Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday appealed to the people not to be concerned about an increase of Chinese people in Preah Sihanouk province because they are skilled workers working in constructions.
During a meeting with Cambodian community in Switzerland yesterday, Mr Hun Sen said that an increase of Chinese population in Kingdom was due to an economic development and Chinese investment.
“Some people are concerned about an increase of Chinese people in Kampong Som [Preah Sihanouk province], but please be aware that there are a lot of constructions over there. We cannot supply them enough skilled workers,” Mr Hun Sen said.
“What can we do? We must give opportunity for them to bring their skilled workers to build bridges and others. This is a technical matter that we need,” he said.
He said Chinese investment in infrastructure needed skilled workers, in which Cambodia could not supply.
He said that the government allowed Chinese skilled workers to work in Cambodia for a limited period of time and that once all construction is completed, those Chinese workers will return to their country.
An estimated 1.5 million Chinese tourists have visited Cambodia this year and in 2017 the figure was 1.2 million, according to Mr Hun Sen.