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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Factory collapse injures four

A security guard inspects damage at  Nishiku Enterprise’s garment factory in Takeo province yesterday morning
A security guard inspects damage at Nishiku Enterprise’s garment factory in Takeo province yesterday morning. Vireak Mai

Four employees suffered back and leg injuries after part of the floor collapsed at a Takeo province garment factory yesterday morning.
Authorities blamed the incident – the latest to raise questions about building safety in Cambodia’s biggest export industry – on substandard construction.
Some 800 workers fled from Building B of the Nishiku Enterprise factory at about 9:30am after part of the ground floor near the entrance caved in, pinning several workers under their sewing machines and causing minor injuries, witnesses said.

CNRP youth: we’ll fight ISIS

Cambodia National Rescue Party youth member Soung Sophorn talks to the media last year
Cambodia National Rescue Party youth member Soung Sophorn talks to the media last year. Soung Sophorn is one of more than 50 CNRP youth who is offering to fight Islamic Militants. The Phnom Penh Post

At least 50 opposition party youth members and supporters are asking for permission to join the US-led fight against Islamic State militants, a leading activist said yesterday.
In return, they hope the US will help them fight Vietnamese encroachment in Cambodia and take back the island of Koh Tral (or Phu Quoc) from Vietnam, said Soung Sophorn, 27, who was the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s sole candidate in Pailin province during last July’s national election.

HIV/AIDS: Thousands left without medication

Almost 20,000 people could die as a result of AIDS over the next seven years if they are not given access to HIV medication, a National AIDS Authority official said yesterday.
At a conference in the capital to announce mid-year transmission rates, Tia Phalla, the NAA vice-chairman, said that although the number of people contracting HIV was declining, only about

With AEC, risks abound

A child sits on a chair at an orphanage in Siem Reap province in July. A new report suggests that ASEAN integration could lead to an increase in child exploitation
A child sits on a chair at an orphanage in Siem Reap province in July. A new report suggests that ASEAN integration could lead to an increase in child exploitation. GEORGE NICKELS

In addition to bringing a highly anticipated boost to the region’s development, next year’s ASEAN Economic Community could also incur a host of darker consequences, including an increase in child sexual exploitation, the United Nations warns.
With freer borders and enhanced mobility under the upcoming integration, offenders who prey upon children may have an easier time gaining access to the regions’ vulnerable kids, according to an internal report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

Heng Pov’s conviction affirmed by high court

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the murder convictions of former Phnom Penh Municipal Police chief Heng Pov and three others in the case of the 2003 killing of Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Sok Sethamoni.
Defendants Pov, Ly Rasy, Hang Vutha and Prum Sophearith have been convicted on a raft of charges – including multiple high-profile murders – since their arrests in 2006, but have consistently blamed the late, disgraced ex-National Police chief Hok Lundy and former head of penal police at the Ministry of Interior Mok Chito for framing them.

Cambodian Children More Vulnerable Under Asean Integration, Report Warns

Cambodian schoolchildren walk on a muddy road near the dam site of Steung Mean Chey after they participated in an Intentional Children's Day event in the outskirts of Phnom Penh, file photo. Cambodian schoolchildren walk on a muddy road near the dam site of Steung Mean Chey after they participated in an Intentional Children's Day event in the outskirts of Phnom Penh, file photo.

Suy HeimkhemraVOA Khmer
Rights workers fear for the safety of Cambodia’s vulnerable children once Asean joins in an economic community next year.
The integration is aimed at improving the flow of goods and services between the 10 Asean nations, but that could also mean increased exploitation of Cambodian children, as few safeguards are in place, the UN Office on Drug and Crimes warned.
“It’s inevitable that children from poor families in Cambodia will have to work to earn money to support their families, and that is how they will be vulnerable to bad travelers who want to do bad

Whitlam took political courage to China

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Peter Cai
China Spectator
                                          
When Gough Whitlam went to Communist China in 1971as leader of the opposition, the Cold War was in full swing. Australian diggers were fighting alongside American GIs in the jungles of Vietnam against the Chinese-backed Viet Cong.
There was widespread fear of Red China in Australia. Prime Minister Robert Menzies captured the zeitgeist at the time, referring to “the downward thrust of Communist China between the Indian and Pacific oceans”. Liberal Prime Minister William McMahon blasted Whitlam’s China visit in July, accusing him of being a pawn of Communist China and a spokesman for the enemy being fought in Vietnam.

