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CAMBODIA: Cambodia’s agricultural exports earn nearly $4 billion in January-November

 The World Bank is projected that Lao economy will grow at 4.1 percent in 2024. –Photo Katai Thatdam

Cambodia exported 7.3 million tonnes of agricultural products in the January-November period of this year, generating nearly $4.2 billion in revenue, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ report showed on Friday.

The main agricultural products Cambodia exported included rice, bananas, mangoes, cassava, cashew nuts, corn, palm oil, pepper and tobacco.

The Kingdom shipped nearly 600,000 tonnes of milled rice and 2.4 million tonnes of paddy rice, earning $515 million and $840 million, respectively, the report pointed out.

LAOS: Laos sees economic recovery but challenges remain: World Bank


The World Bank is projected that Lao economy will grow at 4.1 percent in 2024. –Photo Katai Thatdam


The Lao economy is witnessing a gradual recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, with GDP growth forecast at 3.7 percent this year, up from 2.7 percent in 2022, according to the latest World Bank economic update issued on Thursday.

The report, titled Fiscal Policy for Stability, projects that the Lao economy will grow at 4.1 percent in 2024, but challenges will remain due to skyrocketing inflation, high external debt and a labour shortage.

The economic improvement is largely due to stronger performance in tourism, the transport and logistics services, and greater foreign investment, but the growth rate is lower than was previously expected, according to the World Bank.

MALAYSIA: Digital ID developed using entirely local expertise – Dr Azman

Dr Azman Hussin–theSunpix

KUALA LUMPUR: The development of technology and all other expertise related to the implementation of the National Digital Identity or Digital ID uses entirely local expertise and resources.

Special Duties Officer at the Home Minister’s Office Dr Azman Hussin said the development of the Digital ID uses the new post quantum computing compliance cryptography technology developed by a local university.

MYANMAR: Trafficking victims in Myanmar forced to sell organs: charity

HANOI (AFP) – Trafficking victims held against their will in Myanmar and forced to work in scamming operations are being forced to sell their organs if they don’t meet quotas, a charity in Vietnam said Thursday. At least 120,000 people are being held in compounds in the Southeast Asian country, according to the UN human


 SINGAPORE: The problem with being alone: Social isolation, loneliness biggest enemy for seniors in S’pore


Mr Sarmugam R Rajoo, 76, has been living alone in a one-room rented flat for the past seven years. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE – Ill health keeps Mr Sarmugam R Rajoo, 76, confined within the four walls of his one-room rental flat in Yishun most of the time.

The former security guard collapsed at his workplace eight years ago due to his hypertension, forcing him into retirement. He now relies on the Silver Support Scheme for survival.

In the years since he retired, he developed Parkinson’s disease and osteoarthritis, which gradually stole his mobility. Now, he needs his wheelchair to get around, and does not venture beyond his immediate neighbourhood.

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