Cambodia will host the biannual meeting of Mekong Delta labour ministers in two weeks’ time when they will discuss having a common social security net for workers.
Labour Minister Ith Samheng said last week that he will meet with his counterparts from Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar in Siem Reap province’s Siem Reap city to work out the possibility of setting up the common social security fund.
“This year is the third time the regional ministerial meeting is being held and Cambodia will be hosting it,” he said. “The first was in Thailand and the second in Vietnam.”
Mr Samheng said the ministers will address the possibility of setting up the common social security system to benefit those who are working in each other’s countries.
“This is an important topic because the workers from these five countries move around to work in the region,” he noted. “So in addition to ensuring they have proper working conditions and wages, we must consider the issue of social security, especially having a pension system.”
Mr Samheng said that having a common social security fund for the five countries will benefit many Cambodian workers who migrate to work, because they will also be able to receive a pension.
“We expect to get successful results from the meeting,” he noted.
Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour on Sunday said the one-day ministerial meeting will be held in Siem Reap city on September 17.
He said the meeting is expected to result in a commitment from all five countries to cooperate on setting up the social security net.
“Such an agreement would allow workers from within the Mekong Delta to move about to work in any of the five countries without losing benefits from social security contributions they have already made in their respective countries,” Mr Sour noted.