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Cambodian Palm Sugar Awarded PGI Status

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All through the countryside you’ve seen them: weather-beaten farmers bouncing down the road on bicycles, with bamboo cylinders hanging from ropes tied to their handlebars. They climb palm trees, sometimes with a machete in their mouth, and cut the ends off the palm flowers, fix the bamboo cylinders over them, then climb down and wait.

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Thalias Newsletter April 2019

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April 22nd is Earth Day, and for the nearly fifty years since its inception people the world over pledge to take actions to protect our planet. And in Cambodia, there is much to protect; from award-winning rice to globally coveted Kampot pepper, the natural abundance of the Kingdom is awe-inspiring.


The responsibility falls on us all to contribute to the well-being of those in our communities and the surrounding environment. This is a core value of Thalias.


And it is our distinct pleasure to be participating in this year’s CSR Contest presented by EuroCham. This programme recognizes and rewards companies that play an active role in maintaining Cambodia’s rich ecosystem and protecting its human capital. By doing so we hope to promote positive role models for CSR and encourage innovative sustainability projects country-wide.


In consideration for the well-being of those in Cambodia's working class, I strongly oppose the EU's proposed withdrawal of its preferential trade partner status under its Everything But Arms initiative. Sanctions are counter-productive to human and labour rights development; therefore I strongly urge the EU to conduct a human rights impact assessment before taking an action. Withdrawal can hurt those most vulnerable to slipping back into poverty; especially workers in sectors which have benefited greatly from a surging economy backed by tariff-free trade to Europe. Read my letter to the Phnom Penh Post below.


Yours sincerely,
Arnaud Darc,
CEO and Chairman Thalias Hospitality Group
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Amid Power Cuts, Cambodia Invests Big in Solar

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Amid the sweaty power outages and the grinding soundtracks emanating from those lucky enough to have generators, there is some good news on the electricity front, with the Kingdom having invested in a series of solar power farms, including one that is set to come online in April, some four months ahead of schedule.

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The Man Who Built Angkor in his Garden

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When Dy Proeung takes a walk through his garden, he passes by the famed temples of Angkor. But in this version, the 82-year-old towers over the four faces of Bayon – one of four temples he recreated in miniature form at his home in Siem Reap, some 50 years after he sketched them for the first time.

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