Cambodia morning news for May 1

Cambodia morning news for May 1

Cambodia morning newsAlarming: video shows Sihanoukville’s Independence Beach awash with sewage *updated
Alarming video has been posted to YouTube showing more sewage-polluted water flowing across the sand and into the ocean at Sihanoukville, just days after the Cambodian government order a Chinese-owned casino on Koh Rong Somlem shuttered for the same thing.
— AEC News Today

UN Expert Says She Should Have Access to Cambodia Opposition Leader
UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith expressed her regret Tuesday that she had been refused permission by Cambodia’s government to meet and speak with detained political opposition leader Kem Sokha while she visits the country from April 29 to May 9.
— Radio Free Asia

Despite higher yields, fish exports down
Fishery yields increased in the first quarter of the year, but did result in higher exports, the latest report from the Ministry of Agriculture shows.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Calls on Compatriots to Learn More about ASEAN (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on all compatriots to learn more about ASEAN and explore more opportunities arising from regionalization and globalization, stated in his 20th anniversary celebration letter of joining ASEAN 30 April 1999-30 April 2019.
— Fresh News

The Belt and Road in Cambodia: Successes and Challenges
It’s time for the BRI to incorporate a more participatory and inclusive approach in Cambodia.
— The Diplomat (paywall)

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Rubber production up 32 percent
Rubber production increased by 32 percent in the first quarter of the year, with most of it shipped abroad, according to the latest official report.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Touts China Deals as Loss of EU Trade Scheme Looms
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen returned from a weekend summit in Beijing on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s sweeping Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) laden with deals he believes will offset the impact of impending trade sanctions from the West over his regime’s rollbacks on democracy.
— Radio Free Asia

World-class Wildlife Park and Aquarium To Open in Siem Reap in Two Years
Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium, a new consortium of international investors, will be opened in Siem Reap province, home to the famous Angkor temples, in 2021, according to a press release.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Chinese company unveils plans for solar investment in Cambodia
China Huaneng Group has unveiled plans to invest in a 200-megawatt solar project in Cambodia to help develop the Kingdom’s renewable energy industry.
— Khmer Times

Angkor Wat: The prosperity of the Khmer civilization
Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s famed architectural complex, stands as powerful representative of the country’s history.

Cambodia To Commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2019 This Friday
The Ministry of Information, in collaboration with UNESCO and in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, will be organising the commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day 2019 on May 3 at Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia dreams of an oil gushing bonanza
Amid electricity cuts, parched hydropower dams and millions of dollars of blackout-related economic losses, a bright spot could be emerging on Cambodia’s energy front.
— Asia Times

CRRC of China set to partner Royal Railways to improve railroads in Cambodia
Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked Chinese firm CRRC Corporation Limited to partner up with Royal Group to develop Cambodia’s railroad network.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia-Myanmar Vows Stronger Ties (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation, speaking in a meeting on Tuesday at the Peace Palace Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Several small steps: Elephant calves caught on camera in Cambodia
First, the good news. Footage from the 46 camera traps deployed by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains is giving us a privileged insight into the lives of the Asian elephants that roam through in one of the continent’s last remaining forest wildernesses.
— Phys Org

Local police chiefs to have ranks restructured
All municipal and provincial police chiefs, who are generally ranked as one-star or two-star generals, will have their ranks restructured as colonels.
— Khmer Times

Siem Reap Tops SEA Travel Destinations List
Siem Reap, Cambodia, ranks first in Southeast Asia, largely thanks to its proximity to Angkor Wat according to a study conducted by online travel platform YouDiscover.
— Cambodia News English

Cambodia as Vice President in Upcoming ADB Annual Meeting
Cambodia will be a vice president for the upcoming 52nd annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Board of Governors in Fiji, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Hun Sen announces $90 million defence grant from China
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday returned to the Kingdom from his China trip and announced that President Xi Jinping has agreed to grant $90 million in aid to strengthen Cambodia’s defence sector.
— Khmer Times

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PM Hun Sen Urges to Promote Cambodia-Myanmar Trade Volume
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to strengthen bilateral ties and trade volume, speaking in a meeting on Tuesday at the Peace Palace Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Foundation’s kids financial literacy programme rolls out in Cambodia
MAYBANK Foundation has launched its Cashville Kidz Financial Literacy Programme 2019 in conjunction with the Cambodian Financial Literacy Day organised by National Bank of Cambodia with the Association of Banks in Cambodia and Cambodia Microfinance Association.
— The Star Online

More pigs killed due to ASF in Ratanakkiri
Agriculture department officials in Ratanakkiri province yesterday said more than 700 pigs in O’Chum district had died or were culled due to an outbreak of African Swine Fever.
— Khmer Times

Japanese Embassy Welcomes the Public to Celebrate the Enthronement
A Commemorative Guest Book will be opened for the public to celebrate the enthronement of His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan on May 3 and 6, 2019 in Phnom Penh capital and Siem Reap province.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Tonnes of Fish Die in Tonle Sap
Over 20 tons of different species of fish have died all over the Tonle Sap Lake.
— Cambodia News English

What it means for Cambodia to be an Asean member state
In his welcome statement to Cambodia in 1999, then-Asean secretary-general Rodolfo Severino said it was a “truly a historic moment” that after 32 years Asean had fulfilled the vision of the founding fathers to unite all nations of Southeast Asia under one roof.
— Khmer Times

Boeung Yeak Laom Community Officially Recognised
Boeung Yeak Laom Community in the northeastern Rattanakiri province has been recognised by the Ministry of Environment.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodian Construction Workers Urge Government To Provide Improved Benefits
Over 200 construction workers united on Monday to call on the Cambodian government to provide the same benefits that other sectors in the country receive. The call was made on World Health and Safety Day.
— Business Times

Residents protest village dumpsite
More than 50 villagers from Por Senchey district’s Phloeung Chhes Rotes commune took to the streets yesterday to protest against the use of their village as a dumpsite.
— Khmer Times

Use of Unauthorised Beauty Products Warned
Ministry of Health has warned the public not to purchase unauthorised beauty products, especially those sold online.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Weakness Across Asia, China’s PMI, Trade-War Damage: Eco Day
A swath of weak economic data in Asia greets U.S. and Chinese negotiators as they return to the table for trade talks in Beijing this week
— Bloomberg (video)

Civil society groups meet Rhona Smith
Representatives of 10 civil society groups yesterday met the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia and highlighted problems they face carrying out their activities.
— Khmer Times

$3.5M Confiscated from Chinese Goes to Cambodian National Bank
Interior Ministry spokesperson Khieu Sopheak said Tuesday that the USD 3.5 million confiscated from three Chinese at Phnom Penh International Airport now belongs to the state-property thus preserved at the National Bank of Cambodia.
— Fresh News


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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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