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Council of Ministers

Trade in breast milk outlawed

The government yesterday announced a total ban on the collection and export of human breast milk, after it emerged poor women had been earning cash through the trade. ...

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Draft law on trade remedies adopted

The Council of Ministers on Friday adopted a draft law on trade remedies to protect local producers, businesses, enterprises and foreign businesses operating in Cambodia from imported products being sold below their cost base. ...

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Acleda to issue new ATM cards

Acleda Bank will issue new ATM, debit and credit cards to all its customers nationwide with the new bank logo, in compliance with an order issued by the Council of Ministers, said the bank’s CEO yesterday. ...

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Bank ordered to replace its logo

ACLEDA Bank, Cambodia’s largest bank in terms of assets, will have to shell out millions in the next three weeks to comply with a Council of Ministers decision last Friday that the private financial institution must redesign and replace its logo on all company materials and products to differentiate itself from the Ministry of Economy and Finance, a senior bank executive said yesterday. ...

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Royal gazette to move online

The government will this year stop printing the royal gazette for sale to the public and begin publishing new editions online, an official said yesterday. ...

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Draft consumer law completed

The Ministry of Commerce has finished the draft consumer protection law and will soon submit it to the Council of Ministers, according to a senior government official.​ ...

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Gov’t okays $5 bil for 2017 budget

The National Budget 2017 was approved on Friday by the Council of Ministers, with a government expenditure of about $5.04 billion. This represents an increase of about 15.6 percent compared to the 2016 budget of $4.36 billion, according to a government statement. ...

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Government salaries to rise

Prime Minister Hun Sen, ministers, secretaries of state and 2,500 other civil servants and political figures will receive substantial pay rises after the Council of Ministers approved a draft of the 2017 Draft Law on Financial Management on Friday. During the cabinet meeting, Mr. Hun Sen said the government’s improved ability to collect taxes would cover the costs of the new national budget, which has increased by almost $1 billion over this year’s $4.27 billion figure. ...

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Massive $23.2B project gets ‘green light’

Several subordinates of a senior minister within the office of the prime minister registered and rubber-stamped a gargantuan $23.2 billion investment project chaired by the minister’s wife, while officials in the know say the project stands little chance of getting off the ground. ...

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Sub-decree approval rules amended

From now on, only certain sub-decrees will need to be pored over by the cabinet before they are signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, the premier told a session of the cabinet on Friday morning, although failing to specify what the selection criteria would be. Mr. Hun Sen told the cabinet that from now on, in order to save time, some sub-decrees would simply require the signature of the minister from whichever ministry was proposing the sub-decree, and then his own signature. ...

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Ministries eye budget bumps for next year

The Ministry of Economy and Finance finished month-long consultations with key ministries on Thursday in preparation for the drafting of Cambodia’s budget for 2017. ...

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US offers tips for cybercrime team

Cambodian police, prosecutors and policymakers were hosted in Washington recently by the US government, as part of America’s efforts to support the drafting of the Kingdom’s controversial cybercrime law. ...

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Chams not integrated into society: US report

Cham Muslims are not fully integrated into Cambodian society and many Cambodian people continue to think Chams are practitioners of “black magic,” according to a report on religious freedom released last week by the US State Department. ...

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Consumer protection draft law almost ready

Officials at the Ministry of Commerce and Council of Ministers announced yesterday that a draft consumer protection law, which is intended to ensure that food and consumer products made domestically or imported into Cambodia are safe, was almost complete. A quarter of the almost 60 chapters of the draft law have already been approved by the Council of Ministers, said Mao Thora, secretary of state at the Commerce Ministry. ...

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Vietnam wants its citizens protected

In the wake of startling deportation numbers released by the general department of immigration last week showing that more than 85 percent of those deported since 2014 were Vietnamese, the government in Hanoi has asked Cambodia to ensure that the rights of those being sent back are respected. ...

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Spared eviction, airport families ask government for land titles

Families living next to Phnom Penh International Airport filed a petition with the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) on Wednesday to find out why City Hall has not yet issued them land titles now that Prime Minister Hun Sen had promised to protect them from eviction. ...

 

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Petroleum law a step closer

The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) yesterday sent the newly-drafted petroleum law to civil society organizations and other partner institutions working in the extractive sector for consultations before submitting it to the Council of Ministers for approval by the end of this year. ...

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$5.23 billion for public sector

Cambodia needs $5.23 billion for 519 development projects in the ongoing three-year public investment program (PIP) that was approved by the Council of Ministers on Friday, according to a government media release. ...

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Cambodia positions itself along new silk road

The ancient Silk Road sprawled across tens of thousands of kilometers, reaching east to west from Ja­pan to Venice and passing through five seas. Together, the road and maritime trade routes linked more than 40 countries throughout Asia, Europe and Africa, fostering early globalization. ...

 

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New international airport on table as PPIA expansion plans halted

A senior government minister yesterday announced a halt to plans to expand the Phnom Penh International Airport, and instead revived talk of a new airport altogether, mentioning plans to identify a location 30 to 40 kilometres outside the city in hopes of completing the new airport by 2025. ...

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