Sokimex says contract termination is government decision

An executive at Sokimex, the firm that has held the right to sell tickets to the Angkor Archaeological Park since 1999, said on Sunday that the decision to end its contract next year was made by the government, contradicting a statement saying that it was ...

Kang Sothear

Protesters want government to revitalize dilapidated beach

A representative of 18 vendors in Sihanoukville asked the government for help in reviving the area where they used to live and work, claiming that the half-finished construction sites destroyed the area and any businesses operating there.  ...

Chea Takihiro

Local pol pushes on revenue at Angkor Wat

An opposition lawmaker in Siem Reap province is planning to file a complaint to the Constitutional Council to review National Assembly President Heng Samrin’s decision not to forward his request to terminate Sokimex’s Angkor Wat ticket collection licence. ...

Chhay Channyda

Apsara summoned to account for ticket sales

The Apsara Authority will be summoned to the National Assembly next month to defend its stance in an embittered spat over revenue collected from ticket sales at Angkor Archaeological Park, according to opposition party lawmakers. Apsara, which manages the historical site of Angkorian temples, will be ...

Meas Sokchea and Laignee Barron

Gov’t to monitor prices at pump

The Cambodian government is again urging petrol retailers to pass on savings to the consumer amid the continued plunge in global oil prices, which hit a new five-year low yesterday. The premier’s criticism of foreign fuel retailers comes after the minister of commerce, Sun Chanthol, ...

Eddie Morton

Rosewood haul found in truck with Sokimex logo

Ten tonnes of protected rosewood found stashed in a tanker truck bearing the logo of petroleum giant Sokimex was seized by police in Oddar Meanchey province on Friday. In August, police found 14 tons of rosewood hidden in the tanker of another truck bearing the ...

Phak Seangly

Vietnamese funding curbs will not delay hospital development

Despite Vietnamese state-owned companies withdrawing funding from projects outside of their core business, the $20 million expansion of the Vietnamese-backed Cho Ray Phnom Penh Hospital remains on track, the hospital’s head said yesterday. In July 2012 the Vietnamese government requested that state-owned enterprises withdraw investment in ...

Daniel de Carteret

Security Forces Get in Line for Chinese New Year ‘Ang Pao’ Cash

Chinese New Year is coming and crowds of uniformed police, military police, soldiers and even the stony-faced troops of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Bodyguard Unit will be queuing with expectation at the gates of the rich and powerful to receive their annual “ang pao” envelopes. In ...

Khy Sovuthy

Bokor development harms biodiversity

Two studies have found that development on Bokor Mountain in Kampot province is threatening some of the area’s plant and animal species. The Sokimex Group has been granted development rights for the entire mountain and in May, the first of three hotels to be built ...

Luxury Hotel Resort Threatens Bokor Mountain's Biodiversity

An ongoing project to build hotels, luxury villas and a casino on Kampot province’s Bokor Mountain is a threat to the area’s unique animal and plant species, according to two new studies. Local conglomerate Sokimex Group has been granted property development rights on the entire mountain, ...

Angkor corruption alleged

An anonymous group on Saturday filed a corruption complaint with the Anti-Corruption Unit against senator Sok Kong’s Sokimex company’s management of the Angkor Wat temple complex. The complaint, dated March 10, alleges Sokimex has siphoned the majority of funds recouped from tourist entrance fees to the ...

New Private Hospital to Employ 208 Cambodians

A new high-end private hospital in Phnom Penh, a collaboration between Cambodia’s Sokimex and Ho Chi Minh City’s well-known Cho-Ray Hospital, is set to hire 280 Cambodian health care workers in the next year, according to a Sunday satatement posted on the City Hall website. ...

Low Funds May Have Led to CPI Suspension

An official at the Ministry of Planning said yesterday that a lack of funds may be to blame fo the Ministry of Finance and Economy suspending the publication of June’s consumer price index. Sam Saroeun, deputy director of the statistics department at the Ministry of ...

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