Wednesday, 02 September 2015

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Cambodian Red Cross Opens Luxury Hotel in Remote Province

Cambodian Red Cross head Bun Rany Hun Sen gives a speech during ceremonies held ahead of the May 8 World Red Cross Day and Red Crescent Day in Phnom Penh, file photo. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

01 September 2015
The Green Tel Palace, located in Preah Vihear, has six stories and 80 rooms and took three years to build. More

Video Australia Says Deal to Send More Refugees to Cambodia Still On

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Goal of 1 Million Tons of Rice Export Unlikely

Experts blame a lack of capital, which means not enough rice in its husk can be bought and stored before it’s processed.

Video Cambodia Seeks Closer Trade Ties to US

Cambodia hopes to bring its ties with the US to another level, with a main focus on trade, demining and cultural exchange, Cambodian Ambassador Chum Bun Rong, who is new to his post, tells VOA Khmer in an exclusive interview.

Beer Company Agrees To Compensation for Fired Workers

A former Budweiser beer promoter confirmed she had received $500 in compensation from the company.

In Northeast, One Company Controls Nearly All Illegal Logging: Report

Try Pheap representatives declined to comment on the report, which gives extensive descriptions of the companies operations.

New Global Development Agenda Lacks Accountability, Activists Say

The Cambodian government has not yet officially adopted the new goals, and officials at the Ministry of Planning declined to comment on them.

Factories Say They Can’t Raise Wages, as Workers Prepare To Strike

Workers say they need at least $177 per month to maintain a standard of living.

Across Asia, Rapid Economic Growth Threatens Biodiversity

Gathering of IUCN in Bangkok warns that unless countries in region can work together to better protect shrinking ecosystems, scores of plants and animals will face extinction.

Port at Sihanoukville Sees Growth in Imports, Exports

This year, 1.6 million tons of goods were imported in the first seven months; 607,000 tons were exported.

Asian Currencies, Stocks Drop on Yuan Devaluation

Yuan falls another 1.6 percent Wednesday after 2 percent drop Tuesday; other Asian governments may also be tempted to weaken their currencies to make their goods more attractive.

Cambodia Prepares for New Round of UN Development Goals

Cambodia has failed to meet a number of UN Millennium Development Goals, which were set out years ago and aimed at halving global poverty.

Adviser To Hun Sen Meets With Villagers in Koh Kong Land Dispute

Villagers in Koh Kong province are locked in a land dispute with a Chinese company as it tries to build a tourist hub worth billions of dollars.

Labor Leaders Want Draft Law on Unions Made Public

The garment industry employs some 600,000 people, but workers say a low monthly wage makes it impossible to make a living.

Beer Promoters To Demonstrate Over Unpaid Firing

A group of beer promoters plan to stage a demonstration Wednesday to demand payment for eight women who were fired by a beer company owned by a ruling party senator.

US Companies Eager to Reap Benefits of Asean Integration

Asia is one of regions in the world with the highest opportunity for growth, according to a 2014 trade forecast by the bank HSBC.

Factory Wages Remain a Potential Flashpoint for Workers

Unions say workers need at least $177 per month to make a living wage.

Labor Leaders Request Changes to Draft Law on Unions

An estimated 600,000 people are employed by garment manufacturing, a major economic driver for the country.

Transparency Watchdog Deals Discounts To Fight Corruption

Preap Kol said the initiative is to support government officials in their fight against corruption and is not meant as an “anti-government” program.

Video Pilot Project Using Software to Boost Rice Production Is Underway in Cambodia

Cambodia is a small country with big aspirations. By the end of 2015 it aims to become one of the world's major rice exporters - which means it will have to almost triple exports of milled rice in the next sixteen months.

IMF Expects Economic Growth of 7 Percent This Year

The IMF team suggested the government safeguard macro-financial stability, secure fiscal buffers, and promote competitiveness, diversification and inclusive growth.

