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Trade union bill changes passed

The Council of Ministers approved draft amendments to 10 articles of the Law on Trade Unions without modification on Friday, leaving some unions disappointed and claiming that the majority of their suggestions had not been included. Articles 3, 17, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 54, ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/trade-union-bill-changes-passed

End to gambling deadline set for 2020

The Council of Ministers on Friday said the government has instructed authorities to eliminate all online and arcade gambling by the end of the year. “All kinds of online and arcade gambling [] must end by the end of 2019,” the Council of Ministers said in ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50639361/end-to-gambling-deadline-set-for-2020/

Information access law to be finalised next month

The Ministry of Information on Tuesday concluded the final revision by key ministries of the draft Law on Access to Information, without making any major amendments. It will be submitted to the Council of Ministers to be rubber-stamped by the end of September or beginning ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/information-access-law-be-finalised-next-month

Four solar projects approved

The Council of Ministers on Friday approved four solar projects that will produce a combined 140 megawatts. The body convened last week to review a raft of new laws and investment proposals, which included the four solar projects. In a statement issued after the meeting, the ...

Chhut Bunthoeun
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50623720/four-solar-projects-approved/

ING land revoked after failures

The government has decided to revoke five land titles given to tycoon Ing Bun Hoaw after his company, ING Holdings, failed to develop infrastructure along Boeng Choeung Ek lake and erect a satellite city in Phnom Penh and Kandal province’s Takhmao city. The Council of Ministers ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50623221/ing-land-revoked-after-failures/

Food safety draft law under study

The draft Law on Food Safety is now being studied by the Council of Ministers and is expected to be approved before the end of the year, government officials said. Tech Seak Ngon, general department of customs and excise deputy director, yesterday told a press ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50600367/food-safety-draft-law-under-study/

Spokespersons unit created to address criticism from media

In order to counter criticisms made by journalists and the general public, the government has created a unit made out of ministry spokespersons to ensure speedy responses. The decision to create the unit was sanctioned by Prime Minister Hun Sen on March 6 via a ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50586572/spokespersons-unit-created-to-address-criticism-from-media/

Government to improve water treatment facility

The Office of the Council of Ministers (OCM) has approved plans to improve and add capacity to water treatment facilities in coastal and construction areas, sewage systems and mud drying facilities in Sihanoukville after they were inspected and assessed by government institutions. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-improve-water-treatment-facility

Son of PM appointed as CMAC’s board member

Hun Manith, the son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, has been “promoted” as a board member and adviser of the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) – a position equal to a cabinet minister. A royal decree, signed by the King on November 2 and obtained ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/son-pm-appointed-cmacs-board-member

‘No more Khmer Rouge leaders left to stand trial’

Friday’s verdict in the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan has been hailed as “historic” for “Cambodia and all humanity”, while Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said no further cases of its kind would be brought to court. “There are ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/no-more-khmer-rouge-leaders-left-stand-trial

Draft budget due in parliament

The Council of Ministers on Friday approved its national budget draft of about $6.7 billion for 2019, an increase of 11.4 percent over 2018, and NGOs now want to review it before it is sent to the National Assembly for ratification. According to the draft, ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50544913/draft-budget-due-in-parliament/

Royal decree to legitimise council

Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin yesterday joined representatives of 16 political parties to draft a royal decree that would cement the Supreme Consultative Council’s government adviser status, an adviser to Prime Minister Hun Sen said. ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50530510/royal-decree-to-legitimise-council/

Hun Sen defends new Consultation Forum

Prime Minister-designate Hun Sen on Thursday defended his establishment of the Consultation Forum, saying it gives opposition parties an opportunity to contribute to nation-building. Speaking to over 17,000 garment workers in Kandal province, the Cambodian People’s Party leader was responding to criticisms from some members ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-defends-new-consultation-forum

UN-backed education policy ready for government approval

In a bid to improve the quality of vocational education in the country, the Ministry of Education and Unesco will submit a National Policy on Lifelong Learning to the Council of Ministers following multiple discussions on the matter. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50505797/un-backed-education-policy-ready-for-government-approval/

Government lauds NEC efforts, dismisses concerns about lack of EU participation

The National Election Committee (NEC) was hailed by the government on Tuesday for saying that there would be 45,000 observers for the July 29 national elections. Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said that the large number of registered election observers would dispel criticism and ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-lauds-nec-efforts-dismisses-concerns-about-lack-eu-participation

China to extend defence cooperation

The Chinese military will continue its joint military exercise, dubbed Golden Dragon, with the Royal Cambodian Army next year, Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe told his Cambodian counterpart yesterday. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50501958/china-to-extend-defence-cooperation/

Labour Law revision could hurt employers: GMAC

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia welcomed the approval of the amendment of article 89 of the Labour Law on worker protection and severance pay by the government on Friday, but the organisation’s head said the move could financially burden employers. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50494469/labour-law-revision-could-hurt-employers-gmac/

Cambodia’s democracy, economy at risk: report

Cambodia has become more autocratic and its government’s claim of stable economic development rests on uncertain basis, according to a comprehensive new report. The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI), published on Thursday, claims that the quality of Cambodia’s democracy, market economy and governance performance has ...

Leonie Kijewski
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodias-democracy-economy-risk-report

Hun Sen’s lawyer receives promotion

After leading the legal team that won the widely condemned dissolution of the CNRP at the Supreme Court in November, Ky Tech, lawyer for the Council of Ministers and Prime Minister Hun Sen, has been given a rank equivalent to minister just weeks after he ...

Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sens-lawyer-receives-promotion

Duong Sruoch Group denies clearing in wildlife sanctuary

A representative with Duong Sruoch Group in Preah Vihear yesterday denied allegations that that the company had been illegally clearing forest outside the boundaries of social land concessions it had been licensed to log. Duong Sruoch Group was specifically named in a directive issued Monday by ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/duong-sruoch-group-denies-clearing-wildlife-sanctuary

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