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Feeling the effects of the economic crisis

In Agriculture,Financial Crisis,Real Estate,Textile,Tourism on May 1, 2009 by viCheth

PP Post, Written by George McLeod

FRIDAY, 01 MAY 2009

Cambodia’s days as the region’s economic success story may be over as three of the country’s four growth pillars suffer under the impact of the global economic slowdown

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Photo by: STEVE FINCH

Cambodia’s traditional economy has sheltered it from some, but not all, of the effects of the global economic crisis, but with three of the country’s four key economic pillars in trouble it is not yet out of the woods.

WHEN investment banking giant Lehman Brothers collapsed last year, it kicked off a financial tsunami that threatened institutions around the world, sinking many and leaving the rest heavily traumatised.
In Cambodia, government officials congratulated the country’s financial institutions as if it were foresight rather than backwardness that shielded them from the toxic US sub-prime market largely responsible for the global financial fiasco. Prime Minister Hun Sen even went so far as to applaud the country on its lack of a stock exchange or complex financial products.
There were strong grounds for optimism. With the banks largely untouched, there was no immediate cause for concern about the health of the country’s economy. After all, it was one of the world’s most robust, leading the Asian region at nearly 10 percent GDP growth per year over the past decade. Foreign investment was driving record property price gains, leading to a generation of nouveau riche Cambodians eager to exchange the security of land for SUVs and new villas in the city.

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As Losses Mount, Plans To Help Economy Emerge

In Agriculture,Economy,Financial Crisis,Real Estate,Textile,Tourism on April 29, 2009 by viCheth

By VOA Khmer, Reporters
Reports from Phnom Penh & Washington
28 April 2009

Kong Chandararoth, president of the Cambodian Institute of Economic Study and Development. <br />

Kong Chandararoth, president of the Cambodian Institute of Economic Study and Development

Cambodia’s four main economic drivers have sustained multi-million dollar losses so far this year, despite insulation from the financial markets, a leading economist said Monday.

A report released by the International Labor Organization released Monday shows losses of $280 million in garments, $260 million in tourism, $180 million in agriculture and $45 million in construction. 

Despite those losses, Cambodia remains somewhat insulated from the global financial crisis, said Kong Chandararoth, president of the Cambodian Institute of Economic Study and Development.

“Our country is not close to the financial market, so that does not have an impact as serious as other countries,” he said, as a guest on “Hello VOA.”

Cambodia’s agriculture has also made the global financial downturn easier that industrialized countries, he said. 

Organizations like the International Monetary Fund and Asian Development Bank have warned that Cambodia’s economy will shrink this year, thanks to the financial crisis.

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Israelis focus on farming, telecoms during visit

In Agriculture,Business on March 18, 2009 by viCheth

PP Post, Written by George McLeod

TUESDAY, 17 MARCH 2009

Israel’s biggest-ever delegation arrived in Phnom Penh Monday, with telecoms and agriculture firms saying they have big plans for Cambodia

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Photo by: George Mcleod

From left to right: Israeli delegate Yitzhak Kiriati; Ministry of Commerce Secretary of State Pan Sorasak; Israeli Ambassador Yael Rubinstein and Israeli trade attache Tzahi Selzer.

With Cambodia’s huge agricultural potential and Israel’s world-class technology, the two countries have a bright future of cooperation ahead of them, said Israeli Ambassador Yael Rubinstein on Monday in Phnom Penh during her country’s largest-ever visit to the Kingdom.
Included with the delegation were representatives of Israel’s top agriculture technology companies, offering what they say are the world’s most advanced farming methods.
"One of our most important messages is that we see agriculture as a business – not just a way of feeding people," said Yitzhak Kiriati, director of the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute, a government-private export promotion group.
"We are not coming to Cambodia to save hungry people – we are here to make people make money from agriculture," he said.  
He said Israel will be working to introduce new technologies and to change methods used on Cambodian farms.
"Israeli agriculture operates as a system – you pool resources…. We will be working with Cambodia to increase not only the technology, but the way that farms organise themselves."
No deals were signed, but a delegation spokesman said he expects major announcements before year’s end.

