THE government has plans to hold a workshop on the gaming industry in September that will seek to train officials working closely with the industry as well as build awareness among casino companies and operators with regards to the country’s laws and regulations, according to a senior official from the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
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Ros Phearun, deputy director of the Department of Financial Industry, told Khmer Times yesterday that the seminar will be a collaboration between the ministries of Economy and Finance and Interior and will aim to train both government officials and members of the private sector involved in the gaming business.
“It will be the first time such a seminar is organised since the government doesn’t allow gaming-related advertising in the Kingdom.
“With the help of foreign experts, the seminar will serve to train government officers in matters that relate to the industry, so that they can do their jobs more efficiently.
“We will also invite big casino companies from around the world to provide input on our regulation,” he added.
WorldEx Trade and Media Group, a Malaysian company, recently announced it will be organising a gaming expo in November in Phnom Penh, an event that, according to the company, will help establish Cambodia as an emerging player in the industry.
Mr Phearun said promotion of gambling-related events is strictly forbidden in Cambodia, and that the event will not be granted government permission.
“Promotion of gaming activities is prohibited. We will take action against the company,” he said.
Cambodia has more than 100 casinos, some of which are now applying for a license. Most of them are located in Preah Sihanouk province.