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Union Seeks Tax Reduction for Garment Workers

Factory workers should get a reduction or exemption from paying income tax as the deductions are forcing them into poverty, the Free Trade Union (FTU) wrote in a letter to Finance Minister Keat Chon. ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Cambodian Economy Hurt by Land Evictions

Kratie province – Cambodia’s transformation from war-torn basket-case to one of Asia’s most promising emerging economies is being overshadowed by a backwards lurch in human rights and land policies that critics say are entrenching poverty. Next week’s visit by Barack Obama, the fist by a U.S. ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Cooperatives Key to Help Farmers, Combat Hunger

The key to lifting people out of poverty could be found in the setting up of farming cooperatives, the country director of the World Food Program said on Friday, which was also World Food Day. Jean-Pierre de Margerie, country director of the World Food Program, said ...

NGO plans to build mini-city

An NGO’s plan to build an “entire city” for the victims of a forced eviction has been backed by the Phnom Penh municipal government, with preliminary construction already under way. The $2.2 to $2.5 million project, devised by the organisation People for Care and Learning, is expected ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100859152/National-news/ngo-plans-to-replace-slum-with-new-city.html

Land Issues Are Dominating Talks Between Citizens, Lawmakers

Land conflicts, discrimination, corruption and inequality dominated discussions between citizens and lawmakers at forums across the country this year, according to the U.S.-based organization the National Democratic Institute (NDI). In its annual report, obtained yesterday, the NDI noted “significant consistencies in the concerns facing Cambodians across ...

Cambodia's Anti-Corruption Unit receives 800 complaints in 8 months

Cambodia’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has received about 800 corruption-related complaints in the first eight months of this year, exceeding the whole last year of only 700 cases, Om Yintieng, ACU’s Chairman, said Thursday Cambodia is riddled with bribery and corruption. The Government of Cambodia sees corruption ...

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/735760.shtml

Cambodian PM: Poverty reduction target may hit 2 years earlier

Cambodia is expected to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in poverty reduction two years earlier than the UN-imposed target, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday. According to the UN MDG, Cambodia is set the target to reduce poverty rate to 19.4 percent by 2015, meaning ...

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-09/21/c_131865877.htm

Pay delay frustrates disabled community

More than one year after the government passed legislation to bring in a pension for people with disabilities living in poverty, a preliminary committee to workshop how to locate such disabled people has still not been formed, officials said yesterday. In June last year, the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012090658540/National-news/pay-delay-frustrates-disabled-community.html

Railway compliance complaint sent to ADB

Families have fallen into poverty and children have dropped out of school due to deficiencies in the Asian Development Bank’s rehabilitation of Cambodia’s railway system, according to a complaint filed to the bank’s compliance review department. According to David Pred, managing associate for NGO Inclusive Development International, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012090658539/National-news/complaint-to-adb-cites-decline-in-housing-food-education.html

Families Call for Boycott of Senator's 'Blood Sugar'

After years of futile protests demanding their land back, villagers forcibly evicted by sugarcane plantations connected to CPP Senator Ly Yong Phat launched a boycott campaign yesterday targeting the international firms that sell his sugar. Thousands of families accuse the senator’s plantations of forcing them off ...

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 ...

Forum On Women's Entrepreneurship Promotion

Her Excellency Dr Ing Kantha Phavi, minister of women’s affairs said: “Economic empowerment of women is a key strategy to promote gender equality and poverty alleviation and it is clearly articulated in specific targets under CMDG3 as one important goal among nine goals to be achieved by 2015.” Her announcement was made during the forum on ...

http://thesoutheastasiaweekly.com/

Development report cites China as growth model

It’s been done numerous times, comparing the “China miracle” to its emerging and frontier neighbours as a benchmark for development. Cambodia might seem an ill-fitted student of the world’s second-biggest economy. But a recent report from the Cambodia Development Resource Institute pointed to some lessons the Kingdom ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012050856023/Business/china-seen-as-growth-model.html

In One City, a Tale of Two Asean Forums

Government officials did not, and Lao students could not, attend yesterday’s Asean Peoples’ Forum in Phnom Penh, where more than 1,500 members of civil society groups discussed the region’s most pressing issues, including human rights, poverty, land usurping and domestic violence. The three-day forum, which is not ...

Trafficking, migrant issues in spotlight

The Cambodian government was strengthening its capacity to combat human trafficking by focusing on poverty reduction and was eager to work with other groups tackling the crime, Interior Ministry Secretary of State Chou Bun Eng said yesterday. “The issues of human trafficking and migrating workers are ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032355208/National-news/trafficking-migrant-issues-in-spotlight.html

MFI survey claims debtor success

A survey by Cambodian microfinancers showed debtors were better off in several respects than those who didn’t borrow from the institutions, MFI officials claimed. Responding to recent concerns over the role of microfinance institutions in creating poverty and loss of property in the Kingdom, the Cambodia ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com

Welfare plan full of goals, short on details

Cash transfers to the poor and public works programs for the unemployed are spelled out in a new five-year plan the government launched yesterday in a bid to expand the country’s threadbare social welfare programs. Though full of ambitious targets and budgets, the ‘National Social Protection ...

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