Conference on Sugarcane Industry Hurts Cambodia’s Reputation

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Phnom Penh (FN), March 24 – The Ministry of Commerce is calling a press conference organized by civil society organizations harmful to Cambodia’s reputation, social order, peace, unity, and reconciliation.

The Ministry’s statement followed a joint press conference held by ActionAid Cambodia, Equitable Cambodia, Heinrich Boll Stiftung Cambodia, and Adhoc to solve economic land concessions disputes with the sugarcane industry on Tuesday.

The conference was entitled “The Bitter Taste of Sugarcane in Cambodia: Forced Departure and Land Tenures Revocation in Oddar Meanchey ”.

During the conference, the civil society organizations expressed the concerns of citizens as a result of land acquisitions by companies including: Angkor Sugar, Cambodia Cane and Sugar Valley, and Tonle Sugar Cane in Samrong District, Oddar Meanchey province.

In response to the NGOs suggestions, the ministry issued a statement on Thursday that the ministry will seek a compromise for investment groups and the people.


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