Ministry Warns Air Quality Decline
Phnom Penh, January 12, 2024 --The Ministry of Environment has flagged an alarming decline in air quality in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Cambodia.Based on the ministry's air quality monitoring, the decline in air quality was mainly due to an increase in inert particles floating in the air (PM10 and PM2.5), surpassing the standard and posing risks to human health and the environment.Activities contributing to the decline include emissions from industrial vehicles, plastic waste dumping and incineration, and dust generated from construction sites.Forest fires, burning of grass and agricultural waste, open solid waste burning, and landfill fires are also the main contributors, it added.To address this issue, the Ministry of Environment has requested that the 25 capital-provincial governors promote the implementation of the government circular on measures to prevent and reduce public air pollution.Public awareness building and measures to prevent waste, forest, and plastic burning also need to be taken.
Reports of Vietnamese Company’s Operation of Electric Taxis in Cambodia Rejected
Phnom Penh, December 14, 2023 --The spokesman for the Royal Government has vehemently rejected news reports of a Vietnamese company’s operation of electric taxis in Cambodia.In a statement issued on Thursday December 14, 2023, the spokesman said that Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet has not accepted plans by Vingroup of Vietnam to operate electric taxis in Cambodia.The spokesman of the Royal Government issued a statement to reject the news reports after some media outlets on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, reported that Vietnam’s Vingroup was planning to launch 2,500 electric taxi companies in Phnom Penh. Sihanoukville and Siem Reap.The statement of the spokesman said that the President of Vingroup made a proposal and expressed his desire to invest in a taxi company using Electric cars in Cambodia. However, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia did not provide permission in accordance with the company’s request, confirmed the spokesman.The President of Vingroup paid a courtesy call on Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet, who was on an official visit to Hanoi from Decmebr 11 to 12, 2023.
Trial of Cambodia e-Arrival Starts on Jan. 1
Phnom Penh, December 15, 2023 --Cambodia will launch a trial of the Cambodia e-Arrival Card from Jan. 1 to Mar. 30, 2024 to ease the arrival of both national and foreign passengers.The Ministry of Interior issued the notification on Dec. 13, adding that the official rollout of the electronic system will start on July 1, 2024.By electronically filling up the electronic scheme of receipts into Cambodia prior to their arrival, a passenger is not required to complete any paper form when checking out of the airport.The Cambodia e-Arrival Card can be accessed at www.arrival.gov.kh or via an app called 'Cambodia e-Arrival (CeA) in the App Store and Play Store.During the three-month trial, a passenger can choose to either complete the arrival information using the electronic scheme or a paper form.Once the Cambodia e-Arrival Card is officially implemented, all passengers are mandated to use the electronic system.
Nagacorp Fouder and CEO has passed away
(International): In a report on Monday morning, NagaCorp said that Tan Sri Dr. Chen Lip Keong died at the age of 75 on December 8, 2023 due to illness.The company said in a statement: "On behalf of all the staff of the Board of Directors, we extend our deepest condolences on the death of Dr. "Chen Lip Keong would like to extend his deepest condolences to his family.""The board would also like to sincerely thank Dr. Chen for his leadership, guidance and valuable contribution to the team during his tenure."After the death of Dr. Chen Lip Keong The Board of Directors of NagaCorp has appointed his son Chen Yiy Fon to replace him as CEO.According to the latest ranking by the American business magazine Forbes as of May 2023, Tan Sri is the seventh richest person in Malaysia with a net worth of $ 2.8 billion.
