Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday lauded the government’s success in developing the economy and securing a 99.3 percent employment rate for the Kingdom’s 10 million-strong labour force.
Mr Hun Sen made the statement as he presided over the commemoration ceremony of the Centenary of the International Labour organization and the 50th year anniversary of Cambodia as its member.
“Currently, our government has created many jobs for our people – we’ve received huge successes in economic development – which has been seven percent in the last two decades,” he said. “We have created a 99.3 percent employment rate, which equals to 10 million workers.”
Mr Hun Sen added that Cambodia has nearly 13,000 informal enterprises employing 1.5 million people.
“We also have 60,000 informal economic institutions, which employ nearly 2.4 million people,” he said. “Our agriculture sector employs more than four million people, 1.2 million others are migrant workers.”
Labour Ministry Spokesman Heng Suor did not respond to a request for comment yesterday.
Labour Minister Ith Samheng earlier this month said the government created jobs for 4.8 million people last year, with 3.6 million working in the Kingdom and over one million working overseas.
Mr Samheng noted that migrant workers tend to work in Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
He said that 1.1 million alone worked in Thailand, with a monthly salary average of about $300.
“Every year, our workers send back more than $2.3 billion to their families, and those who return with professional skills contribute to the development of the country,” he said. “Workers overseas also receive legal support and are repatriated if they face problems.”
Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said he has noticed that more people are employed, but does not believe the government’s 99 percent narrative.
“Even I am not sure how our government calculates this, but I think it is very high,” Mr Sina said, noting that most people who are unemployed live in rural areas. “I think most companies need skilled workers and currently there are a lot of foreign workers flowing into the Kingdom, especially Chinese workers. It poses a challenge for people.”