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Israel eyes telecoms and agriculture sectors

In Agriculture,Business on March 14, 2009 by viCheth

PP Post, Written by George McLeod

FRIDAY, 13 MARCH 2009

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Photo by: PHOTO SUPPLIED
Israeli ambassador to Thailand, Yael Rubinstein.

FOCUS ON INVESTMENT – ISRAEL
In this exclusive interview with the Post, Business Editor George McLeod meets with Israel’s ambassador to Thailand to discuss her country’s plans to build business and political links with Cambodia.
Why is Israel interested in Cambodia?
We see Cambodia as a very interesting market, and we want to explore a number of avenues for cooperation, especially agriculture and telecommunications.  Israel is a world leader in agriculture and we need to share our know-how….  In terms of agriculture, there are two areas of cooperation – the first is water management. As you know, Israel is a desert country, but when people come to Israel, they see green fields. The reason is that we have good technology. The second is we want to work on desalinisation.
Cambodia has seen a lot of interest from other Middle Eastern countries  including Qatar, Kuwait and Iran. Is this geopolitical competition?
No, [Cambodia] is a very interesting market, and I think it is no surprise that other countries are interested. I have no doubt that our products in telecommunications and agriculture are the best, so I have no doubt we will be more convincing for the Cambodian government.
But I am welcoming any competition from any other country, whether we have diplomatic relations with them or not.
But isn’t the Israeli agriculture sector losing money and dependent on government subsidies?
That used to be the case – at first, the government had to subsidise, but in the last decades, most companies have been privatised….
Of course, the government is supporting agriculture though, but not financially.


  My first aim is to encourage a higher-level delegation led by [Cambodian] ministers to visit israel.


What is the government’s role in expanding ties?
Of course, the Israeli government is supporting our companies … but as Israeli ambassador, my job is to open doors. That means meeting ministers and supporting the private sector. After I open the door, it is up to private companies.
Israeli telecoms and IT companies are also leaders in security and surveillance. Are you in talks with the government over providing surveillance equipment?
This isn’t something we have discussed. Of course, if the Cambodians raised this, we would be able to discuss it.
Your new foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is from the far right and seen as a hardliner – will this make it difficult to improve relations with Asia?
I think Mr Lieberman is an impressive person and it will be very interesting to meet with his colleagues … I want to remind you that [Ariel] Sharon was also seen as hardline, but he pulled out of Lebanon and Gaza. So the term hardliner is a question of views, but I am positive the Netanyahu government will be very forthcoming.
In the UN, Cambodia has voted against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Do you have any views on that?
Our position is for a two-state solution and a Palestinian state existing side-by-side with Israel, so we are in favour of a two-state solution. We have no political dispute with Cambodia.
What developments can we expect in Israel-Cambodia relations for 2009?
My first aim is to encourage a higher-level delegation led by ministers to visit Israel, and we want the Cambodian foreign minister to come to Cambodia. We want more political dialogue. We need to upgrade relations with Cambodia.
Will Israel set up an embassy?
That is possible, but it depends on the budget.

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/Business/Israel-eyes-telecoms-and-agriculture-sectors.html

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Middle East targets land, energy deals

In Agriculture,Business on March 14, 2009 by viCheth

PP Post, Written by George Mcleod

FRIDAY, 13 MARCH 2009

Cambodia’s traditional sectors are foundering in the wake of the global financial crisis, but the Kingdom’s farmlands could bring billions from Middle Eastern countries seeking food security.

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BANGKOK – With high-profile government visits and massive deals in the works, Middle Eastern countries are competing to carve out an economic and political stake in Cambodia. Land leases and energy agreements are being negotiated by Kuwait and Qatar, while Israeli companies are hoping to ink agricultural technology and telecoms contracts. 
Governments are backing the push into Cambodia, and the prime ministers of Kuwait and Qatar already visited last year.
Israel is joining the game, with its first major delegation scheduled to arrive Monday. Iran is also taking a role under its Look East policy to boost Asian trade in the face of Western sanctions.
Analysts say growing Middle Eastern interest puts Cambodia on the map and in the middle of a power contest for political and economic footholds in Asia.
"In a way, the economic crisis has made Asia an even greater focus for the Middle East because there is more competition for markets," said Middle East expert Yossi Mekelberg from Chatham House in London.
"Middle Eastern countries are attracted to Cambodia in part because [Cambodia] doesn’t care about the Arab-Israeli conflict, or about politics.
[Cambodia] wants investment. It gives Middle Eastern countries soft power in the region," he said.

