Five Key Collaborations Agreed At 3rd Ministerial Meeting On Cambodia-Thailand Tourism Cooperation

date_range 19-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 19, 2024 --Five key collaborations have been discussed and agreed at the 3rd Ministerial Meeting on Tourism Cooperation between Cambodia and Thailand, in Bangkok, Thailand, from July 17 to 18, said a press release of the Ministry of Tourism received by AKP this noon.The meeting was co-chaired by Cambodian Minister of Tourism H.E. SOK Soken and H.E. Sermsak Pongpanit, Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports.The five cooperation include Enhanced Cross-Border Facilitation, “Two Countries, One Destination” Campaign, Human Resource Development, Promoting Quality Tourism, and Promoting Tourism Investment.The 3rd Ministerial Meeting on Tourism Cooperation between Cambodia and Thailand also reviewed the results of the 7th Joint working Group on Bilateral Tourism Cooperation between Cambodia and Thailand on July 17, and the progress of the implementation of the Joint Action Plan on Cambodia-Thailand Tourism Cooperation 2023-2025, and revised some joints of this joint action plan to respond to the current situation, the source added.Moreover, both parties jointly organised a Workshop on “Joint Tourism Professional Package” between both countries, which was participated by relevant private sectors, it continued.On July 17, Mr. Ith Vichit, Executive Director of the Cambodia Tourism Marketing and Promotion Board (CTB), met with representatives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to discuss future collaboration and enhance tourist flows of both countries.

Mussel Growers In Koh Kong Certified For Exports

date_range 18-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 18, 2024 --The Cambodia Quality Seal (CQS) has certified the quality of dried shrimp and mussel enterprises in the Peam Krasop community of Koh Kong, paving the way for their entry into international markets.The move was shared by Mr. Thong Ra, an officer of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), in a study visit on July 17.The enterprises have succeeded in the first phase of expanding their supply in the domestic market and have been proven to be ready to export, especially dried mussels, to international markets, he said.He added that there is a need for quality and food safety standards for exports of fisheries products to international markets, including the European Union (EU).According to Mr. Bryan Fornari, the Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Cambodia, the union will work with Cambodia's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries to provide technical support in terms of processing and packing for certified enterprises to export their fisheries products to Europe.Through the support of the EU, Cambodia has so far exported agricultural products, including Kampot pepper and cashew nuts, to the markets in Europe, he continued.Enterprises in the Peam Krasop community have the capacity to grow 2,500 to 3,000 tonnes of mussels per year, and the season to harvest them is from November to March.Besides the Peam Krasop community, two other communities in Kapi and Chroy Pras of the same province are also growing mussels.

Cambodia Bags 17 Medals At A World DanceSport Event In Vietnam

date_range 17-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 16, 2024 --Cambodian athletes have grabbed 17 medals – 4 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze – at the WDSF World Challenge Cup: Rising Stars Latin & Standard 2024 in Vietnam.The update was shared by Mrs. Hang Simorn, Secretary General of Cambodia DanceSport Federation (CDSF), adding that the gold medalists are Mr. Chum Lyheang, Ms. San Roza, and Mr. Long Chamnol.Mr. Chum Lyheang and Ms. San Roza won each a gold medal for WDSF World Challenge Cup Rising Star 2024; while the young athlete Mr. Long Chamnol alone got two gold medals, pointed out the secretary general.This is, she added, a new achievement of Cambodia's Dancesport thanks to the Cambodian athletes' hard work in training and competitions.The event taking place on July 13-14 attracted the participation of over 1,000 athletes from 26 countries in the Asian, European, American and African continents.Besides the WDSF World Challenge Cup: Rising Stars Latin & Standard 2024, athletes also showcased their talents in two other major events including the WDSF International Open Latin & Standard 2024 and the KTOC Cup 2024.   

