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Garment factories opening despite potential loss of EBA deal: report

Garment factories continue to open in the Kingdom despite the looming threat Cambodia faces of losing its Everything-but-arms (EBA) status with the European Union, a report published recently notes.​ ...

Chhut Bunthoeun
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50666883/garment-factories-opening-despite-potential-loss-of-eba-deal-report/

Everything But Arms: EU close to suspending Cambodia’s trade preferences

The EU slammed the government for the dire human rights situation in the Southeast Asian country, giving it a one-month deadline to respond to a preliminary report on suspending trade preferences before deciding whether to go ahead with the plan. Brussels has warned Phnom Penh ...

EU Bulletin
https://www.eubulletin.com/10398-everything-but-arms-eu-close-to-suspending-cambodias-trade-preferences.html

Cambodia's EU rice exports fall sharply after tariffs; China sales up

Cambodia’s rice exports to the European Union fell sharply in the first half of the year following the imposition of tariffs, official data showed on Monday, but the loss was offset by increased sales to China. The EU in January imposed tariffs for three years ...

Reuters
https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1708879/cambodias-eu-rice-exports-fall-sharply-after-tariffs-china-sales-up

EU should look for win-win deal with Cambodia

In February 2019, the European Union launched an 18-month process over whether or not to maintain Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. The review follows what the European Union perceives as ‘the deterioration of democracy, respect ...

Chhoeun Kongkea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50604586/eu-should-look-for-win-win-deal-with-cambodia/

Positive sign in EU rice tariff saga

The European Union yesterday failed to come to a consensus on taxing Cambodia fragrant and white rice, giving leaders of the local rice sector more time to plan the next step in their fight to stop the EU from imposing tariffs. ...

Sok Chan and Sangeetha Amarthalingam
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50556403/positive-sign-in-eu-rice-tariff-saga/

Cambodia reviews ban on opposition after EU sanctions threat

Cambodia’s parliament is reviewing a five-year ban on more than 100 members of the main opposition party, which could allow them to return to politics, following threats by the European Union to deny duty-free trading access to the Southeast Asian nation. ...

Prak Chan Thul
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-politics/cambodia-reviews-ban-on-opposition-after-eu-sanctions-threat-idUSKBN1O20XP

EU to Cambodia: Fix human rights or face economic hardship

Both Cambodia and Myanmar heavily depend on the European Union’s duty and quota free trade agreement. But the European bloc believes it is time that these countries address human rights abuses. ...

Ate Hoekstra
https://www.dw.com/en/eu-to-cambodia-fix-human-rights-or-face-economic-hardship/a-46294993

EU project improves fishermen’s lives

A European Union delegation on Tuesday visited a fishing community in Svay Rieng province to observe a project aimed at helping them deal with illegal fishing, rear fish, and farm without using chemicals in Peam Ro district. The community project in the district’s Baborng commune ...

Pav Suy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50548327/eu-project-improves-fishermens-lives/

EU-Vietnam timber deal discussed

Cambodian and Vietnamese officials on Monday began a five-day conference to discuss timber trade management, including an incoming trade deal between Vietnam and the European Union that has been decried by environmentalists. ...

aing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50543866/eu-vietnam-timber-deal-discussed/

Cambodia's H1 garment exports up 10.73 pct, projected strong this year

Cambodia’s garment exports grew by 10.73 percent in the first half of 2018 and are projected to remain strong despite a European Union threat to withdraw duty-free trading access, official data showed on Wednesday. ...

Prak Chan Thul
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks/nasdaq-confirms-correction-while-sp-500-and-dow-erase-2018-gains-idUSKCN1MY1LZ

Activist asks UN to review EU-Vietnam timber deal

A prominent environmental activist has reached out to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment in a bid to have him oppose a timber trade deal set to be inked between the European Union and Vietnam. ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50541573/activist-asks-un-to-review-eu-vietnam-timber-deal/

Cambodia calls EU trade threat 'extreme injustice'

Cambodia’s foreign ministry on Thursday said a decision by the European Union to ramp up trade pressure on the country over human rights concerns was an “extreme injustice”, adding it risked destroying decades of development in the country. ...

Aljazeera
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/cambodia-calls-eu-trade-threat-extreme-injustice-181011063527570.html

Friends with benefits

For a more than 25 years, the West has helped rebuild Cambodia as it recovered from the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. The United States and Europe sent billions of dollars in aid to help transform Cambodia into a liberal democracy, an effort that has largely failed. ...

Neou Vannarin
https://projects.voanews.com/cambodia-election-2018/english/feature/chinese-influence.html

Private sector to EU: Don’t punish Cambodia

Representatives of the Kingdom’s private sector this week urged the European Union not to cancel the Everything-but-arms (EBA) scheme in response to a perceived deterioration of human rights and democracy in the country. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50510723/private-sector-to-eu-dont-punish-cambodia/

Project launched to conserve natural resources in Mondulkiri

The European Union and WWF yesterday launched a $3.4 million project to conserve natural resources in Mondulkiri province. According to a press release issued yesterday, the EU and WWF have officially launched a project worth $3.4 million to support sustainable management of rich forest resources in ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50269437/project-launched-to-conserve-natural-resources-in-mondulkiri/

Cambodia may be pressed by new EU palm oil regulations

New proposed rules from the European Union restricting the import of palm oil would likely affect Cambodia’s nascent palm oil sector, but the country’s main exporter is hoping that demand from India and China will cushion the blow. ...

Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/cambodia-may-be-pressed-new-eu-palm-oil-regulations

China pledges more investment in Cambodia, but is Phnom Penh selling itself short?

Li’s visit comes at a time when Cambodia’s government, under Prime Minister Hun Sen, is facing rising pressure from the United States and the European Union over its human rights record. Both have threatened sanctions in response to a ruling by the nation’s top court ...

Laura Zhou and Sarah Zheng
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2128118/china-pledges-more-investment-cambodia-phnom-penh#comments

China Believes Cambodia's Election Will Be Fair, Confirms Support

China believes a general election in Cambodia this year will be fair, a senior Chinese official said on Thursday, after the United States and the European Union withdrew support for the vote following the dissolution of the main opposition party. China is Cambodia’s biggest aid ...

Michael Martina and Robert Birsel
http://reut.rs/2DcCI6H

EU not taking action on garment industry

The European Union ambassador to Cambodia assured union officials on Tuesday that no sanctions on the garment sector had been taken. Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and several civil society groups have called for sanctions on the garment industry following the dissolution of the opposition CNRP ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5095913/eu-not-taking-action-garment-industry/

Sweden stops new aid

Sweden said yesterday it was stopping new aid for Cambodia, except in education and research, and would no longer support a reform programme after the CNRP was dissolved last week. ...

Cheang Sokha
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5091718/sweden-stops-new-aid/

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