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កសិករ​នៅ​តាកែវ​សំណូមពរ​ឲ្យ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ជួយ​រក​ទីផ្សារ​លក់​ផលិត​ផល

In Agriculture on March 14, 2009 by viCheth

RFA, ដោយ កែវពេជ្រ មេត្តា

2009-03-11

កសិករ​មួយចំនួន​នៅ​ស្រុក​ត្រាំកក់ ខេត្ត​តាកែវ បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា ដំណាំ​រួមផ្សំ​ផ្សេងៗ​ដូចជា​បន្លែ​ត្រប់ សណ្ដែក ត្រសក់​ជាដើម ដែល​ដាំ​ដុះ​មក​នោះ​លក់​មិន​បាន​ថ្លៃ​ទេ​ដែល​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​ប៉ះពាល់​ដល់​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច​គ្រួសារ។

RFA Photo/Keopich Metta

អ្នក​យក​ព័ត៌មាន​វិទ្យុ​អាស៊ីសេរី (ឆ្វេង) សម្ភាស​កសិករ​នៅ​ស្រុក​ត្រាំកក់ ខេត្ត​តាកែវ កាលពី​ថ្ងៃ​៩ មីនា ២០០៩។

អ្នក​ភូមិ​បាន​សំណូមពរ​ដល់​រាជ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ឲ្យ​ជួយ​ដោះស្រាយ​រក​ទីផ្សារ​លក់​ផលិតផល​ដើម្បី​កសិករ​អាច​បង្កើន​ប្រាក់​ចំណូល​សម្រាប់​ផ្គត់ផ្គង់​ជីវភាព​គ្រួសារ​បាន។

បើ​គេ​ធ្វើ​ដំណើរ​កាត់​តាម​ភូមិ​មួយចំនួន​នៃ​ឃុំ​ត្រាំកក់ ខេត្ត​តាកែវ​នោះ គេ​នឹង​ឃើញ​ផ្ទៃ​ដី​ស្រែ​ភាគ​ច្រើន​មាន​ពណ៌​បៃតង​ខៀវ​ស្រងាត់ បើ​ទោះ​បី​ជា​ពេល​នេះ​គឺ​ជា​រដូវ​ប្រាំង​ហួត​ហែង​គ្មាន​ទឹក​ភ្លៀង​ធ្លាក់​មក​យ៉ាង​ណា​ក៏​ដោយ។

ចំពោះ​ទិដ្ឋភាព​ពណ៌​បៃតង​នោះ​គឺ​ជា​ដំណាំ​អនុផល​ផ្សេងៗ​របស់​អ្នក​ភូមិ​ក្នុង​ឃុំ​នោះ​ដែល​គេ​បាន​នាំ​គ្នា​ធ្វើការ​ដាំដុះ​បន្ទាប់​ពី​បាន​ច្រូត​កាត់​ប្រមូល​ផល​ស្រូវ​រួច។ ដំណាំ​ទាំង​នោះ​រួម​មាន​ដូច​ជា​ត្រសក់ ត្រឡាច ត្រប់ ល្ពៅ សណ្ដែក ឪឡឹក។ល។។

ប្រជាកសិករ​នៅ​ឃុំ​ត្រាំកក់​បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា ការដាំ​ដំណាំ​អនុផល​ទាំងអស់​នេះ​គឺ​ជា​គំនិត​ច្នៃ​ប្រឌិត​ក្នុង​ការប្រើប្រាស់​ដី​ស្រែ​មិន​ឲ្យ​នៅ​ទំនេរ​ដើម្បី​បាន​ប្រាក់​ចំណូល​ខ្លះ​រួមផ្សំ​គ្នា​នឹង​ការធ្វើ​ស្រែ ពីព្រោះ​ការធ្វើ​ស្រែ​តែ​ម្យ៉ាង​មិន​អាច​ជួយ​ទ្រទ្រង់​ជីវភាព​រស់នៅ​បាន​ទេ។

