Cambodia has asked the South Korean government to increase its quota of Cambodian workers, while both nations agreed to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation.
Newly appointed South Korean Ambassador Oh Nak-young, who visited National Assembly President Heng Samrin yesterday, said he was surprised to see the country is experiencing rapid economic growth and developing in all sectors.
Keo Piseth, cabinet chief of the National Assembly, told press after the meeting that Mr Samrin mentioned how South Korea played an important role in Cambodia’s development.
“Samdech asked South Korea to increase the quota for Cambodian labourers and pushed for more investors and tourism in the country,” according to Mr Piseth.
“South Korea is a market for Cambodian labourers who send money back to support their families every year.”
Mr Piseth said the ambassador would try to get the quota increased, but it depended on market productivity of various industries.
“South Korea still needs Cambodian labourers so don’t worry about that,” Mr Piseth quoted him as saying.
Mr Oh asked Mr Samrin to support the policies of the South Korean president and said he was committed to strengthening ties and increasing cooperation between the two countries during his mandate as ambassador.
“The South Korean government considers Cambodia’s role in Asean to be very important,” Mr Piseth said.
Mr Piseth said Mr Samrin agreed to support the South Korean president’s policies and was optimistic about the ambassador’s mission to promote friendship and the cooperation of both governments.
More than 53,000 Cambodians work in South Korea.
Long Dimanche, Cambodian ambassador in South Korea, said in November that the Cambodian community in totalled more than 60,000 people.
Of these, about 8,000 are women with Korean husbands and about 400 are students. Workers are employed in construction, agriculture, and in small and medium-sized industries.
He added that their salary was up to $1,200 or $1,300 per month in agriculture.
In industry it would be $1,700 or $1,800. Annually, Cambodians send about $300 million via the banking system to their families.