Over 2.5 Tonnes Of Live Mantis Shrimps Exported

date_range 16-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 16, 2024 --Since early 2024, Cambodia has exported over 2.5 tonnes of live mantis shrimps to the People's Republic of China.The figure was shared on July 15 by H.E. Ms. Im Rachna, Under Secretary of State and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.She presented the highlights during a meeting in Phnom Penh before a roadshow to promote fishery production in the provinces of Kampot, Koh Kong, and Preah Sihanouk.Due to the hot weather in the early months of the year, the harvest of mantis shrimps decreased, pushing up its price at the market.The ministry will urge domestic breeding of mantis shrimps if there is more demand for exports to international markets, she added.Cambodia initially exported 45 kilogrammes of mantis shrimp to China on Sept. 16, 2023.According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, in 2023, Cambodia exported 1,095 kilogrammes of live mantis shrimps to China.Besides mantis shrimps, other Cambodian aquatic products exported to China included live eels, frozen eels, and frozen freshwater glass shrimps.The export of aquatic products to China is a significant move for fishery sector in Cambodia in addition to agricultural products such as milled rice, fresh mango, banana, and longan.

Cambodia, Thailand Sign MoU To Strengthen Parliamentary Ties

date_range 15-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July12, 2024 --Cambodia and Thailand have entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the ties of friendship and cooperation between both countries’ parliaments to be more active and comprehensive through parliamentary diplomatic activities.The signatories were Samdech Moha Rathsapheathika Thipadei KHOUN Sudary, President of the National Assembly (NA) of Cambodia, and H.E. Wanmuhamadnoor Matha, President of the NA and Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Thailand, in Bangkok on July 11, during the former’s two-day official and friendly visit in Thailand.Under the MoU, both sides will support each other, participate and exchange information and best practices and resources for mutual benefits of both countries, as well as exchange visits at four levels: parliamentary leadership, specialised committees, parliamentary friendship groups and senior officials, and secretariat/general secretariat, which will contribute to attain peace, prosperity and advancement of parliamentary of both countries. They will also continue their mutual support at the regional and international forums.Both sides also co-presided over the signing ceremony of a MoU between the General Secretariats of both countries’ NAs to further develop existing bilateral relations and support the MoU between the two NAs.

Commerce Ministry, China’s Yueqing Discuss Relationship Expansion

date_range 15-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 15, 2024 --Cambodian Ministry of Commerce and Yueqing city of China’s Zhejiang province have recently discussed the expansion of their relationship as well as the promotion of bilateral trade cooperation between Cambodia and China.The discussion took place here between H.E. SOK Darith, Advisor and Deputy Director of the General Department of Trade Promotion, and Mr. Chen Xiangdong, Chairman of the Yueqing Municipal Committee of the CPPCC, Zhejiang province, said the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.According to the same source, in this meeting, H.E. SOK Darith informed that Cambodia and China have enhanced bilateral ties from a steel friendship to a diamond friendship, with the governments of the two countries committed to jointly promoting the building of a Cambodia-China community with a shared future and promoting increased bilateral trade to another level under the Cambodia-China Bilateral Free Trade Agreement.The deputy director added that Cambodia has many Chinese businessmen and investors operating in almost all sectors, including infrastructure, factories, industry, agriculture, tourism, and services.Additionally, he informed that the General Department of Trade Promotion of the Ministry of Commerce has various forms of cooperation with China, including trade fairs in Nanning and other cities in China, the Cambodian Private Commercial Centre, the establishment of a Cambodia-China industrial park, business forums, trade meetings, and trade promotion.

Cambodia, Germany Sign A MoU On Temple Conservation And Restoration

date_range 11-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 10, 2024 --The Kingdom of Cambodia and the Federal Republic of Germany have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the area of temple conservation and restoration.The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in Phnom Penh on July 9 under the presidency of H.E. Dr. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts and Chairwoman of the Board of APSARA National Authority.H.E. Hang Peou, Director General of the APSARA National Authority and H.E. Stefan Messerer, Ambassador of Germany to Cambodia were the signatories.According to the authority, the MoU is aimed to continue the cooperation in the field of restoration and conservation of temples in Angkor and other historical sites under the management of the APSARA National Authority.