Weak Institutions Hurting Cambodia’s Growth, Analyst Says

Strong political institutions are required for continued economic growth, but the capacity of Cambodia’s state institutions remains weak.

Asian Markets Turn Bearish on Greek Financial Crisis

A Saturday interest rate cut by Beijing failed to stem significant drops seen last week.

More Wage Negotiations Set, as Workers Maintain Demands

Cambodia’s garment and textile industry employs some 600,000 people and is a major driver of the country’s economy.

Rights Workers Want Transparency in Qatar Labor Recruitment

Qatar has been heavily criticized for rights abuses among laborers in the construction of stadiums and other facilities in preparation for the 2022 World Cup.

Mini-Documentaries Warn of Dangers of Human Trafficking

The two films were produced by USAID’s office to combat human trafficking and are being shown at the Bophana Center in the capital.

Labor Law Still Being Drafted, Despite Union Concerns

Labor leaders say the draft law to regulate unions is not meant to help workers at all, but will instead prevent fair wages and proper conditions in factories.

Labor Officials Defend Contentious Draft Law on Unions

Labor Ministry officials said Friday that a draft law, which could be wrapped up soon, will help support union organization.

Recruiters Hoping To Send Workers to Qatar

The Middle Eastern country is to host the World Cup in 2022, opening a potential labor opportunity for Cambodian workers.

Unions Pushing for Another Wage Increase

Union leaders say their workers need at least $177 per month in order to keep up with the rising cost of living, in an industry that employs some 600,000 people.

Recruitment Company Refunding Clients After Fraud Allegations

The company has returned about $400 each to nearly 50 workers, according to the rights group Adhoc.

Commerce Delegation Meets With U.S. Businesses

A delegation from Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce was in the US this week, seeking greater trade ties and deals with large corporations.

Cambodia Should Seek Regional Trade Deal, Economists Say

US President Barack Obama is working toward a Trans-pacific Partnership with many other countries, but economists say Cambodia should first focus closer to home.

In Siem Reap, a Hustle and Grind for Tourism Dollars

In Siem Reap, the number increased slightly, from 2.23 million in 2013 to 2.35 million in 2014.

Demand for Cambodian Coffee Outrunning Supply

The growth is due to government policies to promote local products and an effort to match neighboring Vietnam’s success with coffee.

Career Fair Aims To Help Students Choose Fruitful Job Paths

Cambodia has a young population: about 60 percent are under the age of 30. Each year, an estimated 250,000 people are in need of a job.

Video Expelled Environmentalist Remains Optimistic About Mother Nature Cambodia

Spanish outspoken environmentalist Alex Gonzalez has expressed his hope that some of those who visit Areng Valley will become activists to protect Cambodia’s remaining natural resources.

New Year Holiday Brought Millions of Dollars to Siem Reap, Officials Say

The three-day event ran last week, from Tuesday to Thursday, and included a concert, traditional Cambodian games, art shows, product fairs and dances.

ADB Audit Recommends Compensation for Those Hurt by Railroad Project

More than 4,000 families across four provinces and in Phnom Penh are now dealing with the loss of land, housing or businesses, since the government began to fix its railways, in 2006.

Youths Need More Skills To Thrive in Asean, Analyst Says

Asean’s 10 member countries are working toward creating a regional bloc that would open up a free flow of goods and services across the region, much of it by the end of this year.

40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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Australia Says Deal to Send More Refugees to Cambodia Still Oni
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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Monday denied a refugee deal with Cambodia had collapsed after Cambodian officials said Cambodian did not intend to accept any more refugees from a South Pacific detention centre under an agreement. Australia and Cambodia agreed last September that some refugees from Nauru would be resettled in Cambodia in exchange for Australian aid, but only four have arrived since then. Cambodian Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak told Reuters that they "have no plans to receive more refugees from Nauru." Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop denied the deal had collapsed. Pin Sisovann, VOA Khmer.

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