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Hun Sen, tax chief accuse US of lying about cuts to aid

Prime Minister Hun Sen and tax chief Kong Vibol accused the US of lying about cutting assistance to Cambodia, claiming that one of the programs on the chopping block hasn’t existed since 2016. In a speech to garment workers in the Sihanoukville SEZ on Saturday, ...

Mech Dara and Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-tax-chief-accuse-us-lying-about-cuts-aid

US to fund project preserving clothes of S-21 victims

The United States Embassy has pledged $55,500 to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in part to preserve the clothes worn by victims of atrocities at S-21 prison. ...

Cindy Co
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-fund-project-preserving-clothes-s-21-victims

Smooth trade to put $2B exports in reach

Cambodia could expand its foreign trade by up to 16 percent, adding approximately $2 billion worth of exports, by complying with a new international trade protocol that aims to slice through the red tape that slows and complicates cross-border trade. ...

Kali Kotoski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/smooth-trade-put-2b-exports-reach

Universities in agricultural innovation

As rice farmers struggle to cope with the aftereffects of one of the worst droughts in Cambodia’s recent history and moribund infrastructure makes it difficult to transport and sell their products across the country, universities here and in the United States are joining forces to ...

Safiya Charles
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30110/universities-in-agricultural-innovation/

GSP exemption pitched

A roadshow to Hong Kong this week to pitch Cambodia’s newly received duty-free access on travel goods to the US market was successful, but manufacturers have yet to sign concrete deals to establish new production lines here, a delegate of the returning business mission said. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/gsp-exemption-pitched

Foreign Minister, US ambassador discuss coming meets

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhon on Tuesday met with US Ambassador William Heidt to discuss a pair of upcoming meetings of mutual interest: the ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit (EAS). The events will be held in Laos on September 3-8, and will ...

Cristina Maza
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/foreign-minister-us-ambassador-discuss-coming-meets

Ministry seeks funds from US for land dispute resolution

Land Management Minister Chea Sophara met with US Ambassador William Heidt on Monday evening to discuss the progress of recently established land dispute working groups and to request funding for an initiative to incentivise the resolution of such disputes. A ministry press release said Sophara ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-seeks-funds-us-land-dispute-resolution

Disney carbon deal sets stage for more partnerships

Cambodia’s first large-scale private-sector sale of carbon credits was finalised yesterday, with conservationists predicting that it could pave the way for more public-private partnerships, making millions of dollars of funding available for local carbon-based initiatives. US entertainment giant Walt Disney Company has officially purchased $2.6 ...

Kali Kotoski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/disney-carbon-deal-sets-stage-more-partnerships

U.S. ambassador to Cambodia visits Long Beach this week

The newest U.S. ambassador to Cambodia is visiting Long Beach, which is home to the largest population of Cambodians outside their native country – many of whom are still connected to their homeland.   ...

Courtney Tompkins
http://www.presstelegram.com/government-and-politics/20160711/us-ambassador-to-cambodia-visits-long-beach-this-week

Travel goods exports could soar as US drops tariffs

New trade privileges that allow Cambodian-manufactured travel goods duty-free access to the United States for the first time could see exports of these items increase by over 400 per cent in the coming years, industry experts said yesterday. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/travel-goods-exports-could-soar-us-drops-tariffs

US to train Cambodian government on combating cybercrime

The United States has invited senior Cambodian officials to learn about cybercrime from U.S. experts. Numerous countries and nongovernmental organizations have expressed concern in recent years over the drafting of a Cambodian cybercrime law, which critics say could be used to restrict freedom of expression and ...

Phorn Bopha
http://www.voanews.com/content/united-states-train-cambodian-government-combat-cybercrime/3396048.html

Ambassador brushes off black monday allegations

The US Ambassador to Cambodia yesterday denied American involvement in the Black Monday protest, according to a Foreign Ministry spokesman. ...

Ros Chanveasna
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/24872/ambassador-brushes-off-black-monday-allegations/

Cambodia urged to join TPP

The Cambodian government needs to take stock of its economic place within ASEAN, and globally, to continue its growth trajectory given the anticipated ratification of a major international trade pact expected to erode the competitiveness of the Kingdom’s biggest industrial sector, US Ambassador to Cambodia ...

Kali Kotoski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/cambodia-urged-join-tpp

Officials survey Prey Lang from sky

Making a dramatic arrival by helicopter at the Sofitel Hotel in Phnom Penh after a flyover of Prey Lang forest, Environment Minister Say Sam Al and US Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt discussed a plan to make the Kingdom’s largest forest a protected area. ...

Pech Sotheary and Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-survey-prey-lang-sky

US signs $35 million aid package with government

The U.S. pledged $35 million in development aid to Cambodia in the first part of a three-year, $137 million package announced on Wednesday at a ceremony attended by Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon and U.S. Ambassador William Heidt, according to a U.S. Embassy statement.   ...

Ben Paviour
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/us-signs-35-million-aid-package-with-government-110667/

Foreign minister defends government to US ambassador

Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong on Monday once again defended recent legal actions and political moves against the opposition CNRP, and admitted to personally pushing for the enforcement of a years-old defamation and incitement sentence against CNRP President Sam Rainsy. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/foreign-minister-defends-government-to-us-ambassador-102322/

Incoming ambassador swears in 64 Peace Corps volunteers

The US’s incoming ambassador, William Heidt, made his first Cambodian appearance in public Friday, at a swearing in ceremony for Peace Corps volunteers. ...

Socheata Hean
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/incoming-ambassador-swears-in-64-peace-corps-volunteers/2979071.html

New US Ambassador in Cambodia

William Heidt will soon become a new US Ambassador in Cambodia, following the departure of William Todd. Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said the new US ambassador would strengthen the “good relations and cooperation” between the two countries. ...

Socheata Hean
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/new-us-ambassador-in-cambodia/2966099.html

U.S. ambassador to Cambodia: Who is William Heidt?

William A. Heidt, a career member of the Foreign Service, was nominated on April 7, 2015, to be the next U.S. ambassador to Cambodia. If he’s confirmed, it will be his first ambassadorial posting. Since 2012, Heidt has been executive assistant to the Under Secretary ...

Steve Straehley
http://www.allgov.com/news/appointments-and-resignations/us-ambassador-to-cambodia-who-is-william-heidt-150808?news=857153

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