Cambodia morning news for May 3

Cambodia morning news for May 3
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Cambodia morning newsKingdom’s inclusivity hailed
International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde has hailed Cambodia as an example in the increase of financial inclusion, one where fintech has been used to increase financial access to people who were previously unbanked.
— The Phnom Penh Post

UN Expert Meets Cambodia Justice Minister, Says Kem Sokha’s Detention is Problematic
UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith, as part of her 11-day visit to the country, met Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana to discuss the ongoing de-facto detention of opposition leader Kem Sokha and other justice system-related topics, she said on Thursday.
— Radio Free Asia

Former Nauru detainee Abdullah Zalghani says Australia abandoned his family in Cambodia
The Australian Government is refusing to honour promises made to a Syrian refugee who resettled in Cambodia, leaving his four children without education or health insurance.
— ABC News

Over US$3 Million Mobilised by CRC President
Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen, President of Cambodian Red Cross (CRC), has recently mobilised more than US$3 million from national and international donors.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Court summons issued to Mother Nature founder
The Koh Kong Provincial Court issued a warrant on April 25, summoning Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, the Spanish co-founder of environmental NGO Mother Nature, to a court hearing on July 30.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia to benefit substantially from China’s BRI: Moody’s
Moody’s Investors Service Inc sees Cambodia, which has a B2 stable rating, as one of the countries that stand to benefit the most from China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia: Minister of Agriculture stresses need to increase yields and quality of produce
The Minister of Agriculture of Cambodia stated it is vital to boost local agricultural production and increase the quality.
— Fresh Plaza

Cambodia to join World Economic Forum digital growth project
The World Economic Forum has requested Cambodia’s participation in an Asean-wide programme to promote digital development and electronic payments.
— Khmer Times

AMRO Gives Some Recommendations to Maintain High Growth in Cambodia
The ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) said that Cambodia’s real GDP growth is projected to be 7.1 percent, with the inflation rate at 2.8 percent this year, and next year would reach only 7 percent while the inflation rate rose slightly to 3 percent.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodian banana firms receive green light for direct China exports
Five Cambodian companies have been given the green light to export bananas directly to China, the Ministry of Agriculture announced earlier this week.
— Fresh Plaza

GDT calls for US nationals account info
THE General Department of Taxation has notified all financial institutions to send to it information on accounts of US nationals in Cambodia for 2018 by June 28, so that it can be sent to the US’ domestic revenue authority.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Agricultural yields, quality must increase: Minister
The Minister of Agriculture on Tuesday stressed the need to boost local agricultural production and increase quality.
— Khmer Times

WEF Seeks Cambodia’s Support for Digital ASEAN and E-Payment Project
World Economic Forum (WEF) Foundation has requested Cambodia’s support and participation in the implementation of its Digital ASEAN and E-Payment Project to develop digital economy and boost trade facilitation in the ASEAN member countries.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cargo traffic in S’ville port up 16 pct
Cargo traffic at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, the Kingdom’s only deep-sea port, saw 16 percent growth during the first quarter of the year, the Minister of Transport announced yesterday.
— Khmer Times

UN Special Rapporteur Praises PM Hun Sen’s Legal Team
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Professor Rhona Smith, praised Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen for setting up a voluntary legal team to help defend the vulnerable female victims throughout Cambodia, speaking in a meeting with Minister of Justice Ang Vong Vathana at the ministry on Thursday.
— Fresh News

Cambodian PM Leads a Delegation to Attend the Funeral of Former Vietnamese President
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has led a high-level delegation to attend the funeral of H.E. Gen. Le Duc Anh, former President of Vietnam.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Ministry urges better housing and transport for garment workers
The Labour Ministry is planning to streamline how garment factory workers commute to work in order to reduce traffic accidents.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia never exported pigs overseas, says ministry
A Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official on Tuesday responded to a report that China is to ban pig imports from the Kingdom due to an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) by saying Cambodia has never exported the animals to overseas markets.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Phnom Penh, Paris Team Up for Master Plan Study
Phnom Penh and Paris City of France have started a joint study on urban master plan in southern part of Phnom Penh.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

About $200 million needed to solve wastewater woes
The government plans to spend approximately $200 million on increasing the capacity of water treatment plants and organising sewage systems in Preah Sihanouk province to prevent wastewater from flowing into the sea and protect the environment.
— Khmer Times

Sam Rainsy Sentenced Eight Years for Incitement, Insulting His Majesty
Phnom Penh municipal court judge Ros Piseth, on Thursday, sentenced Sam Rainsy, former leader of the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party, to eight years imprisonment and a fine of USD 5,000 to the state.
— Fresh News

Court banks $3.5 million as evidence
Phnom Penh Municipal Court has decided to store about $3.5 million at the National Bank of Cambodia in order for the money to be used as evidence in court following its seizure from three Chinese nationals accused of money laundering.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Departs to Pay Tribute to Vietnam’s Former President Le Duc Anh (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen departed Phnom Penh on Thursday afternoon to pay tribute at the funeral of Former Vietnamese President Le Duc Anh, also former commander and political commissar who led the campaign to topple the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.
— Fresh News

