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UN unemployment project expanded

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The project will expand to multiple provinces. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Ministry of Labour and United Nations yesterday pledged to continue working on a project that is aiding young women and men in their search for decent and productive employment opportunities.

The two sides held a meeting yesterday to review the ongoing work being done through the United for Youth Employment in Cambodian project, which launched in September 2017 and ends in 2019.

Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said the purpose of the $4 million project was to help Cambodian youth access quality formal and non-formal education to develop technical and vocational skills.

He added that the project also helps students gain adequate entrepreneurial and business skills to create and develop sustainable enterprises.

“Now we are implementing this project in Kampong Cham and next we will expand to more provinces, including Banteay Meanchey province,” he said.

Claire Van der Vaeren, the United Nations Development Programme representative for Cambodia, said the labour sector has grown dramatically in the past five years.

“We have worked a lot with the government on the minimum wage, in the fight against human trafficking, to empower women for employment, and also to find employment for youth,” she said.

In July 2017, Minister of Labour Ith Samheng said at least 90 percent of able workers in Cambodian were employed.

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