Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said he would establish a foundation to support the conservation of cyclo drivers, whose numbers are down to only 200 in Phnom Penh.
Speaking to about 13,000 workers at Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district, Mr Hun Sen announced the formation of a foundation to support cyclo drivers’ livelihood and conserve the cyclo for tourism.
“This is one way to attract tourists and conserve and help cyclo drivers,” he said.
He said he will donate 100 million riel, or approximately $25,000, and continue to put 10 million riel into the foundation every month.
A cyclo is a three-wheeled, pedal-driven vehicle which was popular in the past, but now most local people use motodops, or motorcycle taxis, instead.
He said the money for the cyclo foundation would not come from the state budget.
The prime minister also announced free medical treatment for cyclo drivers, the same as garment workers, at state hospitals.
“They will receive treatment free of charge because they are also informal workers,” Mr Hun Sen said.
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