Floodwaters in Cambodia continues to rise on Tuesday in the provinces along the Mekong river and in Phnom Penh, killing at least 30 people. Meteorology officials have voiced concerns that floods in some parts of the country could reach the levels of the ones in 1996, which claimed almost 170 lives and affected more than a million Cambodians nationwide. (Reuters)
About 5,000 garment workers in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh protest at city hall asking the mayor to press their company over pay dispute. Workers from SL 1 and SL 2 garment factories, mostly women, marched the route of about 6 km to city hall where they blocked the road on Thursday. They demand a raise and bonus payment. (Reuters)
Cambodia’s small and medium-size enterprises (SME) faces various challenges ranging from difficulty in obtaining loans to competitive advantages in the ASEAN region. Thy Hourn of International Finance Corporation talks to Im Sothearith of VOA about SME development in Cambodia and its potential challenges during the ASEAN economic integration in 2015.
Thousands of people have been evicted from their homes to make way for a Chinese development in Koh Kong province. But some of the families have returned to their land, leaving a relocation site they say was insufficient for their needs. Meanwhile, work continues on the massive development, undertaken by the Chinese Union Development Group, to build a resort and casino on some 36,000 hectares of land along the pristine coast. Second of a two-part series. (Say Mony, Koh Kong province)
Thousands of families in the remote coastal province of Koh Kong have been evicted or are facing eviction in the face of a Chinese resort development project. Some families have moved unwillingly to relocation sites. Some are refusing to leave, setting the stage for another land dispute. The families are facing eviction from a 36,000-hectare resort development by the Chinese Union Development Group, which holds a 99-year lease on the land. Chinese hydrodam developments have already damaged major parts of Koh Kong, home to the Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia’s richest source of biodiversity. The resort adds to the difficulties facing residents of the province, which has also seen major evictions and disputes rising from the growth of a massive sugar plantation. Part one of a two-part series. (Say Mony, Koh Kong)