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European diplomats concerned by arrests

European diplomats called on Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday to express their concerns about the recent spate of activists’ arrests, with the minister reportedly saying that he believed a one-year sentence speedily handed down to seven Boeung Kak lake protesters last week was rather “heavy”. ...

Kevin Ponniah
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/european-diplomats-concerned-arrests

France to train garment firms

French textile and garment association Evalliance yesterday signed an agreement with the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) to provide training for middle-management workers in the industry. Speaking at the signing ceremony in Phnom Penh, Van Sou Ieng, chairman of GMAC said the agreement aims to ...

Chan Muyhong
http://phnompenhpost.com/business/france-train-garment-firms

Evictees sign payout deal they can’t read

Some of the families in a protracted land dispute with a pair of Thai-owned sugar plantations in Koh Kong province say they were pressured over the weekend into signing compensation deals with the firms they could not read, because they were written in Thai, and ...

Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/evictees-sign-payout-deal-they-cant-read-without-lawyers-70997/

Vegetables get more attention

Cambodian authorities are stepping up inspection efforts of vegetable imports along the border after Vietnamese produce shipped to the European Union was found to contain harmful bacteria, an official from the Kingdoms import inspection unit said yesterday. Vietnamese media reported last week said that the European ...

Chan Muyhong
http://phnompenhpost.com/business/vegetables-get-more-attention

EU gives $3.9 million to attract investment

The European Union will spend €3 million ($3.9 million) on a program to encourage small and medium enterprises to invest in Cambodia. Speaking at a conference yesterday in Phnom Penh, EU Ambassador to Cambodia Jean-Francois Cautain said the five-year grant – to be managed by EuroCham ...

http://phnompenhpost.com/business/eu-gives-39-million-attract-investment
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KDC protests to go on

One of five villagers arrested in a land dispute with politically connected company KDC International told the Post after their release on Friday that he would keep protesting “until our community obtains a resolution from the government”. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/kdc-protests-go

Quality control to lift exports

China will work with Cambodian officials to broaden the range of agricultural products that the Asian economic giant allows to be imported from the Kingdom, government officials said yesterday. Ken Ratha, spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, confirmed that China’s General Administration, Quality Supervision, Inspection and ...

Chan Muyhong
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/quality-control-lift-exports

Despite police blockade, KDC villagers reach Phnom Penh

A day after three of their community members were arrested following a violent encounter with police, about 50 villagers from Kompong Chhnang province forged ahead with a peaceful march toward Phnom Penh on Wednesday, but were temporarily blocked by police officials in Russei Keo district. The ...

Kuch Naren and Lauren Crothers
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/despite-police-blockade-kdc-villagers-reach-phnom-penh-66465/

Benefits there for the taking

Thailand will lose its beneficial tax treatment on exports to the European Union next year, and Cambodia’s manufacturing sector could be set to capitalise. Following three consecutive years of upper-middle income status as defined by the World Bank, Thailand will on January 1 lose its Generalised ...

Daniel de Carteret
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/benefits-there-taking

UK urged to help improve Cambodia’s factories

A group of unions in the U.K. is urging its government to make sure British brands sourcing clothes from Cambodian factories respect their workers’ rights, and to ask the European Union to negotiate a deal with the Cambodian government to improve factory conditions. In a July ...

Zsombor Peter
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/uk-urged-to-help-improve-cambodias-factories-65704/

Help Cambodia's garment workers, unions urge Business Secretary

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, must force British clothing companies to investigate whether garments sourced from Cambodia are made at factories with fair labour practices, the unions have warned. Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trade Union Congress, has written to Mr Cable warning that ...

Mark Leftly
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/help-cambodias-garment-workers-unions-urge-business-secretary-9644675.html

Minister lauds controversial sugar industry

Environment Minister Say Sam Al on Wednesday lauded the country’s controversial sugar industry and the jobs it has created, saying that companies operating in the sector need to be defended against the widespread criticism they have been receiving. Rights groups and the opposition CNRP have undertaken ...

Khuon Narim and Lauren Crothers
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/minister-lauds-controversial-sugar-industry-64810/

Health and women’s affairs get $64M grant

The German ambassador, Joachim Baron von Marschall, signed an agreement with the permanent Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon yesterday for €47 million ($64 million) in aid. The grant will be used for developing projects within the ministries of health, rural development and women’s affairs. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/health-and-women%E2%80%99s-affairs-get-64m-grant

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