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Update: Fri, Jul 28 2017    

Fintech could be 'game changer'

A delegation from China visited Phnom Penh this week to share tips on how Cambodia can increase its financial inclusion and meet the needs of its under-banked population using financial technology, or fintech. Chinese government officials, fintech experts and impact investors joined a networking session on Wednesday evening aimed at promoting development and regional partnership for financial inclusion between China and Cambodia.



UAE, Cambodia sign investment agreement

Phnom Penh, July 27 The United Arab Emirates and Cambodia on Thursday signed an agreement to protect and encourage bilateral investment between the two countries. The agreement was signed by the UAE Ambassador to Cambodia Saif Abdullah Al Shamsi and Secretary General of the Council for the Development of Cambodia Sok Chenda Sophea at the council's headquarters in Cambodia.



Cambodian court charges British deputy headteacher with sexual assaults

A Cambodian court on Thursday charged a British man, who allegedly sexually abused a five-year-old female pupil, with sexual assaults, according to a court spokesman. Mark Andrew Smith, 39, the father of two, was arrested on Friday last week when he left the Golden Bridge International School in Phnom Penh, where he served as the school's deputy principal.



Why First World Countries Have Third World Cities

As I avoided the potholes, ignored the sounds of guns, and walked past beggars throughout the streets of New Orleans, I could not help but be reminded of my travels in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. With their mass poverty and crumbling infrastructure, the two cities differ in one key area: Throughout the United States, I frequently come across what I call "third world cities in first world countries" - whether it is Detroit, Baltimore, or even my beloved New Orleans.



Visit to Wat Preah Prom Rath Buddhist pagoda in Siem Reap of Cambodia: A travel note

During April this year, while in Cambodia, I visited Seim Reap famous for the ruins of the world's biggest temple complex Angkor that was the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th to 15th centuries. However, while visiting the local market, I happened to see a colourful building and a gate with carvings and decided have a look at it.



White building fades to black

Some view it as iconic, others a deprecit building that has seen better days. However you want to put it, there is no disputing that the White Building, established during King Norodom Sihanouk's Sangkum Reastr Niyum regime, is unlike any other building in Phnom Penh.



Work to start on Japanese span in September

Construction workers work under the Japanese Bridge earlier this year in Phnom Penh. Rehabilitations funded by Obayashi Corporation will begin in September.



Angelina Jolie puts movies aside for cooking, cleaning up poo, motherhood

Angelina Jolie has put movie-making on hold to become a better mom, take cooking classes and do ordinary tasks like picking up dog poo. In an interview with Vanity Fair released on Wednesday, the actress said life after splitting in September from husband Brad Pitt was focused on looking after her health and her children.



UN officials blocked from visiting villages near dam

Camps set up by Srekor villagers on high ground to protect from anticipated flooding caused by the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam. Photo supplied Police yesterday prevented representatives of the United Nations human rights office from accessing two Stung Treng villages threatened by flooding from the Lower Sesan II Dam.



CNRP meets as new Party Law clears council

A CNRP billboard, with the portraits of party President Kem Sokha and former president Sam Rainsy blacked out, seen alongside National Road 5 yesterday in Kampong Chhnang province. Cambodia National Rescue Party leaders yesterday summoned members from across the Kingdom instructing them how to comply with impending new laws that will see former party President Sam Rainsy scrubbed clean from their prolific billboards - but not without a hint of defiance.



It's official: Cambodia is sending Taiwanese suspects to China

Seven Taiwanese nationals will be deported to China alongside 24 Chinese nationals despite efforts by Taiwanese officials to have them repatriated to the island, a Cambodian immigration police official said yesterday. The group was arrested in Phnom Penh last week for allegedly working to scam Chinese citizens through a Voice over Internet Protocol service, and Sok Phal, chief of the Interior Ministry's Immigration Department, said they will be sent to China on Saturday.



Court charges trio in arms trafficking case

Three men arrested for involvement in cross-border arms smuggling were yesterday charged with weapons trafficking, the prosecutor handling the case said. Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court Deputy Prosecutor Sok Keobandith said the trio, arrested on Friday, were charged under Article 488 of the Cambodian Criminal Code, which covers the production or trafficking of weapons, explosives and ammunition and carries a possible prison term of between five and 10 years.



Suspended sentence in official's graft case raises doubts

Council for the Development of Cambodia official Chhim Piseth, 52, was convicted on corruption charges yesterday, with the Phnom Penh court suspending the entirety of his two-year prison sentence. Photo supplied An official with the Council for the Development of Cambodia was found guilty on corruption charges yesterday but will go free after the Phnom Penh Municipal Court suspended his two-year prison sentence.



Train derails, injuring operator

Officials inspect the scene where a Royal Railways freight train crashed into another early yesterday morning, injuring a train operator, after a train stopped to transfer oil in Preah Sihanouk province. Photo supplied A train operator was injured and two villagers' kitchens were destroyed after a Royal Railways freight train derailed after crashing into another in Preah Sihanouk province's Stung Hav district in the early hours of yesterday morning, according to local police.



Classical arts not a priority in schools today

Traditional Cambodian art forms such as classical dance and music have been passed down throughout the generations as a way for children to learn and preserve the meaning of their culture. However, as the education sector changes, gaining knowledge of the arts at a young age is proving less essential for the Kingdom's public schools.



HIA moves forward with plush campuses around Phnom Penh

Harrods International Academy is proposing 2 programmes addressing Early Years and Primary Years with three campuses. The opening of the Early Campus on Street 352 will be fully dedicated to children from 18 months to five years old in the IEYC stream in Cambodia.



American University of Phnom Penh: The leading center of academic excellence in Cambodia

With its vision to be a leading academic center of excellence in Cambodia and Asia, the American University of Phnom Penh is the only university providing internationally recognized US accredited programs to students in Cambodia. In partnership with the University of Arizona , students are offered the opportunity to earn Bachelor's and Master's degrees provided by US professors on location in Cambodia.