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Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. ...

Niem Chheng and Meas Sokchea
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-hits-back-threats-pull-eba-suspend-un-seat

Union leader warns of protests

A prominent union leader on Tuesday threatened to hold a large-scale demonstration if the newly elected government ignores the European Union’s resolution demanding a political compromise between the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/union-leader-warns-protests

Europe to discuss Kem Sokha’s detention

The European Parliament is set to hold urgent debates on selected human rights, democracy and rule of law topics on Thursday in Strasbourg, France, a briefing released by the body said last week. Discussion on Cambodia will centre on the imprisonment of court-dissolved Cambodia National ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/europe-discuss-kem-sokhas-detention

Chinese Ambassador: EU Should Not Mix Politics,Trade in Cambodia

China’s Ambassador in Phnom Penh says the European Union should not mix politics with trade as it mulls withdrawing Cambodia’s vital preferential single market access in response to the country’s autocratic backslide. ...

David Boyle
https://www.voanews.com/a/chinese-ambassador-eu-should-not-mix-politics-trade-in-cambodia/4489291.html

Clothes exports kick into high gear

Cambodia’s garment and footwear exports recorded double-digit growth to some $4 billion in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, a National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) report has said. Industry insiders have speculated that the growth could be due ...

Hor Kimsay
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/clothes-exports-kick-high-gear

GMAC is confident the EU won’t suspend EBA scheme

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has expressed confidence that the probability of the European Union (EU) suspending the Kingdom’s access to its Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme is “very low”. GMAC deputy secretary-general Kiang Monika said his belief is based on the fact ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gmac-confident-eu-wont-suspend-eba-scheme

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/

Kingdom's trade deal with EU questioned before poll

A European Union (EU) mission met with senior government officials at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday as the 28-member bloc monitors an agreement under which Cambodian goods reach the crucial European market tariff-free. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kingdoms-trade-deal-eu-questioned-poll

Government sends delegation to EU over preferential trade scheme

Officials from the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) have embarked on a two-week mission to the European Union (EU) seeking to have the Kingdom’s tax-free trading preferences with the economic bloc extended, according to a press release on Thursday. ...

Hor Kimsay
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/government-sends-delegation-eu-over-preferential-trade-scheme

United Nations removes Kingdom from list of nations that apply torture

Cambodia has been removed from the United Nation’s list of states not complying with Article 17 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). ...

Post Staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/united-nations-removes-kingdom-list-nations-apply-torture

Kingdom becomes top bicycle supplier to EU

Cambodia became the largest bicycle supplier to the European Union (EU) last year, overtaking Taiwan, which had held the number one spot for two decades, a recent report from the website Bike-EU.com said on Monday. The report from the leading industry newsletter associated with the ...

Hor Kimsay
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/kingdom-becomes-top-bicycle-supplier-eu

EU to probe exports of rice

The European Commission has found sufficient evidence to launch an investigation into whether Cambodian rice exported to the EU puts an unfair burden on European rice farmers, potentially imperiling the Kingdom’s tariff-free exports to the bloc. ...

Cheng Sokhorng and Brendan O’Byrne
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/eu-probe-exports-rice

Official releases EU trade data amid spat

Cambodia exported about $3 billion worth of goods to the EU in the first nine months of last year, according to Ouch Borith, a secretary of state at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Borith’s remarks came at the ministry’s annual meeting and were in response to a ...

Brendan O’Byrne
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/official-releases-eu-trade-data-amid-spat

As Hun Sen goads West, minister quietly notes massive cost of sanctions

With Prime Minister Hun Sen publicly daring Western countries to impose sanctions in response to the recent dissolution of the country’s main opposition, the minister of commerce has quietly expressed concern at the staggering customs bill Cambodia would incur should the EU suspend its preferential ...

Hor Kimsay and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/hun-sen-goads-west-minister-quietly-notes-massive-cost-sanctions

European Parliament calls for actions against Cambodian government

The European Parliament passed a resolution yesterday calling on the European Commission and European External Action Service to impose visa restrictions on Cambodian officials and freeze their assets, and to review the human rights clauses of the Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement for a potential ...

Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/european-parliament-calls-actions-against-cambodian-government

Economy won’t be a casualty: analysts

Despite the widely condemned pre-election dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, the country’s only major opposition party, by the Supreme Court earlier this month, the heightened risk of political instability is expected to have limited short-term economic spill-over effects, according to an assessment from ...

Robin Spiess
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/economy-wont-be-casualty-analysts

EBA scheme in jeopardy after CNRP ruling

In the wake of the dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party last week by the Supreme Court, which effectively removes any viable opposition party from challenging next year’s national elections, the European Union issued a statement seemingly warning that the Kingdom’s preferential access through the Everything ...

Kali Kotoski and Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/access-eba-scheme-jeopardy-after-cnrp-ruling

EU pressure effective?

In recent years, communities displaced by sugar plantations have attempted to reclaim their land by targeting the plantations’ investors and buyers overseas, but a study published last week in the peer-reviewed Journal of Civil Society suggests such efforts may disappoint. ...

Jack Davies
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eu-pressure-effective

Everything But Arms treaty under scrutiny after bicycle trade problems

The European Union is increasingly scrutinising abuse of its Everything But Arms treaty with Cambodia, underscoring both the importance of the zero-tariff agreement to the Kingdom’s economy and the potential for its misuse. In Cambodia’s rice sector, fears that cheap rice from neighbouring countries is ...

Charles Rollet
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/everything-arms-treaty-under-scrutiny-after-bicycle-trade-problems

CRF calls to tighten code of conduct

The Cambodian Rice Federation has pushed for the full implementation of a code of conduct which bars Cambodian firms from exporting cheap rice from neighbouring countries under its own name. The code of conduct sought to reassure the European Union that Cambodia was not flouting the ...

Charles Rollet
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/crf-calls-tighten-code-conduct

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