History of "Kralan" Cambodian traditional snack

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Phnom penh - 18,januray,2024"Kralan" is a traditional Khmer snack made of sticky rice stuffed inside the bamboo tube and sealed with a coconut shell or banana leaf before being baked from the outside around the bamboo peel.According to the Battambang Provincial Administration, the word "kralan" is derived from the ethnic group (Kola) of Burma who fled to what is now Pailin province. In contrast to Cambodians, the Kola indigenous people consume sticky rice daily.According to the same source, the Kola people used to engage in mining (gems, gold, and diamonds), hunting, and logging. They don't need to bring clay pots every time they walk into the jungle because they're heavy and fragile. When they're cooking, they go out and cut bamboo with enormous holes, cook it with a vertical bamboo tube, and set it on fire.Cambodians who went to the jungle with the Kola people found that sticky rice cooked in bamboo tubes tasted different than sticky rice cooked in pots. When they returned from the forest, they shared information about how to make the delicious sticky rice with other villagers.Since then, Cambodians have referred to this snack as "Nom Kralan," which is similar to the name of the Kola people. Moreover, Kralan is regarded as both a traditional and a tourist product due to its wonderful flavor.Kralan made by the people living in Thmor Kre village, Thmor Kre commune, Chit Borey district, and Kratie province gained popularity among national and international tourists as well.​ It is commonly referred to as "Kralan Thmor Kre."We shouldn't miss Kralan Thmar Kram because it has a unique flavor compared to other counties. It has three flavors: normal flavor, jackfruit flavor, and coconut paste flavor. All three varieties are equally wonderful, so we can eat whatever we like.The locals claim that the "Kralan business" allows them to make more income in addition to farming and that it contributes significantly to poverty reduction.

PM Invites French Senate President to Visit Cambodia This Year

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Phnom Penh, January 19, 2024 --Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, paid in Paris, France on Jan. 18 a courtesy call on H.E. Gérard Larcher, President of the Senate of the French Republic.In the courtesy meeting, H.E. Gérard Larcher extended warm welcome to the first official visit of Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet to France as the Prime Minister, and recalled the good cooperation between the two countries, particularly between their Senates over the past 25 years, since 1999.For his part, Samdech Thipadei informed the French senate president about the outcomes of his bilateral talks with French President H.E. Emmanuel Macron, focusing on the progress of cooperation in many fields of common interests of both nations, including politics, economy, culture and language.The Cambodian Premier also invited H.E. Gérard Larcher to pay an official visit to Cambodia, especially after the 5th Senate Election in February 2024.Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet and First Lady Lok Chumteav Dr. Pich Chanmony have been on a two-day official visit in France since Jan. 18.

Cambodian PM Discusses Digital Cooperation with Japanese Senior Official

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Phnom Penh, January 18, 2024 --Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet held a talk yesterday in Davos, Switzerland with H.E. Kono Taro, Minister of Digital Transformation of Japan, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024.In the meeting, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet lauded the Cambodia-Japan relationship, and thanked the Government and people of Japan for their continued support to Cambodia, from the peace-seeking process to the current progress in all areas.The Premier also recalled his visit to Japan in December 2023 on the occasion the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit for the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, during which seven cooperation documents, some of which are related to digital technology development cooperation, were signed between Cambodia and Japan.Samdech Thipadei added that the Royal Government of Cambodia has given priority to digital technology, which is an important component of promoting new sources of economic growth, as well as achieving the vision of turning Cambodia into a high-income economy by 2050.For his part, H.E. Kono Taro appreciated the progress of cooperation between Cambodia and Japan, especially in the areas of digital, trade and other priority sectors.In the digital age, data is very important, added the Japanese minister, pointing out that the Government of Japan has developed an OECD Data Initiative that covers a wide range of areas and can be used for policy development effectively and improvement of the people’s living standard.

