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TI Cambodia: More awareness of national budget to boost transparency

Transparency International Cambodia (TI Cambodia) organised a debate on the national budget income on Friday to raise awareness on the matter. The NGO urged the public to know more about the issue to increase the level of transparency in the national budget’s income and expenditure. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ti-cambodia-more-awareness-national-budget-boost-transparency

Ministry to ‘secretly’ inspect national road constructions

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced it will “secretly inspect” Cambodian roads to ensure their quality meets the Kingdom’s standards. Pal Chandara, secretary of state and spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, said a newly formed working group would inspect ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-secretly-inspect-national-road-constructions

Pursat official allegedly stole more than $400K during tenure

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) uncovered that Pursat provincial Department of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction director Liem Bunroeun illegally acquired more than $400,000 through corruption during his three-year tenure. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pursat-official-allegedly-stole-more-400k-during-tenure

Government hits back at UN human rights officials

Cambodian officials have accused two United Nations (UN) human rights experts of interfering in its internal affairs when they commented on the freedom of opinion and expression in the Kingdom and the media code of conduct for the July 29 national elections. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-hits-back-un-human-rights-officials

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
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50303632/31-districts-selected-for-one-window-services/

Whistleblower law nearly done: ACU

Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) boss Om Yentieng has said the Kingdom’s whistleblower and witness protection draft law was nearly complete, while at the same time lashing out at Transparency International Cambodia for not assisting in the process, something the group flatly denied. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/whistleblower-law-nearly-done-acu

Minor hiccups at elections

While yesterday’s commune elections went more smoothly than past iterations, they were not free from claims of irregularities, with opposition activists bearing the brunt of the legal punishments. ...

Post Staff
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/minor-hiccups-elections

Election monitor: Sample-based observation most effective

Transparency International has pledged a rapid assessment of potential irregularities in Sunday’s commune elections by sending 1,100 observers across Cambodia—including, if needed, by boat and helicopter. ...

Hannah Hawkins
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/election-monitor-sample-based-observation-most-effective-130668/

Cambodians see major drops in corruption levels: Transparency International

The Global Corruption Barometer, which was compiled from interviews with more than 1,000 Cambodians, showed overall decreases in the direct experiences of corruption in the judiciary since 2011, down from 72 percent to 59 percent in 2016. ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.voacambodia.com/a/ti-says-only-petty-corruption-decrease/3751603.html

Cambodia worst in region for rule of law: report

Cambodia ranked 112 out of 113 countries surveyed globally and dead last in the East Asia and Pacific region when it comes to the perceived rule of law, a new report released today states. ...

Cristina Maza
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-worst-region-rule-law-report

Low marks for Cambodia’s efforts to combat illicit trade

Cambodia ranked third-worst for illicit trade out of 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific region in a recently released index by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) that analysed governments’ abilities to combat illegal trade operations.​ ...

Kali Kotoski and Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/low-marks-cambodias-efforts-combat-illicit-trade

For migrants, votes in Phnom Penh ‘wasted’

The just-passed Pchum Ben holiday weekend was a rare opportunity for many migrant workers to return home to register to vote in the provinces, where their ballots will count for more than if they are cast in Phnom Penh. ...

Michael Dickison
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/migrants-votes-phnom-penh-wasted-118796/

Wing to handle gov’t fees

In an effort to increase transparency and accuracy, the payment of fees for government services such as business and vehicle registration, and taxes in the future, is now being handled by Wing Specialized Bank, the Commerce Ministry announced yesterday. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29819/wing-to-handle-gov---t-fees/

Joint online tax system

The Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s general taxation department plan to jointly operate an online business tax registration system in a bid to strengthen tax collection in the country and root out corruption. Sok Sopheak, under-secretary of state of the Ministry ...

Chea Vannak
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29545/joint-online-tax-system/

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
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-china-sign-new-mou-money-laundering

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
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29307/smes-in-anti-graft-partnership/

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
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/private-firm-takes-responsibility-work-permits-117428/

Official removed over land sale

The Ministry of Agriculture has removed Meas Sopheap, its chief of staff in Koh Kong province, over allegations he privately sold state land worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. ...

Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/26951/official-removed-over-land-sale/

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
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/draft-whistleblower-law-due-july-acu

Officials dispute transparency international’s corruption index

Cambodia scored very poorly on a perceived corruption index, put out each year by Transparency International, but a government spokesman says the report doesn’t reflect the “effort” the government has put into combating the practice. ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/officials-dispute-transparency-international-corruption-index/3166483.html

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