Cambodia morning news for March 25

Cambodia morning news for March 25

Cambodia morning newsCambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen Dismisses Concerns of Chinese ‘Control,’ Amid Fear of Growing Debt
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday waved off concerns that China “wants to control” his country, calling the claim a trick by the opposition to turn public opinion against him, even as observers warned that mounting loans and aid will leave Phnom Penh hopelessly indebted to Beijing.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia looks to free trade deal with EAEU
CAMBODIA is negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), a common market comprised of five nations of the former Soviet Union, hoping the new market will maintain the Kingdom’s economic growth.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Cambodia to buy 200 megawatts from Laos
Cambodia will buy 200 megawatts from Laos to feed rising demand for power in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Water Shortages Update
More than 1,000 mostly Muslim families in Village 4, Sangkat Dangkor, Khemarak Phoumin say they have lacked water for 3 months, and have resorted to using a local pond.
— Cambodia News English

Cambodia Faces Major Economic Blow as E.U. Weighs Ending Trade Deal
Cambodia faces a serious blow to its economy as the European Union investigates the government’s deteriorating human rights record and considers revoking a special trading deal with the country.
— The New York Times

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Daily power cuts
Electric power consumption has recently surpassed expectations. The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) has explained that demanding more power than can be supplied has led to a nation-wide power shortage.
— Khmer Times

Banh speaks of ‘regret’ at homecoming
Minister of National Defence Tea Banh used a homecoming ceremony on Thursday marking the return of Cambodian UN peacekeepers to express his “deep regret” at criticisms the Kingdom was straying from the democratic path and failing to fully respect human rights.
— The Phnom Penh Post

US politician lauds progress during meet with Hun Sen
Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen on Friday met with Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace, where he lauded last year’s national election as “free, just and non-violent” and a reflection of the will of Cambodian people.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia defends Chinese investment at expressway groundbreaking ceremony
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen refuted accusations that China’s increasing investment in the country is “colonizing” it when he addressed the groundbreaking ceremony of a $2 billion Chinese-funded expressway on Friday.
— Global Times

Kingdom seeks FTA with EAEU
Cambodia is negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), a common market comprised of five nations of the former Soviet Union, hoping the new market will maintain the Kingdom’s economic growth.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese investments are boons not banes
Friday’s ground-breaking ceremony for the four-lane expressway the Chinese are building in Kampong Speu’s Samrong Tong district, which will shorten the driving distance from Phnom Penh to Preah Sihanouk province to 190 kilometres (presently 240 km) and cost $1.9 billion
— Khmer Times

Mondulkiri land decision annulled
Mondulkiri provincial governor Svay Sam Eang has issued an announcement nullifying the provincial administration’s 2015 decision that granted a portion of the Doh Kramom Mountain area to the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Storms Wreck Property and Kill Across Northern Provinces
On the afternoon of March 23, 2019, there was a storm that tore down 10 houses in Trapeang Sraung commune, Sambor district, Rattanakiri province.
— Cambodia News English

Chinese Movie “Guardian Angel” to Film in Cambodia
The new Chinese movie “Guardian Angel” is set to film in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, according to Som Sokun, Secretary of State of Culture Ministry at the inauguration ceremony held Saturday in Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Hun Sen defends clemency for former opposition members
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday highlighted the government’s move to give former opposition party members banned from politics an opportunity to return while also taunting rivals for expecting a rift between himself and Interior Minister Sar Kheng.
— Khmer Times

As Thailand Heads to the Polls, Cambodians Watch With Interest
As Thailand heads to the ballot box for the first time since the military took over in a coup five years ago, observers and analysts have said that Cambodia should pay close attention to its neighbors strategic and political development.

