As CPP marks 66th anniversary, Hun Sen takes opportunity to accuse CNRP

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday used the 66th anniversary of his ruling party’s creation to order an investigation into a group of election monitors and call for more changes to the Law on Political Parties to further alienate ex-opposition leader Sam Rainsy.


ADB turns the spotlight on solar power for Cambodia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced a collaboration with Cambodia’s state electricity provider to set up a 100-megawatt national solar-park programme that when completed would represent the largest solar production capacity in the country.


Capital’s new governor arrives swinging

Khoung Sreng was sworn in as the new governor of Phnom Penh yesterday, wasting little time before sending a warning that he will act against “ill-intentioned” people in the city, with Interior Minister Sar Kheng pledging at the event that recent commune election successes of the opposition would be kept in check by the local government.


Phnom Penh air quality levels disputed

The first readings of the capital’s PM2.5 concentration, a major indicator of air quality, show that levels of the harmful particulates are “still low”, said Thiv Sophearith, chief of the Ministry of Environment’s Air Quality, Noise and Vibration Office, though an environmental specialist yesterday challenged how representative the readings were.


Australian filmmaker questioned

An Australian filmmaker jailed for alleged espionage in Cambodia claimed he was arrested without a warrant yesterday, as he was hauled to court for questioning.


UK to maintain Cambodia’s duty-free access

The British government has attempted to assuage the fears of least developed countries (LDCs) including Cambodia by assuring them that they will retain their trade privileges to the United Kingdom following the country’s exit from the European Union, something the International Labour Organization (ILO) has warned could put Cambodia’s critical garment and footwear industry on shaky footing.


Opposition name smeared by ruling party

The ruling party seems to have a new target in its campaign to criticise the opposition party, taking aim at the very name of the Cambodia National Rescue Party.


Monks who protested arrest of fellow monk ‘under watch’

Activist monks in Battambang who protested the arrest last week of fellow monk Horn Sophanny are claiming they are under surveillance by plainclothes officials in a bid to intimidate them.


GDT officials work on tax treaty with Hong Kong

Cambodian tax officials met with their counterparts in Hong Kong last week as part of the first round of discussions for drafting a double taxation agreement (DTA) aimed at preventing dual taxation and fiscal evasion, the General Department of Taxation (GDT) said yesterday in a press release.


Three of the ‘Adhoc 5’ denied medical care

Thirty-three civil society groups yesterday issued a joint statement criticising restrictions placed on medical care available to three of the jailed “Adhoc 5”, saying doctors from Licadho had been prevented from visiting them since April and that their illnesses had grown worse in that time.


Thai paintmaker plans IPO for local factory

A Thai paint manufacturer preparing to open its first factory in Cambodia announced that it will launch an initial public offering on Thailand’s stock exchange to raise funds for its expansion into Cambodia, Indonesia and Myanmar, according to a Thai media report.


Battambang teenager is year’s 48th victim of lightning

A 14-year-old boy from Battambang was struck and killed by lightning in Sangke district on Tuesday afternoon as he was walking to tend to his parents’ rice field with his three siblings, local authorities said yesterday.


QR codes could prove to be a digital alternative to cash for Cambodia

Global payments giant Visa is the first international financial firm to announce the roll out of a payment solution in Cambodia for quick response codes, or QR codes, those pixelated black and white squares designed to be read by a smartphone camera that have begun popping up at retail outlets throughout the capital.


Rice farmers dig canals to fight floods

Farmer in Prey Veng’s Svay Antor and Pea Reang and Kanh Chriech districts began digging canals this week to save their rice fields from heavy rains.


Cassava prices hit a new low

Cassava prices in Cambodia experienced a sharp drop this month leading to heavy losses for smallholder farmers unable to quickly switch to more profitable crops and recoup their mounting losses, a provincial agriculture official said yesterday.


It’s been a while, crocodile: Eggs discovered in Koh Kong

The Wildlife Conservation Society has made its first discovery of Siamese crocodile eggs on the Sre Ambel River in Koh Kong province in six years, it announced yesterday in a statement.


Flexibility measures weighed for CSX

Cambodia's capital market regulator will meet soon to discuss a proposal to permit market orders for trading stocks on the Kingdom’s bourse, a move that would give investors more flexibility when buying or selling shares, officials have said.


Police collusion? Complaint filed against Kandal cops

Two police officials – one the deputy police chief of Kandal’s Takhmao town and the son of Provincial Police Chief Eav Chamroeun – are the subject of a complaint filed with the Ministry of Interior by three people who allege they might have colluded to prevent the three from filing a complaint after they fell victims of a crime.


Central bank shared switch due to launch in July

The central bank hopes to launch its central shared switch mechanism next month after a trial run that has already connected the account records of three of the Kingdom’s leading financial institutions, allowing them to operate ATM and point-of-sale (POS) terminals in tandem, according to a banking official.


Former SRP politician held over ‘incitement’

A former opposition second deputy commune chief in Sihanoukville was taken into custody and sent to pre-trial detention yesterday for allegedly inciting villagers at the area’s Kbal Chhay waterfall to clear and occupy state land.


CEO seeks to convert Naga capital to stock

Chen Lip Keong, CEO of NagaCorp Ltd, announced that he would seek to transfer his personal investment of $369 million used for the development of Naga 2 and NagaCity Walk in a concurrent conversion of bonds, according to a filing by the company.


Drug war fuels crowding, health concerns

With authorities expressing a desire to extend the Kingdom’s controversial drug war beyond its six-month window, observers say an outbreak of respiratory illness among prisoners in Kampong Speu’s provincial prison last week has underscored the medical pressures created by an ongoing prison overcrowding crisis.


GTI to dole out $1M in dividends to investors

Grand Twins International (GTI) will distribute a cash dividend of 4 billion riel ($1 million), or 100 riel per share, to its shareholders for its 2016 operations, the listed Taiwanese-owned garment manufacturer said in a filing to the CSX last Friday.


CNRP claims local TV biased

The ruling party and the Cambodian Television Association (CTA) have reacted to the opposition’s accusations of bias in local televised media by claiming that the Cambodia National Rescue Party simply did not exercise its rights to buy advertising airtime.


Government OKs four firms for local mineral mining

The Ministry of Mines and Energy announced that it has granted licences to four different mining companies to explore for potential mineral resources in Kratie, Kampong Thom, Mondulkiri and Kampot.


Government eyeing low-cost housing

An estimated 7.9 million people in Cambodia will be living in urban areas by 2030, up from 4.5 million in 2014, with officials at a forum on national housing yesterday announcing ambitious plans to meet the demand for some 55,000 affordable new homes each year.


New rules for digital payments

The central bank has issued new regulations governing the licensing of payment services providers (PSPs), requiring that all firms providing online services to accept electronic payments have at least $2 million in registered capital, a move expected to increase the stability of the sector and encourage the consolidation of its smaller players.


Khmer Rouge atrocities ‘not a lie’: Deputy PM tells of personal hardships at launch of documentation centre

Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin yesterday opened up about the hardship he experienced under the Khmer Rouge, telling students at the inauguration of the Legal Documentation Centre (LDC) yesterday that the Cambodian tragedy was “not a lie”.


Smooth sailing for port’s IPO

Earlier this month Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS) became the fifth listed firm on the Cambodian Securities Exchange (CSX) following an initial public offering that raised $27 million. The Post’s Brian Ng sat down with Shuzo Shikata, CEO of SBI Royal Securities (SBIR), the sole underwriter of the IPO, to discuss the state-owned port operator’s journey to becoming a public listed company.