Government’s Statement over Cambodian Labourers Working Overseas

The following is the statement of the Royal Government Spokesman about matters concerning Cambodian labourers working overseas:

The Royal Government Spokesman has the great honour to inform all compatriots about matters concerning Cambodian labourers working overseas. The Royal Government, under the great leadership of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, displays ingenuity and intellect, and has a clear policy to be well prepared in advance for the coming phases of responding to the fast global evolution in the fields of services, agro-industry, and others are in the new technological revolution of 4.0.

Cambodia has progressed from traditional ways of using the labour force to now using more advanced and skilled labour in the field of agriculture. Such trends have seen dynamic transformations although there are still some challenges to face.

Cambodia, alongside its integration into the regional and international context, uses soft diplomacy, efficiently and political platforms of infrastructure connectivity and good relations, as well as cooperation with all our international partners to ensure the free flow of goods and services.

In the context of the global free market economy, every Khmer citizen deserves to obtain the employment they want, both locally and abroad in accordance with the provisions and the international labour codes.

In this context, the Royal Government has been working to strengthen cooperation with many friendly countries to facilitate the legal process, technical and other conditions for the interests of Cambodian workers abroad. Apart from receiving opportunities and work experience with good income, they also experience a good working culture and character from the developed countries. Those labourers will bring home good experiences and knowledge of working cultures that will play an important part in developing the country, leading to a new phase of Cambodia becoming a middle-income country by 2030 and high income by 2050.

The situation of Cambodian labourers was described by H.E. Dr. Ith Samheng, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training, as "national heroes, who send over US$ 2.3 billion as remittance to their homeland every year, contributing to improving their families living conditions back home where they are enjoying peace, stability, and a happy life. These remittances also contribute to the government's development and help maintain good economic growth as high as 7.5 percent as estimated by the World Bank.

The Cambodian labour force has gradually transformed from purely unskilled labour to professional labour, making them more competitive in the context of the labour market. The Royal Government of Cambodia has established a National Employment Agency and professional training centre to respond to the needs of local and overseas labour markets.

Cambodian emigrant workers are benefiting from the implementations of the legal instruments of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and other laws and regulations.

At the same time, the Royal Government is paying close attention to protecting more than 1.2 million labourers who are working outside the country through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Royal Government of Cambodia and some other governments.

The Unit would like also to inform the public that Cambodian labourers abroad are not in a "slave-status situation" as used to be when some developed countries trafficked people to fill the labour shortage. The emigrant workers abroad are enjoying their working conditions and getting good experience which is a global trend in practice.

The Royal Government Spokesperson Unit expresses its deep thanks to all friendly countries for their cooperation in the cross-border labour sector. The Unit also expresses its best wishes to all Cambodian labourers who are working abroad and would like to state that we highly appreciate their efforts in presenting a positive image of Cambodians and Khmer culture.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press