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A gold bar (Bullion Vault/Flickr)

Cambodia’s Gold Exports Balloon to $3 Billion

Gold exports through “private transactions” jumped some 676 percent, from $388 million to $3 billion last year, with some attributing the surge to investors selling their holdings due to a price rise, and others suggesting a potential link to gold smuggling to Vietnam.

Romas Mam, an indigenous Jarai representative from Ratanakiri province’s O’Yadaw district, speaks to a reporter at the Extractive Industries Governance Forum in Phnom Penh on November 22, 2019. (Hun Sirivadh/VOD)

Indigenous Communities Want More Transparency Around Mining Projects

Indigenous community representatives told a forum on extractive industries on Friday that they were concerned about the effects mining projects in their areas could have on their health and livelihoods, and asked that they be better informed by companies and the government.