កម្មការិនី​៨​នាក់​ចូល​ពេទ្យ​ដោយសារ​ការ​បាក់​អាគារ​រោង​ចក្រ​នៅ​ខេត្ត​តាកែវ

ការ​ធ្វើ​ចំណាក​ស្រុក​របស់​ពលរដ្ឋ​នៅ​ខេត្ត​ព្រៃវែង

Two Cambodian Reporters Charged With Extorting Villagers

2014-10-21
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Trucks loaded with timber wait to cross the border into Vietnam from Cambodia's Svay Rieng province in a file photo.
AFP
Authorities in northeastern Cambodia’s Kratie province have arrested two local journalists for allegedly attempting to extort money from villagers in exchange for not reporting suspected illegal logging activities, a district police chief said Tuesday.

But publishers of the National and Khmer Influence newspapers where reporters Nget Chandary and Nhek Peisei work, respectively, claim they were framed by police who they said cooperated with the villagers to harvest illegal wood.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Whitlam’s China masterstroke


Whitlam’s China masterstroke Opposition leader Gough Whitlam at the Great Wall of China, after the Beijing meeting, July 1972. Photo Courtesy of Stephen FitzGerald
Stephen FitzGerald

In mid-1971 Labor opposition leader Gough Whitlam led a delegation to Beijing to discuss diplomatic relations. It was the middle of the Cold War, with Australian troops fighting in Vietnam – in what the conservative government saw as a proxy war with Chinese communism.

Gough Whitlam dies aged 98; former PM remembered as 'giant' of Australian politics

Updated
Gough Whitlam as Werriwa MP, 1957-59

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam has been remembered as a visionary and a giant of federal politics by figures across the political spectrum.
Mr Whitlam led the country through a period of massive social change from 1972 to 1975 before his ousting by governor-general Sir John Kerr, in the infamous dismissal episode.
Despite being in power for only three turbulent years, Mr Whitlam launched sweeping reforms of the nation's economic and cultural affairs, cementing his place as one of Australia's most revered leaders.
He stopped conscription, introduced free university education, recognised communist China, pulled troops from Vietnam, abolished the death penalty for federal crimes and reduced the voting age to 18.
"Our father, Gough Whitlam, has died this morning at the age of 98," Mr Whitlam's family said in a statement.

S Korean farming industry slammed

Workers put harvested ginseng into sacks at a field in South Korea late last year
Workers put harvested ginseng into sacks at a field in South Korea late last year. A new report released by Amnestry International alleges Cambodian migrant workers were among those being exploited in South Korea’s farming industry. BLOOMBERG

Long considered the friendlier and less exploitative option for overseas Cambodian migrants, South Korea is now being slammed by Amnesty International for a number of abuses afflicting its migrant-dominated agriculture sector.
The 20,000 foreign workers fuelling South Korea’s farming industry regularly encounter intimidation, violence, excessive working hours, forced labour and no rest days, according to an Amnesty report released yesterday. And because of a “flawed” work permit scheme, the migrants have few options for recourse.

Another protest turns bloody

Authorities attack a villager from Preah Vihear province
Authorities attack a villager from Preah Vihear province yesterday in Phnom Penh after a protest regarding an ongoing land dispute turned violent. Vireak Mai

Land protesters from Preah Vihear province who came to Phnom Penh seeking a resolution to their disputes were brutally beaten by security forces yesterday as they attempted to deliver petitions to Prime Minister Hun Sen.
About 100 people representing 333 families in Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune marched yesterday morning to the Chinese, Russian and Australian embassies before attempting to deliver a petition to Hun Sen’s cabinet.