Phnom Penh Listed among the Best Trending Destinations in the World 2024

date_range 15-Jan-2024
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Phnom Penh, January 12, 2024 --The Phnom Penh capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia was ranked 9th among the 25 Best Trending Destinations in the World 2024 by Tripadvisor.Tokyo of Japan was crowned No. 1, followed by Seoul of the Republic of Korea and Halong Bay of Vietnam.Besides Phnom Penh and Halong Bay, other ASEAN destinations on the list include Palawan Island of the Philippines, Sapa of Vietnam, Pattaya of Thailand, Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia which got No. 4, 5, 7, 10, respectively.Bogota of Colombia and Alajela of Coasta Rica claimed 6th and 8th, respectively of the top ten spots.Situated at the confluence of three great rivers, the ‘four arms’ of the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac, form right in front of the Royal Palace. Once hailed, the ’Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh is fast regaining its lustre having developed to become Cambodia’s economic, commercial, cultural and tourist centre.The city offers several cultural and historical attractions including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. There are also a wide variety of services including five-star hotels and budget guest houses, fine international dining, sidewalk noodle shops, neighbourhood pubs, international discos and more.

Cambodia Reiterates Its Stance on External Relations

date_range 15-Jan-2024
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PPhnom Penh, January 15, 2024 --The 7th-mandate Royal Government of Cambodia remains committed to respecting sovereignty, independence and common national interests in its relations with France and other European countries.The stance was re-emphasised by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet when he and his spouse were holding in Paris in the evening of Jan. 14 (Paris time) a get-together with their compatriots residing, working and studying in Europe.Samdech Thipadei said the invitation extended to him by the French President to pay a visit to France shows that France values the diplomatic, political and economic relations between the two countries.The invitation is clearly for the benefits of both countries’ relations, the Cambodian Premier underlined, adding that the Royal Government of Cambodia plans to work with France and related partners to attract more investment to Cambodia for the nation’s and people’s interests.

A Tourist Ship Docks at Sihanoukville's Port

date_range 12-Jan-2024
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Phnom Penh, January 12, 2024 --A tourist ship from Bahamas named "Sea Bourn Encore" docked at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP) in Preah Sihanouk province on Jan. 11 for a one-day visit to the province.According to an immigration police official at the SAP's International Gate, the ship brings along 552 multi-national tourists, 278 of whom are women, of 30 nationalities, and 425 crewmembers, 108 of whom are female, of 50 nationalities.Of the tourists, 227 are American, 94 are British, 56 are Australian, and there are other nationalities, said the official.Coming from Thailand, the vessel which is 210.5 metres long, 28 metres wide, and 6 metres deep, departed the port in Preah Sihanouk province for Vietnam at night on the same day.This is the first tourist ship docked at SAP this year.

Cambodia, Pakistan to Boost Parliamentary Cooperation

date_range 11-Jan-2024
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Phnom Penh, January 11, 2024 --The National Assemblies (NA) of Cambodia and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan have vowed to boost bilateral cooperation, especially through a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding.The commitment was made in a meeting between Samdech Moha Rathsapheathika Thipadei Khuon Sudary, President of the Cambodian NA, and H.E. Zaheeruddin Babar Thaheem, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Cambodia, at the NA Palace in Phnom Penh on Jan. 10.The Pakistani Ambassador was positive that the agreement to be inked in the near future will further strengthen the cooperation between the two parliaments in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks.Samdech Khuon Sudary noted that the two parliaments have continued to support each other on various platforms, including the APA, IPU, APPF, ASEP, and AIPA.She also asked Pakistan to explore the possibility of expanding investment and trade in Cambodia, such as agro-food Halal, and promoting the establishment of direct flights between the two countries.

Cambodian Premier Receives Courtesy Visit from Singaporean Diplomat

date_range 11-Jan-2024
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Phnom Penh, January 10, 2024—Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet (R, Pic. 1), Prime Minister of Cambodia, holds talks with H.E. Ms. Teo Lay Cheng, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Kingdom of Cambodia, at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh this afternoon.

