RFA fake EBA news claim ends an extraordinary seven days in Cambodia politics

RFA fake EBA news claim ends an extraordinary seven days in Cambodia politics

The Cambodian government has labelled claims by Radio Free Asia (RFA) that it has a leaked copy of a just-completed European Commission (EC) assessment on the country’s future to qualify for lucrative tariff exemptions under the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme as fake news. The statement, issued late on Friday (Nov 15) by the Ministry […]

Disappeared: Cambodia Interior Ministry blamed for missing Mexican educator Osman Karaca (video) *updated

A Mexican woman and her friends have taken to social media to try and prevent the forced deportation to Turkey of her husband following his enforced disappearance from the streets of the Cambodia capital, Phnom Penh, earlier this week. In an emotional appeal to the international community, Grace Lalrinmawii Karaca, said eight counterterrorism officers from […]

Cambodia civil groups slam court ruling on RFA journalist spy – porn case

Cambodia civil groups slam court ruling on RFA journalist spy – porn case

A group of 37 Cambodian civil society organisations today (Oct 4) issued a statement condemning a decision by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to order additional investigations into two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists charged with espionage and producing pornography. Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin were arrested on November 14, 2017 and four days […]

EU should have a ‘sober second thought’ over EBA removal: EuroCham Cambodia

EU should have a ‘sober second thought’ over EBA removal: EuroCham Cambodia

The European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (EuroCham) has called for the European Commission (EC) deciding Cambodia’s future entitlement to import concessions under the ‘Everything But Arms (EBA)’ trade scheme to have a ‘sober second thought’. The call came in a media release issued today (Sep 25) which said suspending Cambodia’s access to the trade […]

Slap down for media freedom on the streets of Phnom Penh (video)

The assault of a Cambodian reporter at an early morning motor vehicle crash by a police deputy inspector has seen media freedom and abuse of power in Cambodia thrust into the spotlight at the worst possible time. Over the next three months a European Union (EU) delegation will prepare its recommendation on whether Cambodia should […]

Power cuts unlikely to stunt Cambodia’s growth… just yet *updated

Power cuts unlikely to stunt Cambodia’s growth… just yet *updated

The Asean Development Bank (ADB) recently forecast Cambodia’s economy to grow by 7 per cent this year and ease slightly to 6.8 per cent in 2020. While the bright forecast would ordinarily be good news, it is likely to only worsen a massive power shortage gripping the country. Said to total some 400 megawatts (MW), […]

Uncoordinated efforts leave Cambodia foreign policy lacking synergy

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Uncoordinated efforts leave Cambodia foreign policy lacking synergy

Amid shifting global power dynamics and intense pressure from the West, Cambodia’s foreign policy strategy in the coming years will aim to diversify its external relations, with a focus on South and East Asian countries. But in practice Cambodia still struggles to implement an effective foreign policy, stymied by institutional weaknesses. Without much-needed reform, Cambodia’s […]

Barriers remain to Cambodia’s rush to a digital economy

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Barriers remain to Cambodia’s rush to a digital economy

In March 2018, the Cambodian government announced its intention to be ready to transform into a digital economy by 2023. A digital economy is one in which economic processes and activities are based on digital technologies (electronic systems and devices that generate, store or process data). Digitisation of an economy drives innovation, fuels job opportunities […]

Countdown begins: EU begins process to strip Cambodia of trade preferences

Countdown begins: EU begins process to strip Cambodia of trade preferences

The European Union (EU) today (Feb 11) commenced the formal process to strip Cambodia of preferential tariff subsidies provided under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. The process will see a ‘six-month period of intensive monitoring and engagement’, followed by another three-month period for the EU to produce a report based on its findings. […]

Probe into Cambodia police land protestor shooting launched

Probe into Cambodia police land protestor shooting launched

Cambodian authorities have moved quickly to investigate a clash between land protestors and the provincial military police in Sihanouk province last week during which one protestor was shot A statement issued by General Sao Sokha, National Military Police commander on Monday (Jan 30) announced the establishment of a six person fact-finding commission headed by the […]

Disturbing: Cambodia police shoot land protester in Sihanoukville (video) *updated

As Cambodia heads towards a head-on crash with the European Union (EU) and the United States government over political freedom and human rights, disturbing video has emerged of Cambodia police shooting at protestors in Sihanoukville, in the country’s southwest. Said to have been recorded on January 24, the alarming video,was posted to the Facebook page […]

More stellar growth for Cambodia economy, but reforms needed says IMF

More stellar growth for Cambodia economy, but reforms needed says IMF

A report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts the Cambodian economy to continue its robust performance in the year ahead, tipping 2019 Cambodia GDP growth at 7.00 per cent, 25 percentage points below its forecast of 7.25 per cent GDP growth for 2018. It what can only be described as a glowing report, the […]