CAMBODGE EXPRESS – NEWS: What to remember from the Cambodian news from March 28th to April 3rd?

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

The official daily number of new COVID cases (diagnosed by PCR test) is 33 today – all Omicron variant, bringing the total number of COVID cases to 135,747.

There are currently 618 active cases of COVID (diagnosed by PCR test) in the Kingdom.

Politics

After the unauthorized dissolution of the National Salvation Party, Sam Rainsy, the leader of the Cambodian opposition in exile, addressed us with this appeal. He highlights the rise of the Candle Party after its recent denunciation by justice in Cambodia. According to him, “not a single autocrat can erase the desire for change of the whole people with one stroke of the pen.” In his sights: municipal elections in June 2022.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, ASEAN Chairman-in-Office, has finally denounced the Russian invasion of Ukraine, calling it an act of aggression unacceptable to Cambodia. Speaking on March 28 at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Cambodian-Korean Otolaryngology, Nose and Throat Hospital at Ang Duong Hospital, the Prime Minister strongly condemned the Russian invasion, saying that “Cambodia takes a position of principle, no matter Russia, any country invades another country, Cambodia is always against it.”

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) defended its decision to reject and remove the names of 115 candidates from three opposition parties registered for the June 5 municipal elections, saying the decision was accurate, fair and transparent.

Economy

On March 21, the government released the 2022-2027 Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods Sector Development Strategy. Five key points are outlined: 1) continuous strengthening of human resources to increase productivity and expand career opportunities; 2) further improvement of working conditions and well-being of employees; 3) encouragement of national and foreign investments and concentration on production with high added value; 4) attracting investments in related industries (components); and 5) export market diversification.

On March 22, 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. XIG is currently the second largest shareholder after the government of Cambodia.

Implementation of value added tax (VAT) in e-commerce will begin on April 1 after a three-month delay. Speaking to Fresh News, General Director of Taxation Kong Vibol confirmed the entry into force of value-added tax on e-commerce.” “From April 1st to date, 16 international companies have registered the simplified VAT registration of the General Administration of Taxation.”

Society

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. PGI is a status awarded by the European Commission and the UK Government that protects and promotes named regional food products that have a reputation or known characteristics that are unique to that region.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned international and local analysts not to spread false rumors that Siem Reap’s new airport will be used to host Chinese military aircraft.

Miss Queen Cambodia 2022 fights to end discrimination against transgender people. Wang Be, a transgender activist, says she will use the Miss Queen Cambodia 2022 platform to raise her voice to end discrimination against transgender people in Cambodia.

Tourism, culture, sports

The province of Siem Reap, home to the famous Angkor Archaeological Park and a true tourist paradise, has been named the “Star of the North” due to the newly built infrastructure in the city and the new international airport.

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