CAMBODGE EXPRESS – NEWS: What to remember from the Cambodian news from March 21st to 27th?

Gavroche has selected for you some important news from Cambodia over the past week. An essential news review for anyone interested in this Southeast Asian country.

COVID-19

In total, since the start of the campaign on February 20, 2021, 14,808,793 people, or 92.55% of the country’s population, have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Cambodia recorded March 27 as the 51st consecutive day of a new “Omicron surge”. The official number of new COVID cases (diagnosed by PCR test) is 59 – all of them Omicron variant, bringing the total number of COVID cases to 135,461. Cambodia also announced 0 new deaths, bringing the total number of direct deaths from the virus reached 3054 people. COVID-19 in Cambodia. There are currently 987 active cases of COVID (diagnosed by PCR test) in the Kingdom.

Politics

Louise Mousikiwabo, Secretary General of the International Organization of Francophone Countries (OIF), will make a three-day official visit to Cambodia from Monday, March 28 to strengthen ties between the two countries. During her visit, she will pay a courtesy call to Prime Minister Hun Sen. She will also hold a working session with Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonne aimed at strengthening and deepening cooperation between Cambodia and OIF.

Special Envoy of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Foreign Minister of Cambodia Prak Sokhonn concluded his three-day visit to Burma on Wednesday with significant results, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on March 25 that he will seek re-election and run in next year’s national elections as the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) candidate. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for National Highway 51 in Odong County, Kampongspeu Province, Mr. Hun Sen said, “In 2023, I will still be a candidate for prime minister in the next election.”

Economy

On 22 March, Kandal Province began construction work on Cambodia’s largest temperature-controlled cold storage and transhipment facility, capable of serving up to 25 percent of the Kingdom’s total needs. The 36,000 cubic meter Kandal cold storage project is being funded by InfraCo Asia of the Private Infrastructure Development Group in partnership with the local Khmer Cold Chain Co Ltd (KCCC) and Phnom Penh Autonomous Port (PPAP). ).

Chinese state investment group Xing Gang (XIG) has acquired a 28% stake in Cambodia’s Cambodia Angkor Air as part of a strategy to develop the Henan provincial capital Zhengzhou as an international air hub.

Cambodia’s government debt of $9.5 billion at the end of 2021 remains robust and poses a low risk of a debt crisis, according to a debt sustainability report from the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Last year, loans were issued in the amount of 905.6 million US dollars.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Cambodia earned more than $77 million from rubber and rubber tree exports in the first two months of this year.

Society

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen confirmed that the Cambodia-Korea Friendship Bridge will be built to connect the Night Market (Old Market area) in the capital Phnom Penh with the Arey Xat area in Lovea Em district of Kandal province.

Built by the Chinese and connecting the provinces of Kampongspeu and Kandal in southwestern Cambodia, National Road No. 51 plays an important role in facilitating travel and the transport of goods. Constructed by China Road and Bridge Corporation with a soft loan from the Chinese government, the 37.9 km long, 12 m wide asphalt road was a strategic road connecting Kampong Speu National Road No. 5 and Kandala National Road No. 4. .

The Ministry of Commerce will register wild honey from Mondulkiri under Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) to ensure intellectual property protection regarding the conservation of wild bees in Mondulkiri province.

Tourism, culture, sports

The Cambodian government has decided to ease the conditions for entry into Cambodia. The requirement for a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival in Cambodia and a rapid test upon arrival at the airport has been abolished. In addition, the government has allowed the resumption of visa-on-arrival for all international passengers by air, land and sea. However, despite the removal of these requirements, travelers are advised to conduct a rapid self-test, and a 14-day quarantine remains for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers.

About 200 people donned sneakers to celebrate Earth Day on March 26 in the city of Senmonorom in Mondulkiri province, which has been designated as an ASEAN Clean Tourist City. The Ministries of Environment and Tourism and the provincial government of Mondulkiri organized an hour-long “Run for the Environment, Nature and Health” in honor of Earth Day.

The final of Mister Supranational Cambodia 2022 took place on March 25 and ended with the coronation of Lao Panya, a volleyball player and artist who was noticed by social media commentators for his resemblance to Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Government of India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sambor Prei Kuk National Authority to assist in the restoration work of Sambor Prei Kuk Temple.

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