Environment Ministry To Organise An Exhibition To Promote And Distribute Seedlings

date_range 11-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 10, 2024 --The Ministry of Environment will organise an exhibition to promote and distribute seedings under the theme “Green Sprouts” and the 4th National Folk Forum.The event is scheduled to take place from July 10 to 12, in front of the Morodok Techo Building, Ministry of Environment, Phnom Penh, and from July 10-16, 2024, at the Capital-Provincial Department of Environment.According to the ministry, As of July 9 evening, all General Departments of the Ministry of Environment, 25 Capital-Provincial Departments of Environment, Community Partner Organisations, Protected Areas, and booths featuring Khmer products have been organised with exhibitions and the distribution of seedlings for people to plant in homes, schools, pagodas, public places, and private places for free.This initiative aims to promote awareness of tree planting to increase green cover in Cambodia and encourage participation in biodiversity conservation from all stakeholders, in line with the environmental strategy focusing on three strategic angles: clean, green, and sustainable.In the evening of the same day, H.E. Dr. Eang Sophalleth, Minister of Environment, and Lok Chumteav inspected the exhibition booths and distributed seedlings under the theme "Green Sprouts." The public is invited to participate in this exhibition event in large numbers, especially to receive a variety of seedlings to plant at home for free.

Preparation For Construction Of A Bridge Crossing Mekong River On Track

date_range 09-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 09, 2024 —The preparation of a construction project of a bridge crossing the Mekong River is well on track, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the contractor for the project, has already prepared locations for office operations, machinery warehouses, and storage of construction materials.The firm is building a temporary port that is now 80 percent complete to transport construction materials to the construction site. Situated to the southeast of Phnom Penh, the 3,700-metre bridge with a 120-metre flyover will link the western Xi Jinping Boulevard and the future Phnom Penh-Bavet expressway.The construction project was estimated to cost US$230 million (of the national budget) and is expected to be completed by the end of 2027.

Information Ministry Enters Into Cooperation MoU With Commerce Ministry

date_range 09-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 08, 2024 --The Ministry of Information will cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce on news and event broadcasting via the former’s media tools, including the Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP), the National Television of Cambodia (TVK), the National Radio of Cambodia (TVK) and mobile app (APP MoINFO).Minister of Information H.E. Neth Pheaktra and Minister of Commerce H.E. Mrs. Cham Nimul signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the cooperation, at the Ministry of Information here this afternoon.Speaking on the occasion, both ministers welcomed the signing of the MoU, underlining that the cooperation will contribute to building the public’s confidence on state institutions and to fighting against fake newsUnder the MoU, they added, the public will be well aware of the activities, mission and achievements of the Ministry of Commerce.Besides, H.E. Neth Pheaktra and H.E. Mrs. Cham Nimul laid stress on the importance of managing public opinion by feeding the public with true and fast information to avoid social chaos.The Ministry of Commerce is the 5th ministries to have entered into such cooperation with the Ministry of Information.

Hosting Francophonie Summit To Reflect Cambodia’s Commitment To Values Of Francophonie

date_range 08-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 08, 2024 --The Francophonie Summit is a prestigious event to demonstrate Cambodia's cultural heritage and her commitment to the values of Francophonie.The remarks were made by Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, at the opening ceremony of France-Cambodia Business Forum in Phnom Penh this morning, reconfirming Cambodia’s candidacy to host the 20th Francophonie Summit in 2026 in the historic city of Siem Reap.“The summit is an opportunity to showcase our country's achievements, promote our cultural and linguistic diversity, and strengthen ties with other Francophone countries,” he underlined.The Premier added that the final decision on Cambodia's candidacy will be made in October this year.France expressed its support and encouragement for Cambodia to host the Francophonie Summit in 2026, during the meeting between His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia and the French President H.E. Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Presidential Palace in Paris on Nov. 13, 2023.Besides, the French Senate, the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie (APF) and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), etc. have also voiced their support for Cambodia’s candidacy.The Francophonie Summit is the highest authority in the Francophonie. It is held every two years and gathers the heads of State/Governments of all member states.Currently, the International Organisation of La Francophonie comprises 88 member states and governments (54 full members, 7 associate members and 27 observer members).

