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Chris Wray, CEO of Cambodia-based online consultancy Digital Rain, on the IT sector's skills gap.

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Date for talks set, cancelled by gov’t

Opposition deputy president Kem Sokha attends a press conference held at the Cambodia National Rescue Party headquarters in Phnom Penh last year.

Planned talks to address the Kingdom’s political woes appear dead in the water after Interior Minister Sar Kheng indefinitely postponed a meeting with Cambodia National Rescue Party acting president Kem Sokha. The delay was revealed in a letter sent yesterday to the CNRP leader by Kheng’s chief of cabinet, Khieu Sopheak. Somewhat ironically, the document revealed for the first time the intended date of the meeting at the National Assembly, January 25.

Sovantha files suit against Rainsy

Social media celebrity Thy Sovantha yesterday filed a defamation complaint against exiled Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy for alleging she took a $1 million bribe from Prime Minister Hun Sen to fund her activities. The accusations, aired by Rainsy at a forum in Paris on January 14 that was broadcast online, stem from online chats purportedly between the premier and Sovantha, which were leaked to the latter’s Facebook in November.

Comfrel critiques opacity of voter list review process

Comfrel director Koul Panha (second right) speaks at a press conference on the National Election Committee’s work resolving opposition complaints in Phnom Penh yesterday.

The National Election Committee yesterday continued to wade through thousands of disputed names on the electoral roll that the opposition claims belonged to foreigners, as election watchdog Comfrel condemned the lack of transparency in the process. The NEC yesterday deliberated over 16 suites of complaints, involving a total of 479 names registered on the voter list. After a marathon session, the NEC decided last night that all of the names would remain on the voter rolls.

IT sector stumbles on skills gap

Students study in a computer lab at an Australian Center for Education campus in 2015.

Cambodia's nascent information technology (IT) sector faces an enormous skills gap that is slowing the industry’s development, increasing costs for businesses and affecting the competitiveness of firms in the Kingdom, according to a report released yesterday. The Cambodian IT industry: Skills for a digital economy report conducted surveys with 21 IT-focused businesses and carried out focus group interviews with 63 IT students in the country.

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Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

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A more direct path for mango exports

A farmer collects harvested mangoes in Kandal province in 2013.

Sweet and juicy mangoes grown in Cambodia have been finding their way into top Asian markets for years, but until now only through Thai and Vietnamese brokers, and often repackaged or processed into juices and jams to disguise their Khmer origin. Local producers’ lack of modern processing and packaging equipment meant the only way to access the lucrative Chinese, Japanese and South Korean markets.