A delegation from South Korea’s International Association of Education in the Beauty Sector yesterday met with Labour Minister Ith Samheng to discuss the creation of a National Centre for Beauty Sciences, an institution to train young Cambodians skills in the beauty industry.
Lee Sung Yeob, a representative from the South Korean delegation, said the association plans to create the National Centre for Beauty Sciences to ensure that the youth are trained with the right skills to maintain quality and safety standards, which could range from providing spa services to cosmetic procedures.
He said that the association sees the potential for the beauty industry in Cambodia to flourish, noting that the industry could benefit from cooperation with his association.
Mr Lee added that members in his association come from various countries in addition to South Korea, including Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, which he touted as having contributed to its success.
He said that the association has requested permission from the minister to be able to establish the project.
“If the project was to be implemented, people in Cambodia can receive the best beauty services, enjoying high quality and efficient services due to training provided by Korean and international beauty experts,” Mr Lee said.
In response, Mr Samheng welcomed and supported the project, telling the delegation that the ministry will guarantee a license for the centre to be established in Cambodia.
“This project will draw high interest in the current market of cosmetic services, which is growing in demand as the Cambodian economy continues to grow, and will also help contribute to the livelihoods of the people,” he said.
He added that the success of the project will also strengthen relations between Cambodia and South Korea through a new cooperation.
Vath Srey Deat, a 24-year-old online vendor of beauty products, said sales of beauty products online are becoming increasingly popular, which indicated a rising interest in the beauty industry.
“However, we do not know if some products sold online are safe or adhere to any standards,” Ms Deat said.