KOICA Continues Support For Cambodia’s Human Resource Development

date_range 03-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 03, 2024 —The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has continued its support to building Cambodia’s human resources through construction of library, stressing that “building the library nurtures the potential human capital needed for Cambodia's development and economic growth.”Early this week, KOICA Cambodia Office joined an opening ceremony of the Volunteer On-site Project “Establishing the Library at the National Polytechnic Institute Techo Sen” in Kandal province.This project aims to enhance the library environment at the National Polytechnic Institute Techo Sen Kandal, said KOICA, adding that this initiative provides access to 1,000 technical books, and school facilities such as 7 computers, 3 copy machines, etc.The goal is to cultivate student’s skills and improve the capabilities of teachers, and students in this institution.“KOICA Cambodia Office firmly believes that this Volunteer On-site Project will significantly contribute to youth empowerment and human resource development in Cambodia,” the source underlined.

Cambodia, South Korea Discuss Digital Education Cooperation

date_range 02-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 02, 2024 --Cambodia and the Republic of Korea have discussed more cooperation to promote digital education in Cambodia.The discussion took place in a recent meeting in the Republic of Korea between H.E. Ms. Kim Sethany, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, and Mr. Jung Dae-Ho, Director General of the Education Department of Busan city, South Korea.The two sides spoke highly of nearly 20 years of good collaboration in education and vowed to renew their partnership in 2025.The partnership will support networking between schools in Busan city and Cambodia through education and technology experience sharing and capacity building, especially for Cambodian teachers.H.E. Ms. Kim Sethany emphasised that South Korea is a leading country in mainstreaming technology in education and that the new partnership reflects a long-lasting friendship and will contribute significantly to Cambodia’s education advancement.

GI Plays A Key Role In Promoting Entrepreneurship And Developing Agricultural Communities

date_range 02-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 02, 2024 --Geographical Indication (GI) is an intellectual property tool that has played a key role in promoting entrepreneurship, developing agricultural communities, increasing community incomes, and creating commercial competitiveness, which has contributed to social, economic, cultural and tourism development in Cambodia.The remarks were made by H.E. Mrs. CHAM Nimul, Minister of Commerce, while she was presiding over the Strengthening of Cambodia’s National GI System and Products for Sustainable Development Project Lanuch, at Sun and Moon Urban Hotel here on July 1.On the occasion, H.E. Mrs. CHAM Nimul recalled the effort of the Ministry of Commerce in GI development since 2007, which has gained its popularity among local farmers as well as consumers’ trust and support contributing to making Cambodia become an attractive tourism destination.The minister took the opportunity to thank the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for its technical assistance to the project which will allow concerned ministries/institutions, private sector and development partners to tighten their collaboration, develop capacity building and resolve common challenges in order to enhance the value chain of Cambodian GI products.H.E. Mrs. CHAM Nimul hoped that the project would offer clear case study to provide a specific basis for strategy formulation of Cambodian GI promotion in contribution to strengthening stakeholders ‘capacity.She ended her remarks with some suggestions for all stakeholders to further ensure standard quality of GI products.As of now, Cambodian GI products include Kampot pepper, Kampong Speu palm sugar, Koh Trong grapefruit, Mondulkiri wild honey, Kampot/Kep salt, Kampot/Kep fish sauce, and Takeo’s lobster.

