Cambodia morning news for May 8

Cambodia morning news for May 8
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Cambodia morning newsWorld Bank Warns Cambodia Could Lose Big If Europe Trade Benefits Withdrawn
Cambodia could lose as much as $600 million if the European Union decides to suspend it from a lucrative preferential trade scheme over human rights concerns, the World Bank has estimated.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodia’s sanctuaries under threat
Cambodia’s Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary is symbolic of the country’s poor forestry management. Around 2,000 square kilometres (sq km) – around three times the size of Singapore – is lost to illegal logging in Cambodia every year where wildlife sanctuaries – despite their name – are not spared.
— The Asean Post

SPCKK: Cambodia may face salt shortage again this year
Cambodia may face a salt shortage again this year, as harvests yielded little more than 30 per cent of the total local demand, Salt Producers Community of Kampot-Kep (SPCKK) technical chief Bun Narin said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian mango farms inspected by team from Korea
Five Cambodian mango farms were inspected by Korean officials in March, but the results of the inspection have not been made public yet, the Ministry of Agriculture revealed this week.
— Fresh Plaza

Calls to Find Logging Gang Bosses After Teenager Caught
People are asking police to investigate the masterminds behind operations that send Cambodians to log in Thai territory as arrests and deaths continue along the border.
— Cambodia News English

Mondulkiri authorities identify man behind ‘encroaching’
Mondulkiri authorities on Monday claimed that they “had taken actions” to put an end to instances of encroachment on the portion of land on Phnom (mountain) Dos Kramom that was initially allocated by the government for the Hill Tribes Cultural Centre.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CBC to launch commercial credit reporting this month
The Credit Bureau of Cambodia (CBC) on Friday announced that it will launch a commercial credit reporting service by the end of this month.
— Khmer Times

Cooperation MoU between MPTC and Royal Group Signed
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) and Royal Group, a leading local company, reached here yesterday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the fields of telecommunications, and information technology and communication.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Fires destroy vehicles in Phnom Penh and stalls in Banteay Meanchey
Two separate fires on Sunday and Monday destroyed a number of cars and motorbikes in Phnom Penh and 67 market stalls in Banteay Meanchey province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

12 Cambodian Officials To Join a Training Course on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in S. Korea
Twelve (12) Cambodian government officials from the general prosecution office of the Supreme Court will leave for the Republic of Korea to attend a two-week-long training course on “Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice for ASEAN (Cambodia)”.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Investment growing but at a slower pace: GMAC
Investment in the garment and footwear sector, one of Cambodia’s economic pillars, is growing at a slightly slower pace in 2019 compared to last year, according to an official from the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC).
— Khmer Times

Casino mogul’s Cambodia cash hedges investors’ bet
NagaCorp’s founder is giving investors a $1.8 billion confidence boost. Chen Lip Keong, also the company’s chief executive, has pledged to cover more than half of the cost of building Asia’s largest gambling resort, in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.
— Nasdaq

Cambodia Hopes UN Special Rapporteur Reports Real Situation in Cambodia
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn expressed hope that the report of Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in Cambodia, Professor Rhona Smith, reflects the real situations in Cambodia, the ministry’s spokesman Ket Sophann said Tuesday following the meeting held at the ministry.
— Fresh News

Landmark digital transformation agreement signed
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with local conglomerate Royal Group to boost Cambodia’s digital transformation.
— Khmer Times

WWF, Mondulkiri collaborate on hydro-panel water collection
WWF-Cambodia is collaborating with the Mondulkiri provincial Department of Environment to install “Source” hydro-panels to collect water from the air for use, the director of the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary said on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government reviews report ahead of UN meeting
A United Nations delegation yesterday met with the government to review a report on sustainable development and raise three points regarding social protection initiatives in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