Ministry campaign tackles plastic
The Ministry of Environment has chosen Battambang as the first province to launch its plastic reduction campaign, to be followed by Siem Reap and Preah Sihanouk.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Strong winds wreak havoc in two provinces
Eight people were hurt and more than 100 houses damaged on Tuesday when strong winds from storms hit Kampong Thom and Battambang provinces.
— Khmer Times

‘Disabled people worst hit by natural disasters’
NATURAL disasters including drought, floods and storms are the chief priorities for a group of people with disabilities, said climate change expert Vasundhara Jolly.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Most Handsome and Beautiful Garment Workers in 2019 Found
Three young men and three young women won the Textile Workers’ Beauty Contest 2019, at the final held here yesterday evening.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Groups call for end to snares
Wildlife and biodiversity conservation groups have called for an end to the use of snares to kill wild animals. They say it is the most destructive and inhumane method to hunt and denounced all killing of rare and endangered species – such as tigers, leopards, elephant calves and protected birds.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia PAS Anticipates Over 1 Million TEUs in 2023
Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS) in Preah Sihanouk province has anticipated handling container traffic up to over 700,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) and over 1 million TEUs in 2020 and 2023, respectively, thanks to the country’s strong and rapid economic growth.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Some 2,000 workers in crashes
Nearly two thousand factory workers were injured in almost 1,700 traffic accidents across the Kingdom last year, a report by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training’s National Social Security Fund (NSSF) revealed.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Union submits petition to mark labour day
The Cambodian Labour Confederation yesterday handed a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen urging the government to grant unions more freedoms, such as the freedom to assemble in public, to mark International Labour Day.
— Khmer Times

UN’s Smith joins capital Labour Day celebrations
UN SPECIAL Rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith joined more than 1,000 workers and members of civil society groups as they gathered in Phnom Penh with music and dancing to celebrate International Labour Day.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen slams Sam Rainsy over ‘step down’ comments
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday reiterated that it would be impossible to oust him from office because people enjoy life under his leadership.
— Khmer Times

Sun Chantol: Don’t pump dirty water into the sea
Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol has called on those secretly pumping dirty water into the sea in Preah Sihanouk province to immediately halt their activities. The government had issued a similar call prior to the Khmer New Year holidays.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Banana firms get nod for direct China exports
Five Cambodian companies have been given permission to export bananas directly to China, the Ministry of Agriculture announced earlier this week.
— Khmer Times

Restoration or legal action, district governor warns
People who filled in more than a hectare of mangroves in Preah Sihanouk province to plant coconut trees have been given a month to restore the area to its former state or face legal action, Stung Hav district governor told The Post on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Takeo authorities caution public about lake’s water
Takeo provincial authorities have warned the public not to swim in the lake at a former quarry in Bati’s district Tnort commune after experts suggested that it contained chemical compounds which can cause some serious health risks.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sacked teachers’ appeal denied
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on April 22 rejected the appeal of 11 teachers against the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport’s decision to remove their names from the ministry’s employment list. However, the teachers maintain that the ruling is unjust.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM, Suu Kyi in agreement to strengthen bilateral ties
AUNG San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s state counsellor and de-facto head of state, and Prime Minister Hun Sen agreed on Tuesday to strengthen relations between the two nations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

UN’s Smith meets with CHRC
THE UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Cambodia monitor Rhona Smith met with the government’s rights body on Tuesday to discuss the situation in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Calls for anti-smoking laws to be enforced at airports
SENIOR inter-ministerial officials yesterday urged airport administrators to strictly enforce anti-smoking laws and discourage the sale of tobacco to ensure a smoke-free environment for tourists.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM hails Asean impact 20 years on
PRIME Minister Hun Sen on Monday hailed the positive impact on Cambodia joining Asean, saying the bloc was a source of peace, security and prosperity.
— The Phnom Penh Post

China to assist in video surveillance network expansion in Preah Sihanouk
IN A move to augment the management of security in Cambodia, a network of surveillance cameras will be installed at 231 points along major boulevards in Preah Sihanouk province with help from the Chinese authorities and tech giant Huawei.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Would-be undocumented workers halted before crossing into Thailand
Banteay Meanchey provincial authorities stopped more than 100 Cambodians from crossing into Thailand through a small border corridor without proper documentation and instructed them against committing such acts – a move civil society groups view as an ineffective policy.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Accused in Cambodia job scam pleads not guilty, out on bail of RM8k
A 25-year-old man has been released on a total bail of RM8,000 in four sureties by two magistrate’s courts in Kuching after he pleaded not guilty to two charges of cheating in the Cambodia job scam.
— The Star Online

Gov’t: Beggars to be given free hospital treatment
BEGGARS will be given free hospital treatment in a move to help society’s poorest, as the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) is extended to help the most impoverished receive medical care, the government said on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Two massage parlours raided for prostitution
PHNOM Penh immigration police are questioning 10 Chinese women and two male compatriots over their involvement in running two massage parlours that offered sexual services. The 12 were detained by district police on Tuesday.
— 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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