Cambodia morning news for February 20

Cambodia morning news for February 20
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Coronavirus: How did Cambodia’s cruise ship welcome go wrong?
A former passenger on the cruise ship MS Westerdam who tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Malaysia having left the vessel has led to fears that other passengers who have also moved on might have been exposed to the virus.
— BBC News

Ministry says no entry for banned cruise ship passengers, even by air
The Thai Public Health Ministry announced yesterday that no flights carrying passengers from the barred cruise ship MS Westerdam, whether chartered flights or otherwise, will be allowed to land in Thailand before the end of February.
— The Thaiger

Crimes up with 211 deaths, influx of foreigners to blame
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday said crimes increased by eight per cent last year, resulting in 211 deaths.
— The Phnom Penh Post

TOP NEWS: 781 Passengers on Westerdam Ship Tested “Negative”
Cambodia’s Ministry of Health announced Wednesday that 781 passengers and crew on Westerdam ship were tested “Negative” from any Covid-19.
— Fresh News

Amidst COVID-19 fears, MS Westerdam passengers faring “very well”, compared to other cruise vessels
As Irish, British, American and other nationalities from the MS Westerdam who are still in Cambodia, their wait to return home will be over soon, possibly within this week.
— Khmer Times

Sweden and UNICEF Launch $8.3M Partnership to Improve Education for Cambodia’s Children
Below is the joint press release by Sweden and UNICEF on the launching of the USD 8.3 million partnership to improve education for Cambodia’s children.
— Fresh News

BBQ restaurant raided by Human Trafficking Department
The Ministry of Interior’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department cooperated with the Steung Meanchey III Police Department to raid a barbecue restaurant on suspicion that the business may be offering sexual services.
— Khmer Times

Facebook Closes Account Spreading Fake News on Covid-19 in Cambodia
A Facebook account named “Facts about Cambodia” has been shut down following a request by the Ministry of Information after spreading a series of distorted news about Covid-19 in Cambodia, according to Ministry of Information Spokesperson Meas Sorphorn on 19 February 2020.
— Fresh News

CAMFEBA: EC’s Decision on EBA, an Unjust Approach to Addressing Its Political Space Concern
Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations (CAMFEBA) has in a press release expressed its disappointment over the European Commission’s decision to partially withdraw EBA from Cambodia, stressing that it is an unjust approach to addressing its political space concerns.

No big deal if EBA slows economic growth
Last week, the European Commission recommended the selective withdrawal of Cambodia’s Everything-but-arms (EBA) trade status after a year-long review of the human rights and democracy situation in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Defence Minister Tea Banh: PM Hun Sen’s Permission for Westerdam Entry Is a Humanitarian Gesture
Minister of National Defence Tea Banh said that Prime Minister Hun Sen’s decision to allow Westerdam cruise to dock in Sihanoukville port is purely a humanitarian gesture He addressed at the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM Retreat) held in Hanoi, Vietnam on 19 February 2020.
— Fresh News

Four Japanese Passengers of Westerdam Arrive Home: Embassy
Four Japanese nationals on the Westerdam cruise ship, who were tested negative by the Ministry of Health in Cambodia, arrived Japan safe.
— Fresh News

Cambodia Launches “Strong Family Campaign” to End Violence Against Children
Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) launched today its “Strong Family” communication campaign, the first national campaign of its kind,​ aiming to end violence against children and unnecessary family separation.

Vocational Skill Training Prioritised for Rural Population
Royal Government of Cambodia is increasingly investing in building capacity of people from rural communities through provision of short-and medium-term vocational training.

Gov’t ramps up efforts to tackle bird flu
Cambodia has tightened restrictions on the import of poultry products from Vietnam following a circular from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries that warned of an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in the Vietnamese province of Tra Vinh.
— The Phnom Penh Post

KRP will report on Aussie’s fraud case to Hun Sen
Supreme Consultation Forum member and president of the Khmer Rise Party (KRP), Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung, said he will submit a report on the case of Australian missionary Martin Chan King Wai to Prime Minister Hun Sen after discovering irregularities in the charge.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Kandal governor set to retire, deputy promoted
King Norodom Sihamoni has promoted Kong Sophorn from deputy to governor of Kandal province following a request from Prime Minister Hun Sen as current governor Mao Phirun prepares to retire after 40 years.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sam Heng: Improve business environment, protect workers’ rights to boost economy
With Cambodia facing the dual crisis of Covid-19 and the partial loss of the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme in Europe, the Minister of Labour and Vocational Training on Wednesday stressed the need to improve the business environment and keep the Kingdom on track for rapid economic growth.
— The Phnom Penh Post