Asian Parliamentary Assembly Invites Cambodia to Host Meeting of Standing Committee on Social and Cultural Affairs Next Year
Phnom Penh, December 02, 2023 --The Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) has invited the Cambodian National Assembly to host next year’s meeting of the group’s Standing Committee on Social and Cultural Affairs.APA Secretary-General Dr. Mohammad Reza Majidi made the request during bilateral talks with National Assembly Second Vice President H.E. Vong Sauth on the sidelines of an APA Executive Council meeting in the Turkish city of Antalya earlier this week.H.E. Vong Sauth warmly thanked Dr. Majidi for the kind invitation and said he would convey it to the National Assembly leadership.APA's Standing Committee on Social and Cultural Affairs most recently met in September in Baku in Azerbaijan, which is scheduled to hold the APA presidency in 2024 and 2025.COMMISSION ON WOMENThe Baku meeting adopted a draft resolution to set up a Commission on Women within the framework of APA, which was subsequently endorsed by the Executive Council in Antalya.Members of parliament from across the region are to consider the resolution at the next APA Plenary Session, expected to be hosted by Azerbaijan early next year.They are also expected to hear from a working group on Palestine, which the Executive Council meeting in Antalya agreed to set up.TALKS WITH TURKISH SPEAKERH.E. Vong Sauth also held bilateral talks with Grand National Assembly of Türkiye Speaker H.E. Prof. Dr. Numan Kurtulmus, the current president of APA.The Second Vice President expressed his heartfelt congratulations to Türkiye commemorating 100 years as a republic on Oct. 30He noted growing ties between the Cambodian and Turkish governments – including efforts to boost annual two-way trade to US$ 1 billion – and urged stronger cooperation between the two parliaments. In his address to the Executive Council on Nov. 27, H.E. Vong Sauth recalled that the Cambodian National Assembly was one of the founding members of the Asian Parliamentary Association for Peace (AAPP).In addition to hosting the Second AAPP General Assembly in 2000, the National Assembly chaired the Eighth Plenary Session of APA in Phnom Penh in 2015 and the Ninth Session in Siem Reap the following year.“I am confident that our positive interactions and dialogue will accelerate mutual understanding, friendship and solidarity among Member Parliaments and States, contributing to peace, stability and development throughout Asia and the world,” he said.Other members of the Cambodian delegation to the Executive Council meeting were H.E. Keo Piseth, Secretary of the National Assembly Commission on Justice and Legislation, and H.E. Ty Sokun, Secretary of the Commission on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation.
Annual High School Exam Kicks Off Today
Phnom Penh, November 05, 2023 --The two-day examination of Grade 12 high school students kicked off today nationwide with a total 137,412 candidates.The official opening of the national examination was held at Preah Sisowath High School, in Phnom Penh in the presence of H.E. Hang Chuoun Naron, Minister of Education, Youth, and Sports.The Grade 12 students will sit for the exam subjects of earth and environment, geography, history, biology, foreign language, Khmer literature, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and morality-civics.Phnom Penh and Kandal province results are expected to be announced on Nov. 28, while the remaining provinces the following day.The exam is a prerequisite for high school graduates to pursue their studies at the university level.Last year, 90,950, or 72.33 percent of the total 125,735 candidates got their baccalaureate passed their high school exam.
Cambodia Agrees to Pull Out Her UN’s Blue Beret Troops from Mali
Phnom Penh, October 25, 2023 --Cambodia agreed to pull out her peace-keeping troops together with other international forces under the United Nations umbrella from Mali, being intensified by armed conflict between Malian army and rebel group.Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, Prime Minister of Cambodia, said he has given a notification of agreement on the UN’s peace keeping troops’ withdrawal from Mali.“A few days ago, I has given my consent to withdraw nearly 100 of Cambodian Blue Beret troops from Mali, as the United Nations had begun withdrawing them. Even the UN troops were being attacked,” he said at a get-together with over 12,000 garment employees and workers in Kampong Cham province this morning.In July this year, the United Nations Security Council Members reiterated strong support for the full withdrawal of the decade-old UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, and the transfer of security responsibilities to the country’s transitional government, which has been in power since a coup in 2021, according to UBy the terms of the adopted resolution, UN will completely pull out from Mali by January 1, 2024.
CNN Promotes Cambodia’s New Airport in Siem Reap Province
Phnom Penh, October 21, 2023 --One of the U.S. most popular news outlets published an article on Oct. 19 entitled “Cambodia’s newest and biggest airport opens in Siem Reap: the gateway to UNESCO-listed Angkor” to promote the newly opened international airport. It wrote that the China-funded Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport is now the main gateway to one of the country’s most popular tourist sites, the UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Complex. The airport can handle 10,000 tonnes of air cargo per year from 2023 and 26,000 tonnes a year from 2040, as well as 65,800 flights per year from 2023 and up to 112,700 flights annually from 2040. As planned, the airport will be officially inaugurated on Nov. 16 2023, under the presidency of Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, the Prime Minister of Cambodia. The construction of the Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport began in March 2020 with an investment of approximately US$1.1 billion by the Angkor International Airport Investment (Cambodia) Co., Ltd.
