Well-known timber magnate Try Pheap is preparing to expand cross-country with a scheme that already gives him exclusive rights to buy all the wood felled on economic land concessions (ELCs) in Ratanakkiri province, a spokesman for the businessman said. The Agriculture Ministry’s Forestry Administration in February gave Try Pheap Import Export the exclusive rights to buy all the lumber harvested on... continue
Zsombor Peter and Aun Pheap
More than six years after the slaying of Free Trade Union president Hy Vuthy, one of the men convicted of his murder, Chan Sophorn, 35, appeared in court yesterday for a retrial.
Sous Sam Ath, the judge presiding over the case at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said Sophorn was charged with “intentional murder in aggravated circumstances”,... continue
Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
Cambodia will resume international adoptions in 2014, more than four years after suspending them over concerns about child exploitation, an official said Wednesday. Deputy Social Affairs Minister Nim Thoth told reporters that foreigners interested in adopting Cambodian children would be able to make applications in the next year. A specific time frame wasn’t given. ... Cambodia lifted its international adoption ban in... continue
The Salt Lake Tribune Staff
ASX-listed junior Brighton Mining Group on Wednesday announced that it would buy two unlisted companies to gain control of high-grade manganese project in Indonesia, and gold projects in Cambodia. ... Brighton Mining holds a 70% shareholding in Summer Gold Investments, which holds two mineral concession areas in Cambodia. ... In addition, the combination of the concession areas in Cambodia would enhance the... continue
Creamer Media's Mining Weekly News Staff
A 31-year-old man was killed on Monday when part of an illegally dug gold mine collapsed in Battambang’s Phnom Proek district, commune officials said yesterday.
Bon Boern, 31, died at the scene, while Ath Kri, 21, was treated at the provincial hospital for a head injury, Phnom Proek commune police chief Phat San told the Post yesterday.... continue
Government officials yesterday laid the blame for Cambodia’s deforestation on villagers gathering firewood. “Every day, they need fuel for cooking – that’s a lot of logging,” Chheng Kimsun, director general of the Forestry Administration, said at a workshop aimed at addressing sustainable forest management. Gathered at the Asia Forest Workshop in the capital, stakeholders from the government and Japan’s Kyushu University skirted... continue
Phak Seangly and Laignee Barron
Cambodian political analysts said Prime Minister Hun Sen needs to make "serious and deep reforms" over the next five years to restore his popularity after his party survived with a slim majority in July's disputed general election. ... Sok Touch, deputy director of the Royal Academy of Cambodia's International Relations Institute, attributed the falling popularity of Hun Sen and his party... continue
An investigation by BBC news program Panorama into the misuse of Global Fund aid to Cambodia has claimed that the Fund “watered down” a report released last month, which exposed a network of corruption in Cambodia’s health sector. ...
But Panorama, which obtained a leaked copy of the original internal Global Fund investigation, reported yesterday that a number of allegations... continue
The privately-operated International Ship Registry of Cambodia (ISROC), a South Korea-based company that owns the rights to register foreign vessels under the Cambodian flag, told ship owners last year that it was not monitoring their observance of international maritime laws, and that it was their own responsibility to ensure compliance. The European Commission (E.C.) warned the Cambodian government in November last... continue
Cambodia has the dubious distinction of coming in third place in a survey released this week purporting to measure countries’ suffering.
In the well-being poll compiled by US research company Gallup, more than a third of Cambodian respondents rated their quality of life as abysmally low, more than in Haiti, Syria and Afghanistan.
According to telephone... continue
About 300 cubic metres of luxury timber is being felled every day and transported on boats to Vietnam and Thailand from four districts in Koh Kong province, according to an investigation by a local rights group.
Chea Hean, director of the Natural Resource and Wildlife Preservation Organization (NRWPO), said the investigation into logging in Kiri Sakor, Koh... continue
Phnom Penh commuters fed up with navigating the city’s increasingly busy streets will have a chance to test a new public bus service beginning in February.
Phnom Penh Municipality spokesman Long Dimanche yesterday confirmed a one-month trial of a bus service along a 7.5-kilometre route running from Monivong Boulevard to Chbar Ampov Market.
Dimanche said ticket... continue
In their final deployment as part of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s national land-titling program, 55 student youth volunteers will be sent to measure 50,000 hectares of land following a nearly six-month moratorium on the program. The deployment was officially launched at a ceremony in Kandal province yesterday by Hun Manith, the prime minister’s middle son. So far, the volunteers have measured about... continue
Cambodia celebrated its 15th annual Cambodia Day of Persons with Disabilities and the 31st annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on Tuesday at the Phnom Penh Cultural Center. Prime Minister Hun Sen attended the event themed, "Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all". He urged all citizens to provide social concessions to those with disabilities for... continue
The Cambodia Herald News Staff
Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said Tuesday that the country will expedite overland boundary demarcation with Cambodia and expects to fully complete the process by 2015. Speaking at a meeting with Cambodian Parliament Chief Heng Samrin, Nhan said that so far, the two countries have completed about 75 percent of the border demarcation. ... Cambodia shares 1,270 km of border... continue
Xinhuanet News Staff
A nearly four-month strike, punctuated by a violent clash between unionists and police that left one bystander dead, could come to an end this afternoon.
Officials from SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Ltd and the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) – which represents a large majority of factory employees – are scheduled to meet at... continue
Sean Teehan and Mom Kunthear
The website of the International Ship Registry of Cambodia (ISROC), a private company based in South Korea that bought the rights from the government to register foreign vessels under the Cambodian national flag for $6 million, is no longer operating. The shutdown means that foreign vessels now cannot be registered within 24 hours—as the ISROC company boasted last week—by simply filling... continue
Global Witness, a United Kingdom-based NGO, has alleged that Deutsche Bank has dropped the majority of its holdings in a Vietnamese company that operates rubber plantations in Cambodia, amid accusations the firm is involved in land grabbing and illegal logging.
In a statement released today, Global Witness says the German banking giant has informed the NGO that... continue
Banteay Meanchey province’s former governor got a surprise Monday when he attended a ceremony in Phnom Penh expecting to receive a donation of 200 power tillers from Chinese officials, but received eight small water pumps instead. ... Former Banteay Meanchey governor Oung Oeun and the governor of China’s Yunnan province, Li Jiheng, met earlier this year, and the province has since... continue
Air China has started to operate direct flights between China's Beijing and Cambodia's Siem Reap province, aiming at further promoting tourism and economic ties. Its first flight landed at the Siem Reap International Airport at Sunday night with 115 passengers onboard. ... Cambodia greeted 339,890 Chinese tourists in the first nine months of this year, up 45 percent year-on-year, making China... continue
Asean-China-Center News Staff