PM, UN’s Tamesis hold annual meeting
UN Resident Coordinator in Cambodia Pauline Tamesis and Prime Minister Hun Sen held their annual meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh to discuss social protection and opportunities for sustainable development, as well as the progress that had been made.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Suncity, Guangdong Group VIP biz in Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Two of Macau’s major gambling junket brands have confirmed to GGRAsia involvement in VIP gaming room operations at the same beachside resort in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
— GGR Asia

EuroCham Cambodia To Host Real Estate and Construction Forum 2019 in Late May
European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (EuroCham Cambodia) will hold the 4th edition of Real Estate and Construction Forum on May 31, 2019 at Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Forestry revenue rises
The Agriculture Ministry collected more than $2 million in forestry revenue during the first three months of this year.
— Khmer Times

Sokha’s lawyers request case be closed
Chan Chen, a lawyer for Kem Sokha, who is currently on bail awaiting trial for treason, told local media on Sunday that his client’s legal team will request that the Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigating judge close his case as no progress has been made.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Khmer Rally Raid seeks to inspire environmental protection
The Ministry of Environment together with the Cambodian Motor Sport Federation and KARA Company are set to host the 2019 Khmer Rally Raid from May 17 to 20 in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary.
— Khmer Times

The King of Cambodia Sends Congratulatory Message to the King of Thailand
His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, has sent a congratulatory message to His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun on his coronation as the King of Thailand.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Villagers file suit against wildlife chief over logging
The director of Mondulkiri province’s Phnom Prich wildlife sanctuary, Han Sokhon, is set to face legal action from an indigenous community.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Storm Causes damage and Injuries in Capital
Heavy rains and strong winds swept across the city on the afternoon of May 6, causing damage to property and injuring at least two people.
— Cambodia News English

Former CNRP officials to be questioned over political activities
Two dozen former opposition party members have been summoned by Battambang Provincial Court for allegedly violating a Supreme Court decision which dissolved the party.
— Khmer Times

Villagers appeal for road access to disputed land
More than 100 families in Preah Sihanouk province’s Tracheak Chet and Bat Khteah communities gathered on Monday to submit a petition asking the Prey Nop district administration to order the Thansuor Chamkat company to open an access road for them to transport their crops through disputed land.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Privileged Insight into the Lives of Asian elephants Found by FFI
Footage from the 46 camera traps deployed by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains is giving a privileged insight into the lives of the Asian elephants that roam through in one of the continent’s last remaining forest wildernesses, according to FFI.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

UN human rights envoy follows up on corruption
The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia yesterday met Anti-Corruption Unit representatives to be updated on the Kingdom’s progress in its fight against corruption.
— Khmer Times

Nepalese PM to Make Official Visit to Cambodia, 13-15 May
Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Sharma Oli, will make three-day official visit to Cambodia from 13-15 May 2019, at the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— Fresh News

Supreme Court hears CNRP activist’s bail request
The Supreme Court held a hearing on Monday to review the case of former CNRP Svay Rieng provincial committee head Kong Mas, who was detained on January 19 in Phnom Penh for posting content on social media insulting Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Villagers protest monk’s eviction
More than 40 villagers on Saturday gathered at the O’Damrey pagoda in Preah Sihanouk province to protest the eviction of a monk and the removal of the pagoda.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM Joins a Ramadan Iftar Dinner with Nearly 5,000 Cambodian Muslims
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen of the Kingdom of Cambodia participated here this evening in a Ramadan Iftar Dinner with some 4,750 Cambodian Muslims.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Smith learns of Cambodia’s anti-corruption mechanism
Rhona Smith, the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Special Rapporteur for Cambodia, met with a senior Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) official to learn about the agency’s methods and progress, and urged the government to step up its fight against corruption.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Robot assistance in store for Smart Shop visitors
Meet Oun Smart, a robot shop assistant who will liven up Smart Shops by welcoming customers and helping them with basic enquiries.
— Khmer Times

Angkor pond dug for research
Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Apsara Authority archaeologists are excavating the northern pond at Angkor Wat temple to learn more about its ancient structure. Once the research is complete, the pond will be restored and beautified.
— 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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