Minister Vanndy Continues To Visit Factories

date_range 02-Jul-2024
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On July 1, 2024, H.E. HEM Vanndy, Minister of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation, visited K&K Pipe Cambodia's factory as part of a series of visits to industrial facilities, emphasizing the company's role in advancing Cambodia's water supply sector.Minister Vanndy praised K&K Pipe for adhering to international standards and its efforts in reducing imports, creating jobs, and enhancing technical expertise in the water supply sector. "With high-quality pipes like those produced by K&K Pipe, public and private water supply operators can reduce water loss and enhance services for citizens and the industrial sector," said Minister Vanndy. "K&K Pipe is an example of how local enterprises can drive economic growth and innovation in Cambodia."The visit included inspections of raw material storage, HDPE and LDPE production lines, quality control areas, and finished product storage.Minister Vanndy encouraged the company to continue its research and development efforts by collaborating with entities of MISTI, including the National Laboratory of Science, Technology, and Innovation, the National Institute of Standards, the Metrology Center of Cambodia, and research institutions to improve quality, standards, and competitiveness in the local and, eventually, regional and global markets. Currently, K&K Pipe has obtained Cambodia Standards (CS) for its products and has been using the national quality infrastructure services.He suggested that the company explore additional financing options to provide greater access to finance for PWOs (Public Water Operators) to expand their water distribution networks and capacity. Minister Vanndy shared that the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) is establishing a training entity and invited K&K Pipe to collaborate and support in offering practical skills training on water supply.K&K Pipe Cambodia operates nine ISO-standard machines, producing a variety of pipes for sectors such as water supply, agriculture, dredging, telecommunications, and gas networks. With 133 Cambodian workers, the company boasts a monthly production capacity of 5,225,220 meters of HDPE pipes, ranging in diameter from 20mm to 1,000mm.

Japanese Foreign Minister To Pay An Official Visit To Cambodia This Week

date_range 01-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, July 01, 2024 --H.E. Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, will visit Cambodia this week, on July 5-6, at the invitation of H.E. SOK Chenda Sophea, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.According to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued this morning, during her two-day official visit in Cambodia, H.E. Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko will pay separate courtesy calls on Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN Sen, President of the Senate, and Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei HUN Manet, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.The Japanese foreign minister is also scheduled to hold bilateral meeting with H.E. SOK Chenda Sophea, the source added.“The visit by H.E. Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko will keep the momentum of frequent high-level exchanges and further deepen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Cambodia and Japan,” concluded the press release.

MRC, USAID Sign Partnership Collaboration

date_range 01-Jul-2024
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Phnom Penh, June 29, 2024 --The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has reached a US$5 million cooperation agreement on a new Mekong basin partnership with the Mekong River Commission (MRC).The agreement was inked on June 27 at the MRC’s secretariat in Vientiane, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, according to the MRC’s press release.The agreement will help MRC increase resources for the development of the committee’s strategic priorities, especially to provide technical assistance to member countries including Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand in collecting and using data related to the river.Dr. Steven G. Olive, USAID Mission Director for the Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA), said USAID will continue to partner with leaders in the region to address issues, accelerate sustainable development, build climate resilience, and promote economic prosperity in the region.According to Dr. Anoulak Kittikhoun, Chief Executive Officer of the MRC, the agreement will also promote cooperation and dialogue with stakeholders that contribute to resilient communities along the Mekong River.

Cambodia Launches Digital Platform For Registration Of SMEs, Handicrafts And Factories