Cambodia Earns US$4.3 Billion in Revenue from Agricultural Exports in 2023

date_range 09-Jan-2024
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Phnom Penh, January 08, 2023 --Cambodia exported 8.4 million tonnes of agricultural products last year, earning around US$4.3 billion in revenue, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ report showed on Monday.The agricultural exports inched down by nearly 2 percent in quantity compared to a year before, it pointed out.The main products Cambodia exported included rice, bananas, mangoes, cassava, cashew nuts, corn, palm oil, pepper and tobacco.Exports of milled rice and paddy rice earned US$567 million and US$939 million, respectively, read the report. The non-rice agricultural exports were valued at US$2.8 billion.This indicates that the agricultural sector plays an important role in supporting the socio-economic development of Cambodia, and is more resilient than other sectors, stated the ministry.“The overall situation of agricultural exports in 2023 remains good, with the increase by 3 percent of rice export despite regional conflicts, war crisis, economic crisis, climate change and bans of food exports,” the ministry said.China, Vietnam and Thailand are the major importers of Cambodia’s agricultural items.

Phnom Sampov Bat Cave Attracting More Tourists

date_range 08-Jan-2024
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Phnom Penh, January 06, 2024 --During the last months of 2023, more national and international tourists flocked to visit Phnom Sampov (Sampov mountain) bat cave in Battambang province.The growing number of tourists created job opportunities, generating more income for the locals.A villager in Phnom Sampov, Mr. Van Chuon, echoed that the view of millions of bats flying from the cave from the afternoon until dusk is attracting more tourists to visit and stay in the province.The local people called the herds of bats the brave bat troops, while foreigners called them the bat sea.Classified as a historical cultural area, Phnom Sampov is located in Samnanh village, Sampov commune, Banon district, about 13 kilometres from the town of Battambang province.The 100-metre-high Phnom Sampov also has an ancient pagoda named "Kirirom Pagoda" on its peak and 12 caves.According to Mr. Horm Arun, Deputy Director of the Battambang provincial Tourism Department, for foreign tourists alone, the mountain welcomed an average of 1,500 of them a month and over 3,000 a month from January to March.Battambang is a province rich in historical and natural tourist sites such as mountain landscapes, shrines, natural caves, bat caves, magnificent ancient Buddha statues, and monasteries.

Over US$1 Million Bridge in Koh Kong Province Put into Official Use

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Phnom Penh, January 08, 2024 --Samdech Techo Koh Yor Bridge in Koh Kong province was officially inaugurated this morning under the presidency of Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet.Located in Neang Kok village, Paklong commune, Mondul Seima district, the concrete bridge of 121 metres long and 11 metres wide was built from July 2, 2022 to June 15, 2023 at a total cost of US$1,387,000, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.This is a precious donation of former Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen via Neak Oknha Ly Yong Phat, a Member of the Senate, for the people in Paklong commune, the source underlined.The bridge will contribute to facilitating the travel of local citizens and tourists as well as the transportation of goods in Koh Kong province.

11,747 Electors to Join Cambodia's Senate Election

date_range 08-Jan-2024
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Phnom Penh, January 06, 2024 --A total of 11,747 electors will join Cambodia's Senate election for the fifth legislative term slated for Feb. 25, 2024.A member of the National Election Committee (NEC), H.E. Heng Sileng, revealed the figure in a meeting with stakeholders at the NEC office on Jan. 5.The eligible electors include 125 members (17 female) of the National Assembly and 11,622 commune councillors (2,568 female), he added.The preliminary voter list was published both physically and online (at voterlist.nec.gov.kh and via a mobile App named 'NEC KH') on Jan. 5, with a five-working-day period for legitimate complaints or corrections.The Capital-Provincial Election Commissions will be the first level of complaint settlement, and if a complaint cannot be resolved there, it will be escalated to the NEC and finally to the Constitutional Council.Four political parties will run for the Senate election, including the Cambodian People's Party (CPP), Khmer Will Party, FUNCINPEC Party, and National Power Party.

