H.E. Phos Sovann: RSF Should Not Presume But Wait to See Commission’s Accomplishments

H.E. Phos Sovann, Delegate of the Royal Government in charge of Director General of General Department of Information and Broadcasting, said on Friday that Reporters Without Borders (RSF) should not prejudge the ministry’s newly-established Monitoring Commission and urged this organisation to wait and see the work performance and achievements.
H.E. Phos Sovann, also Permanent Vice-Chairman of Journalistic Ethics Implementation and Monitoring Commission, made the comment in response to the RSF’s shock and concerns over the practical capacity of the Commission.
According to an article posted by Radio France Internationale (RFI), RSF on Aug, 12 came out in shock and concerns after Cambodia’s Ministry of Information has set up a monitoring commission. This organisation also considered the establishment of this commission to be lack of independence, transparency and accountability, adding that it was created as a new mechanism to monitor and keep eyes on journalists in Cambodia.
The Ministry of Information of Cambodia issued a proclamation dated Aug. 2, 2021 to set up a commission in its attempt to monitor, evaluate and praise the implementation of journalistic ethics. This commission is responsible for chairing the meeting on arrangement-and-necessity basis to examine the potential reports and complaints from the general public or organisations, to resolve complaints related to journalistic ethics between journalists, media units with individuals or ministries, institutions and to observe their performances as well.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

MAFF, CFIU to Exchange Information on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and Cambodia Financial Intelligence Unit (CFIU) of the National Bank of Cambodia will cooperate on information exchange related to money laundering and terrorism financing in the field of agriculture.

Both sides signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) here at the ministry yesterday under the presidency of H.E. Veng Sakhon, Minister of MAFF and H.E. Ms. Ouk Maly, Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Cambodia.

According to H.E. Minister, apart from the collaboration in information exchange, the MoU will also help build the capacity of relevant officials in analysing, monitoring, and controlling the terrorists’ activities in money laundering and terrorism financing in order to take timely and effective crackdown measures, which will maintain financial security, investment environment, and ensure justice, equity and transparency for investors.

This is the 18th MoU reached by the CFIU and local competent institutions.


Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

USAID-funded Keo Seima Conservation Project Completed Successfully

The three-year Keo Seima Conservation Project (KSCP), funded by USAID, has been completed successfully.

On Aug. 12, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and project partners held an online workshop to mark the successful completion of the project, under the presidency of H.E. Sao Sopheap, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment.

According to WCS, during the event, key project achievements were presented focusing on collaborative conservation efforts to improve biodiversity conservation and ecosystem health, sustainable and equitable economic opportunities, community livelihoods, and natural capital reinvestment, and to strengthen inclusive landscape governance in KSWS in the Eastern Plains, Cambodia.

A key aim of USAID programmes is to ensure long-term benefits, beyond the life of the project, continued the same source, adding that the support of the KSCP to the successful implementation of the KSWS REDD+ project will ensure all of the above outcomes continue and expand into the future.

KSCP is a successful three-year collaboration between USAID, WCS, the communities around the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, the Ministry of Environment, local authorities, and other development partners, said USAID Cambodia on its official Facebook page.

Through this project, it added, USAID helped to avoid more than 1.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, which helped Cambodia meet its national greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while also generating revenues from the sale of carbon credits.


Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

COVID-19: 423 New Cases, Tally 84,262

Cambodia’s Ministry of Health this morning reported 423 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of which 67 were imported and the rest were community cases linked to the Feb. 20 incident.

The national counts thus rose to 84,262, including 12,502 imported cases, pointed out the ministry’s press release.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health recorded 541 newly recovered patients, but 20 new deaths; bringing the total cured and death cases in the Kingdom to 78,972 and 1,654, respectively.

The first COVID-19 case was detected in Cambodia in late January 2020 in Preah Sihanouk province. The confirmed cases have surged quickly this year due to the Feb. 20 community outbreak.


Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

Drafting of National Roadmap for Cambodia’s Sustainable Food Systems Accelerated

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is accelerating the drafting of National Roadmap for Cambodia’s sustainable food systems for 2030 roadmap to further promote the sector toward sustainable development.

A meeting to examine the final draft of the National Roadmap took place recently via videoconference under the chairmanship of H.E. Veng Sakhon, Minister of MAFF and Vice President of the Council for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD), with the participation of representatives of 13 relevant ministries and institutions as well as those of development partners such as FAO, ADB, WB, WHO, GIZ, and UNICEF.

The roadmap focuses on ensuring a sustainable, well-nutritious food system and providing equitable livelihood opportunities, especially for the youths with innovation, poor farmers, vulnerable people though the increase of productivity, agricultural diversification toward green growth, and increase of smallholder farmers’ and vulnerable people’s income.


Source: Agency Kampuchea Press