Multiple law enforcement agencies have completed a two-week anti-crime training course led by France in May.
The training provided law enforcement agencies with knowledge in transnational crimes, including drug trafficking and counterfeit products.
Meach Sophanna, an undersecretary of state at the Interior Ministry and chairman of the Counter Counterfeit Committee, said that it was a good opportunity for law enforcement agencies to partake in training.
“This is very good training for our Cambodian officials and it is the first time that we participated jointly with other officials from all the provinces,” he said. “Through the training, we can investigate and crackdown on those involved in drugs as well as other crimes.”
Mr Sophanna said that 78 officials from the police, military police, customs, Camcontrol, Health Ministry and other relevant bodies joined the training course to help protect citizens against transnational crimes.
The closing ceremony for the course was presided over by French ambassador to Cambodia Eva Nguyen Binh.
Ambassador Nguyen Binh said that France and Cambodia have had a long-lasting relationship and that France will continue to cooperate in assisting the prevention of transnational crimes.
“France is really happy to provide training to prevent drug crimes and counterfeit products,” she said.
According to a report by the committee published this year, in 2017 officials managed to uncover 19 cases of counterfeit goods production, totalling almost 600 tonnes. The cases also netted six suspects. Officials confiscated hundreds of tonnes of fake products and hundreds of kilograms of drugs between last year.
The fake products included expired goods, counterfeits, unlicensed goods, banned cosmetics, fake medicine, fake animal fodder and more.
Last year, Interior Minister Sar Kheng appealed to the French embassy to help stop fake medicine with French brand names from being sold in the country.
He asked the embassy join forces with Cambodian authorities and stop the fake medicine from being distributed.