Thursday, 30 October 2014

Economy

Poor Electricity and Labor Force Hurting Economy, Report Says

In this Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 photo, linemen are silhouetted as they work to restore electrical power, at an electric pole in Krang Thnong at the outskirt of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

28 October 2014
Intermittent electricity, informal payments and a low-skill labor force are all major constraints to doing business in Cambodia, the report says. More

‘Promising’ Climate After Political Deal, Investors Say

But analysts say Cambodia's long-term attractiveness to US investors will depend on long-promised reforms, particularly in education, energy security and anti-corruption.

Washington State Senator Sees Business Potential in Cambodia

Sen. Don Benton, from Washington state, told VOA Khmer that Cambodia has many business opportunities, compared to other Asean countries.

Video Illegal Logging Ravaging the Last Forests, Activists Say

Forestry activists say at least 55,000 tons of luxury wood has been sent from Cambodia to China this year alone.

More Negotiations Planned Ahead of Minimum Wage Decision

Major brands who source from Cambodia have meanwhile begun to push for fair conditions and wages for factory labor.

Kerry Touts Greater Asean Economic Potential

John Kerry speech marked the 30th anniversary of the US-Asean Business Council and comes as Asean is moving toward economic integration in 2015.

Video Protesters March for World Habitat Day

More than 1,000 people marched on the National Assembly on Monday, many of them displaced from land disputes, to mark World Habitat Day.

US Retailers Say They Support a Living Wage for Workers

Workers have begun midday strikes in support of a wage increase to $177 per month, an amount factories have said they cannot afford.

Video Cambodia Foreign Minister Previews Upcoming UN Speech

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong is slated to deliver a speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York.

Photogallery Phnom Penh's White Building: The People (Part 2)

A general view of daily activities of residents at Phnom Penh's White Building on Friday, September 5, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

Unions Want Foreign Buyers To Support Calls for Higher Wages

The unions want a raise for workers to $177 per month, to keep up with the higher costs of living in Cambodia.

Photogallery Phnom Penh's White Building: The “Building” (Part 1)

A general view of Phnom Penh's White Building, known locally as the "Building" and its residents on Friday, September 5, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

Unions Prepare Workers To Protest Over Minimum Wage

Protesting workers say they need around $177 a month as a minimum wage to keep up with the increased cost of living in Cambodia.

Century 21 Opens With Aims of Improving Real Estate Sector

With more than 7,000 affiliated offices in 75 countries, Century 21 offers training on real estate to more than 38,000 real estate agents worldwide, according to the company.

Video Short Film Depicts Difficulties for Fishing Families

A new program by Conservation International has given people new methods for fishing—and saving money. VOA Khmer's Men Kimseng interviews John Martin, producer of the CI's visual story telling unit, who filmed Ros Sophy and her family on his recent visit to Cambodia.

Video US To Continue Regular Talks on South China Sea, Diplomat Says

A senior US diplomat says the US will continue to have discussions with claimants in the South China Sea dispute.

Photogallery Forum Focuses on Sustainable Cambodia

Representatives from the government, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders gathered in the forum about sustainable development in Cambodia, organized by the Enrich Institute. The forum was held at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center with the financial support from the the Asia Foundation, the Voice of America and others. (Photo: Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer )

Economic Growth Has Come at High Cost, Experts Warn

Representatives from the government, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders gathered in the forum to discuss issues facing Cambodian development.

Asean Integration Could Mean Lots of Growth, Report Says

The country’s GDP could rise by 19.9 percent by 2025, according to the report, published by the International Labor Organization and the Asian Development Bank.

Chevron To Sell Shares of Cambodian Offshore Oil and Gas

Chevron has had those shares for 12 years, but failed to reach a deal with the government over extraction.

Thai Sugar Company Accused of Rights Abuse in Cambodia

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand recently investigated allegations that villagers were forced from their homes to make way for three plantations companies.

Questions Over Release of Kidney Trafficking Suspects

All nine were arrested Saturday and accused of trafficking organs from the Preah Ket Mealea Military Hospital.

New Association Seeks To Improve Rice Market

Before the Cambodian Rice Federation was created, 84 companies and three associations were in operation for the collection, production and export of rice.