National Report on Cambodia’s 2022 Economic Census Launched

date_range 05-Jan-2024
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Phnom Penh, December 26, 2023 --The national report on Latest Results of Cambodia’s 2022 Economic Census was launched this morning contributing to the process of monitoring and evaluating the implementation of socio-economic development policies and plans at both the national and sub-national levels.The launching ceremony was held under the presidency of Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.The once-in-a-decade economic census, compiled by the Ministry of Planning was conducted from Mar. 1 to 31 of 2022 and the results have been set to be presented in 2023 after data processing and analysis.The census will provide information on the current situation of businesses in Cambodia. The policymakers, government officials at national and local levels, international organisations, NGOs, private sector, researchers, and development partners can use the census data effectively.All information from the census is real data from all economic entities, enterprises, handicrafts, businesses, wholesalers, retailers and services.The economic census, which is conducted every 10 years, identifies business owners, factories, enterprises, handicrafts, wholesalers, and all services for participation.Cambodia conducted its first economic census in 2011.

NSSF: Over 100,000 People Registered for Voluntary Contribution Scheme

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PPhnom Penh, January 03, 2024 --From Nov. 14, 2023 to Jan. 1, 2024, a total of 106,868 people has registered as members of the Voluntary Contribution Health Care Social Security Scheme Fund (Voluntary Contribution Scheme), administered by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training. Of the figure, 97,031 people are self-employed, such as vendors, tricycle (PassApp) and motorbike taxi drivers; and 9,831 others are NSSF's dependents, pointed out H.E. Kata Orn, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.The high registration rate reflects people's awareness of the importance of being a member of the NSSF following the body's campaign on social security for health care on a voluntary contribution basis. The NSSF will further promote the campaign to reach more people, especially those who are self-employed, to bridge their information gap on its schemes.The Voluntary Contribution Health Care Social Security Scheme Fund was officially launched on Nov. 14 along with the Programme for Vocational and Technical Training for Youth from Poor and Vulnerable Families.

NSSF: Over 100,000 People Registered for Voluntary Contribution Scheme

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Phnom Penh, January 03, 2024 --From Nov. 14, 2023 to Jan. 1, 2024, a total of 106,868 people has registered as members of the Voluntary Contribution Health Care Social Security Scheme Fund (Voluntary Contribution Scheme), administered by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training. Of the figure, 97,031 people are self-employed, such as vendors, tricycle (PassApp) and motorbike taxi drivers; and 9,831 others are NSSF's dependents, pointed out H.E. Kata Orn, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.The high registration rate reflects people's awareness of the importance of being a member of the NSSF following the body's campaign on social security for health care on a voluntary contribution basis. The NSSF will further promote the campaign to reach more people, especially those who are self-employed, to bridge their information gap on its schemes.The Voluntary Contribution Health Care Social Security Scheme Fund was officially launched on Nov. 14 along with the Programme for Vocational and Technical Training for Youth from Poor and Vulnerable Families.

Phnom Penh-Chongqing Flight to Start This Week

date_range 03-Jan-2024
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Phnom Penh, January 03, 2024 --Commercial flight service between Phnom Penh capital of Cambodia and Chongqing of China will be launched on Jan. 6.The good news was shared by Cambodia Airways.It will start with a round-trip direct flight from Phnom Penh to Chongqing.According to the airline, the flights will be operated twice a week, on Mondays and Saturdays.

Preah Vihear and Koh Ker Resorts Receive Almost 200,000 Tourists in 2023

date_range 02-Jan-2024
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Phnom Penh, January 02, 2024 --Preah Vihear and Koh Ker archaeological sites in Preah Vihear province welcomed in total 198,430 tourists in 2023, the National Authority for Preah Vihear said this morning.During the twelve months of 2023, it pointed out, Preah Vihear resort recorded 92,966 tourists, down 16.7 percent compared to 2022, of them 83,723 were national tourists, a decrease of some 22 percent, and 9,243 others were foreign visitors, up nearly 126 percent.At the same time, 105,464 tourists, including 90,658 Cambodians, up 63.2 percent, and 14,806 foreigners, up 145.5 percent, visited Koh Ker resort, a year-on-year increase of 71.2 percent, the same source added.Koh Ker or Chok Gargyar, as it is known in Old Khmer inscriptions, is a 10th-century temple complex and former capital of the Khmer Empire.The 11th-century Preah Vihear Temple is composed of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases over an 800-metre-long axis and dates back to the first half of the 11th century.The two ancient temples were inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List on July 7, 2008 and Sept. 17, 2023, respectively. 

