Cambodia Tender and Business News

Many See Cambodia Rapidly Turning Into a Dictatorship

Cambodia is rapidly closing down freedoms in many walks of life in the country. Independent media is being shut down, and even a major opposition politician was arrested, apparently as a move to silence any challenges to the government.

Cambodia Cracks Down on Media and NGOs In Advance of 2018 Elections

Elections are coming up next year in Cambodia, but the Cambodian government is wasting no time to attempt to silence aid organizations and the media. Its first attacks included demands of immediate payment of massive tax debts by newspapers and radio stations, and an aid organization being given a week to leave the country.

Sustainable Human Development Requires Far More Inclusion

Human development is progressing and has recently made major strides in many areas, but many are still left behind, with systemic and often unmeasured barriers to catching up. A new UN report urges a stronger focus on those excluded and on actions to dismantle these barriers to ensure sustainable human development for all.

NEC to Train Six ASEAN Nations On Cyber-Security

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has contracted with NEC Corporation to provide cyber-attack defense tools and training to six members of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) group.

Applications Open to Join Vietnam's MIST Tourism Business Accelerators

Vietnam's Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office and the Mekong Business Initiative just announced a way to make it easier for innovative tourism businesses to gret established in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. It will all happen via their jointly-launched Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) Initiative and the launch of two new startup accelerators.

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Is Yet Another Bad Trade Deal

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TTP) may for all practical purposes be dead, but the new Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement being negotiated this week could reinstate one of the worst parts of the TPP. RCEP would grant corporations the exclusive right to bypass domestic legal systems and sue governments at international tribunals whenever they feel government regulation can limit their profits.

Dire Warnings But Also Hope as IUCN Environmental Congress Opens

A congress billed as the world’s largest ever to focus on the environment has opened to warnings that our planet is at a “tipping point” but also with expressions of hope that governments, civil society and big business are learning to work together.

Digital Finance Firm Group Lease PSL Plans Major Expansion in Indonesia

Thailand-based Group Lease PCL, a SET-listed digital finance firm, just received its official license to operate in Indonesia. With that done, it is embarking on a new, major expansion in Indonesia which is expected to support substantial growth both in terms of revenue and net profits over the next five years.

Can Better Technology Lure Asia's Youth Back to Farming?

Farming and agriculture may not seem cool to young people, but if they can learn the thrill of nurturing plants to produce food, and are provided with their favorite apps and communications software on agriculture, food insecurity will not be an issue, food and agriculture experts said during the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Food Security Forum from June 22 to 24 at the ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines.

Plantations International Offers Micro-Loans to SE Asia, Central America, Africa

Plantations International, a Hong Kong headquartered company focusing on sustainable agriculture and forestry management services, has branched out by now offering a micro lending platform for low income farmers. It will be offered in selected countries in Asia, Central and South America and Africa during early roll outs.

Worldwide Cost of Lead Exposure in Developing Countries Almost $1B Annually

The problem of children around the world being exposed to lead -- and the many medical consequences of that -- is still significant even in the 21st century. A study just published by New York University shows the annual economic cost of lead exposure at $977 billion worldwide, with ~$700 billion of that happening just within Asia.

RMB Reaches Nearly 40% Adoption Across Financial Institutions Worldwide

SWIFT data shows a double digit growth of RMB adoption by financial institutions established in all regions. In February 2016, 1,131 banks were using the RMB for payments with mainland China and Hong Kong, representing 37% of all institutions exchanging payments with mainland China and Hong Kong across all currencies.

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