cambodian outlet at Aeon Mall Sen Sok last week.
— Khmer Times

Nike reaffirms commitment to Cambodia
Global sportswear manufacturer Nike Inc. on Wednesday reiterated its commitment to producing in the Kingdom and praised the country’s progress in improving labour conditions.
— Khmer Times


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John Le Fevre

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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