Commerce Ministry, Microsoft Prepare for New Application “Translator HUB-Khmer”

Translator HUB-Khmer” is a joint project to be implemented by the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce and Microsoft under their MoU on ICT cooperation signed here on Aug. 9, said H.E. Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, at the signing ceremony.

This new application is aimed to break down the language barrier by providing simultaneous translation from one language to another over the internet, he explained.

Such technology would facilitate communication and eliminate barriers to businessmen and investors, added H.E. Minister.

“The availability of this technology could strengthen Cambodia’s ability to compete and take advantage of new opportunities brought about by the ASEAN regional integration,” he said.

To prepare for this Translator Hub-Khmer project, the Ministry of Commerce is tasked to arrange for the manpower and experts required to upload at least 100,000 parallel sentences, both in English and in Khmer as well as to provide physical space necessary to deliver the related workshop, said a press release of the Ministry of Commerce made public yesterday.

Meanwhile, it pointed out, Microsoft is responsible for conducting a workshop on site to teach students and teachers how to use the translation platform to upload Khmer phrases, and to train programmers. It will also work with the ministry to enhance the ICT ecosystem and talent in Cambodia by engaging developers, startups, and educators, leveraging Microsoft resources for youth and startups (called YouthSpark and BizSpark), Microsoft innovative educators, and Microsoft Philanthropies, as well as providing expert commentary and best international policy and practice on ICT matters, including cloud computing, Intellectual Property, e-commerce, etc.

“Our mission is to empower every person and organisation to achieve more, and we believe that our collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce will strengthen ICT as pillar of Cambodian development and competitiveness,” said Ms. Michelle Simmons, General Manager for New Markets, Microsoft.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press