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Five Airlines Hope to Fly in Cambodia Soon

Five airlines are hoping to begin operating in Cambodia over the next two years, with two currently under government review after they submitted requests to launch domestic and international flights, officials said on Sunday.

New Tax Sticker Aims To Prevent Illegal Imports

A more sophisticated tax stamp for three categories of luxury goods —wine, watches and clocks, and smartphones—will be issued on January 1 as the Finance Ministry seeks to raise revenue and prevent counterfeiting of the old paper stamps.

Debit and ATM Cards Slated for Use in Shops

People holding locally issued debit and ATM cards may be able to use them to check out at registers and withdraw money at cash machines owned by other banking institutions in the coming months as new technology is introduced in Cambodia.

Salmonella Fears Spark Ban on Potato Chip Brand

Cambodia’s consumer protection agency issued a statement on Monday asking food merchants to stop distributing some Old Dutch-brand potato chips over fears of salmonella.

Hun Sen Asks Trump to Cancel War-Era Debt of $300 Million

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday sent a public plea to the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to forgive Cambodia’s war-era debt, which has climbed well past $300 million over the decades with interest.

Thousands Flock to Sea Festival in Sihanoukville

Cambodia held its fifth annual Sea Festival in Sihanoukville over the weekend, with hundreds of thousands of festival-goers—including the prime minister—in attendance, officials said on Sunday.

Acleda Bank Files Defamation Action Against Government Official

The CEO of Acleda Bank filed a defamation complaint with police on Monday against an Interior Ministry official who accused the bank of colluding with a provincial governor’s wife by creating fraudulent vehicle tax documents.

Kandal Market Chief Summoned Over Vendor Fees

The chief of a market in Kandal province has been summoned to appear in provincial court on Friday for allowing authorities to continue to collect fees from small-scale market vendors, defying a directive Prime Minister Hun Sen issued earlier this month.

Government Dismisses Concerns as Farmers Boycott Land Law Meeting

A group representing 2,000 farming families from 15 provinces boycotted a workshop on Monday on the final draft of the Agricultural Land Law after the Agriculture Ministry rejected their concerns and pushed to finish public consultation on the law.

Pacquiao to Return, Train Cambodian Boxers

After strutting past a media scrum and into a conference room full of star-struck officials and budding boxers on Wednesday, Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao promised to return to Cambodia to help train the next generation of fighters, officials said.

Duterte Defends Bloody Drug War on Arrival

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte and boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao touched down in Phnom Penh on Tuesday as part of a two-day visit to the capital, where the president used a speech to Filipino expatriates in the country to defend his bloody war on drugs.

Tax Department Set to Penalize Unlicensed Agents

In a push to better manage tax compliance, the General Department of Taxation (GDT) has issued a notification promising to start enforcing a 2013 sub-decree preventing unlicensed tax agents from operating in the country, beginning next month.

Chamber to Open Hubs Abroad to Boost Ties

The Cambodia Chamber of Commerce is set to open branches overseas as it seeks to become the point of contact for foreign investors interested in establishing ties in the country, its members said on Monday.

PM Says No Fees for Small-Scale Vendors

Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a directive on Friday calling for authorities to stop collecting fees from small-scale market vendors across the country, but officials remained unclear on Sunday on how the new rules would be enforced.

Father Charged in Rape of 13-Year-Old Daughter

A construction worker in Kompong Thom province was charged with rape after his 13-year-old daughter told her aunt that she had been repeatedly sexually assaulted at their home, officials said on Friday.

Commune Chief Freed, More Pardons to Come

Four human rights workers and an election official will be pardoned after their trial, opposition officials said on Thursday, in the latest signal of a sudden political detente that also led to the release on Thursday of a jailed commune chief.

Hun Sen Rips Into US Ambassador at New Factory Opening

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday ripped into critics of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and suggested that the U.S. look in the mirror rather than criticize Cambodia for cracking down on post-election demonstrators.

Thousands Attend Chea Sim’s Remembrance Event

Thousands of ruling party officials and supporters made a pilgrimage to Prey Veng province on Friday to pay their respects to the late CPP President Chea Sim, an event that also marked the 38th anniversary of the founding of United Front for the National Salvation of Kampuchea, the group of rebels back by Vietnam who overthrew the Khmer Rouge.

Airline Looks to Chinese Tourists With New Craft

Cambodia’s national airline, Cambodia Angkor Air, is set to begin domestic and regional flights today with a brand-new Airbus 320 leased directly from Germany.

Surplus of $400M in 2015 Due to ‘Poor Budget Planning’

Cambodia saw a $400 million budget surplus last year amid “poor budget planning and execution” and “unsatisfactory project implementation,” official documents show.