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Government studying EU’s preliminary report on EBA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Wednesday said the government was studying the EU Commission’s preliminary report on the human rights situation in the Kingdom that could lead to a suspension of access to its “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement.The EU launched ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/government-studying-eus-preliminary-report-eba

New EU envoy arrives as EBA decision hangs in the balance

Now that the newly appointed EU Ambassador to Cambodia Carmen Moreno has landed in the country, she will be able to see for herself the reality in the Kingdom even as the possible withdrawal of the ‘Everything But Arms’ (EBA) agreement awaits its conclusion, analysts ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/new-eu-envoy-arrives-eba-decision-hangs-balance

Czechs vow support over EBA

The Czech government on Monday pledged to support the Kingdom’s efforts to retain its Everything-but-arms trade status during Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to the republic. Mr Hun Sen is on a five-day official visit to Eastern Europe which started on Sunday. He met Czech Prime ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50651403/czechs-vow-support-over-eba/

PM visits three EU members in crunch diplomacy mission

Prime Minister Hun Sen left for Europe on Sunday as he embarked on a five-day diplomatic visit to three EU countries, in a trip analysts have speculated could be crucial in deciding the Kingdom’s ‘Everything But Arms’ (EBA) fate. According to a Ministry of Foreign ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-visits-three-eu-members-crunch-diplomacy-mission

Sar Kheng: Cambodia is still negotiating to keep EBA, GSP status

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng has said that Cambodia is still trying to keep its access to the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement and the US’ General System of Preferences (GSP) through negotiations. His remarks came during his mission to Germany from September 24 ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/sar-kheng-cambodia-still-negotiating-keep-eba-gsp-status

Negotiations to continue for next year’s minimum wage

Negotiations for next year’s minimum wage will continue this week as the parties work to reach an agreement that will impact about 800,000 workers in the textile, garment and footwear industries, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training said on Thursday. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/negotiations-continue-next-years-minimum-wage

Cambodia’s rice farmers in serious danger

Half a million Cambodian farmers could possibly be looking at empty rice bowls if the European Union (EU) pushes through with the withdrawal of its Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preference. While the garment and footwear sectors stand to lose the most if the EBA trade ...

Jason Thomas
https://theaseanpost.com/article/cambodias-rice-farmers-serious-danger

Rainsy vow to return on Nov 9 dismissed as ‘political warfare’

An announcement from the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) that its “acting president” Sam Rainsy would return to the Kingdom on November 9 was dismissed on Sunday as “political warfare”. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/rainsy-vow-return-nov-9-dismissed-political-warfare

Ministry submits rights report to European Commission

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Ket Sophann yesterday said the government has submitted a report to the European Commission detailing efforts made to improve human rights in the Kingdom. The report, submitted on Tuesday, is in response to a 30-page note sent by the EC in March ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50634383/ministry-submits-rights-report-to-european-commission/

Cambodia's garment manufacturers group urges EU to maintain EBA for Cambodia

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has urged the European Union (EU) to maintain the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preferences for Cambodia, according to its statement released to the media on Thursday. The EU started in February the 18-month process that could lead ...

Xiaoxia
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/16/c_138313126.htm

GMAC makes EU plea to consider job losses

In a statement set to be published on Monday, the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said the EU’s possible withdrawal of Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) access would harm 750,000 workers and three million families. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/gmac-makes-eu-plea-consider-job-losses

Economic growth may slow to 6.5% due to EBA, global risks

The government has predicted that Cambodia’s economic growth will decline to 6.5 per cent next year – down from 7.1 per cent this year – due to global challenges and the possible withdrawal of the EU’s “Everything But Arms” trade agreement. The prediction was made ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/economic-growth-may-slow-65-due-eba-global-risks

EU never envisaged putting trade sanctions on Kingdom: Mogherini

In an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review on July 31, Mogherini – who is also the Vice-President of the European Commission – was asked whether the EU’s possible sanctions would lead to reforms in Cambodia, to which she said the Kingdom “needed to respect ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/eu-never-envisaged-putting-trade-sanctions-kingdom-mogherini

More than 30 footwear, travel goods factories open in first half

More than 30 new footwear and travel goods factories were opened in Cambodia during the first half of this year. This comes despite the Kingdom facing the possible withdrawal of the EU’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement, the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/more-30-footwear-travel-goods-factories-open-first-half

PM’s Geneva trip ‘a success’

After Prime Minister Hun Sen returned from his July 3-5 visit to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Switzerland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation described the meetings as “successful”. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pms-geneva-trip-success

PM: Kingdom will not bow to ‘preaching’ on human rights

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said “the forest had not been seen for the trees” when the human rights situation in Cambodia was assessed and that the Kingdom would not bow to preaching on the matter. Hun Sen was presiding over a ceremony on ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/pm-kingdom-will-not-bow-preaching-human-rights

‘Life goes on’ if Cambodia loses Everything But Arms

Cambodia’s business sector is exploring ways to mitigate any fallout from a possible loss of access to the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement as talks continue before the 28-member bloc makes a final decision. The EU monitoring process is set to conclude in mid-August, ...

Husain Haider
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/life-goes-if-cambodia-loses-everything-arms

EU tells Kingdom to provide ‘credible’ rights improvements

The European Commission has issued a statement calling on the government to show credible improvements on issues of concern in order to avoid the withdrawal of Everything-but-arms trade preferences. An EC and European External Action Service delegation wrapped up a visit to the Kingdom on ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/614245/eu-tells-kingdom-to-provide-credible-rights-improvements/

EU visit: Workers, unions and politicians express EBA fears

Workers, union leaders and politicians have expressed fear over the consequences of losing access to the EU’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement – something analysts have described as “manageable”. A team from the European Commission and European External Action Service is currently in Cambodia for ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eu-visit-workers-unions-and-politicians-express-eba-fears

Cambodia: over 145 opposition members summoned

Cambodian authorities should immediately end the harassment of former opposition party members and their supporters, Human Rights Watch said today. European Union officials arriving in Cambodia on June 3, 2019 to review the Cambodian government’s rights record in connection with the Everything but Arms (EBA) trade privileges should ...

Human Rights Watch
https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/02/cambodia-over-145-opposition-members-summoned

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