News Summary for (06-10-2016)

Bush Meat Seized in Market

police-search-the-con-scated-bush-meatMore than 100 kilograms of bush meat has been seized from vendors selling it at a market in Stung Treng province.

Provincial Forestry Administration official Hun Sam Oeurn said his officials cooperated with military police to crack down on bush meat trafficking in the market.

Mr. Sam Oeurn said the seized items included 2.7 kilograms of dried monkey meat, 72 kilograms of wild pig, 27 kilograms of deer, three kilograms of dried deer meat, three dried lorises and eight porcupine stomachs.

Sokha leaves CNRP HQ to register, raising hopes of thaw

an-official-processes-the-paperwork-for-kem-sokhas-centre-voter-registration-yesterday-morning-in-phnom-penhs-meanchey-districtAfter four months hiding inside CNRP headquarters to avoid arrest, deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha briefly emerged from his sanctuary yesterday to register to vote, telling supporters he believed months of rising political tensions were starting to dissipate.

Sokha had not left the party’s headquarters since May 26, when armed police tried to arrest him for failing to appear in court over an alleged mistress, and Prime Minister Hun Sen had been peppering him with threats about his fate if he was ever nabbed.

‘Footloose’ Garment Sector Continues to Drive Growth

women-work-at-a-garment-factory-in-phnom-penh-earlier-this-monthDespite an onset of risks—the uncertainty of upcoming elections, a looming E.U.-Vietnam free-trade deal and a rising U.S. dollar—the immediate outlook for Cambodia’s economy remains bright, a World Bank report released on Wednesday says.

But the country will have to address looming challenges now in order to remain competitive in the future, said economists presenting the report.

ADB to muscle up its lending with pledge of $1B

workers-construct-a-section-of-the-road-on-the-southern-outskirts-of-phnom-penh-in-2014Cambodia could receive over $1 billion in developmental aid and grant funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the coming four years as the multilateral financial institution consolidates its lending arms and scales up operations across the region – a move that some analysts see as a response to China’s newly-formed international lending institution.

Addressing a forum yesterday to mark 25 years since the ADB commenced activities in Cambodia, Samiuela Tukuafu, the bank’s country director, said the ADB was restructuring to meet the region’s many macroeconomic challenges, such as increasing mechanisation across traditional supply chains.

Teachers Demand Higher Wages

teachers-protest-yesterday-in-freedom-park-for-higher-wagesThe Cambodian Independent Teacher Association (CITA), along with about 100 teachers from various provinces, gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh yesterday to mark International Teachers’ Day and demanded the government further increase their minimum wage to at least $370, not including additional bonuses.

CITA acting director Ouk Chhayavy said the government needed to be aware that teachers were struggling to get by on their current salaries, with some being forced to take second jobs to survive.

Massive Security Deployment Planned for President Xi’s Visit to Cambodia

chinese-president-xi-jinping-inspects-an-honor-guard-at-the-great-hall-of-the-people-in-beijing-last-monthA mixed force of 7,000 military and security personnel will be deployed to protect Chinese President Xi Jinping when he visits Cambodia later this month for his first visit since coming to power, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

The security arrangements will be even greater than what was mustered for U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders during their 2012 visit for the Asean Summit in Phnom Penh, said National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith.

Flood Warnings for Up to 10 Provinces

street-in-phnom-penh-after-heavy-rain-this-weekThe Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has warned people in 10 provinces across the country to be wary of floods as above-average rain is expected to hit the nation next week.

In its announcement, the ministry listed Rattanakiri, Mondulkiri, Stung Treng, Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey, Kampong Thom, Kampong Speu, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap and Battambang as provinces likely to experience heavy rainfall from Sunday to Thursday.

Opposition return to National Assembly ‘likely’ on Friday

cambodia-national-rescue-party-members-and-kem-sokha-third-left-attend-a-parliamentary-session-at-the-national-assembly-in-phnom-penh-last-yearThe Cambodia National Rescue Party looks set to join the National Assembly’s plenary session on Friday, party insiders said yesterday; though an official CNRP spokesman stopped short of confirming his colleagues would be in attendance.

After a meeting of the CNRP’s permanent committee yesterday, party spokesman Yem Ponhearith said CNRP parliamentarians were considering ending their boycott of the legislature, but they would “wait and see” about the political situation first.


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