The Government-Private Sector Forum (G-PSF), an annual event where businesses get to address their concerns directly to the prime minister, will be held today at Phnom Penh’s Peace Palace.
This year’s G-PSF, the 18th iteration, will add three new working groups – education, health, and property and construction – to the ten existing ones.
The Government-Private Sector Forum was established in 1999 at the behest of Prime Minister Hun Sen to provide a reliable dialogue mechanism for consultation between the government and the private sector. Issues addressed at the forum range from long-range policy to the day-to-day operations of private companies.
Van Sou Ieng, president of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), will attend the event.
“We highly appreciate the forum and deeply thank Prime Minister Hun Sen for spending his valuable time to preside over the forum and meet with the private sector to solve relevant problems to improve the investment and business climate,” Mr Sou Ieng said in a press release issued yesterday.
He added that the government is expected to announce reform measures and new economic policies at the forum. “We look forward to receiving fruitful results from the forum,” he added.
A total of 13 private sector representatives will attend the forum to engage in dialogue with the government, according to the press release.
Sin Chanthy, a member of the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC), which leads the private sector working groups, told Khmer Times earlier this month that all the issues from the working groups had to be submitted to the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) for approval before they can be discussed with government officials at the forum.
“We held a meeting to prepare for the upcoming Public-Private Sector Forum. We have come up with a long list of problems, but the main issues are agricultural exports, taxation, and logistics,” Mr Chanthy said.
He said the forum gives businesspeople an invaluable opportunity to meet with government officials to find solutions to pressing issues.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony at Phnom Penh’s National Education Institute on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said the government will launch a package of deep reforms during today’s forum that aims to build a sound and more favorable business and investment climate.
He also said the numbers of public holidays in the country will be reduced starting next year.