ស្ដ្រី​កសិករ​មួយ​រូប​ឈ្មោះ ណយ ថាម រស់​នៅ​ភូមិ​ត្រពាំង​ឫស្សី​ដែល​ជា​ភូមិ​មួយ​ក្នុង​ចំណោម​ភូមិ​ដែល​ដាំ​ដំណាំ​រួមផ្សំ​នៅ​ក្នុង​ឃុំ​ត្រាំកក់​នោះ​បាន​បញ្ជាក់​ថា រូប​គាត់​ក៏​ដូច​ជា​គ្រួសារ​ដទៃ​ទៀត​នៅ​ក្នុង​ឃុំ​នេះ គឺ​ដោយសារ​បាន​ដាំ​ដំណាំ​អនុផល​ផ្សែងៗ​នេះ​បាន​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច​ក្នុង​គ្រួសារ​របស់​គេ​មាន​សភាព​គ្រាន់បើ​មិន​ពិបាក​ពេក។

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ប្រជាកសិករ​ខ្មែរ​​រង​គ្រោះ​ពី​វិស័យ​កសិកម្ម

In Agriculture,Financial Crisis on March 10, 2009 by viCheth

RFI, ដោយ គី សុខលីម

អត្ថបទចុះផ្សាយកាលពីថ្ងៃទី 09/03/2009 កែប្រែលើកចុងក្រោយកាលពីថ្ងៃទី  10/03/2009 09:20 ម៉ោងសកល

ប្រជាកសិករ​ខ្មែរ​មួយចំនួន​នៅតែ​បន្តរង​គ្រោះ​ពី​វិស័យកសិកម្ម​ដដែល។​បញ្ហា​ធំៗ​ដែល​ប្រជាកសិករ​ជួប​ប្រទះ​ជា​រឿយៗ​នោះ​ជា​រួម​មាន​ការ​ជំពាក់​បំណុល​ឯកជន​ការ​ធ្វើ​ស្រែចម្ការ​ប្រវាស់​នឹង​មេឃ​និង​កង្វះ​ខាត​ទីផ្សារ។

រដូវ​ប្រ​មូល​ផល​មើម​ដំឡូង​មី​បាន​មក​ដល់​ហើយ​សម្រាប់​ឆ្នាំ​នេះ​ប៉ុន្តែ​ប្រជាកសិករ​ខ្មែរ​មួយ​ចំនួន​ធំ​ដែល​ដាំ​ដំណាំ​នេះ​មិន​សម្តែង​សេចក្តី​ត្រេកអរ​នោះ​ទេ។ មូលហេតុ​គឺ​ដោយសារ​តម្លៃ​ដំឡូងមី​បាន​ធ្លាក់​ថ្លៃ​ជាង​ពាក់​កណ្តាល​ហើយ​ម្យ៉ាង​ទៀត​ឧបសគ្គ​ធំ​សម្រាប់​កសិករ​នោះ​គឺ​រឿង​អត់​ទី​ផ្សារ​តែ​ម្តង។ ប្រជាកសិករ​ខ្មែរ​នៅ​ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​បន្ទាយមានជ័យ​និង​ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​បាត់ដំបង​ជាប់​ព្រំ​ប្រ​ទល់​ប្រទេស​ថៃ​គឺ​អ្នក​ដាំ​ដំឡូងមី​ច្រើន​ជាង​គេ​បំផុត។ ប្រជាកសិករ​នៅ​ក្នុង​តំ​បន់​នេះ​បាន​ត្អូញ​ត្អែរ​ថា​ពួក​គេ​មិន​អាច​លក់​ផលិតផល​មើម​ដំឡូង​មី​ទៅ​អោយ​ភា​គី​ថៃ​បាន​ដូច​រៀង​រាល់​ឆ្នាំ​នោះ​ទេ​ពី​ព្រោះ​ភា​គី​ថៃ​បាន​ហាម​ឃាត់​ការ​នាំ​ចូល​ដំ​ឡូង​មី​ពី​កម្ពុជា។ បញ្ហា​នេះ​ត្រូវ​បាន​គេ​ពន្យល់​ថា​គឺ​ដោយ​សារ​ប្រទេស​ថៃ​មាន​ផលិតផល​ដំឡូង​មី​ច្រើន​ពេក​នៅ​ឆ្នាំនេះ។

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