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LEAD STORY: The Rise of the Smartphone Culture           CAMBODIA: Smart Wants Education for All, and 4G           CAMBODIA: Tax collection Rises           CAMBODIA: China Will Open Markets for Cambodia           CAMBODIA: ADB boosts decentralization           CAMBODIA: Chinese Moot Cambodian Airline School           CAMBODIA: Wing to Handle Govít Fees           CAMBODIA: Escaping the City           CAMBODIA: Focus on Medium Income Buyers           CAMBODIAt: Unilever Eyes Cambodian Palm Sugar           CAMBODIA: Saving Cambodiaís Rice Industry           BRIEFS/REGIONAL: 22:Saving Cambodiaís Royal Turtles Cambodia Grants 1st commercial mining license to Indian firm 23:Thailand, Malaysia Plan Border Wall / Vietnam to launch derivatives market in early 2017 / North Korea says ready for "another attack" against US "provocations" 26:Indonesia to probe Google over alleged unpaid tax bill / EU 'not at risk' despite Brexit: Juncker 27:Qantas boosts Japan route / Mahathir steps up attack on Najib            REGIONAL: ALetís get fiscal 28: Bullets Trump Rehab As Asia Quickens "Failing" War On Drugs 30:Philippine Hitman Says Duterte Ordered Killings 31:Singapore encourages Indonesians to use tax amnesty 32:A Plan for Japan 34:Green Getaway            LIFESTYLE: 38:Myanmar's Peacock: A National Symbol dying off in the Wild            GLOBAL: 40:Clintonomics vs Trumponomics 42:The Politics of Negative Interest Rates 43:Climate-smart Farming can Ease the Earth's Environmental Deficits           KEY INDICATORS

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 LEAD STORY   The Rise of the Smartphone Culture

Cambodia has more mobile phones than people - 133 phones for every 100 people, according to World Bank figures. That is more than the Unites States, which has 110 phones per 100 people.

The Asia Society says smartphone ownership is growing more than 40 percent a year. They are an important store of value: they can be sold or pawned when money is tight.

More than 40 percent of owners have more than one smartphone, giving access to the internet and social media, which has enormous social and political implications, including how people access news.

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Smart Wants Education for All, and 4G

Investment in human capital is crucial for the country and Smart Axiata, the largest mobile telecom operator in Cambodia, has teamed up with UNESCO and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to improve access for all to education in the Kingdom. The challenge is to increase the literacy rate in the country, which is one of the lowest in ASEAN. Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart Axiata, talks about Smart's partnership with UNESCO and the government, and development of the telecoms industry.

1.Tell us about the agreement with UNESCO Smart recently signed with UNESCO?

UNESCO does a lot of work in education and Smart has teamed up for future education programs ...

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Escaping the City

Sitting in a tour bus next to Independence Monument at 8 on a Sunday morning, Mai Channeang picked up the microphone to address the 18 passengers.

"We go to Takeo province, then turn left to Phnom Chiso," he says.

And with that, the two-hour drive south to the 11th century Phnom Chiso temple began.

"Some people, at the weekend, just stay at home and do nothing," lamented 28-year-old Channeang a few hours later, hiding from the incessant rain under the roof of one of the modern temple buildings that surround the ruins of Phnom Chiso temple.

"This way they can get out and meet people and get some exercise." ...

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  CAMBODIA 

Unilever Eyes Cambodian Palm Sugar

nilever is looking to source 2,000 tons of organic palm sugar a year from Cambodia, a senior manager said yesterday.

Monica Soy, senior external affairs manager at Unilever Cambodia, told Khmer Times yesterday that Unilever requires about 2,000 tons a year, to be exported from Cambodia to various factories around the world. However, she added, finding suitable local producers had so far been a challenge.

"We haven't yet exported any palm sugar, but require it, therefore we are seeking experienced and reliable local palm sugar companies to supply us," said Ms. Soy.

She said that "thousands" of Unilever products would likely ...

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