Parties yet to agree on part of NEC draft law

Hopes that the ruling and opposition parties would finally reach full accord on a new National Election Committee draft law were dashed yesterday as talks foundered on the qualifications the secretary-general of the new institution must possess.
After a meeting that lasted more than two hours, Cambodian People’s Party working group chief Bin Chhin and his Cambodia National Rescue Party counterpart Kuoy Bunroeun said the parties had reached “90 per cent” agreement.
“But regarding the secretary-general and deputy secretaries-general [of the NEC], we have disagreed on the qualifications [they should have],” Chhin said.

On second thought …

As a group of Cambodian officials reportedly departed for Australia and asylum seeker detention centres on the Pacific island of Nauru last night, the Interior Ministry said that refugees would be given a brutally “realistic” summation of contemporary Cambodia before they choose to come here.
Under an agreement signed last month, asylum seekers on Nauru found to be genuine refugees – who have been told they will never be allowed to settle on the Australian mainland – will be given the choice to relocate to Cambodia instead, with resettlement costs to be met by Australian taxpayers.

Census arrests: Vietnamese citizens held after raid

Twelve Vietnamese nationals were arrested and temporarily detained on Sunday amid on ongoing crackdown against foreigners living illegally in Cambodia, said Major Seng Veansa, a police officer for the Interior Ministry’s immigration department, yesterday.
According to Veansa, the eight men and four women were found after a raid on a Vietnamese coffee shop on Street 105 in the capital’s Chamkarmon district.

មនុស្ស​ជិត​២០​នាក់​របួស​ក្នុង​ពេល​កម្លាំង​សន្តិសុខ​វាយ​បំបែក​អ្នក​តវ៉ា​រឿង​ដី

ដោយ ឡេង ម៉ាលី
2014-10-20
RFA
ជម្លោះ​ដី ព្រះវិហារ ៦២០
អ្នក​តវ៉ា​ដីធ្លី​មក​ពី​ខេត្ត​ព្រះវិហារ ប្រឈម​មុខ​ដាក់​គ្នា​ជាមួយ​កង​កម្លាំង​សន្តិសុខ​សាលា​ខណ្ឌ​ដូនពេញ នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ តុលា ២០១៤។
RFA/Leng Maly
មាន​មនុស្ស​ចំនួន​ជិត ២០​នាក់ រង​របួស​នៅ​ក្នុង​ពេល​កង​សន្តិសុខ​ខណ្ឌ​​ដូនពេញ​ប្រើ​កម្លាំង​ដោយ​ហិង្សា​ វាយ​បំបែក​លើ​អ្នក​តវ៉ា​រឿង​ដីធ្លី​មក​ពី​ខេត្ត​ព្រះវិហារ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ តុលា។ ក្នុង​ចំណោម​អ្នក​រង​របួស​ គឺ​មាន​កុមារ​ផង។
ពលរដ្ឋ​ដែល​មាន​បញ្ហា​ដី​ធ្លី​នៅ​ឃុំ​កន្ទួត ស្រុក​ជាំ​ក្សាន្ត ខេត្ត​ព្រះវិហារ ជិត ១០០​នាក់ នាំ​គ្នា​ព្យាយាម​យក​លិខិត​សុំ​អន្តរាគមន៍​ដោះស្រាយ​ទំនាស់​ដីធ្លី​នៅ​ ខុទ្ទកាល័យ​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ប៉ុន្តែ​កង​សន្តិសុខ​រារាំង​នៅ​សួនច្បារ​នាគ​បាញ់​ទឹក​ខាង​កើត​វិមាន​ ឯករាជ្យ បាន​រារាំង​ក្បួន​អ្នក​តវ៉ា​ដោយ​មិន​ឲ្យ​ចូល​ទៅ​ជិត​ផ្ទះ​លោក​ នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ឡើយ។

NGOs Petition Malaysian Human Rights Body Over Laos Dam

2014-10-20
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A fish market in Nakasang, in southern Laos's Siphandone region, in an undated photo.
Photo courtesy of International Rivers

A coalition of Cambodian, Thai, and U.S. nongovernmental organizations filed a petition Monday with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) calling for an investigation into the possible social and environmental impacts of a much-criticized dam being built in Laos by a Malaysian development firm.

