World’s Endangered Clouded Leopard Found in Cambodia

Endangered clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) listed in the IUCN red list of threatened species have been spotted in Cambodia’s forests.
The good news was shared recently by the Ministry of Environment, adding that they were found in the forests in the northeast, southwest and north of Cambodia.
Clouded leopard are also found living in Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia (Sumatra), Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam.
The leopard has become extinct in Bangladesh, Singapore and Taiwan although it can give birth to two to four cubs at a time after about 90 to 95 days of conception.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has included this type of tiger species in its red list of endangered animals.
Reportedly, the extinction of clouded leopard was resulted by poaching and loss of their habitat due to both natural and man-made factors.
The Ministry of Environment has recently announced the spotting of some other endangered animals in Cambodian wildlife sanctuaries such as the Asiatic golden cat (Catopuma Temminckii), Asiatic wild dog (Cuon alpinus), and large-antlered muntjac or giant muntjac (Muntiacus vuquangensis).

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

COVID-19: Tally Surpasses 50,000 Mark

Cambodia’s tally of COVID-19 surpassed the 50,000 mark this morning with the detection of up to 1,130 new infections.
According to a press release of the Ministry of Health, of the new cases, 139 are imported and the rest are locally transmitted cases linked to the Feb. 20 outbreak.
At the same time, 670 more patients have recovered; bringing the total cured cases to 44,143.
Besides, 27 more people have lost their lives due to the pandemic; the death toll thus increased to 602.
The first COVID-19 case was reported 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

Senior Minister Sun Chanthol Attends World Economic Forum via Videoconference

H.E. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport, attended a World Economic Forum under the theme “Trade Recovery: Revitalising Regional Economy with a Resilient Supply Chain” via Videoconference yesterday.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister laid stress on the significance of digital platform in reduction of COVID-19 impact and effective solutions to support public and trade activities. It also helps ASEAN member states to work together to promote ASEAN as a community of single digital connectivity as well as to boost its connectivity to accelerate the socio-economic recovery.
“Cambodia has set its priority to promote digital system in the country to ensure the smooth flow of goods, services, skills, capital and data. Therefore, Cambodia needs to focus on legal and institutional cooperation to adapt to the digital revolution for trade, investment, trade facilitation, small and medium enterprises and skills development more effectively,” H.E. Sun Chanthol said.
To achieve a vision toward regional digital economy, he underlined, Cambodia has committed to carry out ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data), Port EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) connection with ASYCUDA to effectively ease transport and trade; has endorsed the law on e-commerce; put into use online trade registration, ASEAN Single Window; and officially launched Cambodia Digital Economy and Social Policy Framework 2021-2035.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

Donor Community to Continue Supporting Cambodia’s Mine Clearance Efforts

Donor community will continue supporting Cambodia in mine clearance through Clearing for Result-Mine Action for Human Development project in order to end threats posed by landmines by 2025.
The continued support was underlined by Senior Minister and First Vice President of Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) H.E. Ly Thuch, after a board meeting of Clearing for Results Phase IV (CFR-4), held via Videoconference this morning.
Representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, donor countries and development partners including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Australia, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and New Zealand attended the virtual meeting.
H.E. Ly Thuch expressed his gratitude to the donor community for their continued contribution with the Royal Government of Cambodia in the US$20 million CFR-4 project for six years, from 2020 to 2025.
The senior minister also informed the meeting about the efforts and attention of the Royal Government of Cambodia to the preparation of Mine Free Village Guideline, which will be piloted in Kep province, and the result will be presented in the CFR’s board meeting later this year before launching the project nationwide.
Besides the donors in the CFR-4, Cambodia’s mine clearance efforts have been also supported by other donors such as the U.S, the United Kingdom, Japan, Norway, China, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, UNDP and UNICEF as well as Civil Society Fund and philanthropists.
As of June this year, Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) destroyed 1,103,192 anti-personnel mines, 25,603 anti-tank mines, and 2,909,764 explosive remnants, thus clearing 2,221 square kilometres of mine-contaminated area and benefiting 3,335,686 households. The Kingdom’s goal is to become a mine-free nation by 2025.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

Ministry Concludes Campaign on Court Case Backlog Settlement

The Ministry of Justice has concluded the campaign to handle court case backlog at all municipal and provincial courts across Cambodia.
The notification was shared in the ministry’s press release issued on June 29, stressing that during the one-year-and-one-month campaign, some 37,900 criminal cases have been resolved.
The number represents about 96 percent of the total 39,500 backlog cases, including some 12,600 with completed trial cases.
It continued that the capital and provincial courts have also resolved more than 62,800 new cases or 78 percent of over 80,400 new cases during the same period.
Among the 24 municipal and provincial courts in the country, 22 claimed their success in addressing the court case backlog.
The courts of Phnom Penh capital and Preah Sihanouk province, however, humbly accept some delays due to lock-down measures against the COVID-19 threat.
The Ministry of Justice launched the campaign to resolve the court case backlog on May 18 in 2020.
The campaign was intended to resolve excessive court cases, reduce overcrowded prisons, and promote the capacity and efficiency of the legal entities engaged in the court case proceedings.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press