Different but the same

Cultural events will form the basis for increased awareness of LGBT issues at this month’s Pride Week festival

Joyeux Anniversaire

An Interview with Olivier Planchon, director of the Institut Français. The French cultural centre is celebrating its 20th anniversary of operations in Cambodia this year What events have you got lined up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Institut Français? Many throughout the year, with a special focus this month. On April 6, we’ll

Stand by me

Sino-Cambodian relations have moved beyond an innocent courtship “We will be back.” It was with these immortal words that, on March 25 1970, Chinese Ambassador Kang Maozhao boarded a Swiss Air flight to escape the US-backed Lon Nol regime that had seized Phnom Penh. His comment was to prove rather prescient: four decades later, China

Weathering the weather

How climate change became the currency that transformed a vulnerable community The recent flooding that has held much of Cambodia in its deadly grip destroyed more than 190,000 hectares of rice fields and killed at least 247 people. An estimated 1.2 million Cambodians have been affected by the natural disaster that exposed the country’s lack

A combustible combination

Cambodia needs quality, not quantity, when it comes to growth In the 20th century, we learned the World Bank’s mantra of growth at any cost too often overlooks important quality-of-life issues, such as life expectancy at birth and schooling.   In the 21st century, as the global economy has grown ever more complex and interconnected,

Fallen Forests

Corporate greed and weak government have left Cambodia’s protected areas defenceless Chow Chart sat staring vacantly. Lost for words, he occasionally shook his head. The roar of heavy machinery in the distance broke the silence. When another truck laden with timber trembled by, he got up and walked away. The 56-year-old and his family have

Soaring ambition

After years of spearheading the Cambodian operations, Thai Airways’ Narinthorn Purnagupta is to pilot the airline’s Vietnamese operations As he gets ready to leave for new pastures Narinthorn Purnagupta is light hearted. He will pass the baton to a successor who, he is happy to say, will inherit a profitable Bangkok-Phnom Penh route. The general

Taking stock

The new exchanges in Cambodia and Laos seem promising, but can they keep volatility at bay? When the Laos stock exchange began trading in just two listings on January 11, not only did it rank as the smallest in the world, it was also the best performer by some distance. In just 17 days of