HEADLINES | MYANMAR: Myanmar eases rules governing political parties

CAMBODIA: Prime Minister-(PM) Hun Manet rolls out S’ville plan, sets 2024 as year of recovery

Manoj Mathew / Khmer Times
‘Special Investment Promotion Program in Sihanoukville 2024,’ envisages a range of new initiatives for the coastal city including incentives to complete the construction of 400 unfinished buildings. MoI

Prime Minister Hun Manet yesterday set 2024 as the year of economic recovery in Cambodia even as he launched a raft of measures to revitalise the coastal city of Sihanoukville and recommitted himself and the government to the task of promoting the ‘Visit Siem Reap’ campaign announced earlier.

Presiding over an event in Sihanoukville on Wednesday to launch the ‘Special Investment Promotion Program in Sihanoukville 2024,’ the Prime Minister announced a range of new initiatives for the coastal city including a package of incentives to complete the construction of nearly 400 unfinished buildings.

The Prime Minister said that bringing more investment to Sihanoukville and Siem Reap is vital for the forward march of the Cambodian economy.

The special programme for the coastal city is based on four main concepts, such as transforming the image of Sihanoukville as a province flourishing economically through tourism and business investments, solving practical challenges by providing quick results, introducing measures consistent with the policies and strategies of the Royal Government and finally accelerating the industrial development of the province.

READ MORE: https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501432610/pm-rolls-out-sville-plan-sets-2024-as-year-of-recovery/

MYANMAR: Myanmar eases rules governing political partiesCITY AT CALM A view of the city of Yangon, central Myanmar on Sept. 2, 2022. XINHUA FILE PHOTO

CITY AT CALM A view of the city of Yangon, central Myanmar on Sept. 2, 2022. XINHUA FILE PHOTO

By Agence France-Presse


YANGON, Myanmar: Myanmar’s junta has eased rules on the registration of political parties, state media reported on Wednesday, hours before a state of emergency is set to expire.

The junta seized power on Feb. 1, 2021, after making unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud during the 2020 elections, won resoundingly by the party of 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

The military has said it will hold fresh elections but has repeatedly extended the state of emergency imposed when it seized power, as it battles opponents across swathes of the Southeast Asian country.

The new order halves to 50,000 the number of members parties must have in order to contest national elections, and cuts the number of townships they must operate in.

The notice signed by junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing makes no mention of why the changes were made.

READ MORE: .https://www.manilatimes.net/2024/02/01/world/asia-oceania/myanmar-eases-rules-governing-political-parties/1930535

SINGAPORE : Job hopping in Singapore at its lowest in 6 years as it’s harder to get new post

Fewer workers changed jobs in 2023 as job opportunities drop and economic uncertainties loom. ST PHOTO: HENG YI-HSIN

SINGAPORE  Jumping ship has gone out of fashion among local workers with job switching at its lowest level in six years.

Only 14.7 per cent of workers changed jobs in the past two years, a rate not seen since 2017.

The chances of landing a new post have dimmed due to the weaker economic environment, despite a tight labour market.

 READ MORE: https://www.straitstimes.com/business/job-hopping-lost-bounce-in-2023-drops-back-to-2017-level

THAILAND:  Thailand, Farmers caught between poverty, Israel-Hamas war

Many tearful family reunions took place.  AFP Julian Küng / DW

Nearly 10,000 Thai farm workers left Israel after the start of the nation’s war with Hamas. Some are now returning to escape poverty.

Bowon Nonthasi is already feeling a little queasy as he packs his travel bags.

He is preparing to leave his home village in Thailand and return to Israel in the coming days.

“The poverty here [in Thailand] scares me more than the [Israel-Hamas] war,” he says as his relatives behind him nod in agreement.

Bowon was working in the fields of a kibbutz, an agricultural community in Israel, near the Gaza Strip when Hamas militants launched a series of major terror attacks in southern Israel on October 7.

READ MORE:  https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501431750/thailand-farmers-caught-between-poverty-israel-hamas-war/
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