Cambodian government trims booming casino industry with new capital requirements

The NagaWorld casino and hotel complex as seen in Phnom Penh, picture taken September 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Cambodian government is moving ahead in thinning out the country’s overcrowded gaming industry by setting its first minimum capital requirement for casinos.

More business resumed as government moves toward full reopening

A recently reopened restaurant in Phnom Penh, October 19, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

In the evening, casual restaurant tables closed for months are now once again set for customers as city streets fill with vendors and the flow of busy people.

Kandal villagers report feeling pressured into accepting land compensation

Villagers gather to demonstrate in front of police barricades where authorities blocked a road leading to their farmland, which is being cleared to prepare the site for a planned airport in Kandal Stung district, Picture taken on September 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

A number of families affected by the new airport project in Kandal Stung district are still refusing to accept the state’s proposed compensation for their land, instead hoping that the upcoming commune elections will bring them a better solution. Others have decided to take the compensation, causing concerns that an ongoing court case against nine villagers is putting pressure on the community.

Urban poor communities urge faster solutions to avoid displacement

The railway community of Phnom Penh's Tuol Kork district, where residents are facing eviction to make way for infrastructure development. Photo taken September 27, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Members of several poor communities affected by urban development in Phnom Penh have asked the government to provide them with solutions to stay in the city as they face the threat of forced evictions.

Government adjusts COVID measures in hopes of full economic reopening

Health workers in Siem Reap province use a COVID-19 rapid test on a market vendor, September 16, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered cities and provincial authorities nationwide to stop conducting mass rapid testing for COVID-19, saying the measure is unnecessary and interrupts the country’s full reopening.