Brutal urban warfare awaits Israel’s army in Gaza
Israel has invaded Gaza twice in the 18 years since its withdrawal. The first instance was Operation Cast Lead, a 15-day ground invasion in January 2009. The second was Operation Protective Edge in 2014, during which the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were on the ground for 19 days. A third ground assault is on the way in retaliation to the slaughter of Israeli civilians by Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that rules Gaza. It appears to be bigger, longer, and more violent than anything before it.Already, air strikes and artillery, as well as missiles launched from land and sea, are hammering Gaza. This is happening on a vast scale, with less consideration and forewarning than prior campaigns. According to Israeli sources, the idf is no longer using its "roof knocks" policy, in which the air force would offer warning of air strikes by first releasing a harmless round on the targeted structure. According to the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza, at least 900 Palestinians, many of them civilians, have been killed so far.
Information and Public View Committee Formed to Protect Cambodia's Image
Phnom Penh, September 06, 2023 —The Royal Government has established a National Committee for Coordinating Information and Public Views to protect Cambodia's achievements, work, and good image. Prime Minister Samdech Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet signed a sub decree, dated on Sept. 1, outlining the full organisation and functioning of the national committee.The national committee will assist the Royal Government in its coordination of information and public opinion in order to monitor, raise awareness, explain, and maintain Cambodia's positive image.Operating under the direct supervision of the Council of Ministers, the committee will also act to safeguard national sovereignty and promote effective and timely reaction to fake news and misinformation.The National Committee for Coordinating Information and Public Views is comprised of one chair (a Senior Minister), four vice chairs (the first of whom is the Minister of Information), and six members.
Serbia Committed to Tightening Cooperation with Cambodia
Phnom Penh, August 31, 2023 --The Republic of Serbia is committed to continue strengthening its relations and cooperation with the Kingdom of Cambodia, affirmed H.E. Ms. Ana Brnabić, Serbian Prime Minister in her recent congratulatory letter to Cambodian new Prime Minister H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Pundit Hun Manet.“On the occasion of your appointment as Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia. I extend to you, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and on my own, cordial congratulations and best wishes for the successful discharge of your responsible duties, as well as for the further overall progress and well-being of your country and the friendly people of Cambodia,” she said.The Serbian leader also expressed her pride of the traditionally friendly relations between both countries, which date back to the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement, within the framework of which the two countries cooperated closely. “Serbia is strongly committed to further deepening the cooperation with Cambodia, and I am ready to make a personal contribution to this end,” she underlined.“I am extremely pleased by the fact that ASEAN member states recognised Serbia's strong interest in acceding to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), and I am convinced that the relations between our countries will continue to strengthen through comprehensive cooperation within ASEAN. In this regard, I avail myself of this opportunity to express my deep gratitude for the kind assistance and invaluable support that the friendly Kingdom of Cambodia provided to the Republic of Serbia in the process of acceding to the aforementioned treaty,” she added.H.E. Ms. Ana Brnabić also expressed her gratitude for the principled position Cambodia has maintained concerning non-recognition of the unilaterally declared independence of the so-called Kosovo. “The unwavering stance of the Kingdom of Cambodia on this issue, which is a vital one for us, testifies not only to the friendship towards my country, but also to the consistent commitment of your country to the fundamental principles of international law and the Charter of the United Nations,” she said.The Serbian Premier took the opportunity to invite H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Pundit Hun Manet to pay a visit to the Republic of Serbia in the period ahead, at a date of mutual convenience, which would be an opportunity to meet and exchange views on possibilities for the further promotion of cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.World leaders, including those of Bangladesh, Belarus, Brunei Darussalam, China, Cuba, Ghana, Hungary, India, Japan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Maldives, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Türkiye, Ukraine, Vietnam and so on as well as presidents of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Commission have also sent their respective congratulatory messages to H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Pundit Hun Manet.