Video Cambodian Metalwork in Good Business for Tourists' Souvenirs

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Video South China Sea Disputes Expected to Lead US-China Talks

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EU Ban on Cambodian Fish Remains in Place

The ban, instituted in early 2013, has hurt potential fish exports to a potentially lucrative trade partner.

Video Cambodian Minister Vows 'Meaningful' Reforms to US Investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol has concluded a trade mission to the United States during which he emphasized his government's willingness to make "deep" reforms to improve its investment climate. VOA's Sophat Soeung spoke with the minister and has this report.

Video Commerce Minister Discusses ‘Meaningful’ Reforms

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol last week concluded a trade mission in the United States, by emphasizing his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms, including serious anti-corruption efforts, to improve its investment climate.

Fishers Report Rampant Corruption, Major Depletion of Fisheries

Fish are the main source of protein for many Cambodians, who consume about 63 kilograms of fish per year.

Video Cambodian Minister Vows ‘Meaningful’ Reforms to US Investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol has concluded a trade mission to the United States during which he emphasized his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms to improve its investment climate. VOA's Sophat Soeung spoke with the minister and has this report.

Video Commerce Minister Vows ‘Meaningful’ Reforms to US Investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol concluded a trade mission in the United States this week, emphasizing his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms to improve its investment climate.

Commerce Minister Vows ‘Meaningful’ Reforms to US Investors

Minister Sun Chanthol admitted that the new-found political will is due to last year’s general election.

Video Short Film Depicts Difficulties for Fishing Families

Conservation International has given people new methods for fishing—and saving money.

Video Cambodia Workers Exodus Hits 220,000

The number of Cambodians fleeing Thailand has soared to more than 200,000 and while Phnom Penh accuses Thailand's new military rulers of sparking the flight of migrant workers the junta says it is not cracking down on illegal immigrants. (AFP)

Cambodian Goods Lagging as Asean Integration Looms

The regional bloc wants to integrate into a economic unit, where workers and goods can move freely within the borders of its 10 nation states.

Video Film Explores Ways To Save the Tonle Sap’s Fish

Conservation International, an environmental organization, has recently finished a film titled “Field Chronicles Tonle Sap: Securing Food for Millions.”

Cambodia’s Workers Falling Behind in Skills, Jobs

A new World Bank report says Cambodia’s labor force lacks the skills to advance the country’s economy, even as an increasing number of young people enter the labor market.

Video Cambodian Workers Flees Thailand Despite Efforts to Defuse Rumors of Crackdown

Cambodians working in Thailand continued to flee the country on Wednesday in a chaotic exodus that appears to be driven by fears of a crackdown on illegal foreign laborers by the military junta that seized power in Thailand last month. (Reuters)

Thailand Says Legal Cambodian Workers Can Return

Officials said Tuesday that nearly 200,000 Cambodians have fled Thailand or been forcibly removed by Thai security forces in the wake of a May 22 coup there.

Challenges, Opportunities in Worker Exodus from Thailand

An estimated 440,000 Cambodians were working in Thailand, many of them illegally, according to government statistics.

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A Student Killed in Firework Mishap in King's Coronation Ceremonyi
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29 October 2014
Thousand of people gathered in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Wednesday October 29 to attend a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni coronation, unfortunately a student were killed and seven were injured in the firework mishap. Pin Sisovann, VOA Khmer

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Let the Cat out of the Bag (Movie: My Sister's Keeper)i
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27 October 2014
You can say, "I'm so mad at you. I can't believe you 'let the cat out of the bag'. I can't believe you told him I have a crush on him. How could you?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish or www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Let the Cat out of the Bag (Movie: My Sister's Keeper)

You can say, "I'm so mad at you. I can't believe you 'let the cat out of the bag'. I can't believe you told him I have a crush on him. How could you?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.
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Video Face the Music (Movie: Yes Man)

You can say, "You lied, and lied, but this time you got caught. It's time you 'face the music'. It's time you confess and tell the truth." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Hit the Nail on the Head (Movie: Inside Job)

You can say, "The professor 'hit the nail on the head' when she said, that we cannot demand respect, respect must be earned and not given freely." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish or www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori. To contact Mani & Mori
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Video Speak of the Devil (Movie: Easy A)

You can say, "Speaking of the devil, there she is! Hey, we were just talking about you a moment ago." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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