Cambodia’s foreign debt tops $9 billion, with China accounting for more than 40 percent

People purchase food at a market in Phnom Penh, Picture taken on May 24, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Cambodia’s outstanding external debt reached more than $9.18 billion as of the first half of 2021 and is expected to reach more than $10 billion by the year’s end, an increase from $8.8 billion at the end of 2020.

Oxfam urges government to use IMF COVID recovery fund transparently

Vendors sell food on the street at a village in Phnom Penh, August 11, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Oxfam has urged the Cambodian government to ensure that a $240million debt-free fund announced by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support Cambodia’ economic recovery is used to benefit all Cambodians affected by COVID-19.

Political opposition charts uncertain path as former CNRP leaders join separate parties

Supporters of the former CNRP gather during the commune election campaign in Phnom Penh. Picture taken on May 20, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

As more former CNRP officials split to form a new party for the upcoming election, political observers are cautioning that quality beats quantity when it comes to building a competitive opposition.

Cambodia’s economic growth forecast downgraded as COVID-19 cases rise

Laborers work at a construction site in Phnom Penh, July 21, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The UK-based Fitch Ratings credit rating agency has downgraded Cambodia’s economic outlook below the World Bank’s baseline forecast of 4 percent GDP growth for 2021 as the country continues to struggle with the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women still willing to participate in politics despite intimidation, study finds

Sin Chan Pov Rozeth, the former chief of O'Cha commune in Battambang province, told CamboJA women face several barriers to political activity. A member of the CNRP before the party was forcibly dissolved, she is pictured here in her office on October 11, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A new report examining the participation of women in politics within a single-party Cambodian state has found that male violence remains a key barrier to entry.