Minister of Labour Ith Samheng has asked Japan to help develop labour human resources in an effort to promote industrial development.
Samheng made the request during a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia, Mikami Masahiro, at the ministry yesterday.
“The government is urging that technical and vocational training policies are carried out for the development of industry and to ensure Cambodia’s competitiveness,” Samheng was quoted as saying in a ministry statement.
“This policy is in need of assistance from partners, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is assisting with electrical skills training,” he said.
Samheng thanked Japan for taking care of Cambodian trainees and skilled workers and allowing them to enter and leave Japan while adhering to COVID-19 quarantine measures.
“Cambodia plans to send more trainees and skilled workers to Japan soon when both sides have agreed on preventive means and procedures regarding COVID-19 transmission,” he said.
Samheng said recently his ministry has asked JICA to take more electrical trainees and hoped that Japan will agree to this request.
“Cambodian workers and Japanese employers have close and good relations. They understand each other and are tolerant, which is an important factor in attracting more Japanese investors to Cambodia,” he said.
Ministry Spokesman Heng Sour could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Cambodia and Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2007 to allow Cambodian trainees to work in Japan, and a MoU in 2019 to accept Cambodian skilled workers to work in Japan.
Currently, there are more than 10,000 Cambodian trainees and skilled workers working in Japan, according to the ministry.
The Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union President Ath Thorn told Khmer Times yesterday that Samheng’s move is a positive one because Japan is a developed country and has helped Cambodia a lot in all sectors, not only labour.
“Japan has not only received Cambodian trainees in the past but now it has allowed Cambodian workers in the country with double the previous salary,” he said.