Cambodia’s Economic Challenges Amid The Pandemic

The coronavirus crisis has severely affected livelihoods, local industries and the economy in general. Nevertheless, compared to North America and Europe – Southeast Asia does not seem to have been hit as hard by the pandemic in terms of total deaths and confirmed cases. To date, cases across ASEAN member states are inching towards the 200,000 mark with over 4,500 fatalities.

10 July 2020

Cambodia's Tourist Hotspot Bans Dog Meat Trade

The Cambodian tourist town of Siem Reap has banned the dog meat trade, a victory for animal rights campaigners who describe the area as the "lynchpin" of an industry that slaughters millions of creatures each year.Dog meat, a cheap source of protein, is eaten in several Asian countries, including Cambodia, although it is much more popular in neighbouring Vietnam. But animal rights group Four Paws has identified Siem Reap province - home to the famed Angkor Wat temple comple

9 July 2020

Human Hair Trade In ASEAN

In Southeast Asia, long hair is esteemed as a mark of beauty with deep religious and social meaning.Hair extensions have become an essential segment in the multi-billion-dollar hair industry, with estimated annual sales ranging in value from US$250 million to over US$1 billion.

5 July 2020

Cambodia’s Food Crisis In A Pandemic

The coronavirus crisis has severely affected livelihoods, local industries and the economy in general. It has also disrupted world trade, supply chains and also the production of food and agricultural products and commodities. According to Samarendu Mohanty, Asia Regional Director at the International Potato Center, the production of wheat and rice in Asia would be heavily impacted if lockdowns to curb the pandemic and virus restrictions continue to be enforced.

30 June 2020

Mekong Under Great Threat

Water levels in Southeast Asia’s largest river may be at its lowest in a century.Low rainfall, high temperatures and poor dam regulations are contributing to a historic low at the Mekong, affecting lives, the region’s agriculture and fishing industries and leading to rapidly drying taps.Chinese dams control the flow of the 4,350-kilometre (km) river which originates in the Tibetan highlands before travelling across Myanmar, Lao, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

28 June 2020

China Pressed On Mekong Dams After Low Water Levels

China was pressed Tuesday to show more transparency over its dam operations on the Mekong River, months after downstream water levels hit record lows and threatened millions of livelihoods.Lao, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam all battled severe drought last year as the tide of the river fell to record lows - exposing rocks, killing fish and threatening millions of livelihoods. But the dams along the waterway in China - where the river is known as the Lancang - held "above-average

17 June 2020

Cambodia To Probe Activist's Alleged Disappearance

Cambodian police said Tuesday they will investigate the alleged disappearance of a self-exiled Thai activist, denying any involvement in what a rights group claimed was an abduction.Pro-democracy activist Wanchalearm Satsksit, a sharp critic of the Thai government, was dragged into a car in broad daylight last week in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, according to Human Rights Watch, which cited witnesses and security camera footage."I would like to confirm that Cambodian authorities and

10 June 2020

Cambodia Says No Probe For Missing Thai Activist

Cambodian police on Friday ruled out a probe into the alleged disappearance of a self-exiled Thai democracy activist after a rights group said he had been abducted in broad daylight from outside his Phnom Penh apartment.Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a sharp critic of the Thai government led by ex-general Prayut Chan-o-cha, was dragged into a black car on Thursday evening, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).Citing several witnesses and closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from security cameras

6 June 2020

Hun Sen Calls For Foreign Military Drills, Aid

Cambodia's prime minister invited foreign powers Monday to conduct military drills in the country as he called for overseas funding to build a pier and relocate an army training centre.But the strongman premier insisted that the country would not allow a foreign "military base on its territory".The Wall Street Journal reported last year on a draft deal allowing China to dock warships and store weapons at the Ream naval base near the coastal city of Sihanoukville.Hun Sen - a sta

2 June 2020

Sihanoukville has become a dangerous playground

Another news report has surfaced highlighting the dangerous town that Sihanoukville – once a sleepy, coastal tourist destination in Cambodia – has become.On Sunday, it was reported that a boy had picked up a pistol and six bullets when out playing with friends on a plot of land in Village 2, Sangkat 1, Sihanoukville off Otres Road. Authorities have also confirmed that the gun was real.

1 June 2020

How China changed Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville used to be a sleepy coastal town in south Cambodia. Its beaches were known for their quiet, cosy – albeit a little seedy – atmosphere that attracted mostly families, individual travellers and backpackers. Aside from the goings-on of the tourists and those connected with the country’s sole deep-water port, nothing much had changed over the years.

1 June 2020

Cambodia Bourse Sees First Bank Listing

Cambodia's largest commercial bank listed on the country's stock market Monday, the first lender to trade on the fledgling exchange, despite uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.ACLEDA Bank became the sixth firm to join the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX), which opened in 2011, joining a garment factory, two state-owned ports, and a special economic zone (SEZ). But initial fanfare for the kingdom's trading future has dimmed, with the country's lack of

26 May 2020