NA ‘more dictatorial’: Comfrel chides legislature in report on Cambodia’s democracy

Cambodian electoral watchdog Comfrel has released a damning new report on the state of democracy in the Kingdom, saying political dialogue has dwindled to detrimental levels and describing the National Assembly as “dysfunctional”.


Border row amid state visit by Laos

Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith is expected to arrive in Phnom Penh today for a state visit to the Kingdom. Meanwhile 600 kilometres away, Cambodian and Lao troops remain in a stand-off after a territorial dispute over a Cambodian-built road near the countries’ border.


JC airlines is almost ready to fly

With its operating licence almost in the bag, JC International Airlines is gearing up to launch passenger service next month with two aircraft and an ambitious expansion plan.


CSX developing app for securities trading

A new online trading platform is being developed to spur interest in Cambodia’s sleepy stock market by allowing traders to access the exchange remotely via software compatible with smartphones, a bourse spokesman said yesterday.


Villagers call on government amid water shortage

Villagers living in two drought-afflicted Banteay Meanchey districts appealed to authorities to distribute water yesterday, though officials claim the situation is not yet severe enough to warrant it.


Factors combine to abet resistant malaria strains

A cocktail of factors, from financial to supernatural, are affecting the way Cambodians seek malaria treatment, with mistreated cases potentially leading to the spread of resistant strains, a new study has found.


Rainsy still face of the CNRP

Sam Rainsy may have resigned from the Cambodia National Rescue Party, but he appears set to remain the face of the party – quite literally – for the foreseeable future.


Koh Kong man killed changing bank’s logo

A Koh Kong resident was electrocuted on Monday evening as he attempted to take down the commercial logo of Acleda Bank – something happening at branches nationwide after the Council of Ministers last week ordered the bank to change its logo, citing its similarity to that of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.


Emirates set to launch flights to Phnom Penh

Emirates Airlines will expand its presence in Cambodia by launching a daily passenger flight between Dubai and Phnom Penh, with a stopover in Yangon, as part of the Dubai-based carrier’s push into the region.


Women’s issues need gov’t urgency: NGOs

Cambodia's Ministry of Women’s Affairs is stepping up its efforts to ensure victims of gender-based violence get justice, ministry officials said during a presentation of their annual report yesterday. But some activists counter that the ministry could do more.


Korean investor mulls cashew nut exports

Minister of Agriculture Veng Sokhon met yesterday with representatives of South Korean firm Hwashin Construction Co Ltd to discuss a potential investment of $200 million in cashew nut exporting and an irrigation system, a ministry official said.


Mass fainting hits factory a second time

Eighty workers at Ly Quiang Corp garment factory fainted yesterday in Kampong Cham’s Batheay district after inhaling pesticide used at a nearby farm, the National Social Security Fund said, the second such incident there in the past three months.


Cluster model to entice SEZ investors

Kerry WorldBridge Logistics SEZ, which is developing a 63-hectare industrial park and free trade zone 17 kilometres south of the capital in Kandal province, has taken on a new partner to design and create an “industry and technology cluster” aimed at attracting non-garment manufacturing investment to its embryonic special economic zone (SEZ).


Government payroll to grow

The government will recruit more than 12,000 civil servants and teachers and an additional 20,000 service contractors for 2017, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Public Function.


Thai firm to energise Poipet industrial park

Poipet PPSEZ Co Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Phnom Penh SEZ Plc and operator of the soon to be completed Poipet Special Economic Zone (Poipet PPSEZ), signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday with a leading Thai energy provider to supply power to the 66-hectare industrial park.


Ex-nurse sought after man dies under care

A retired nurse who allegedly continued to practice medicine without a licence may now be facing a criminal charges after one of his patients died in Svay Rieng on Saturday.


Champion investors reveal stock strategies

The Cambodian Securities Exchange (CSX) officially awarded each of the two winners of its My First Stock trading competition an 8,000,000 riel ($2,000) cash prize yesterday.


Kampong Thom top cop slams claims

Six police officials in Kampong Thom province have sent a letter to Interior Minister Sar Kheng accusing the provincial police chief and two others of selling promotions, a charge the chief denied yesterday while promising to “hurt them back” for what he characterised as an effort to oust him from his post.


Gov’t approves coastal 135MW coal-fired plant

The government has approved an additional 135-megawatt coal-fired plant to be built in Preah Sihanouk province, a Ministry of Mines and Energy representative said yesterday.


Scavengers find corpse wrapped in plastic

Scavengers on Monday discovered a body 1 kilometre from Otres Beach in Preah Sihanouk province, with a police autopsy revealing the man had been killed in brutal manner.


Bank ordered to replace its logo

ACLEDA Bank, Cambodia’s largest bank in terms of assets, will have to shell out millions in the next three weeks to comply with a Council of Ministers decision last Friday that the private financial institution must redesign and replace its logo on all company materials and products to differentiate itself from the Ministry of Economy and Finance, a senior bank executive said yesterday.


Official ordered to return land

The Ministry of Environment has ordered that 23 hectares of land being used by the head of Mondulkiri’s Department of Rural Development be confiscated and returned to the local indigenous community, authorities confirmed yesterday.


At Blue Pumpkin, adapting to thrive

Blue Pumpkin, which began as a Siem Reap-based family business in 2000, has grown into one of the country’s most-recognised brands. The Post’s Matthieu de Gaudemar sat down with Eloi Courcoux, CEO of Meas Development Holding, which owns and operates the cafe and bakery chain, as well as other international franchises, to discuss the challenges of operating in a more crowded market.


Former Pheap timber depot razed in Stung Treng

A fire at a Stung Treng province warehouse, previously linked to timber tycoon Try Pheap, partially destroyed a timber stockpile housed there on Sunday.


Slowdown in port container traffic

The Kingdom’s two main ports reported markedly slower growth in container traffic last year due to a fall in import traffic, although exports of garments and agricultural products continued to rise, according to newly released port data.


Plans to excavate in capital dug up

A large-scale digging project is taking place in the capital in seeming direct contradiction of a longstanding government ban on the practice, a letter obtained by The Post and first-hand observation by reporters suggests.


Few takers for emergency rice loans

With the Kingdom’s main rice harvesting season wrapping up, just a fraction of a government emergency loan package that aimed at giving millers the liquidity they needed to purchase rice paddy during the harvest cycle has been disbursed, leaving the government and private sector divided on why.


Khmer Rouge tribunal interns push for pay

More than 30 United Nations interns at the Khmer Rouge tribunal staged a short-term “strike” yesterday in response to a call by the Global Intern Coalition for an end to the “exploitative and exclusionary” practice of unpaid internships.


Listed industrial park struggles to sell plots

Phnom Penh SEZ posted a 42.5 percent decline in consolidated revenue for 2016, which led to a sharp 65 percent decrease in net profit, according to its annual report released on the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) yesterday.