Economy and commerce

US senators raise Mekong dams

US senators are pushing for a resolution that would use US influence within the Mekong basin to ensure that the construction of hydroelectric dams, such as the Xayaburi dam in Laos, would meet exacting environmental standards. The resolution would not be law but rather policy ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011071150310/National-news/us-senators-raise-mekong-dams.html

Cambodia Security Exchange Launches

The Cambodia Security Exchange (CSX) has launched though trading has yet to begin. Government officials and investors are upbeat about the launch saying that it will spur economic growth. The chance for investment in Cambodia is said to have grown significantly since the advent of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011071150302/Business/stock-exchange-launches.html

Central Bank In Talks to Up Reserve Rate

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) is thinking of raising the reserve required for banking deposits. The aim is to slow inflation and lessen the chance of an economic meltdown. The NBC is considering raising the rate after inflation reached 6.5 percent in May compared ...

Government Aims to Increase Silk Production

Cambodia’s Agriculture Ministry has announced plans to increase the annual production of silk from 4 tons to 400 tons by 2020. Cambodia primarily relies on silk from Vietnam and China. The project is entitled the Silk Rehabilitation Project and is funded by the UN Food ...

Bank Predicts 6.8% Economic Growth in 2012

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released figures which show they believe that the Cambodian economy will grow between 6.8 and 7 percent in 2013 and 6.8 percent in 2012. Their reporting sites the growth in the Cambodian garment industry as a major factor. The ...

Borei Keila Residents Protest Resettlement Plan

Residents of Borei Keila in Phnom Penh are protesting their resettlement. They were promised housing by Phanimex Company in exchange for the land they gave to the developers, who are said to not completed their side of the deal. So far only 7 of 10 ...

A Tough Ride for S Korean Property Projects

GS Engineering & Construction broke ground on June 18, 2008 of Cambodia’s largest building the International Finance Complex in Phnom Penh but since then has been suspend or forced to downscale like all of the other building projects in the city. Worth more than $4.5 ...

Lake Residents’ Protest Results In Two Arrests

Two protestors of CPP Senator’s project to develop Boeng Kak Lake have been arrested after a breakdown in negotiations between city hall and the 1,500 lakeside families who were protesting. The negotiations were concerning the sort of onsite housing the families would receive as compensation ...

Broker opens ahead of CSX launch date

Sonatra Securities a designated broker has launched its operations in Cambodia ahead of the launch of the Cambodian Securities Exchange (CSX). As one of the four companies licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia, Sonatra will be able to buy and sell shares ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011070850269/Business/broker-opens-ahead-of-csx-launch-date.html

Unions unite on draft law

7 unions working together have said that they refuse to support a union law that has been drafted as the government has ignored their recommendations.  The potential legislation is said to be prohibitively restrictive and the unions have said they will boycott by organizing peaceful ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011070850278/National-news/unions-unite-on-draft-law.html

Bank Says No Railway Evictee to Be Left Behind

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said that the rehabilitation of Cambodia’s railways will not be at the expense of those who live along the lines and has pledged to address the issue. Resettlement has been a problem for the rehabilitation but a new plan ...

Registered Businesses UP by 37 Percent, Data Show

Registered businesses have increased in number by 37 percent to approximately 1,528 compared with the same period for 2010. Cambodian Chamber of Commerce officials say that the number of entrepreneurs has increased with them focusing on textiles, agriculture and construction. Cambodia currently has an export ...

Approved Invvestments in May Reach $110 Million

15 new projects worth a total of $110 million have been approved by Cambodia’s investment board in May. The Council for Development of Cambodia has approved two rubber plantations worth $60 million. Cin Qian Investment Co, a Chinese firm, has been approved for developing a ...

Hun Sen OKs Large Amount of State Land to be Privatized

Prime Minister Hun Sen has officially allowed the privatization of 2,580 square meters of state owned land. 646 square meters of the land are in Phnom Penh. The sub-decree means that the land is closer to being eligible for development and sale. ...

CPP Senator’s Company Says $40M Embezzled

The former deputy director of Anco Groups conglomerate and his wife have been denied bail when accused of stealing nearly $40 million. Anco Groups conglomerate is a consumer good vendor, electricity and hotel operator and is owned by Kok An. If convicted the former deputy ...

Premier Breaks Ground for Bridge in Kandal

Prime Minister Hun Sen helped inaugurate the fourth bridge built by the Chinese in Cambodia. The $33 million bridge will span the Tonle Bassac river at Takhmau City. In Phnom Penh, a fifth bridge, dubbed the Cambodian-Chinese Friendship bridge is about to begin construction. ...

Association a shoe-in

Cambodia has approved the creation of a footwear association under the umbrella of the Garment Manufacturers’ Association in Cambodia. 37 of the country’s 38 footwear factories agreed to the creation of a representative body for their industry. The footwear industry is said to have exported ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011070750242/Business/association-a-shoe-in.html

Vietnam's deep-water links spur Phnom Penh Port growth

Vietnam’s Cai Mep port has contributed to a growth in shipments from the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port this year, Cambodian officials say. The Vietnamese deep-water port, near Ho Chi Minh  City, allows cargo to be transferred to ships travelling to more distant markets such as ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011070650213/Business/vietnams-deep-water-links-spur-phnom-penh-port-growth.html

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