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Swedes, Swiss give $15M for local gov’t

The governments of Sweden and Switzerland have pledged more than $15 million to the strengthening of sub-national governance in Cambodia from 2015 to 2017. ...

Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/swedes-swiss-give-15m-local-govt

Cambodia's garment industry seen approaching crossroads

Cambodia’s $5.5 billion garment industry is nearing a crossroads amid uncertain prospects for outsourcing, an industry source says, citing participants at a recent trade show in Phnom Penh. “Many industry suppliers believe that while Cambodia remains a growing market for their textile and garment products, there ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=NjY3NTFlNmIzMTU

Health progress lauded

Cambodia’s progress in reducing maternal mortality was recognised internationally this week at the 67th World Health Assembly in Switzerland. Efforts to increase the number of skilled birth attendants and an increase in the number of 24-hour emergency centres available to pregnant women were both credited with ...

Amelia Woodside
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/health-progress-lauded

Acleda joins WEF growth club

Cambodia’s largest financial institution, Acleda Bank, has been adopted into the World Economic Forum’s group of Global Growth Companies (GGC), an exclusive club made up of some of the world’s fastest-growing medium-size firms. The WEF yesterday announced that 20 companies from the Asia-Pacific region had been ...

Eddie Morton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/acleda-joins-wef-growth-club

Switzerland provides 3 mln USD to Cambodia for mine clearance

Switzerland on Tuesday granted 3 million U.S. dollars to Cambodia through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for mine clearance. The agreement was inked between Rahel Boesch, director of Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation office in Cambodia, and Setsuko Yamazaki, director of UNDP office in Cambodia, ...

Business Ghana News Staff
http://www.businessghana.com/portal/news/index.php?op=getNews&news_cat_id=&id=193425

Tourism not competitive

Cambodia ranks last in travel and tourism competitiveness among eight Southeast Asian countries, according to a recently published study by the World Economic Forum. The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013, which excluded Laos and Myanmar, said Cambodia comes 106th out of 140 countries this year, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013040964952/Business/tourism-not-competitive.html

Acleda readies to open Myanmar’s first micro-finance firm

Cambodia’s largest bank is ready to launch its first micro-finance institution (MFI) in Myanmar, but one final barrier remains: an operating licence from Myanmar’s government. Acleda Bank’s chief executive, In Channy, expects the licence to be granted by the end of this month. Once that is done, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013011760823/Business/acleda-readies-to-open-myanmar-s-first-micro-finance-firm.html

AHAVA expanding to 7 more countries

AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories is expanding its international activity Dead Sea products to be sold in Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Korea, Greece, Denmark and Cambodia. Company CEO expects 10% growth in sales in coming year “In Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, we are operating through a franchisee’s store, ...

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4291229,00.html

Cambodia ‘ripe’ for money laundering

Cambodia is ripe for money-laundering and terrorist financing activities due to rampant corruption, banking-sector secrecy and an overall lack of financial transparency, a governance institute says in a report released this week. The Switzerland-based Basel Institute on Governance has ranked Cambodia the third “highest-risk” country out of 144 ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012051056082/National-news/cambodia-ripe-for-money-laundering.html

Certification Quandry Stunts Sugar Exports

In April 2010, Kampot Pepper and Kompong Speu palm sugar both gained a geographical indication (GI) from the Ministry of Commerce that recognized their unique qualities and protected their name. But while Kampot pepper producers export almost all of their 17-ton annual production at high ...

Laos dam project could violate international law, group says

A representative of environmental group International Rivers said yesterday that if the Laos government were to move forward with a controversial dam project, it would violate the 1995 Mekong Agreement. “Moving forward with the dam would be against international law,” said Ame Trandem, Sountheast Asia program ...

Competitiveness Improves

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index 2011-2012 ranked the Philippines 75th out of 142 economies, up from 85th out of 139 in the 2010-2011 report. Last year’s placing marked a reversal of 2009’s slide to 87th in a list of 133, from 71st ...

http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=TopStory&title=Competitiveness-improves&id=37920

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