Cambodia morning news for March 8

Cambodia morning news for March 8
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Cambodia morning newsEBA fact-finding team to arrive in upcoming weeks: EU Ambassador
A fact-finding mission sent by the European Union will arrive in Cambodia late this month or early April, European Union Ambassador George Edgar announced this week.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia: the case for freeing Kem Sokha
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen hinted this week that he may not offer a royal pardon to detained opposition leader Kem Sokha, who marked 18 months in pre-trial detention on March 3 on what many see as spurious treason charges.
— Asia Times

Six Activists From Banned Political Party Flee Cambodia
Six activists of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have fled Cambodia this week, fearing political persecution at the hands of the court, which they say is controlled by the Hun Sen-led Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).
— Radio Free Asia

Why the EU should try to understand Cambodia
The European Union (EU) and Cambodia are now engaged in what can be seen as a tug of war for influence and sovereignty, respectively. Despite unequal power relations, both sides are apparently trying to strengthen their stances against one another.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia trade push sharpened
Pisit said yesterday that the opening of the bank’s representative office, after it received a business licence from the National Bank of Cambodia in January, is in line with Exim Thailand’s strategy to connect Thailand to the world through trade and investment.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

‘Indonesian investors ignoring Kingdom’
Direct investors from Indonesia have been ignoring Cambodia despite trade and tourism between the two countries growing annually, the Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia Sudirman Haseng said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s top performers to promote gender equality on Int’l Women’s Day
Some of Cambodia’s top female singers, including Meas Soksophea, Sok Pisey and Laura Mam, will perform at the Factory Phnom Penh here on Friday to promote gender equality on the International Women’s Day, said a joint press release on Thursday.
— Xinhua

City Hall bans public pro-women rallies
As NGOs prepare to rally during the upcoming International Women’s Rights Day, City Hall yesterday reiterated its stance prohibiting any demonstrations to be carried out in public so that order can be maintained.
— Khmer Times

Vietnam, Cambodia forge cooperation in communications
he Voice of Vietnam (VOV), the national radio broadcaster, wants to coordinate with the Cambodian Ministry of Information to launch a new channel presented in multiple languages, including Vietnamese, VOV Deputy Director Vu Hai has said.
— Vietnam Plus

Interview: Cambodia can learn from China’s poverty reduction efforts — expert
Developing nations like Cambodia can learn from China’s successful poverty alleviation efforts, said a scholar at a Cambodian university.
— Xinhua

Boys still vulnerable to sexual abuse
New research conducted by First Step Cambodia has shown that parents and government authorities still have little awareness of how to prevent boys from being victims of sexual abuse, despite a previous study which found that more boys than girls suffer sexual exploitation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

US giving $2 million to support demining
The United States will provide $2 million from this month until February next year to support demining activities in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen to Meet Local Artists until He Lost Premiership (Video inside)
Speaking at the 21st National Culture Day on Wednesday at Koh Pich, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that he will continue to meet local artists until he no longer be Prime Minister.
— Fresh News

Government Encourages Convenient Political Party Registration Process
Ministry of Interior has encouraged convenient registration process for political parties and candidates interested to run for the in-coming municipal/provincial, city and district/Khan council election.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

RCAF prepares to address expected water shortages
The Defence Ministry is preparing 300 soldiers, 100 water trucks and 30 water pumps to be deployed in order to address shortages of water during the dry season.
— Khmer Times

Take ‘golden opportunity’ Sokha supporters urged
Supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president, Kem Sokha, and his daughter, Kem Monovitya, were on Wednesday urged to the seize a “golden opportunity” to request political rehabilitation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

France Grants US$13 Million to Continue Agricultural Project in Cambodia
France has committed an amount of US$13 million to continue water resource management and agricultural change programme in Cambodia, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia and Laos Border Crime Cooperation
Cambodia and Laos on Tuesday signed an annual memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating drugs and transnational crimes, a spokesman confirmed with Xinhua on Wednesday.
— Cambodia News English

Thousands of migrants rescued
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs rescued and repatriated nearly 8,500 people, the majority migrant workers, from overseas abuse last year.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Urges Film Directors “Plots Mirror Society” (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on all film directors to thoroughly review the plots prior to filming to ensure the films mirror social reality, addressing to the local artists at the 21st National Culture Day on Wednesday at Koh Pich.
— Fresh News