Japan Should Stop Acting Like China in Cambodia
In a dimly lit ballroom at a Tokyo luxury hotel, Sok Chenda Sophea, the secretary general of the Council for the Development of Cambodia and the minister attached to Prime Minister Hun Sen, persistently asked about 200 Japanese businesspeople to invest in Cambodia.
— Human Right Watch

Justice Ministry collaborating on national legal aid policy
The Justice Ministry and its partner organisations yesterday met to discuss ways to create a national policy on providing legal aid for the poor.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Asks Vietnam to Share Experience in Hosting ASEP and ASEM
Cambodia has requested Vietnam to share experience in hosting Asia-Europe Parliamentary Meeting (ASEP) and Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) as the Kingdom will host these important events in 2020.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

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PM Hun Sen: ‘Poorest leader’ Rainsy caused rifts in CNRP
Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Sam Rainsy, is responsible for the divisions in his party by being “the poorest of leaders”, as the opposition figure again reached out to the EU.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Customs department tackles wildlife trade
The General Department of Customs and Excise is strengthening measures to crack down on wildlife smuggling and is focusing on items made from ivory.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia breaks ground on $2bn China-funded expressway
onstruction began Friday on Cambodia’s first-ever expressway, a $2 billion Chinese-funded project that underscores the country’s growing dependence on Beijing under strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— Asia Nikkei Review (paywall)

Cambodia To Build an International Convention Centre in Preah Sihanouk Province
Cambodia is planning to construct an international-standard convention centre in the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk to welcome ASEAN Related Summits in 2022.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Workshop educates on legal aid
Having met with relevant institutions, civil society organisations and legal experts on several occasions regarding the new legal aid programme for vulnerable citizens, the Ministry of Justice is continuing to meet stakeholders to ensure a mutual understanding of the development and challenges of the project.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia on the Way toward Full Potential of Physical Infrastructure
Currently, physical infrastructure situation in Cambodia can be compared to that of some countries in the region, but in 10 to 20 years, if peace and political stability continue to reign in the country as now, this potential sector would be able to catch up with that of some developed countries.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

SEA Games in March 2023
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday, March 22, mentioned in his speech at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Phnom Penh- Sihanoukville Expressway that Cambodia would host the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
— Khmer Times

Japan funds project to mitigate disaster effects
The Japanese government on Thursday provided a 300 million yen ($2.7 million) grant to commence the Project for the Development of the Base for Disaster Prevention for Improving Living Environment in Cambodia, which aims to minimise the effects of natural disasters.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnam Appreciates Cambodia’s Rapid Development
Socialist Republic of Vietnam has appreciated Cambodia’s robust development in all sectors, especially in social and economic advancement.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Explosive farming and foolery
A farmer in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district was seriously injured when he hit an unexploded remnant of the war with his plough and in Ratanakiri province’s Taveng district five persons were injured when they tried to DYI (do-it-yourself) an explosive device.
— Khmer Times

Oxfam address gender inequality around water
Oxfam will mark World Water Day on Friday by hosting a workshop called “Women and Water Dialogue” to discuss women’s roles in leading and managing water resources in Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Eyeing more trade with EAEU
The Ministry of Commerce is asking for the cooperation of the private sector to compile a list of products that could sell well in the Eurasian Economic Union.
— Khmer Times

PM Reaffirms Cambodia’s Stance to Welcome All Investments
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has reiterated the Royal Government’s position to welcome all companies that want to invest in Cambodia without racial and political discrimination.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Ministry set to meet the salt community over challenges
The Minister of Industry and Handicraft will hold a meeting with the Kingdom’s salt community in Kep and Kampot provinces next week to discuss the industry’s challenges, ministry spokesman Oum Sotha said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CATA signs MoU with Indian firm
The Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA) signed a memorandum of understanding with India’s SRAM & MRAM to increase the flow of tourists between the countries.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Meets a U.S. Senator
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, held talks with visiting H.E. Doug Ericksen, a member of the Washington State Senate, here at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh this afternoon.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Warrant for Rock drugs officer
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said on Thursday that an arrest warrant has been issued for a police officer involved in the distribution of nearly 50kg of drugs at the capital’s Rock Entertainment Centre.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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