Preap Kol joins CPP to use his capacity for government reform

Preap Kol, the former Executive Director of Transparency International Cambodia, decided to join the Cambodian People’s Party to use his ability and work experience to participate in the reform of good governance, anti-corruption and technical work with government in the seventh mandate. ...

Hang Punreay

CPP sees voter turnout higher than 80 percent

A Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) official said the process for the upcoming elections is going “smoothly” and predicted that those who had registered to cast their ballots will do so. He said as it stands, over 80 percent of those who are registered to vote ...

Ben Sokhean

31 districts selected for one-window services

The Interior Minister has selected 31 districts in 24 provinces to have new one-window service offices this year, according to a letter issued on Thursday.​​ Interior Minister Sar Kheng said in the letter that five of the 24 provinces require multiple one-window service offices, including ...

Mom Sophon

Hun Sen says Cambodia won’t discuss CNRP with Japan

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday that a meeting with Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Taro Kono next week would not include discussions of the dissolved CNRP, affirming his commitment to holding this year’s elections while rejecting the possibility of negotiations or pardons for the ...

Ben Sokhean and Leonie Kijewski

World Bank economists grilled over pervasive rural debt

The head of Transparency International Cambodia used the release of a World Bank economic report yesterday to press the lender’s economists on rural indebtedness and their claim that the country’s strong GDP growth was helping the country’s poor. ...

Brendan O’Byrne

Districts to be handed primary schools’ reins

Beginning this year, the Education Ministry will hand over management of 625 primary schools, 4,874 teachers and over 170,000 students to 14 districts in Battambang as part of a new initiative to decentralise and improve primary education. The districts will also absorb the management of ...

Kong Meta and Yesenia Amaro

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 ...

Yesenia Amaro

SMEs in anti-graft partnership

The Federation of Associations of Small and Medium Enterprises of Cambodia (FASMAC) has sought support from the anti-corruption organization Transparency International, to prepare it to be a graft-free business entity and help its members to be listed on the Cambodia Stock Exchange (CSX). ...

Chea Vannak

Private firm takes over responsibility for work permits

The Ministry of Labor passed all responsibility for foreign work permits today to E-Solutions (Cambodia) Co., leaving a multitude of unanswered questions about the private company that will process, produce and distribute the permits online. Ministry spokesman Heng Sour declined to answer questions about the company, ...

Sek Odom and Janelle Retka

Cambodia stuck on money laundering blacklist

Cambodia has been listed as the highest-risk nation in ASEAN, and ranks sixth globally, for its susceptibility to money laundering and terrorism financing in a recently released global index that charts the vulnerability of 149 nations. ...

Kali Kotoski

PM: no customs privatization

In his speech to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Customs and Excise Department, he said the proposal to privatize the collection of customs and excise duties was politically motivated to put pressure on the government.   ...

Chea vannak

ACU plans witness law

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has started the process of drafting two laws aimed at protecting witnesses and whistleblowers in an effort to increase their efficiency in fighting corruption. The ACU plans for drafts of the two laws to be finished later this year. ...

Taing Vida

Draft of whistleblower law due in July: ACU

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) will unveil the first draft of its long-awaited whistleblower protection law next month, according to minutes of a May 30 meeting between the ACU and the National Council Against Corruption published on the unit’s website, but observers are not holding their ...

Bun Sengkong

Observers see Cambodia’s democracy in retreat

Political intimidation, the suppression of political expression and restrictions on freedom of assembly have Cambodia’s young democracy under threat, observers in the country say. ...

Dy Khamboly

In Cambodia, calls for Panama papers probe

Civil society groups and anti-corruption experts have urged Cambodia’s government to open an investigation into why Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana was named in the so-called Panama Papers. ...

Neou Vannarin

‘Advice’ for judiciary questioned

A transparency advocate yesterday cautiously greeted a plan for consultation between judges, prosecutors and Justice Ministry officials handling land dispute and other controversial cases, though an international lawyer said it could compromise judicial independence.   ...

Bun Sengkong

Shift to tech curbs corruption: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said the government is now paying almost all civil servants’ salaries and collecting taxes using technology, rather than relying on officials to handle cash, which reduces corruption. ...

May Kunmakara

Analysts suggest now is the time to replace aging, ineffective officials

Cambodia’s ministries are run by an increasingly aged demographic. Some analysts say the government should consider beginning to replace the people in many of these posts with younger officials. ...

Hul Reaksmey

NGO to draft graft-busting strategy for politicians

The director of Transparency International Cambodia on Friday called for all political parties to incorporate anti-corruption measures into their platforms before next year’s commune elections. ...

Chea Takihiro

In bribery, knowledge is power, says paper

A Cambodian-American political scientist has proposed a novel way to tackle corruption in the Kingdom: force bribe-taking bureaucrats to compete with each other. ...

Jack Davies

ASEAN market watch: Cambodian corruption, telecoms bidding in Myanmar, and increasing Philippine trade deficits

Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks Cambodia as the ‘Most Corrupt’ country in Southeast Asia. Cambodia score was 21 out a possible 100 points, which is the same as the country’s score in 2014. ...

ASEAN Briefing

Law needed to protect informants

Transperancy International Cambodia yesterday called on the authorities to fulfill their commitment to the introduction of a whistleblower law, saying it would be key in protecting those who otherwise might not call out corruption. ...

Pech Sotheary

More firms sign on to anti-corruption pact

Cambodia’s national corruption watchdog has added two more firms to its list of private sector companies committed to stamping out corruption, a government news source said yesterday. ...

Sor Chandara

Interior ministry threatens to fire “ghost employees” who haunt gov’t offices

The Interior Ministry has warned 140 of its employees to stop skipping work or risk being fired. It is one of the first government ministries to penalize “ghost workers” – the thousands of bureaucrats, police officers, and other civil servants who are on the government ...

May Titthara / Jonathan Cox

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