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US Embassy Offered Praise for Court Verdicts, Cables Show

The conviction of a school teacher who abused an 11 year old girl was hailed by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh last year, it has been revealed by WikiLeaks. The diplomatic cables that were released speak of the support the US has for an ...

Graft Risk Leads FedEx to Limit Local Business

In order to comply with legislation that prohibits bribery of public officials logistics company FedEx has limited its inbound shipments to Cambodia to those valued under $300. Customs and CamControl officials regularly impose unofficial payments to facilitate the customs and excise process. FedEx, initially announced ...

Embassy Sought Hillary Clinton’s Visit for 60th Anniversary

US Diplomatic Cables released by WikiLeaks show that the US Embassy in Phnom Penh sought the presence of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the USA and Cambodia. Ms. Clinton did not attend the celebration but rather visited ...

Stock Exchange Launches, Waits for Customers

The Cambodian Stock Exchange in Phnom Penh was launched by Finance Minister Keat Chhon, who has called on state-owned corporations to prepare for their initial public offerings. No companies as of yet are listed on the Cambodian Securities Exchange (CSX), though the launch was symbolic ...

Seoul looks abroad for farmland

The South Korean government is looking to procure farmland aboard, approximately 380,000 hectares by the year 2018. The government is providing assistance to companies that lease arable land or buy stakes in overseas operations and are looking for such potential in Cambodia as well as ...

Visitors to Kingdom outpacing last year

Cambodia has seen an increase in the number of arrivals through its land check points. They are predominately American and Russian, with the number of Thai visitors having fallen due to border disputes between the two nations. It is expected that the number of tourists ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011071150297/Business/visitors-to-kingdom-outpacing-last-year.html

Filipino real estate firm targets local expats

Megaworld International a Philippines-based development company is expanding its operations in Cambodia in order to attract more of Cambodia’s growing middle class. They held an exhibition in Phnom Penh to entice locals to invest in the Manila property market. There are approximately 3000 residents in ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011071150300/Business/filipino-real-estate-firm-targets-local-expats.html

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

Sell-Off of Wildlife Areas Faster than Believed

500 sq km of land from three conservation areas have been granted by the Cambodian government to agribusiness companies. Prime Minister Hun Sen has approved 50,750 hectares, through nine concessions, to be granted areas of land that were previously conservation areas. Reththy Kiri Sakor Co. ...

Cambodian Stock Exchange Set to Launch

The Cambodian Stock Exchange(CSX) has prepared its initial public offerings in a symbolic launch, though no public trading was offered. Finance Minister Keat Chhon and his South Korean partners hold a 49 percent stake in exchange. Two state-owned companies will go public including: the Phnom ...

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

ADB talks Cambodia funding priorities

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is focusing on lending to the agriculture, education, finance, water supply and transport sectors in Cambodia as part of its three year Country Partnership Strategy, worth $500 million. $377 million will be allocated to 12 projects in the five mentioned ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011070850270/Business/adb-talks-cambodia-funding-priorities.html

Exports of rice quadruple

Exports of rice from Cambodia have quadrupled in the first part of 2011 according to the Ministry of Commerce. Rising international prices along with high domestic yields have spurred the growth to 80,442 tons of rice being exported compared to 17,144 tons the previous year ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011070850271/Business/exports-of-rice-quadruple.html

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