Gavroche has picked for you some of the highlights from Cambodia for the past week. Essential news overview for anyone interested in this Southeast Asian country.
Cambodia’s Foreign Minister and Health Ministry spokesman, Or Vandine, urged the public to remain vigilant as Cambodia has seen a spike in new COVID-19 cases. 47 new cases were confirmed via PCR testing on July 30, bringing the total to 136,753, with 133,495 recoveries and 3,056 deaths, the Health Ministry said.
No new deaths related to the pandemic have been reported since April, the ministry added.
Cambodia’s anti-covid campaign to give a fifth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents and expats legally living in the country continues to make slow progress. Since the launch of the campaign on June 9 and until July 30, a total of 480,083 people have received the 5th dose of the vaccine, with a choice between AstraZeneca, Sinovac and PfizerBioNtech vaccines.
The Cambodian National Party (CNLP) is in turmoil. Its president, Chiv Cata, said the party had been dissolved and urged its members to join the Cambodian People’s Party, but a senior party official said that was not true. Siev Visoth, treasurer of the CNLP, described the announcement as “a sneaky behind-the-scenes move”. “Cata has requested two months of leave due to mental health issues. CNLP continues to operate normally,” Siev Visoth said on July 31.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will visit Cambodia, Philippines, South Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda from August 2-11, 2022. Secretary Blinken will visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia from August 3-5. attended the US-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, the East Asia Summit, and the ASEAN Regional Forum. At each Ministerial meeting, the Secretary will emphasize the United States’ commitment to ASEAN centrality and the successful implementation of ASEAN’s outlook for the Indo-Pacific.
Efforts to promote sustainable development amid Southeast Asia’s post-pandemic recovery are expected to be high on the agenda of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to be held in Cambodia next week. In addition to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting, extended sessions will be held with the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting and the ASEAN Regional Forum, as well as other related events, in Phnom Penh.
The events will begin on Sunday and end on August 6. Cambodia serves as the rotating President of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Cambodia exported more than 2.4 million tons of agricultural products to China from 2019 to June 2022, reaching a total revenue of 1.94 billion USD according to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Cambodia, Veng Sakhon. The kingdom has shipped 24 types of agricultural products to China, it said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (July 20), adding that they include fresh bananas, ground rice, dried cassava chips, and tapioca starch. , dried mango, fresh mango, dried rubber. , cashews and cocoa powder.
The Cambodian government’s economic stimulus measures worth $665 million have mitigated the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to a new research report. unemployment, household income, consumption and poverty rates, according to a new research report. The government introduced rapid cash transfers for the first time in June 2020 among other stimulus measures to combat the effects of Covid-19 by including 700,000 of the poorest, most vulnerable households. most vulnerable and affected by the pandemic in the cash transfer program for the poor and vulnerable households.
Cambodia’s poverty rate has fallen to 17.8% in 2020 from nearly 40% in 2009, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Planning. At a press conference to discuss the Ministry of Planning’s achievements over the past five years, Theng Pagnathun, the ministry’s planning director general, said the poverty rate has fallen 1.6 percentage points a year over the past decade. , largely due to the increase. wages and income.
Following the global outbreak of Covid-19, the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone has worked hard to secure the production line, and so far has attracted a total of 170 companies from Europe, the United States, China and the United States. China and Southeast Asia and create nearly 30,000 jobs. On the occasion of the investment process at the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, Chhin Chien Kang, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone, said that from January to June 2022, the value of exports and imports in Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone The zone reached 1.3 billion USD, up 38% over the previous year.
According to Khmer Times, a report published on the situation of workers at the Cambodia-Thailand border said that in the past seven months, more than 40,000 Cambodian workers from Thailand have returned home across the Battambang border. Local authorities said residents of Kamrieng and Phnom Proek districts bordering Thailand had illegally entered the country.
Manila-based Asian Development Bank (AfDB) and De Heus TMH Limited (DH-TMH) have signed a $15 million loan to boost Cambodia’s agri-food sector by increasing capacity to preserve and process DH-TMH for livestock production. animal feed in Kampong Speu province. Additional storage and acquisition of processing machinery will support efficient feed production. This will help the company source more local raw materials such as corn, rice and cassava from smallholder farmers in its supply chain, facilitating the supply of high quality, affordable food. for cattle breeders and fish farmers. With investments in storage, corn can be stored for longer periods of time, making the supply chain less dependent on climate-related vulnerabilities.
Heavy rains and gloomy weather have made it difficult for farmers in Kampong Thom as they have caused flooding on nearly 2,000 hectares of rice fields. The floods affected five villages, including Bo Peng village, Khsach Chi Ros village, Kampong Kor Leu village, Kampong Kor Krom village and Koh Krob Bai village, all located in Kampong Kor Commune, Kampong Svay District, Kampong Thom.
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After decades of conflict and years of intense tiger poaching in Cambodia, the animal has disappeared but the country plans to bring ‘big cats’ back from India to release them into protected areas, with hope to restore extinct species. The initiative of the Cambodian Ministry of Environment and partner organizations officially launched the “No Poaching Campaign” in Mondulkiri Province on Friday, “International Tiger Day”.
Air traffic is increasing in the post-pandemic era, and Bangkok Airways has announced the resumption of flights to nearby international destinations of Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma. Thai Airways will resume flights in August and September to Da Nang, Siem Reap and Yangon.
Daily non-stop flights between Bangkok and Siem Reap, Cambodia’s tourist mecca and home to the world’s largest religious complex, Angkor Wat, will resume on August 1. Flights to the former capital Myanmar, Yangon, will also resume on August 1, despite the humanitarian crisis that has occurred since the army toppled the government last February.