Garment Workers Get New Monthly Minimum Wage for 2024 from This Month

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Phnom Penh, January 02, 2024 --Workers in the textile, garment, footwear, and travel goods industry can obtain US$204 as minimum wage a month starting from January 2024.“Congratulations! From January 2024 onwards, workers and employees in the textile, garment, footwear and travel goods sector will receive a minimum wage of US$204 per month, an increase of US$4 from December 2023,” said Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet on his social media networks this morning.Speaking at a get-together with some 18,000 workers from Khan Meanchey and Khan Dangkor in Phnom Penh in October, the Premier said a US$4 increase is very little for the workers, but it is hard for the employers, therefore we should share to live and help to live together during this economic downturn.Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet said Cambodian workers’ minimum wage is already higher than that in some nations, including Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam and some parts in Indonesia and Malaysia.The monthly minimum wage for workers in the garment, footwear and travel goods sector was US$200 in 2023, and US$194 in 2022.

Deal Signed to Recruit More Cambodian Workers in South Korea

date_range 29-Dec-2023
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Phnom Penh, December 29, 2023 --The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and Chuncheon City of Gangwon Province of the Republic of Korea (RoK) have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the recruitment of Cambodian seasonal workers to work in South Korea.The MoU was inked between H.E. Heng Suor, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training, and Mr. Yook Dong-Han, Mayor of Chuncheon, here in Phnom Penh on Dec. 27.Mr. Yook Dong-Han thanked H.E. Heng Suor for the trust and cooperation and appreciated Cambodia’s Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training’s experience in sending Cambodian labourers to South Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS).The ministry has also signed many agreements with other cities and districts of South Korea so far, he said.H.E. Heng Suor thanked the government of South Korea for receiving Cambodian employees and requested that Mr. Yook Dong-Han to help encourage factories and enterprises in Chuncheon to recruit more Cambodian skilled workers to work there.

Cambodia Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Win-Win Policy

date_range 29-Dec-2023
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Phnom Penh, December 29, 2023 --Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Win-Win Policy that has brought complete peace to Cambodia today with the 5th Anniversary of the construction of its immense memorial, the country acknowledges the pioneer of the policy and calls on national solidarity to maintain the hard-earned peace.The initiator of the Win-Win Policy, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, the former Prime Minister of Cambodia, skilfully applied it to completely end Cambodia's civil war 25 years ago – Dec. 29, 1998.Reflecting the mere essence of the Win-Win Memorial to be remembered for generations to come, long-standing and experienced politicians and key government officials shared their view with pride and gratitude for the numerous achievements brought about by the peace.A member of the Cambodian Senate and spokesperson for the ruling Cambodian People's Party H.E. Sok Eysan told AKP that all leaders, civil servants, ministries, and national and sub-national institutions are joining the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Win-Win Policy.We are grateful to Samdech Techo Hun Sen for the initiative for peace benefiting everyone and all the sectors in Cambodia, allowing the country to set more ambitious targets for its growth under the leadership of the current Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet.The President of the National Assembly Samdech Moha Rathsapheathika Thipadei Khuon Sudary emphasised that peace is an indispensable foundation for everything.If there is no peace, there is no development, not even the opportunity for young people to get an education, so it is important to protect and maintain peace, she continued.Through the Win-Win Policy, Cambodia has developed competitive human resources, expanded and advanced its infrastructure, and diversified trade and economy by fostering all sectors behind it.Deputy Governor of Preah Sihanouk Province H.E. Long Dimanche noted that the peace through the Win-Win Policy has brought about national unity under the Cambodian constitution.The peace and political stability in Cambodia have built confidence among investors and continues to boost the country's bilateral and multilateral trade with other countries and regions.Spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, H.E. Kann Puthy, joined others in thanking Samdech Techo Hun Sen for the Win-Win Policy as well as the peace based on which the education ministry is working hard to sharpen Cambodia's quality and inclusive education at all levels.All Cambodians see the Win-Win Memorial siting in Phnom Penh Capital with a story of sacrifice, patriotism, shared prosperity, long vision, and unity.