Monday, 20 October 2014

The civil service’s phantom workers

Ghost workers

You don’t need to be a clairvoyant to see the Cambodian government’s so-called “ghost workers”. They’re everywhere. They work in shops, restaurants and NGOs, clean houses, teach languages, guard buildings and fix leaky roofs.
Supposedly employed as bureaucrats, advisors, police officers, soldiers and teachers, these phantom civil servants rarely – if ever – go to work. With no mandated minimum salary, and little supervision, they commonly spend their days undertaking more lucrative activities in the private sector.
Last month the head of the Anti-Corruption Unit, Om Yentieng, announced another one of the government’s periodic ghost-busting campaigns. All state institutions have until November to sort out their payrolls: anyone after that time found to be facilitating irregular payments will be prosecuted, according to Yentieng.
Some ghost workers give their salaries to their bosses.
Some ghost workers give their salaries to their bosses. David Pinho

Hard times for ‘the 23’

Union leader Vorn Pov communicates with supporters as a prison truck takes him to court during his trial in May
Union leader Vorn Pov communicates with supporters as a prison truck takes him to court during his trial in May. Heng Chivoan

While the smoke has long cleared on January’s violent garment strikes, for many of the 23 workers and unionists arrested and tried on charges widely considered to be baseless, the ordeal is far from over.
Nine months after security forces used deadly violence to end strikes over the minimum wage, many of the men arrested, convicted and released with suspended prison sentences months later find themselves broke and out of a job.
With new wage negotiations back on the agenda – and unions threatening more large-scale demonstrations if demands aren’t met – some former detainees claim they have been excluded from the garment sector altogether.

With SMF’s closure, donor queries grow

The disgraced Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF) announced early on Saturday morning that it had closed its doors once and for all, leaving long-term supporters with a brief message of gratitude and goodbyes.
Its closure came after years of allegations, culminating in a Newsweek report in May that its founder and namesake had lied about her own back story and those of some of the supposed sex-trafficking victims the organisation was created to support.

Commerce claims that donations not political

The Ministry of Commerce has defended its solicitation of donations from private organisations as voluntary, legal and a form of corporate social responsibility.
The ministry’s response comes after Post Weekend revealed on Saturday, through leaked documents, that the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) made a cash contribution to the government totalling $5,000 and has been paying membership fees for senior government officials at an exclusive country club.

No end in sight for boycott

Khieu Samphan (left) and Nuon Chea in court at the Khmer Rouge tribunal in August
Khieu Samphan (left) and Nuon Chea in court at the Khmer Rouge tribunal in August. ECCC

Defence teams representing former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan in a new trial revolving around genocide charges say their boycott of the tribunal will continue indefinitely.
The lawyers walked out of court on Friday after their clients read aloud statements condemning the alleged bias of the judges who sentenced them to life in prison in August, and skewering the flawed rationale behind the verdict.

