Despite Increased Enrollments Cambodia Lags Behind in STEM

An IT worker uses his computer at an office in Phnom Penh, Picture taken 22, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

More Cambodian university students are doing degrees in computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), data shows, but the country still remains underprepared to compete in the 4th industrial revolution and digital economy.

Uneven Playing Field as Splintered Opposition Parties Prepare for 2022 Commune Elections

Yem Ponhearith , the president of the Kampuchea Niyum Party, speaks during International Human Rights' Day celebrations at his party's headquarters in Phnom Penh, December 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Khuon Narim

With the main opposition CNRP banned and one of its former leaders, Kem Sokha, facing trial on treason charges in January, observers say next year’s commune elections will likely be dominated by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s long-ruling CPP.

2.8 million Cambodians were living under the poverty line in 2020

Cyclo drivers Choy Pich 78 and Sin Met 65 waiting for customers along a street in Phnom Penh, December 6, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

As workers began heading out for lunch in central Phnom Penh last week, a grey-haired cyclo driver smiled and waved, hoping to entice a fare. As had been the case nearly every other day that week, Choy Pech, 78, had failed to find a single passenger though he had been out since early morning.

Dangkor residents urge government to address worsening floods

People carry their belongings out of their flooded home in Dangkor district’s Kongnoy commune in Phnom Penh, Picture taken October 26, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

As they repair their homes after about a week of inundation late last month, residents of Phnom Penh’s southern Dangkor district are urging the government to address the area’s increasingly severe flooding.

The World Bank downgrades Cambodia’s projected growth due to COVID crisis

Laborers work at a construction site in Phnom Penh, Picture taken September 27, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The World Bank downgraded Cambodia’s forecasted economic growth for 2021 to 2.2 percent from a previous projection of 4 percent, and urged the country to strengthen its external competitiveness to accelerate economic recovery and boost job creation.