Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday met a US-based law firm and asked it to explore the possibility of providing legal services to citizens and investors in Cambodia.
Mr Hun Sen’s request was made after he met with Matthew Taylor, chairman of the Duane Morris LLP at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Eang Sophalleth, an assistant to the Prime Minister, said Mr Hun Sen told Mr Taylor that the Kingdom is facing many issues.
“Cambodia has been struggling to overcome many obstacles and we face some other issues, So Samdech [Hun Sen] asked Mr Taylor and his delegation to explore the possibility of helping Cambodia, especially providing legal service and legal training,” Mr Sophalleth said.
Mr Taylor and his delegation will attend the Asia Attorney Summit organised in Cambodia and will also visit Angkor and other ancient temples in Siem Reap province, he said.
Mr Hun Sen told Mr Taylor that after becoming the 148th member of the World Trade Organisation on October 13, 2004, Cambodia has amended the laws permitting foreigners to create companies in the Kingdom.
“The presence of foreign companies and foreign lawyers in Cambodia will encourage and give trust to foreign investors to invest in Cambodia,” Mr Sophalleth said.
“Mr Taylor told Samdech Techo that his attendance at the summit in Cambodia is an opportunity to understand Cambodia in order to pave the way for his lawyers to provide legal service to Cambodian people and investors in Cambodia efficiently and transparently,” Mr Sophalleth said.
After the meeting, Mr Hun Sen posted message on his Facebook saying that Mr Taylor expressed his appreciation for Cambodia’s development.
“Matthew A Taylor congratulates Cambodia as he witnesses development in the country,” Mr Hun Sen said.
Mr Taylor told Mr Hun Sen that his law firm established since 1904 in the US state of Pennsylvania has 30 branches with more than 800 attorneys, the post said.
Mr Hun Sen also informed Mr Taylor about his initiative to create the legal team, directly under his control to assist impoverished women.