Analyst coy on party rumours

Political analyst Kem Ley outside the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh in March
Political analyst Kem Ley outside the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh in March. He has played down rumours that he is forming a political party. Vireak Mai

Playing down a flurry of social media rumours, political analyst Kem Ley yesterday said he had “no plan at all” to start a new political party, but nonetheless equivocated, adding that members of his fledgling social accountability network might someday go that route if necessary.
“We are now in the process of consultation to find a way to create a sustainable social network. Mostly we are aiming to influence the decision making, not just for government reform and public

Anti-refugee protest dogged by xenophobia

A protester holds up fake dollar bills in protest against the agreement to send refugees to Cambodia
A protester holds up fake dollar bills in protest against the agreement to send refugees to Cambodia. Hong Menea

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through central Phnom Penh yesterday morning calling for a controversial refugee resettlement deal between Australia and Cambodia to be scrapped.
While the protesters echoed human rights concerns that have been repeatedly made about the scheme, an undercurrent of xenophobia was also present.
After calling on the US Embassy, the Council of Ministers, the EU delegation and the National Assembly bearing petitions, the diverse group of monks, students, land rights activists and NGO workers eventually set up camp in front of the Australian Embassy.

Refugee deal praised, again

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) speaks to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) speaks to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (left) during a meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh in February. AFP

Prime Minister Hun Sen and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met at the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Summit in Milan on Friday, doubling down on their support for the refugee deal signed in Cambodia last month, despite heavy criticism from human rights groups.
Bishop expressed “profound thanks” to Hun Sen for strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries, said foreign affairs attaché to the prime minister Kao Kim Hourn at a press briefing at the Phnom Penh International Airport.

លោក​ហ៊ុន​សែន​បញ្ជាក់​ជំហរ​អនុវត្ត​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​ទទួល​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន​អូស្ត្រាលី

ដោយ អាន ស៊ីថាវ
2014-10-19
RFA
ហ៊ុន សែន ៦២០
លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​ក្នុង​សន្និសីទ​ប្រឆាំង​អំពើពុករលួយ​ក្នុង​តំបន់​អាស៊ី​ ប៉ាស៊ីហ្វិក រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី ០៣ កញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ ២០១៤។
RFA/Vann Vichar
បន្ទាប់​​ពី​វិល​មក​ពី​ចូលរួម ​កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​អាស៊ី អឺរ៉ុប នៅ​ប្រទេស​អ៊ីតាលី​នា​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​ ១៩​ តុលា លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន បាន​​បញ្ជាក់​អំពី​ជំនួប​ជា​មួយ​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ការ​ប្រទេស​អូស្ត្រាលី​នៅ​ទី​ នោះ គឺ​កម្ពុជា​នឹង​រក្សា​​ជំហរ​​​​ដដែល​លើ​​​ការ​អនុវត្តន៍​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​ ទទួល​យក​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន ដែល​បាន​ចុះ​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​កន្លង​មក។ ប៉ុន្តែ​អង្គការ​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល គ្រោង​នឹង​ចេញ​មុខ​តវ៉ា​ប្រឆាំង​ លើ​ការ​អនុវត្តន៍​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​នោះ។

មតិ​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​អំពី​ស្ថានភាព​ផ្លូវ វ៉េង ស្រេង

បទសម្ភាសន៍ លោក ត្រឹង ម៉ាន់រិន្ទ ស្តីពីជំនួបនឹងមន្រ្តីក្រសួងការបរទេសអាមេរិក

បាតុកម្ម​ប្រឆាំង​ការ​ទទួល​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន​ពីប្រទេស​អូស្រ្តាលី

Sunday, 19 October 2014

In review: the ‘mirage’ of Cambodia

Sebastian Strangio with his new book, Hun Sen’s Cambodia
Sebastian Strangio with his new book, Hun Sen’s Cambodia. Scott Howes

On January 11, 1979, four days after Vietnamese troops and Cambodian rebels swept into Phnom Penh and toppled the Khmer Rouge regime, the leadership of the freshly proclaimed People’s Republic of Kampuchea touched down at Pochentong airport.
An arduous task of state-building lay ahead of the four men that emerged onto the dusty and cratered tarmac that day. Pen Sovann, Heng Samrin, Chea Sim and a slight, 26-year-old Hun Sen would take

