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Poverty line $120, gov’t says

Workers in Cambodia’s capital earning less than $120 per month are living below the poverty line, according to the Ministry of Planning’s own calculation. At a September 17 workshop on the garment industry minimum wage, International Labor Organization Cambodia national director Tun Sophorn cited Ministry of ...

Sean Teehan
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/poverty-line-120-gov%E2%80%99t-says

Cambodia has 514,278 business establishments: survey

Cambodia currently has approximately 514,278 business establishments, up 11 percent compared with 463,363 in 2011, according to the results of the intercensal economic survey released Monday. ...

ASEAN - China News Centre News Staff
http://www.asean-china-center.org/english/2014-09/09/c_133630329.htm

Gov’t urges sauce makers to increase iron content

Manufacturers of soy and fish sauces should fortify the products with iron in order to improve Cambodians’ health, government officials said yesterday. During a workshop on iron fortification, Sat Samy, secretary of state at the Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts, called on producers to help combat ...

Kang Sothear
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-urges-sauce-makers-to-increase-iron-content-67579/

Results of agriculture census out

The Ministry of Planning is to release today preliminary results of Cambodia’s first agricultural industry census, which promises to provide the biggest ever snapshot of the key sector. According to a press release issued yesterday by the ministry, the census’ preliminary results will include the number ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/results-agriculture-census-out

Urban planning needed: ADB

With a rapidly rising population exacerbating the country’s existing infrastructure, the Asia Development Bank (ADB) has highlighted in a new study the Cambodian government’s failure to install effective planning policies in its most densely populated urban centres. The ADB estimates that, driven by work opportunities and ...

Eddie Morton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/urban-planning-needed-adb

National Assembly passes five-year $26.6B spending plan

The single-party National Assembly on Thursday approved the 2014 to 2018 National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP), which will cost an estimated $26.58 billion to implement. An extradition agreement between Cambodia and Vietnam was also passed. Approved earlier this month by the Council of Ministers, it is ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/national-assembly-passes-five-year-26-6b-spending-plan-62578/

Increasingly, Cambodians Say They are ‘Suffering’: Poll

An increasing number of Cambodians see themselves faring worse, a Gallup polls suggests. In a global survey released earlier this month, the US-based firm ranked Cambodia near the very bottom in terms of life satisfaction, and it found that 34 percent of surveyed Cambodians consider themselves ...

Vannarin Neou
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/increasingly-cambodians-say-they-are-suffering/1819008.html

Hun Sen Makes More Cuts to Sok An’s Portfolio

Prime Minister Hun Sen signed off on a directive last week to trans­fer 11 government bodies, previously overseen by Cabinet Minister Sok An, to relevant ministries and institutions, further cutting the expansive portfolio of the deputy prime minister in the wake of July’s national election. ...

Aun Pheap and Colin Meyn
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-makes-more-cuts-to-sok-ans-portfolio-46512/

Cambodia's Population At 14.68 Million

Cambodia’s population has risen to 14.68 million, up nine percent over the last five years, according to the intercensal population survey. The survey conducted by the Planning Ministry’s National Institute of Statistics showed 7.12 million of the population are males and 7.56 million females, Xinhua news ...

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v7/wn/newsworld.php?id=970080

Final Wage Offer for Garment Workers Is $75

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) informed the government yesterday that their final offer in minimum wage negotiations with the country’s unions is $75 per month, $25 less than the unions had wanted. The $75 dollar figure, however, includes a $5 state-mandated health bonus, paid ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/

Should Minimum Wage Be Market Driven or Government-Dictated?

Manufacturers and unions aligned with the ruling CPP yesterday said the current labor shortage inside the garment industry would act as an incentive for employers to increase salaries, and that there was no need for the government to impose a new minimum wage. During a meeting ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Inflation Falls on Lower Gas, Food Prices

Consumer prices in Phnom Penh grew just 1.8 percent year-on-year in the month of June, the lowest increase in almost two years, as food and gas prices remained stable, according to figures released yesterday by the Ministry of Planning. In its monthly inflation report, the ministry ...

Varying Degrees of Progress Shown in Development Report

The government has made “remarkable development progress” in successfully guiding the country through the global financial crash of 2008, ensuring economic stability and enabling the government to meet the Cambodian Millennium Development Goal on poverty reduction, Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday. Speaking at the launch ...

Senior official hit with corruption complaint

Allegations that a senior government official in the Ministry of Planning stole thousands of dollars have been levelled in a complaint signed by more than 20 officials. But the director of the National Institute of Statistics, San Sy Than, defended Mech Kanthul, claiming the officials ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012040655466/National-news/senior-official-hit-with-corruption-complaint.html

National Census Identifies Half-Million Businesses

Cambodia has a total of 505,134 businesses supported by a workforce of 1,676,263, just 11.56 percent of the total population, according to a nationwide economic census released yesterday by the Ministry of Planning. Of the total number of people employed in the country, 1,026,084, or 61.2 ...

Hul Reaksmey and Philip Heijmans, P.1

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