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Dam opposition takes complaint to Malaysia

Six environmental organisations opposing Laos’ controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam yesterday took their complaints to a new level: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia. In a 23-page letter, the organisations from Cambodia, Thailand and the US collectively requested an investigation into the trans-boundary impacts of the ...

Laignee Barron
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/dam-opposition-takes-complaint-malaysia

US retailers express support for Cambodian living wage

As a new round of Cambodian wage negotiations approaches this month, major U.S. and European retailers who source from the country say they will be watching the talks carefully and want to see fair pay for workers. Representatives of the brands like Gap, Levi Strauss, and ...

Kimseng Men
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-retailers-express-support-for-cambodian-living-wage/2470747.html

US-bound cargo from Cambodia to face enhanced scrutiny

Cargo headed to the U.S. from Cambodia will face added scrutiny due to what the U.S. Homeland Security calls inadequate security measures. According to the Cambodia Daily, U.S. authorities asked Cambodia ports to put additional security measures in place for several Cambodia ports in 2008, but ...

Corianne Egan
http://www.joc.com/port-news/asian-ports/us-bound-cargo-cambodia-face-enhanced-scrutiny_20140926.html

Inditex, H&M agree to pay more for clothes from Cambodia

Fashion brands, including Europe’s biggest clothing retailer Inditex SA (ITX) and Hennes & Mauritz AB (HMB), said they are willing to pay more for clothes made in Cambodia, backing a trade union campaign for higher wages. The chains are among eight clothing retailers that include Next Plc (NXT) and Primark that have ...

Gabi Thesing
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-19/inditex-h-m-agree-to-pay-more-for-clothes-from-cambodia.html

U.S. business executives eye investment potential in Cambodia

More than a dozen of American company representatives are visiting Cambodia to look into investment opportunities, a Cambodian spokesman said Thursday. ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-09/04/c_133621460.htm

Cambodia, US share concerns over Lao dam

Following a meeting with a visiting U.S. diplomat on Wednesday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary of State Ouch Borith said the U.S. shares Cambodia’s concerns about a controversial hydropower dam Laos is planning to build on the Mekong River. Cambodia and Vietnam both fear that the ...

Eang Mengleng
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cambodia-us-share-concerns-over-lao-dam-67238/

241-Kg US war-era bomb found in Kandal province

Police and deminers in Kandal province on Wednesday removed from a riverbank a 241-kg Mark 82 bomb, of the kind the U.S. dropped on Cambodia in the heavy bombing that took place during its war against neighboring Vietnam. ...

Hay Pisey
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/241-kg-us-war-era-bomb-found-in-kandal-province-64933/

CNRP officials imprisoned on insurrection charges

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday charged at least seven opposition CNRP lawmakers-elect and a party activist with insurrection and incitement over a protest that turned violent on Tuesday, sending six of the group to Prey Sar prison. Meng Sopheary, a lawyer on the defense ...

Kuch Naren
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cnrp-officials-sent-to-prison-on-charges-of-insurrection-64320/

Global brands linked to latest shamed garment factory

Italian sportswear brand Kappa and U.S.-based retail giant Walmart apparently source clothing from the latest addition to the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) list of low-compliance factories, according to a union leader at the factory who provided the branded tags from the clothing her members cut ...

Sun Heng and Holly Robertson
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/global-brands-linked-to-latest-shamed-garment-factory-63900/

Commerce minister vows ‘meaningful’ reforms to US investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol concluded a trade mission in the United States this week, emphasizing his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms to improve its investment climate. Cambodia meanwhile needs more foreign investment to create jobs for the 300,000 young Cambodians who enter the ...

Sophat Soeung
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/commerce-minister-vows-meaningful-reforms-to-us-investors/1944607.html

USAID Review of Health NGO Finds Litany of Irregularities

A financial review by USAID, the U.S. government’s development arm, into local health NGO Reproductive and Child Health Alliance (RACHA) has found financial mismanagement coupled with a lack of transparency and oversight within the organization that may point to evidence of fraudulent activity. Well-known for its ...

Simon Henderson and Kuch Naren
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/usaid-review-of-health-ngo-finds-litany-of-irregularities-49464/

Governor Seeks Curb in Rubber Resin Smuggling

Kompong Cham provincial governor Lun Lim Thai on Tuesday ordered authorities to step up long-running efforts to reduce the smuggling of unprocessed rubber resin from the province into Vietnam. Those smuggling resin to processors across the border should be more actively pursued and instead forced to ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/business/governor-seeks-curb-in-rubber-resin-smuggling-46966/

Cambodia Not Ready for Inter-Country Adoptions

It has been one year since Cambodia announced that it was lifting its ban on intercountry adoptions beginning January 1, 2013, but despite praising Cambodia’s efforts to implement international regulations, countries that ban adoptions of Cambodians said this week that they were no closer to ...

Simon Henderson
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cambodia-not-ready-for-inter-country-adoptions-46465/

Cambodia, US Extend Artifacts Trade Agreement

Cambodia and the U.S. have signed an extension to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that imposes strict import restrictions on artifacts dating from the Bronze Age to the end of the Angkor Empire. Hab Touch, director-general for tangible heritage at the Ministry of Culture and ...

Simon Henderson
https://cambodia.opendevelopmentmekong.net/wp-admin/post.php?post=34061&action=edit&message=1

US Taxman Provides Investigation Training

The U.S. tax collection agency is this week training Cambodian bank staff as well as anti-corruption officials, police, judges and prosecutors in how to investigate financial activity to detect wrongdoing, officials said Monday. U.S. Embassy spokesman Sean McIntosh said the program, called Intermediate Financial Investigations Training, ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/business/us-taxman-provides-investigation-training-40220/

Cambodia's trade with U.S. up 2% in first half of 2013

Bilateral trade between Cambodia and the United States has amounted to 1.44 billion U.S. dollars in the first six months of the year, up 2 percent compared with 1.41 billion U.S. dollars over the same period last year, the figures of the U.S. Department of ...

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/business/2013-08/07/c_132610051.htm

In Cambodia, Cyber Casinos Fall Into a Legal Gray Area

In 2010, the Ha Tien Vegas Entertainment Resort, a casino investment on Kampot province’s border with Vietnam that included luxury karaoke rooms and suites, launched with high hopes of attracting Vietnamese gamblers. At the end of December, Ha Tien Vegas closed down. To the north, in ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/selected-features/in-cambodiacyber-casinos-fall-into-a-legal-gray-area-38322/

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Slams U.S. Threats Over Aid

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday criticized U.S. threats to cut aid to the impoverished Southeast Asian nation if its election wasn’t free and fair, and dared American lawmakers to follow through on their warning. His comments came after U.S. lawmakers started processes in the ...

http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-293500/

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