Boom in high-end residential projects in Phnom Penh, despite pandemic

Workers drive pass expensive villas in Phnom Penh. Photo taken on May 12, 2022. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Despite the pandemic, there has been a boom in the development of high-end residential projects in Phnom Penh. The construction sector is one of the country’s main economic engines.

As commune elections approach, Cambodian foreign affairs minister promises U.S. full commitment to human rights and democracy

Cambodian Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn with his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during a bilateral meeting in Washington. Picture taken May 13, 2022. Posted to the Facebook page of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

During a meeting with the U. S. Secretary of State, Cambodia’s foreign affairs minister responded to the host country’s concerns of a deteriorating rights situation in the country by stating the Kingdom is fully committed to an inclusive political process and freedom of expression.

Hun Sen tries to play down U.S. link to Kem Sokha’s case

Prime Minister Hun Sen meet with his supporters in Washington ahead of the ASEAN-U.S meeting. Picture from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s facebook page

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Cambodian authorities have never accused the U.S government of involvement with former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who stands accused of conspiring with foreign actors to incite a so-called color revolution.

Report: Foreign-funded infrastructure projects need more scrutiny for quality control

Road construction workers on National Road 2 in Kandal Province, April 26, 2022. CamboJA/ Sorn Sarath

As foreign funders drive the construction of major new infrastructure projects in Cambodia, an inconsistent regulatory approach may be opening lanes for shoddy construction.

Garment Exports Up, But Workers Worried About Factory Closures

Garment workers travel to work on trucks in Kampong Speu province, Picture taken October 2, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Phon Touch and Teang Sreytouch have been working for years in Cambodia’s garment industry, but now the two women are worried they could join the thousands of others in the sector who’ve been laid off without proper compensation.