Friday, 17 October 2014

Minister wants union charges to be dropped

People throw a bed onto a burning barricade during violent clashes on Veng Sreng Boulevard in January.
People throw a bed onto a burning barricade during violent clashes on Veng Sreng Boulevard in January. POST STAFF

Minister of Labour Ith Sam Heng yesterday said his ministry will encourage an end to criminal proceedings against six labour union leaders charged with crimes stemming from a nationwide garment worker strike.
After meeting with 10 representatives of unions and labour rights organisations, Sam Heng said the Ministry of Labour would ask factory owners to drop complaints, which include intentional violence in aggravating circumstances, connected to the late December to early January strike.
“We will help intervene with the plaintiffs,” Sam Heng said after emerging from the two-hour session yesterday morning. “We will ask them to drop the case, and we will work more with the Ministry of Justice on this.”

Shining light on ‘hidden hunger’

A woman purchases food at a street-side cart yesterday in Phnom Penh
A woman purchases food at a street-side cart yesterday in Phnom Penh. Cambodia’s hunger situation has improved since 1990, but malnutrition remains a problem. Hong Menea

While Cambodia has taken significant strides to reduce hunger, for the millions still affected, not having food to eat is becoming less of a problem than consuming enough nutrients.
In the latest Global Hunger Index, Cambodia was one of 10 countries lauded for making the largest improvements in its hunger situation since 1990, dropping from “extremely alarming” levels to “serious”.
But while rates of starvation may be declining, and caloric intake may be reaching appreciable figures, Cambodia continues to suffer a stubbornly persistent and devastating “hidden hunger” crisis, the annual index being launched in the capital today reports.

Few rules on logging beat

Sa Piseth sifts through editions of his newspaper in Snuol district yesterday.
Sa Piseth sifts through editions of his newspaper in Snuol district yesterday. Vireak Mai

Him Mat is the editor of Tngai Nis – “Today” – a four-page black-and-white newspaper whose coverage is devoted almost exclusively to the illegal logging trade in Cambodia.
The irregularly printed paper, which Mat, 34, showed off proudly yesterday inside his tiny one-room Snuol town apartment – which doubles as his newsroom – takes aim at anyone considered to be involved in forest crimes.
It is a sometimes dangerous job, but Mat says none of the local reporters get into the business out of a desire to conserve the remaining forests. They are similarly unmotivated by the ethics of journalism.

Suy Sophan denies contract breach

Suy Sophan, president of Phan Imex, talks to the media
Suy Sophan, president of Phan Imex, talks to the media yesterday in Phnom Penh after answering questions from the National Assembly in regards to the ongoing land dispute at Borei Keila. Heng Chivoan

After years of avoiding questions about her company’s failure to complete the Borei Keila housing project, Phan Imex owner Suy Sophan yesterday denied any breach of contract during questioning at the National Assembly, a lawmaker said.
During more than two hours in front of members of the anti-corruption commission, Sophan fended off questions about the controversial social land concession project, which left hundreds homeless after a violent eviction in early 2012.

Wutty’s past still in dispute

Environmental activist Chut Wutty stands next to a stash of burning lumber in Prey Lang forest
Environmental activist Chut Wutty stands next to a stash of burning lumber in Prey Lang forest in early 2012. MATHIEU YOUNG

Local newspaper Deum Ampil has published a letter from the NGO Conservation International that it claims proves slain environmental activist Chut Wutty took bribes from illegal mreas prov tree loggers in the Central Cardamoms more than a decade ago.
The January 2003 letter, written by CI's then-country director David Mead, suspended Wutty from work with CI as it investigated allegations he had taken payments from the illegal industry.
Mreas prov can be processed into the drug precursor safrole.
But Jake Brunner, a former CI staffer copied on the letter, said that while he was out of the country at the time, the issue between Mead and Wutty had to do with “advances he had received from CI” and accounting procedures.

