Indian mining firm prepares to dig deep in Ratanakiri

The Ministry of Mines and Energy is set to issue the country’s first commercial underground mining license to Indian company Mesco Gold in two weeks, despite opposition by residents of two villages concerned about compensation and environmental damage. The company plans to break ground on its ...

Aisha Down and Kang Sothear

FDI inflow seen as driving economic development

A modest increase in the inflow of foreign direct investment is a sign that Cambodia remains an attractive destination to investors, and will go a long way toward the country’s development, analysts said yesterday. Total capital inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) to Cambodia amounted to ...

Hor Kimsay

Government official tells court he didn’t know bribe was a crime

An official at the Council for the Development of Cambodia confessed during his trial on Monday to soliciting bribes from a garment factory to process its import applications, but said he did not believe at the time that he was committing a crime. ...

Ouch Sony

Prime Minister puts island projects on notice

Prime Minister Hun Sen used his Facebook page this week to order his government to revoke the project licenses of companies failing to develop islands off the coast of Cambodia, or—worse—trying to sell them off to others. ...

Kuch Naren

Cambodian agriculture ideas planted in Seoul

The ASEAN-Korea Centre has hosted a seminar to promote investment in Cambodia’s agricultural industry. Co-organized with the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), the “Investment and Business Environment Seminar on Cambodia” was held at Hotel Shilla in Seoul on June 29. About 70 Koreans attended. ...

Rachel Lee

Development council officer charged over bribery claim

An official at the Council for the Development of Cambodia was charged with bribery over the weekend after being arrested by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), just weeks after the graft-fighting body arrested a Foreign Affairs Ministry official and the ambassador to South Korea.   ...

Aun Pheap

Japanese FDI leads to surge in exports: analysts

Cambodia’s total exports to Japan increased sharply over the first nine months of the year compared to last year due to flows of investment from Japan to Cambodia over the last few years, analysts said. ...

May Kunmakara

Special Economic Zones ‘key to future’

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have brought almost 70,000 new jobs to the country, according to an Asian Development Bank report released last week. With tax exemptions on production materials, lower profit tax, and renewable leases, the SEZs have drawn foreign-owned factories manufacturing everything from bicycles ...

Jonathan Cox

SEZs investment potential relies in infrastructure

In 2005, after special economic zones (SEZs) were formally introduced in Cambodia through a sub-decree, Svay Reing’s Manhattan SEZ became the first to began construction the same year. The Sihanoukville SEZ remains Cambodia’s largest with over 1,000 hectares in the area. The $320 million development is ...

James Whitehead

Toll Royal Railways Yet to Spend Pledged Funds

Toll Royal Railways, the company holding the 30-year concession to operate Cambodia’s rail network, has so far only spent a tiny fraction of the millions of dollars of investment it promised upon winning the deal, documents of the firm’s expenditure show. The operation of the railways ...

Soft loan from Sweden

Sweden loaned Cambodia US$57 million yesterday for economic country development and cooperation for the duration of 2012-2013. The agreement was made between Cambodia’s Economic Minister Keat Chhon and Swedish ambassador to Cambodia Anne Hoglund at the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) yesterday morning. Keat Chhon ...

May Kunmakara

Cambodia gains 53 factories this year

The Cambodian government has approved 53 new garment and footwear factories, worth an estimated US$338 million, during the first half of this year, compared with 38 last year valued at $180 million, despite the increase in the number of strikes affecting the industry. Officials and industry ...

Approved investment drops

Latest figures show the total value of approved investment in the Kingdom declined by more than 70 per cent in the first half of this year compared to the equivalent period a year before. Economists and officials are unconcerned, however, saying that some big projects during ...

Gov't Approves Nearly $500M in Investments

Cambodia approved a total of $479.68 million in new investment projects between January and June with more than 70 new ventures in the pipeline, according to date released yesterday by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC). Investments in the garment sector continued to dominate new investments, comprising 49 of ...

Officials pitch invesment from Thais

Cambodia’s top economy builders are looking to bring back Thai investment that has departed the country since the onset of political clashes involving Preah Vihear temple in northern Cambodia. Officials at the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) yesterday hosted 30 delegates from the Thai ...

Lawyer Asks to Participate in Shooting Probe

A lawyer representing the three victims of the Feb. 20 shooting of workers at a special economic zone (SEZ) in Svay Rieng province has written to investigators asking to be allowed to participate in the case. Chin Lyda, a lawyer for human rights group Licadho who is representing the three ...

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