date_range 28-Jun-2024
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On June 27, 2024, the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation (MISTI), through the collaboration and support of the Australian Government, launched the first phase of a digital registration and licensing portal for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), handicrafts and industrial factories. This initiative streamlines formalization by replacing manual procedures, minimizing required in-person visits, expediting processing times and simplifying payment.The launch ceremony was presided over by H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Finance, along with government leaders and foreign dignitaries, during the 1st National Day of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. It also brought together entrepreneurs, representatives from business associations, ministries-institutions and development partners.Through the support of the Cambodia Australia Partnership for Resilient Economic Development (CAPRED) program, the digital platform was developed by the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation (MISTI) to be inclusive, user-friendly and accessible through any digital device. In the first phase, the single portal streamlines three legal processes: 1.) Requesting a Prakas to establish SMEs or handicrafts, 2.) Application for license or renewal of license to operate SMEs or handicrafts, and 3.) Application for the establishment of factories. After this launch, SME, handicraft and factory owners will be able to apply, pay and receive these important certificates online.“The launch of this digital portal marks yet another significant milestone in our journey towards a more efficient and transparent business environment. By simplifying the registration and licensing process, we are reducing the administrative burden on the private sector, and fostering a more conducive business environment,” Minister Hem Vanndy of MISTI said.Prior to its launch, the platform underwent a series of user testing workshops with MISTI officials, registration service providers, and representatives from the SMEs, handicraft and industry sectors, including women and people with disabilities. The resulting interface makes it easier for businesses to navigate the formalisation process.‘This platform is a testament to our collaborative efforts with Cambodia. We are confident it will help remove barriers; unlock Cambodia's potential in the SMEs, Handicrafts and Industry sectors; and contribute to a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable Cambodian economy,’ said Mr. Andreas Zurbrugg, Chargé d'affaires of the Australian Embassy to the Kingdom of Cambodia.With only 13% of Cambodian SMEs being formally registered, the platform aims to increase formalization, enabling SMEs to improve access to finance, markets, and governmental support, ultimately boosting productivity, competitiveness, and appeal for foreign direct investment.

Over 2,500 Cambodian Students Attend Universities In Thailand

date_range 28-Jun-2024
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Phnom Penh, June 28, 2024 --Over the last decade, more than 2,500 Cambodian students have studied and are studying at universities in Thailand, of them 2,132 are scholarship students granted by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.The figures were shared by H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, and Sports, while presiding over the alumni reunion party of the Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University in Phnom Penh on June 25.The gathering is a good opportunity to reunite, share experience, and network for future career development among the students, he said.He highlighted that Cambodian students have been contributing significantly to Cambodia’s development, including the education sector.H.E. Cherdkiat Atthakor, Thai Ambassador to Cambodia, professors from the Faculty of Education of Chulalongkorn University, and members of the student alumni community joined the reunion.

Cambodia Hosts 1st National Day Of Micro, Small, And Medium Enterprises

date_range 27-Jun-2024
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On June 27, 2024, Cambodia hosted its 1st National Day of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), under the theme “Better MSME Ecosystem for Better Growth.”Presided over by H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Finance, the event was dedicated to celebrating the vital contributions of MSMEs to the nation’s economy and fostering an environment of innovation, sustainability, and inclusive growth.The first National MSME Day featured a series of activities, including MSME product expos, networking sessions, and panel discussions. This hybrid event brought together policymakers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, development partners and stakeholders from across the country to share insights, exchange ideas, and explore opportunities for collaboration and growth.The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has designaged June 27 every year as the National MSME Day, underscoring Cambodia's commitment to achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. It also aligns with the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development 2016-2025.H.E. HEM Vanndy, Minister of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation, said the the RGC has prioritized MSME development through a comprehensive ecosystem, providing support in key areas such as policy formulation, access to finance, entrepreneurship promotion, technology adoption, skills development, product standards enhancement, and ease of doing business.“We recognize the critical role that MSMEs play in driving economic growth, creating jobs, and fostering innovation,” said Minister Vanndy. “The 1st National MSME Day is an opportunity to showcase the achievements of our entrepreneurs and to provide them with the information, tools and resources they need to thrive in an increasingly competitive domestic, regional and global markets.”MSMEs make up 90% of all businesses, employing 60% to 70% of the workforce and contributing 50% of the global GDP. Within ASEAN, MSMEs account for 97.2% to 99.9% of all businesses and contribute 44.8% of the GPD of member countries.According to the 2022 census by the National Institute of Statistics of the Ministry of Planning, Cambodia has 753,670 MSMEs employing nearly 3 million people with approximately 1.8 million of them being women. This sector contributes 63% to the national GDP and employs over 70% of the workforce, not including the agricultue sector.The National MSME Day 2024 was organized by the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology, & Innovation, in collaboration with GIZ, CAPRED, UNIDO, Khmer Enterprise, SME Bank and various business associations.