PM Highlights Key Points for Cambodian Diplomats
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen presided over here this morning the closing ceremony of the three-day annual meeting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

PM says film industry to be tax-free until 2023
Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday that the government will not tax the Cambodian film industry until at least 2023, and even until 2028 should he be elected the Kingdom’s next leader.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CPP spokesman urges banned politicians to seek clemency
A CPP spokesman yesterday urged banned former CNRP officials loyal to Kem Sokha to make a request with Prime Minister Hun Sen in order to return to politics.
— Khmer Times

Japan Grants 100 Million Yen for Disaster Prevention
On March 6, a grant for “Better Living Supporting Projects and Building a Capacity for Disaster Prevention in Cambodia” worth 100 million yen (approximately US $ 882,000) was signed by Mr. Ambassador Horori Nhugi and Sok Vanna, President of the United Nations Program for Humanitarian Residence in Cambodia, with Mr. Chea Sophara, Deputy Prime Minister State Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction as a witness.
— Cambodia News English

Cambodian Labour Minister and Kenya Senior Official Discuss Labour Sector Development
H.E. Ith Samheng, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training of Cambodia, received here on Tuesday afternoon a visiting delegation of Kenya National Employment Authority led by H.E. Jillo Abdul Bahari Ali, Vice Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Kenya.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

PM Hun Sen Wants the Revival of Khmer Films Lost in Genocide (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who liberated Cambodia from Khmer Rouge, is keen on reviving Khmer films lost during the genocidal regime and screen them internationally, addressing to local artists nationwide on 6th March 2019 to celebrate National Culture Day at Diamond Island Exhibition Center on Wednesday.
— Fresh News

Disabled women call for better training
Some 100 Cambodian women with disabilities gathered in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, ahead of International Women’s Day on Friday, to call for better training to enable them to become fully independent.
— The Phnom Penh Post

EU Ambassador Requests Cambodian Support for ARISE+Cambodia Project
Outgoing EU Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. George Edgar has requested the support of the Ministry of Commerce for ARISE+Cambodia project, co-financed by EU and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Agricultural community competition wraps up
The fourth edition of the Agricultural Community Competition ended yesterday, with organisers hailing the role the event plays in improving the sector by helping farmers adopt good practices.
— Khmer Times

NEC to start party, candidate registrations for elections
The National Election Committee (NEC) is to start accepting regist-rations for political parties and candidates from March 7-11 in preparation for the upcoming municipal, provincial, town, district and commune council elections on Sunday, May 26.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen Recommends Seven Points for Better National Culture Day (Video inside)
Speaking at the 21st National Culture Day on Wednesday at Koh Pich, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen recommended seven points for the improvement of the national culture day.
— Fresh News

Royal Group to move forward with energy project
The Royal Group of Cambodia and partners China Southern Power Grid and China Huaneng Group on Tuesday said they will continue work on a project to build high voltage transmission lines in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Policeman sued over nepotism charges
Tun Kuntha, chief of Chakry International Check Point in Prey Veng province and his wife Thoeun Channy, a teacher at Panha Khetaram primary school, are selling their land and home to pay off villagers after 10 families sued, accusing them of cheating them out of between $3,000 and $6,000 each to get their sons jobs as policemen.
— The Phnom Penh Post

USAID kicks off women empowerment project
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday launched ‘Women Entrepreneurs Act’, or ‘WE Act’, a project to empower young women in Cambodia’s urban centres and support their business ventures.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen tells of marital separation in the ‘Time of War’
Prime Minister Hun Sen has spoken of falling in love and marrying his wife Bun Rany, and of their forced separation in 1976, against the backdrop of the murderous Khmer Rouge.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry highlights drop in strikes and demonstrations
The Labour Ministry has reported a sharp drop in the number of strikes and demonstrations involving garment workers last year.
— Khmer Times

PP head-on lorry collision kills three and seriously injures two
Three people were killed and two severely injured in a head-on collision on Wednesday morning between a car and a lorry carrying piles of iron rods in the capital’s Kantaok commune in Por Sen Chey district.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sweden contributes to Arbitration Council
Sweden is contributing $268,000 to the Arbitration Council Foundation to strengthen the country’s industrial relations and labour market conditions.
— Khmer Times


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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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