Land concessions cancelled

A truck is loaded with lumber in an economic land concession in Kampong Thom province last year
A truck is loaded with lumber in an economic land concession in Kampong Thom province last year. Amid promises to get tough on poorly performing concessionaires, the government has cancelled eight. PHOTO SUPPLIED

The government has seized back more than 12,000 hectares of land previously awarded to seven companies as economic land concessions (ELCs), according to a letter from the Council of Ministers.
The letter, which was obtained by the Post yesterday, was sent late last month to the governors of Preah Sihanouk, Kampong Speu and Koh Kong provinces, and Environment Minister Say Sam Al.
It explains that licences awarded from 2006 to 2011 for eight ELCs in the provinces would be revoked and the land put under the ownership of the Environment Ministry.

VN opens Phnom Penh bureau for state media

Nhan Dan, the media mouthpiece of the Communist Party of Vietnam, launched its first Cambodian bureau yesterday in the latest addition to Cambodia’s media landscape.
The bureau, whose name means “people”, joins fellow state-run outlet Xinhua, China’s official news service, which has offices near the Independence Monument.
The move was hailed by the government but met with suspicion by one media analyst who questioned how the coverage could be independent.
Speaking at a launch ceremony yesterday at the Phnom Penh Hotel, Thuan Huu, who is a member of

Vegetable farming lacks technique

Independent economist Chan Sophal
Independent economist Chan Sophal at his office in Phnom Penh earlier this year. PHOTO SUPPLIED

With more than 80 per cent of Cambodia’s population relying or engaging in some kind of farming activity, it’s clear that the Kingdom is an agricultural-dependent economy. But despite agriculture sustaining the livelihoods of the vast majority of the country, Cambodia still imports a large portion of its vegetables from neighbouring countries – Vietnam and Thailand – just to meet domestic demand. Chan Sophal, an independent agriculture economist sat down with the Post’s Chan Muyhong this week to discuss how local vegetable production can be improved.
What is the current situation for vegetable farming in Cambodia?
For the last 10 years, we have seen an increasing number of fruit plantations in Cambodia. We see

Asia, Cambodia: still going strong

Customers peruse cleaning products at Aeon Mall during the grand opening earlier this year
Customers peruse cleaning products at Aeon Mall during the grand opening earlier this year. The regional economic climate and an increase in consumer demand is expected to fuel growth in the medium term for Cambodia. Hong Menea

According to our latest Regional Economic Outlook Update (October 2014), Asia’s near-term growth prospects remain solid amid downward revisions for other regions. Despite a mild slowdown earlier this year, Asian economies are expected to grow at 5.5 per cent in 2014 and 2015, broadly in line with the pace of the last couple of years. With some exceptions, the inflation outlook should remain benign across most of the region. This regional outlook bodes well for Cambodia’s prospects, especially in light of its increasing regional integration.

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ដោយ តាំង សារ៉ាដា
2014-10-17
RFA
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2014-10-16
RFA
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តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ មណ្ឌល​កំពង់ចាម និង​ជា​អនុប្រធាន​គណៈកម្មការ​សាធារណការ ដឹក​ជញ្ជូន នគរូបនីយកម្ម និង​សំណង់​នៃ​រដ្ឋសភា លោក ម៉ៅ មុនីវណ្ណ ឲ្យ​ដឹង​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៦ តុលា ថា

No Breakthrough in New Talks For Cambodian Minimum Wage Increase

2014-10-16
RFA
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Cambodian workers call for higher wages at a garment factory industrial park in Phnom Penh, Sept. 17, 2014.
AFP
Cambodian authorities have held two rounds of talks with garment factory owners and unions under a new mechanism to help break a deadlock over increasing the workers' monthly minimum wage but to no avail.

But Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng said that he expected the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), which represents the factories, and the unions to find common ground when negotiations resume Monday. “We will do our best to get closer to a figure [that will satisfy] all parties,” he said after the talks held under the auspices of a new working group adjourned on Thursday.