Transparency International: Cambodia’s budget process lacks transparency and regulation

Cambodia’s budgetary process lacks transparency and sufficient regulation, according to a publication this month from the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) Cambodia. ...

Seoung Nimol

SMEs urged to comply with tax changes

The majority of small and medium enterprises are still unaware of how to comply with new tax regulations that came into force at the end of last year, according to an Economy Ministry official. Srun Angkaren, a deputy director in the general department of taxation, said ...

Sok Chan

Transparency International opens up to new members

The Cambodian arm of anti-corruption group Transparency International aims to get greater grassroots support for its work and turn itself into a “social movement” by opening up to individual and group memberships. ...

Andrew Nachemson

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

Vietnam logging numbers being ‘verified’: official

Vietnamese customs data showing that Cambodia exported at least $121 million of woodthis year are currently being investigated by government officials, according to Environment Ministry Undersecretary of State Eang Sophalleth. ...

Jack Davies and Mech Dara

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

This country just made it legal for cops to keep 70% of All the traffic fines they collect

Drivers in Cambodia have a lot to contend with: cavernous potholes, weaving motorcycles kicking up clouds of choking dust and noodle hawkers trundling down the “fast” lane. Now motorists may find their pockets as ravaged as their nerves, after officials announced a fivefold bump in ...

Charlie Campbell

Cambodia inches up corruption index

Cambodia has performed better than last year in its effort to fight corruption, but it is still slow, an international anti-corruption watchdog said Wednesday.   The index ranks Cambodia 156 out of 175 countries this year, up from a 160 ranking last year. ...

Bangkok Post News Staff

Cambodia's anti-graft agency receives 728 complaints in 9 months

The Cambodia’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) had received 728 corruption-related complaints in the first nine months of this year, down 16 percent from the same period last year, the agency said in a statement on Sunday. “From January to September 2014, the ACU had received a total ...

Global Post News Staff

Civil society, tech team up

With security footage of elephants, clouded leopards and other wildlife caught on hidden cameras in Cambodia’s Eastern Plains flashing on a TV screen, Toby Eastoe of Conservation International noted that their cameras also catch other activity. Presenters ranging from anti-corruption advocates to health service workers ...

Sean Teehan

Cambodia vulnerable to money laundering

Cambodia is the third most at-risk country to money laundering and terrorist financing in the world, according to a global index released last month, trailing only Iran and Afghanistan. The Anti-Money Laundering Index, first published by the Swiss-based Basel Institute on Governance in 2012, assigns the ...

Zsombor Peter

‘SMEs have role’ in graft fight

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need to intensify self-regulatory efforts against corrupt practices to help foster a stronger business environment, NGO Transparency International (TI) Cambodia said yesterday. At a seminar in Phnom Penh, TI Cambodia executive director Preap Kol told business representatives that while government corruption ...

Chan Muyhong

Kem Sokha says CNRP supports term limits for Prime Ministers

CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha, who was on Tuesday elected National Assembly vice president, told reporters that the opposition party supports recent calls to impose limits on the number of terms a person can serve as prime minister. The issue has been in the local news ...

Hul Reaksmey

Cambodia’s ongoing human trafficking problem

Svay Pak is an internationally known district for child sex in Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh, where foreign men come to seek sex with young girls. According to a 2011 study by ECPAT Cambodia, around 75 percent of the victims of sex trafficking within Cambodia were children. The study also ...

Kyla Ryan

As oknha ranks grow, honorific loses meaning

Initially a status reserved for a privileged few, the number of businesspeople bearing the honorific “oknha” has ballooned from an estimated 20 individuals in 2004 to some 200 in 2008 and more than 700 today. Traditionally a title of nobility bestowed by the king to honor ...

Sek Odom and Simon Henderson

Cambodia’s ‘Better Factories’ Are Getting A Lot Worse

Three months pregnant at the time, Sam Ath doesn’t remember collapsing two months ago at the crowded, muggy garment factory where she works at the southwestern edge of the Cambodian capital. The 30-year-old woke up in a hospital bed, only to be told that she had ...

Geoffrey Cain

Illicit Trade Linked to $130M In Losses

A report released by a U.S. financial research firm today says that Cambodia lost an average of $133 million per year between 2002 and 2011 through crimes such as import and export tax evasion, illegal movements of money and smuggling. The report, released by Global Financial ...

Alex Willemyns

Cambodia Ranked Most Corrupt Country in the Region

Cambodia is now ranked as being perceived by investors as Southeast Asia’s most corrupt country, surpassing Laos and Burma on Transparency International’s annual corruption index. Cambodia ranked 160 of 175 countries in the report, with its index score a mere 20 out of 100. That’s two ...

Khoun Theara

Big opposition gains

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party saw its ironclad grip on the National Assembly weaken dramatically, dropping 22 seats in winning 68 of 123, with the opposition the beneficiary and the CPP’s royalist coalition partners winning none at all in an election rife with alleged irregularities. Though ...

Bribes remain rampant: TI

Despite facing a rampant graft problem that has seen Cambodians paying bribes far more often than their regional neighbors, they have growing faith in the government’s ability to fight it, a Transparency International survey has found. TI’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer, which measures perceptions of corruption ...

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