Population at notorious Prey Speu detention centre twice capacity, UN envoy says

Conditions at the notorious Prey Speu detention centre have deteriorated drastically in the past year, according to UN Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith, who yesterday said the number of detainees had swollen to more than 500 – nearly double the centre’s capacity.


Chinese nuclear pact in the works

Cambodia and China are close to inking an agreement that would bring the Kingdom another step closer to developing its own nuclear technology, officials said yesterday, although it would not be used initially to bolster its electricity production.


Pepper sector shaken by boom

The traditional supply chain dynamics for the renowned Kampot pepper are breaking down due to a market boom that has brought large-scale investment into pepper cultivation, while sidelining the small shareholders that rely on the benefits of being part of the association that represents them.


Bun Chhay pens public letter expressing his regret

The imprisoned former Co-Minister of Defence Nhek Bun Chhay issued a public letter yesterday expressing regret for his “wrong decisions” that he says harmed Prime Minister Hun Sen and led to members of his own party being stripped of their government positions.


Hun Sen announces ‘new’ brigade

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday announced the formation of a “new” infantry brigade in Stung Treng and the deployment of naval assets to the province following recent border frictions with Laos in the area.


NBC unveils online trading platform

In order to promote interbank transactions and lending, the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) will officially launch a new online platform tomorrow which allows financial operators to apply for and trade the central bank’s financial instruments like negotiable certificates of deposits (NCDs), liquidity-providing collateralised operations (LPCOs) and currency.


Cooperation on environmental code lagging

The ambitious environmental code Cambodia plans to adopt by the end of this year would require cooperation among a group of ministries, but current efforts to get each on board have met difficulties.


CNRP commune chief fixes road after damage caused by flood prevention measures

A recently elected opposition commune chief, threatened with legal action for helping villagers build a canal to relieve flooding, has met a deadline imposed by provincial authorities to fix damage they say the excavation work inflicted upon an adjacent road built with donor funds.


Sihanoukville port shows solid growth for quarter two

Newly listed Sihanoukville Autonomous Port reported that total revenue for the second quarter of this year reached $13.3 million, a 5 percent increase compared to the same period last year, according to a filing yesterday on the Cambodia Securities Exchange.


Municipality monitoring pawn shops

Phnom Penh Governor Khoung Sreng said the municipality was half-way through a two-week crack-down on pawn shops in order to prevent the sale of stolen goods at the increasing number of second-hand establishments across the capital.


Firm edges closer to tapping Apsara oil field

Singapore-listed KrisEnergy Ltd, the company that holds a 95 percent stake in the Block A offshore oil field, is set to sign a petroleum agreement with the Cambodian government next week that could see it finally tapping into the Kingdom’s Apsara oil field, a company filing said.


Kratie forestry officer moved up after filmed seeking bribes

A Forestry Administration officer in Kratie’s Chhlong district was transferred to the provincial level on Tuesday after he was filmed asking for bribes from people illegally transporting logged trees for use as stakes on pepper farms, an official said yesterday.


Capital’s port shows profit growth for H1

The capital’s listed port operator, Phnom Penh Autonomous Port (PPAP), reported net profits of $1.6 million for the first half of 2017, a 2.5 percent increase compared to the same period last year.


Caution urged after man killed by lightning while fishing

A 29-year-old man was killed by lightning while he and his father were fishing in the open sea in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district on Tuesday afternoon.


Garment maker GTI posts falling numbers

Taiwanese-owned garment manufacturer Grand Twins International (GTI) posted a 0.88 percent drop in revenue for the second quarter this year that led to net profits plummeting by 54 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a release on Cambodia Securities Exchange yesterday.


Police nab over 200 Chinese in VoIP raid

Police yesterday arrested over 200 Chinese nationals from a condominium in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak II commune for their alleged involvement in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam, the National Police announced yesterday.


Figures suffer at city’s industrial park operator

Industrial park operator Phnom Penh SEZ posted nearly a $2 million decrease in revenue for the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, with only 1.1 hectares of land sold across the group’s properties, according to a release on Cambodia Securities Exchange yesterday.


Son of late prisons chief at large despite sentence

The son of the former head of the Prisons Department remains at large after he was sentenced to one year behind bars on Tuesday for circulating explicit pictures of his ex-girlfriend, singer Vanny La.


Consumer credit growth tapers off

Consumer credit in Cambodia continued to grow during the second quarter of this year, although at a more moderate pace with loan applications decreasing, according to the latest report from the Credit Bureau Cambodia (CBC).


NEC to begin registering voters it missed for 2017

The National Election Committee said it will aim to register around 1.4 million of the nearly 2 million eligible voters it was unable to get on voter rolls last year, though the body’s chairman, Sik Bun Hok, refused to address yesterday whether the process would be facilitated for migrant workers.


JC Airlines adds fourth jet to a growing fleet

JC International Airlines received its fourth Airbus A320 yesterday, with one more Airbus set to arrive this year before the company more than doubles its aircraft lineup in 2018, the brand manager for the airline said yesterday.


Despite ban, timber exports to Vietnam nearing 2016 total

Cambodian timber exports to Vietnam over the first six months of the year have almost surpassed the total amount for all of last year, according to Vietnamese customs data, despite an existing ban on the trade – which one analyst said had “entirely failed” in light of the continuing multimillion-dollar trade.


Yunnan lays out plan for airport in Siem Reap

Yunnan Investment Holdings Ltd (YIHL), the Chinese state-run company that plans to build Siem Reap’s new international airport, will begin construction next year and over the course of three phases, Sinn Chanserey Vutha, spokesman of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, confirmed yesterday.


Vigil held for imprisoned activist Tep Vanny

Boueng Kak lake residents yesterday held a candlelight vigil to mark one year since fellow activist Tep Vanny was detained by law enforcement for holding a cursing ceremony at the same location.


Report shows need for Cambodia to diversify exports

Global credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Services said yesterday that while it has retained Cambodia’s B2/stable sovereign rating alongside Vietnam’s B1/positive rating, the Kingdom’s low diversification of exports has put it at higher risk from external shocks than its eastern neighbour.


KPP leaders set to meet officials over status

Leaders of the Khmer Power Party will meet Interior Ministry officials today to discuss the legal status of the party following the arrest of their leader and a police raid on their headquarters on suspicions of their links to an alleged terrorist group.


Cellcard service beats out rivals: OpenSignal analysis

A recent analysis of Cambodia’s top three cellular service providers conducted by OpenSignal, a wireless coverage mapping company, suggests that CamGSM’s Cellcard is the highest-performing cellular provider in Cambodia, receiving more recognition for its services than either Viettel’s Metfone or Smart Axiata.


Body of police officer stationed at Cambodia-Laos border found in Sekong River

The body of a policeman stationed at the Cambodia-Laos border, where last week a standoff between the countries’ soldiers nearly escalated, was found on Monday in the Sekong River, two days after he had gone missing.


Thai trade grows on increasing imports

Trade between Cambodia and Thailand reached $2.9 billion in the first half the year, a 10 percent increase compared to the same period in 2016, according to statistics from the Thai Embassy in Cambodia.