Telecom operators enhance compliance with mobile subscriber information standards
Currently, to comply with regulations regarding mobile subscriber information updates, telecommunication companies in Cambodia are expediting the process of standardizing information for customers. This ensures that the personal information of both new and active mobile subscribers is authenticated. According to regulations, standardizing mobile subscriber information along with registering subscribers under their true identities will enhance the effectiveness of management efforts, thoroughly address issues such as spam SIM cards and fraudulent documentations.This is also a solution to safeguard the legitimate rights of customers and curtail disputes over numbers, especially concerning attractive phone numbers when subscribers fail to register accurate information. This will subsequently minimize instances of spam messages/calls and fraudulent messages/calls. To swiftly achieve this goal, telecommunication networks are expediting the process of standardizing customer information. At their stores or sales points, these networks have been fully equipped with comprehensive visual media regarding subscriber information updates. Furthermore, to contribute to accelerating the pace of subscriber information standardization, these network providers are also reaching out to coordinate with local authorities in various locations; announcements are made through loudspeakers and robust communication is carried out on social media platforms.According to a representative of Metfone Company, in order to strictly comply with the state regulations on updating authentic subscriber information, Metfone has been actively expediting the process of registering authentic subscriber information for customers. Moreover, to encourage and effectively spread awareness, the company has also introduced a variety of programs and support policies for customers, such as offering incentives like mobile internet data when successfully updating subscriber information. Currently, many countries and regions are imposing stricter regulations on updating mobile subscriber information. This reflects the overall trend of ensuring personal data security and more effective management in the telecommunications industry./.
RFA Fakes News Turned Down
Phnom Penh August 29, 2023 --The government has turned down a misleading report by Radio Free Asia (RFA) Khmer that Cambodia lost a canal into Vietnam's territory. With deep dismay, the Permanent Secretariat of the National Authority for Border Affairs has recently issued the rejection after the RFA Khmer website published an article entitled 'People Regret That a Canal Constructed by the Khmer Rouge Was Lost to Vietnam after Border Demarcation.' The report does not reflect reality, is baseless, lacks understanding, and has the ill intention to mislead the public domestically and internationally, said the statement.It explained that the canal that RFA referred to is called 'Prek Kampong Snay,' and the 1:100,000 Bonne map scale of Indo-China's Geographical Team drew Cambodia's border along the canal's bank on Cambodia's side. Nevertheless, the Cambodia National Authority for Border Affairs has negotiated hard with the Vietnamese side, and it was agreed that the border between the two is along the middle of the canal. Based on legal principle and international practice, the peoples along the canal are fully entitled to use the water, travel in it, and fish in it. The statement from the National Authority for Border Affairs called on the public not to believe and not to disseminate the fake news, but to share widely the authority's clarification.
Cambodia-Russia Relationship To Be Further Developed, Believes Russian PM
Phnom Penh, August 26, 2023The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mikhail Mishustin, has expressed his conviction that, under the leadership of H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Pundit Hun Manet, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the traditional ties between the two countries will be further fostered.“I am convinced that Your activities as the Head of Government will promote the further development of traditionally friendly and partner-like Russia-Cambodia relations,” he said in his recent congratulatory letter to H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Pundit Hun Manet on his assumption of office as the Prime Minister of Cambodia.H.E. Mikhail Mishustin reaffirmed his readiness for constructive joint work for the purposes of increasing trade and economic, scientific, technical, cultural, and humanitarian interactions, stressing that it fully meets the interests of the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Cambodia.For their part, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai, and HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Court of the UAE, have also extended their congratulations to H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Pundit.“It gives me great pleasure to express to Your Excellency my sincere congratulations and best wishes on the occasion of your appointment as Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, wishing Your Excellency good health and happiness, and the government and people of the friendly Kingdom of Cambodia further progress and prosperity,” they wrote in separate congratulatory messages.Other world leaders, including those of Bangladesh, Belarus, Brunei Darussalam, China, Cuba, Ghana, Hungary, India, Japan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, the Maldives, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Vietnam, and so on, as well as the president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), have also sent their respective congratulatory messages to H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Pundit Hun Manet.