Members of 34 families facing eviction from Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak community yesterday called on five foreign embassies and the European Union to pressure the government into granting them land titles.
They are among the 46 poor and untitled families living in Boeng Kak who have found themselves cut out of a government plan endorsed by Prime Minister Hun Sen last month to let the hundreds of families living around the former lake keep their modest homes…
Heng Mom, one of the residents, said some of the unlucky families have agreed to negotiate for compensation with the firm developing the area, CPP Senator Lao Meng Khin’s Shukaku Inc, in exchange for moving out…
The government has given a Chinese mining company the right to extract gold from 28 square km of land in Kratie province’s Sambor district, a provincial official said yesterday.
On July 5, the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy granted Hing Yuan Hanng Yeak Co Ltd a license to exploit gold in Kbal Damrei commune, according to Sok Kiriroath, director of the provincial department of Industry, Mines and Energy…
Though the company has been given full extraction rights, local villagers have previously complained that the new company has banned them from mining gold resources that they have made a living from for decades…
The Xayaburi dam project in Northern Laos might increase the probability of earthquakes in a region already prone to seismic activity, according to a recently translated report from Vietnam.
The 1260-megawatt project sits about 100 kilometres south of the Lai Chau-Dien fault line.
Construction activity on the 32-metre-high dam, the first in a series of 11 planned in the area, could lead to more seismic activity in the region and threaten downstream inhabitants in three countries, according to a report by Nguyen Hong Phuong, a researcher at Vietnam’s Centre for Earthquake and Tsunami Warnings…
Construction of a US$1.6 billion satellite city on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula will begin this year after officials inked a contract yesterday with local firm Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC).
Dubbed “City of the Future”, the project would include a national stadium, a 60-hectare park, shopping malls, financial centres, hotels, schools and 40,000 residential units on a 387-hectare plot, Pung Kheav Se, president of Canadia Bank Plc and chairman of OCIC, said yesterday. The project is expected to take as long as 15 years to complete…
In 2012, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar will begin to implement a multimodal transport operations project in order to strengthen the ASEAN regional cross-border transport corridors and promote regional and transport development toward the ASEAN-community integration in 2015, senior officials said this week…
A TAXPAYER-FUNDED development project is mired in controversy after the Cambodian government launched a crackdown against land rights organisations critical of the compulsory resettlement of families.
The Cambodian government has cautioned a small group of foreign organisations against stirring up unrest among those being forced off their land and has banned land rights organisation Sahmakum Teang Tnaut from operating for five months.
AusAID first assistant director general Richard Moore told The Australian the agency was concerned and had co-written a strongly-worded letter with the Asian Development Bank to the Cambodian government on August 17.
AusAID has contributed $US21.5 million ($20.3m) towards the $US141m project to renovate Cambodia’s decrepit rail system, with the Asian Development Bank providing $US84m in concessional loans.
The Cambodian government is responsible for resettling and compensating people who are forced off their land
PHNOM PENH — Eight out of Cambodia’s 19 special economic zones (SEZ) are being operational across the country, while the rest are still waiting for both local and foreign investors, the data from Council for Development of Cambodia (CDC) showed on Saturday.
The statistics showed that Cambodia has a total of 19 SEZs, most of them situated along Cambodia’s borders with Vietnam and Thailand. Read more
Cambodia-Korea Alumni Association (CAMKAA) in cooperation with The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Cambodia Office launched the 3rd Seminar on the “Exchange Experiences of the Cambodia Korea Alumni Association” on August 26th to observe the mutual cooperation between Cambodia-South Korea.
Mr. Seng Setha, President of CAMKAA, and Director of Personnel and HR Department, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, said that, “The main purpose of this seminar is to share and exchange experiences, know-how and expertise among members from one field to another field and from one ministry to another ministry who received a variety of technical training programs in the Republic of Korea in both long and short terms as organized by the Korea International Cooperation Agency. This was the third time that the association had organized the seminar.” At the workshop, both sides highlighted work of Road Investment Plan 2008-2023, SMEs in Cambodia, Case Studies on LYLY Food Industry, Integrated Rural Development Project, and Public Audit Management… Read more
The World Bank is losing influence in Cambodia to “emerging donors” and making no major headway in stemming corruption, the Bank’s Independent Evaluation Groups said in a report released Wednesday. Specifically focused on the World Bank;s 2007 anti-corruption initiative through 2010, the report uses six countries – including Cambodia – as case studies. The other countries are Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Liberia and Moldova.
The Cambodian economy faces major problems for its predominantly rural population in the event of more erratic climate shifts, according to the United Nations Development Programme’s 2011 Cambodian Human Development Report.
“This is an agrarian economy that depends very much on weather. And we are among the poorest countries in the world,” said Dr Tin Ponlok, deputy director general of the Ministry of Environment’s Climate Change Department, in a press conference, as quoted by the Phnom Penh Post. Read more
Kuala Lumpur–Lion Forest Industries BHD (LFIB) is acquiring 58,000 hectares under an economic land concession (ELC) in Cambodia for US$26.1 million (RM78.3 million) to cultivate oil palm and rubber trees.
