Observations: Comings and Goings

Daily sightings, news bits and commentary from social and mass media around the world.

Journalist  Noan Sereiboth (@noansereiboth) published a press release from the Cambodia Rice Federation voicing their “deep concern” over EU safeguarding measures that might negatively impact millions of Cambodian rice farmers. The industry is struggling as it is, says the CRF, and it is asking the EU to reconsider. They see no competition with EU-grown rice.

Outgoing US Ambassador William Heidt took a trip to the Cardamom Mountains and the US Embassy published this slideshow on Youtube.

Commentators on Twitter all seemed in favor of Ambassador Heidt’s farewell tour but thought instead of some generic guitar music, Sin Sisamouth’s Bopha Koh Kong would have been a more fitting soundtrack.

US Immigration attorney Kevin Lo (@kevinchlo) has confirmed more deportation flights from the US. The next one will arrive arrive in Phnom Penh on December 19th with 46 deportees. He notes that families are allowed to give a 40-pound (18kg) bag to their loved ones for their trip “home”.

The Southeast Asian Raids organization http://searaids.org/cambodia provides more information and resources for those affected.

Meanwhile @Cambodge_Mag writes about National Assembly President Heng Samrin’s newly published memoirs “The People’s Struggle, Cambodia Reborn”.

The ILO published its Global Wage Report. The report shows that real wage growth in Cambodia was among the highest in the region from 2013 to 2015, with average growth greater than 20%. Wage growth slowed to a still very respectable 9.3% in 2016. From 2008 to 2017, Cambodia averaged 11.5% growth, the third-fastest in the region after Timor-Leste and Myanmar.

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