H&M reassess strategy amid EBA withdrawal
Swedish fashion giant H&M Group said they were evaluating how the EU’s decision to withdraw one-fifth of the ‘Everything But Arms’ (EBA) scheme would impact their business and production strategy in Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government steps up to reach 2025 mine-free goal
Prime Minister Hun Sen has allowed the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) also known as the Mine Authority to access funds to deploy 2,000 Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) personnel in the humanitarian demining operation from 2020-2025.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Red-tape eliminated for agro-product exporters
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has announced that rice exporters and agro-product exporters can now attain sanitary and phytosanitary certificates at one window service centres to streamline the process.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Two summoned over M’kiri forest clearing
The Mondulkiri Provincial Court has summoned two suspects to appear in court over the alleged hiring of five villagers to clear forest land last week at the northeast biodiversity conservation corridor in Koh Nhek district.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia benefits from Japanese tech
Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth has encouraged the Japanese-owned Kirirom Institute of Technology to seek more Japanese technology companies to aid the establishment of the Eco-Technology Park at the Kirirom resort in Kampong Speu province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Koreans eyeing bank IPO
Korean investors are looking forward to investing in the local stock market as it prepares to welcome Acleda Bank Plc into its main board.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PPCBank posts net profit of $17.4 million, up 40.5%
Phnom Penh Commercial Bank’s (PPCBank’s) net profit last year rose 40.5 per cent to $17.4 million, the company announced on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ket Sophann appointed new ambassador to France
King Norodom Sihamoni has appointed Foreign Affairs Ministry undersecretary of state Ket Sophann as the Kingdom’s new ambassador to France, tasked with also handling diplomatic relations with Italy, Portugal, and Malta.
— Khmer Times

Natural disasters affect Asean security
Defence Minister General Tea Banh yesterday said that natural disasters are potential threats to regional security, noting that Asean should join hands to deal with them.
— Khmer Times

Century 21 Zillion Holdings to recruit 3,800 new agents
Century 21 Zillion Holdings, will be recruiting 3,800 new agents across the country, to serve the high demand of Cambodia’s real estate market, according to Grace Rachny, executive director of Century 21 Cambodia speaking at a workshop yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia: PM’s threats against women Facebook users irresponsible and dangerous
Responding to comments made during a speech by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday, and the police’s publication of an apparently coerced “confession” by one woman today, Amnesty International’s Regional Director Nicholas Bequelin said:
— Amnesty International

LOLC Cambodia reports assets exceeding $1 billion last year
LOLC Cambodia, a microfinance institution, has reported assets of more than $1 billion as of December last year, according to its quarterly and yearly report released last week and shared on the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) on Tuesday.
— Khmer Times

Sar Kheng: Gov’t won’t revoke LANGO
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday dismissed a request made by some civil society groups and claimed the government will not repeal the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations.
— Khmer Times

Sar Kheng orders thorough probe into infant’s death
Interior Minister Sar Kheng has ordered a thorough investigation into the death of a five-month-old baby girl who was reportedly staying with her mother in Prey Sar’s Correctional Centre 2 in the capital.
— Khmer Times

Number of migrant workers sent abroad drops by 80 percent
The number of migrant workers sent to host countries last year dropped by about 80 percent compared with 2018 and possible reasons include better job prospects in the Kingdom and fear of abuse when abroad.
— Khmer Times

Online seller makes public apology for ‘sexy’ selling techniques
A woman wearing sexy clothes to promote the selling of her products online yesterday became the first case to be ordered to make a contract to stop the activity by Prime Minister Hun Sen who said it ‘affects women’s morality’.
— Khmer Times

Preah Sihanouk Chinese hospital suspended
The Preah Sihanouk provincial joint working group has temporarily suspended the business activities of Chinese hospital Thay Khang located in Sihanoukville’s Buon commune on the grounds of operating without a licence and releasing inaccurate information related to COVID-19 inciting fear and social unrest.
— Khmer Times

‘Time to boost local vegetable and livestock production’
Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for an increase in the production of vegetables and livestock locally to supply domestic demand as the government unveiled plans to reduce imports of them.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia: A man’s journey to reduce plastic waste by turning it into diesel
A handful of people work to give unwanted plastic a new life in a small workshop made out of corrugated iron sheets.

Swedish Ambassador Praises A2I Drafting Process
H.E. Bjorn Haggmark, Ambassador of Sweden to Cambodia, has lauded the good and open drafting process of the law on access to information (A2I).

Sustainable Salt Production Boosted
Inter-ministries have worked to determine the challenging issues in order to boost the production of salt to increase the sustainability of salt supply for domestic demand.

Saudi Arabia to Help Train Cambodian Officials in Journalism
Saudi Arabia has announced to assist Cambodian Information Ministry in training its officials in the fields of journalism and Arabic language, at the request of H.E. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information.

Cambodia sends 68,040 laborers abroad in 2019
Cambodia dispatched 68,040 laborers abroad in 2019, according to a Labor Ministry report on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Complete Rural Access to Clean Water Supply Targeted by 2025
Royal Government of Cambodia is committed to ensure full access to supply of clean water in rural communities by 2025.

Japanese Students of Cheerleading Team Visit Cambodia
A group of 14 Japanese students from Teikyo Univeristy’s Cheerleading Team “Teikyo University Baffalos” has been on a visit in Cambodia since yesterday under the youth exchange programme “JENESYS 2019”.

France to Create a Radio Programme to Boost French Language in Cambodia
France is planning to create a radio programme in French on the areas of economy and agriculture, an effort to promote French language in Cambodia.

Court Summons Cambodian Whistleblower
A student, who alleged that Cambodian Ministry of Justice officials cheated and took bribes in the administration of magistrateexams and now accused on defamation, was summoned to a Phnom Penh’s Court late last week and questioned for a whole day.

One migrant worker dead, 14 injured in Thailand
A traffic accident on Tuesday morning in Thailand’s Songkhla province claimed the life of one Cambodian worker and injured 12 other Cambodians, along with two Thai nationals.
— Khmer Times

Road Repairers Busy In Kep
In order to facilitate tourism during the Khmer New Year, Kep officials have been repairing major roads throughout the province.



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