LFIB said on Monday, Aug 29 the concession would not be less than 70 years under the master service agreement.
It said its unit Harta Impiana Sdn Bhd had on Aug 29 issued an instruction notice to Seng Enterprise Co. Ltd, identifying six parcels of economic land concession. Read more
Phnom Penh–The first Chinese animal feed mill officially inaugurated here on Sunday, bringing the number of the same kind of factories in the country to five, said Cambodian Minister of Agriculture.
“The factory is a new achievement of good cooperation between the governments and the peoples of Cambodia and China,” the minister Chan Sarun said during the inauguration of the Sichuan New Hope Agribusiness (Cambodia), situated in the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, some 18 kilometers west of the central Phnom Penh.
“The mill is very important to boost the development of the country’s animal feeding industry,” he said.
The minister said that currently the demand of animal feed is about 700,000 tons per year, but the four full-functioning factories can produce only 170,000 tons a year, so the rest is imported.
About half a million establishments in Cambodia as of March 1, 2011 released the preliminary results of the Economic Census of Cambodia (EC 2011) released by H.E. Chay Than on August 8th in Phnom Penh. The final results of EC 2011 will be released in March 2012 at the national level and the dissemination at sub-national level will not be completed until June 2012.
H.E. Chhay Than, Senior Minister of Planning and Chairman of national Census Committee of 2011, said that Cambodia has 503, 008 establishments and the number of establishments per 1,000 persons is 34.6 establishments. As compared with other countries, Japan has 602 millions establishments with 48.4; Indonesia has 22.7 with 102.3; and Laos has 209 thousands with 37.4 respectively. “Among these four countries, Cambodia has relatively fewer establishments for its population size even though the establishment in the country is rising,” he stressed.
The biggest province in terms of the number of establishments was Phnom Penh, which has 95,467 establishments which is equal to 19% of the total number in Cambodia followed by Kampong Cham (55,903 or 11.1%), Kandal ( 40,359 or 8%), Battambang (33,982 or 6.8%), Siem Reap (32,034 or 6.4%). These five provinces are located in plain areas or on the lakeside of Tonle Sap Lake, occupying more than 50% of the total number of establishments in Cambodia, he emphasized.
August 25th, 2011, Technical Assistance
The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) approved 75 investment projects worth US$5.5 billion between January and July, according to council statistics.
This growth represents a 247 per cent, year-on-year increase in the value of approved investment projects, 60 of which were in the industrial sector.
The value of industrial-sector investments approved during the seven-month period totalled about $2.6 billion, compared with $752.4 million during the corresponding period last year.
The relations between People’s Republic of China and Cambodia have become closer in the way of culture, in which China is the most important strategic development partner in improving Cambodia’s economic growth through both financial and technical grant aids,” Mr. Eang Sophalet, assistant to Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen said after a meeting between H.E. Zhou Kang, a member of standing committee of Chinese Communist Party and Samdech Hun Sen at a Peace Building on 20 August, 2011…
At the same time, Cambodia and China also inked 29 documents of agreements for strengthening counterpart ties in all fields, namely economic and technical cooperation, agriculture, building construction, industry, water resource, irrigation system and road restoration… Read more
A new high-end private hospital in Phnom Penh, a collaboration between Cambodia’s Sokimex and Ho Chi Minh City’s well-known Cho-Ray Hospital, is set to hire 280 Cambodian health care workers in the next year, according to a Sunday satatement posted on the City Hall website. The $42 million Cho-Ray Phnom Penh Hospital, under construction in Phnom Pehn’s Meanchey district, is expected to begin operations in September 2012, and will employ 100 Cambodian doctors and 180 nurses who will work alongside Vietnamese counterparts.
Japan on August 15th loaned Cambodia a package of US$ 53.3 million for the West Tonle Sap Irrigation and Drainage Improvement and a grant aid of US$ 0.7 million to improve education equipment of the Department of Geo-Resources and Geotechnical Engineering of the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC)…The fund assistances were the response to Cambodia’s requests and with a view to strengthening friendly and cooperative relations between Japan and Cambodia and also to promote economic development efforts of Cambodia, the press release issued by the Embassy of Japan stated. Read more
The timing couldn’t have been better. After a week in which one NGO was suspended and others warned to “readjust their work,” and the World Bank was finally forced to reveal that it had stopped loaning to Cambodia, the government announced over the weekend that China would be sinking hundreds of millions of dollars into trade and aid…
Foreign Affairs have not shared details on the 29 deals signed with Beijing, the timing of the agreements is nonetheless symbolic. with that single signing ceremony on Saturday, the government has demonstrated to its Untac-ear development partners that times have certainly changed in Phnom Penh. After years of rapid expansion here on all fronts, China is now poised to be the country’s largest “development” partner… Read more