UNDP report finds 35% of Cambodians still mired in poverty

Thirty-five per cent of Cambodians are still living in poverty, with the rural population making up the majority, according to estimates from the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/undp-report-finds-35-cambodians-still-mired-poverty

Number of capital slums down

The number of slums in Phnom Penh has dropped to 277 from 340 in 2013, a survey conducted by Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) and released on Tuesday said. While its data showed positive progress, it noted remaining challenges in places where residents don’t have land ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/number-capital-slums-down

Budget boosts for health and education

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said the government will increase the budget for the health and education ministries in next year’s national budget to improve the welfare of people.​ ...

Ven Rathavong
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50523127/budget-boosts-for-health-and-education/

Second industrial lab centre on the way

A new laboratory for testing local products and issue quality certificates will open in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district by the end of 2019, the Ministry of Handicraft recently announced. ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50509878/second-industrial-lab-centre-on-the-way/

Over 100 tonnes of illegal items destroyed in K Speu

More than 100 tonnes of fake, expired and illegal products with banned chemical substances were destroyed on Thursday in Kampong Speu province on the orders of Interior Minister Sar Kheng. Kheng said the counterfeit products, which included food and beverages, were imported, mostly from the ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/over-100-tonnes-illegal-items-destroyed-k-speu

24 escape social affairs centre

Twenty-four beggars and homeless people escaped from the Phnom Penh Transit Centre in Por Senchey district on Monday and police are seeking their return. ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50108441/24-escape-social-affairs-centre/

New food security laboratory comes online in Svay Rieng

A new laboratory to monitor food products and ensure their safety opened on Tuesday in Svay Rieng province, near the border with Vietnam. It is the third such facility to open in the kingdom in the last few years, after other labs came online in Banteay ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50106878/new-food-security-laboratory-comes-online-svay-rieng/

City Hall sends hundreds for rehab in social affairs centres

More than 1,700 beggars and homeless people were removed from the streets of Phnom Penh and sent to social affairs centres last year. According to City Hall’s annual report, which was released yesterday, authorities rounded up 1,727 beggars and homeless people from all city districts over ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50106908/city-hall-sends-hundreds-rehab-social-affairs-centres/

Nearly 140 reintegrated from social affairs centre

City Hall has decided to reintegrate more than 100 beggars and homeless people from the Phnom Penh Transit Centre in Por Senchey district after they received sufficient training. ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50106156/nearly-140-reintegrated-from-social-affairs-centre/

Plan for rural poor

The United Nations Development Programme yesterday released a report analysing different methods of lifting Cambodia’s rural poor out of poverty. ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50101646/plan-rural-poor/

ADB signs $180M in loans to Cambodia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday signed a $180 million package of loans and grants to Cambodia that are meant to improve the country’s roads, water supply and small-scale farms. One $70 million loan will go towards improving 147-kilometres’ worth of flood-prone stretches of National Road ...

Hor Kimsay and Brendan O’Byrne
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/adb-signs-180m-loans-cambodia

Cambodia’s fisheries at risk due to hydropower development on Mekong, MRC warns

Hydropower development will likely deal a serious economic blow to Cambodia, with dire outlooks for its fisheries and rice outputs predicted even under best-case scenarios, according to key findings from the Mekong River Commission (MRC). ...

Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodias-fisheries-risk-due-hydropower-development-mekong-mrc-warns

World Bank says more needed to end poverty in Kingdom

Cambodia may have reduced its levels of extreme poverty to the single-digits, but its middle class is nearly nonexistent and approximately half of its population remains highly susceptible to economic shocks, according to a World Bank report released yesterday. ...

Robin Spiess
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/world-bank-says-more-needed-end-poverty-kingdom

Plan to defeat hunger

The government has unveiled four strategies to eliminate malnutrition in the country, especially among children. Prime Minister Hun Sen is enlisting state institutes, partners and NGOs to join the fight to eliminate malnutrition as the country holds national nutrition day today. ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5089136/plan-defeat-hunger/

Hope replaces fear for street dwellers

For the city’s homeless, Phnom Penh’s busy intersections, pagodas, markets and tourist sites are places of work, where many beg for money, and often lay their heads. Others drag carts or bags around the capital, collecting recyclable waste and scrap materials to sell. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5083116/hope-replaces-fear-street-dwellers/

Region backs safe food strategy

Agriculture ministers in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) on Friday endorsed a five-year strategy and action plan to build a region-wide food safety system. ...

Chea Vannak
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5082183/region-backs-safe-food-strategy/

Hun Sen promises free hospital treatment, checkups for workers

In yet another potentially major new benefit to Cambodian workers ahead of next year’s national election, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday announced that employees in some of the country’s key industries would soon be able to receive free checkups and treatment at state hospitals. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-promises-free-hospital-treatment-checkups-for-workers-134079/

Government lays out three-year plan for $5.4B public investment

Cambodia will need to spend about $5.4 billion on public investment over the next three years to maintain its economic growth while reducing poverty, according to a draft outline of the government’s three-year programme for public investment. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/government-lays-out-three-year-plan-54b-public-investment

Cambodia’s loss of LDC status will bring challenges: World Bank

As Cambodia continues its upward trajectory towards becoming a lower-middle-income country, it will face even greater challenges in reducing high levels of poverty as the Kingdom loses its preferential trade privileges and donor funding dries up, according to a new World Bank report. ...

Kali Kotoski and Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/cambodias-loss-ldc-status-will-bring-challenges-world-bank

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