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Changes rolled out to prop up rice sector

The government took steps to shore up the rice sector yesterday, saying it would remove the current value added tax [VAT] on milling machines in the country and shut down companies importing rice from neighboring countries and rebranding it as Cambodian during an emergency meeting ...

Sok chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/23419/changes-rolled-out-to-prop-up-rice-sector/

Rice industry crisis taskforce to meet deputy PM

The newly established special industry committee to deal with the crisis confronting the rice sector will meet Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon today to discuss urgent solutions to the problems they face. ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/23334/rice-industry-crisis-taskforce-to-meet-deputy-pm/

Germany gives $45m grant for development

Germany has given a grant to Cambodia worth $45.7 million to promote economic and social development in three ways. Three agreements were signed yesterday by Keat Chhon, first vice-chairman of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, and Joachim Baron von Marschall, the ambassador of the ...

Sum Manet
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/22537/germany-gives--45m-grant-for-development/

‘Second-home Policy’ aims to entice more tourists

With a surge in visitors from the world’s most populous nation, the government is preparing a “second-home policy” to encourage more Chinese tourists to visit and stay longer, and for those who have already visited to do so more often, Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon ...

Sum Manet
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/21219/---second-home-policy----aims-to-entice-more-tourists/

FDI on the rise, but figures questioned

Official figures released last week showing a surge in foreign direct investment during the first half of this year may not be the most reliable indicators of actual investment, as they reflect proposed investments rather than actual foreign direct investment (FDI), experts and executives say. ...

Igor Kossov
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/15158/fdi-on-the-rise--but-figures-questioned/

Almost 100 investment projects recorded in first semester

During the first six months of this year, Cambodia has received a total of 94 investment projects worth some $3.4 billion, the state’s news agency-AKP quoted deputy prime minister Keat Chhon. ...

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/almost-100-investment-projects-recorded-in-first-semester-8901

Keep those receipts: gov’t

Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon has demanded officials reveal just how much they are spending on state-funded trips overseas and what those trips are accomplishing, a move observers said was a long overdue bid for accountability in an often-abused system.In a letter dated July 10 ...

Taing Vida
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/keep-those-receipts-govt

‘Scales are needed to stop road damage’

Following a directive by Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon to the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation to improve their monitoring of overloaded vehicles, a ministry official said they will build more vehicle scales. ...

Sean Teehan and Pech Sotheary
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/scales-are-needed-stop-road-damage

Inditex, H&M agree to pay more for clothes from Cambodia

Fashion brands, including Europe’s biggest clothing retailer Inditex SA (ITX) and Hennes & Mauritz AB (HMB), said they are willing to pay more for clothes made in Cambodia, backing a trade union campaign for higher wages. The chains are among eight clothing retailers that include Next Plc (NXT) and Primark that have ...

Gabi Thesing
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-19/inditex-h-m-agree-to-pay-more-for-clothes-from-cambodia.html

R’kiri row no drag on oknha title

The Royal Palace has granted the prestigious title of oknha to politically connected businesswoman Keat Kolney, who has been locking horns for a decade with ethnic Jarai minorities in Ratanakkiri province over hundreds of disputed hectares. Kolney – who is married to Chhan Saphann, an official ...

Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/r%E2%80%99kiri-row-no-drag-oknha-title

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

Work on 6th Chinese-funded bridge in north Cambodia nears completion

Work on the 6th Cambodia-China Friendship Mekong-Stung Treng Bridge here in northern Cambodia is nearing completion after a 25-month construction, officials said Sunday. Tram Iv Tek, Cambodian Minister of Public Works and Transport, said the 1,731-meter bridge, being built by the Shanghai Construction (Group) General Company, ...

Xinhuanet news
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-06/08/c_133391624.htm

Cambodian officials meet with buyers from global brands on garment issues

Cambodian officials, led by Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon, on Monday met with a 18-member delegation representing global brands and trade unions to discuss garment worker rights and wages. It was the second round of talks between Cambodian government officials and representatives of major brands ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-05/26/c_133363019.htm

Unions expect violence, but forum to go on

Despite anticipating violence between unionists and authorities, labour union heads yesterday said they will go ahead with a public forum at Freedom Park on Saturday morning. Phnom Penh City Hall on Tuesday denied a request by 18 union federations to hold a public forum at ...

Sean Teehan and Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unions-expect-violence-forum-go

Cambodia holds gov't-private sector dialogue after 2-year hiatus

The Government-Private Sector Forum was held here on Tuesday after it has had a hiatus for two consecutive years because of Cambodia’s ASEAN chairmanship in 2012 and general election in 2013.     The Tuesday’s dialogue was presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen with the participation of ...

Shanghai Daily News Staff
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=204497

Unions plan forum

The leaders of 18 unions and union confederations this week will invite ruling and opposition party members to take part in a public forum where labour relations issues will be discussed. Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions (CCU), yesterday said the letters have ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unions-plan-forum

Gov’t criticizes media coverage of strike violence

The high-ranking government officials and global clothing brand representatives who took part in a meeting in Phnom Penh on Wednesday both raised concern​s​ about the media coverage of last month’s lethal repression of a nationwide strike by garment workers and its aftermath. The meeting was called ...

Alex Willemyns And Aun Pheap
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-criticizes-media-coverage-of-strike-violence-52979/

Poverty gains ‘precarious’

Cambodia’s poverty rate fell dramatically between 2004 and 2011 – from more than 50 per cent to roughly 20 – but those gains are so precarious that a slight economic shock could send millions plunging back below the poverty line, according to a World Bank ...

Stuart White
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/poverty-gains-%E2%80%98precarious%E2%80%99

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