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Singing Competition Spotlights Talent and a Golden Age of Arts

Some of the most talented singers and performers in traditional Cambodian arts took to the stage on Thursday for the final round of the Universal Khmer Song Contest 2014.

As Cambodia’s Financial Sector Grows, So Do Its Challenges

The National Bank of Cambodia on Wednesday hosted its first annual macroeconomic conference, outlining the need to ensure Cambodia’s rapidly growing financial sector supports sustainable and inclusive economic growth while managing greater risks.

Government Rolls Out New Agriculture Policy

The Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday released a draft policy to strengthen the agriculture sector by educating farmers on how to gain greater access to markets and increase their productivity by using sustainable farming methods.

Military Captain Shoots Dead Pregnant Wife, Self

A military captain shot dead his pregnant wife and then turned the gun on himself following an argument in a beauty salon in Daun Penh district on Thursday afternoon, according to police. Eng Sorphea, chief of the municipal police serious crime bureau, said the incident happened around 4:40 p.m. in Golden Sorya Mall.

City Hall Plans New Dumpsite, Extended Riverside

City Hall is digging a new eight-hectare landfill near Prey Sar prison as the city’s current dumpsite, which receives about 1,500 tons of garbage a day, is set be filled to capacity by December, according to local officials.

Political Deal Restores Investors’ Confidence

Cambodia’s business community appears to have let out a collective sigh of relief following Tuesday’s news of an end to the nearly yearlong political deadlock, an impasse that had caused a dip in foreign direct investment.

NGO to Issue Certificates for Organic Veggies

Farmers taking pains to grow genuine organic crops will have their efforts rewarded with certificates in a bid to encourage ethical farming and provide them with a competitive advantage, according to a local agriculture NGO.

Four Years On, Arbitration Center a Step Closer to Taking Cases

Nearly four years after it was established by the Commerce Ministry and one year on from its official launch, the National Commercial Arbitration Center held its first annual assembly Friday.

Local Corn Farmers Squeezed by Seed Giants

Although hybrid corn seeds, which produce greater uniformity and disease resistance in crops, are nothing new in Cambodia, the market for them has been steadily expanding and has now almost fully engulfed the country’s corn industry.

Cyclo Drivers Struggle as Demand Dwindles

No longer able to compete with Cambodia’s love of cars and motorcycles, the few hundred cyclo drivers still eking out an existence now rely almost solely on tourist dollars.

US Firm to Build Border Market in Takeo

Realco Cambodia Ltd., a U.S.-owned company, plans to invest $7 million to build a market at the Phnom Din checkpoint on the border with Vietnam in Takeo province’s Kirivong district, a senior official at the Takeo, Kampot and Kep Provincial Chamber of Commerce said Friday.

Lawmaker Defends Rejection of Human Rights Proposals

National Assembly spokesman Chheang Vun on Friday defended Cambodia’s decision to reject four human rights proposals and merely take note of another 38 during the adoption of its second universal periodic review report in Geneva on Thursday.

New Registered Businesses Increase by 33 Percent

The number of newly registered businesses in Cambodia increased 33 percent between January and June this year compared to the same time period last year, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Commerce released Tuesday.

Aeon Mall Offers Sneak Peek Before Opening

Aeon Mall opened its doors on Friday for an invite-only preview to its four-story shopping center in Phnom Penh, which cost an estimated $205 million.

Port Axes Lift-Off Fee For Empty Containers

Sihanoukville Autonomous Port announced early this week that starting in September it will stop charging a lift-off fee for empty containers exporting through the port—a move port officials hope will ease access.

Soma Group and Thai Firm to Build Rice Mill

Local conglomerate Soma Group on Friday signed a joint agreement with Thai company C.P. Intertrade to construct a large-scale rice mill and refinery in Cambodia that is expected to produce six times more rice per hour than most large millers in the country, officials from both companies said.

Phones Go Up In Flames at Prey Sar Prison

Prey Sar prison officials on Friday set fire to 1,705 mobile phones that had been confiscated from inmates there over the past three years.

Cambodia’s Gems Retain Sheen for Chinese

Cambodian gems, long synonymous with quality, have not lost their luster among Chinese tourists who are propping up the trade despite the waning mining industry, according to dealers at Thursday’s Cambodia Gem and Jewelry Fair.

MFI and Insurance Firm Partner Up

Chamroeun Microfinance Limited and Prevoir Kampuchea Micro Life Insurance PLC on Wednesday joined efforts to provide insurance to those on lower incomes.

As Jewelry Fair Nears, Industry Losing Its Sparkle

As Cambodia gears up to host its sixth gem and jewelry fair Thursday in Phnom Penh, which is billed to be bigger than the last, dealers of precious stones and metals say business has been lackluster of late.

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