Economy
Prime Minister Hun Sen points on a map to Cambodia's Block A offshore oil concession, where KrisEnergy has extracted the nation's first drops of oil, in a photo posted to his Facebook page on December 29, 2020.

Stolen Oil Tanker Saga ‘Neither Political nor Commercial,’ Gov’t Says

A tanker company says it is concerned over its arrested crew’s human rights as Cambodia pursues the return of some 300,000 barrels of allegedly stolen crude oil, but the government said the matters will simply “take their legal course” and are “neither political nor commercial.”

Rice fields and irrigation canals outside Siem Reap city on October 31, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Rice Exports Drop 23 Percent Amid Pandemic

In the first eight months of the year, Cambodian rice exports are tracking 23 percent below the same period last year, though non-rice exports have more than doubled in that time.

A row of shops closed at O'Russey Market during Covid-19 market closures across Phnom Penh on May 11, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Pushed Outside the City, Market Vendors Say Customers and Sales Have Dropped

There is no official market at Kour Srov, but vendors from Phnom Penh’s Doeum Kor wholesale market have turned it into a makeshift market. As Covid-19 restrictions remain at many of the city’s major markets, vendors have spread out to the city limits to sell their wares.

Hundreds of workers crowd outside Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino waiting to give samples for Covid-19 testing on March 12, 2021. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

NagaCorp Records $77.2M in Losses Amid Closure, Layoff Dispute

NagaCorp, the Hong Kong-listed parent company of Phnom Penh’s exclusive-operating casino NagaWorld, reported losses for the first time since the company was publicly listed, amid the pandemic and an ongoing labor dispute with more than 300 laid-off employees.

A forestry official holds up confiscated dead geckos from containers that were confiscated in Siem Reap province, in a photo posted to Khieu Khanarith's Facebook page on August 17, 2021.

66 Kg of Trafficked Geckos Seized From Vehicle in Siem Reap

Nine-hundred-eighty-four geckos being shipped out of Preah Vihear province were rescued from a vehicle in Siem Reap, according to officials, who said they had cracked down on gecko trafficking before but didn’t know its purpose.

A masked protestor holds up a protest sign depicting Prime Minister Hun Sen and wife Bun Rany during a protest for compensation from the GoldFx scam at the premier's house, in a photo provided by an investor on August 16, 2021.

GoldFX Protesters File Petition Seeking PM’s Help at His Takhmao House

Investors in GoldFX, a financial firm run by ruling party scions that says it was cheated out of $20 million by ex-board members, have sought the intervention of Prime Minister Hun Sen, saying they cannot accept the company’s offer of 30 percent compensation for their lost investments.