Cambodia needs $9.22 billion for next three-year public investment program
The Cambodian government on Friday approved the next three-year public investment program (2023-2025), which would require a total capital of $9.22 billion to implement 663 projects, government spokesperson Phay Siphan said. ...
Khmer Times Staff
‘Factories, fossil fuels mostly to blame for climate change’
Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra on Wednesday blamed climate change and global warming on greenhouse gas emissions from heavy industrial factories and the burning of fossil fuels in developed countries. He said deforestation is only a small contributing factor. ...
Government group to support local officials
The government has issued guidelines on the roles and duties of national-level officials who undertake municipal and provincial missions to promote the implementation of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Rectangular Strategy for Growth, Employment, Equity and Efficiency Phase IV. ...
Phay Siphan: Preah Sihanouk will become a second Singapore
Government spokesman Phay Siphan said on Monday that Preah Sihanouk province will become a second Singapore, as authorities were warned that its development, fuelled largely by Chinese investment, was coming at a cost to locals. ...
PM: Fight against fake news
Prime Minister Hun Sen raised cyber-security and access to information in his address to nearly 5,000 participants at the correspondents’ dinner held on Friday in Phnom Penh. In his speech, Hun Sen called on officials and members of the press to wage a fight against ...
Son of PM appointed as CMAC’s board member
Hun Manith, the son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, has been “promoted” as a board member and adviser of the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) – a position equal to a cabinet minister. A royal decree, signed by the King on November 2 and obtained ...
Germany’s Merkel sends PM ‘congratulations’ on poll win
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel became the first leader of a Western democracy to congratulate Prime Minister Hun Sen on his party’s landslide victory in the July 29 national elections, issuing a letter wishing him success over the course of his new term of office. Observers, ...
Australia to miss opening of assembly due to ‘flawed’ poll
As Australia became the latest Western embassy to announce it would not be sending a representative to Wednesday’s opening of parliament, Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan dismissed the US and EU Ambassadors being “unable to attend” as no loss because “they give no value ...
US names new ambassador to Cambodia
US President Donald Trump on Friday appointed W Patrick Murphy as the new US Ambassador to Cambodia, replacing incumbent William A Heidt. A press release posted on the White House’s website said nominee W Patrick Murphy is currently acting principal deputy assistant secretary at the ...
Cambodia’s democracy, economy at risk: report
Cambodia has become more autocratic and its government’s claim of stable economic development rests on uncertain basis, according to a comprehensive new report. The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI), published on Thursday, claims that the quality of Cambodia’s democracy, market economy and governance performance has ...
US funding conditional on Cambodia’s release of political prisoners, reinstatement of CNRP
The United States Senate has passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that looks to cut funding for Cambodia unless it releases all political prisoners and reinstates the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. The passage of the omnibus bill on Friday, which averts a US government ...
Lon Nol coup marked
Cambodian government officials and pro-government media yesterday commemorated the seldom-observed anniversary of Marshal Lon Nol’s rise to power, seizing the opportunity to once again re-litigate historical grievances with the United States. In an article on Sunday, Lim Cheavutha, the CEO of government mouthpiece Fresh News, ...
UN report highlights escalation of tensions in Cambodia
Shrinking political and civic space in the Kingdom is highlighted in a new report from the United Nations’ human rights commissioner and secretary-general ahead of a UN Human Rights Council discussion this month on Cambodia. ...
Hun Sen claims glowing review by UN
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday claimed that Cambodia received an exceedingly positive review during a yearly assessment with United Nations representatives, even as the UN published a statement slamming recent legal amendments. ...
Ben Sokhean and Andrew Nachemson
Cambodia plunges in democracy survey after CNRP dissolution
The state of democracy in Cambodia has declined to the point where it is now led by an outright “authoritarian” regime, according to the latest Democracy Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The Democracy Index 2017, released yesterday, ranked Cambodia 124th out of 167 countries, ...
Industrial development plan to boost economy is ‘90%’ on track
An ambitous 10-year plan to boost the country’s industrial development is “90 percent” on track and has earned the approval of Prime Minister Hun Sen, government representatives said yesterday. ...
Sub-decree approval rules amended
From now on, only certain sub-decrees will need to be pored over by the cabinet before they are signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, the premier told a session of the cabinet on Friday morning, although failing to specify what the selection criteria would be. Mr. ...
Minister tells UN ‘perfect democracy’ not realistic
Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn defended the government before the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Saturday, saying that the ruling party was being held to unrealistic expectations of a “perfect democracy” while the opposition was “committing very serious crimes.” Delivering his first major address to ...
Battambang farmers protest plummeting rice prices
Attempting to call attention to the havoc low rice prices are wreaking on their livelihoods, hundreds of farmers in Battambang’s Sangke district took to the streets yesterday, symbolically pouring rice onto National Road 5. ...
CNRP talks mass protests after Sokha conviction
Opposition leaders on Sunday called on supporters to consider mass demonstrations after the conviction on Friday of CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha, while a government spokesman warned that those who attempted to heed the call to action would pay a “very high price.” ...
Khuon Narim and George Wright
Cambodia, China sign new MoU on money laundering
Cambodia and China last week signed an agreement to exchange financial intelligence to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, though experts said the Kingdom should still be doing more to tackle an issue that has long persisted in the country, in part, due to local ...
Flag of convenience scheme retired
The days of cocaine smuggling, illegal fishing and human trafficking using ships bearing the Cambodian flag appear to have come to an end as government officials claim that, as of today, all foreign-owned ships operating through Cambodia’s “flag of convenience” scheme must be stripped of ...