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Foreign workers should be offered free medical care, PM says

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A group of Chinese construction workers gather in Sihanoukville. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Prime Minister Hun Sen today said that Cambodia should be the first country to implement a free first-aid treatment to foreign workers working in the Kingdom.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of “the 3rd Ministerial Conference on Labour Cooperation in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam (CLMTV) under the theme of “Toward Labour Protection of Migrant Workers in CLMTV: Cooperation on Social Protection Sector” in Siem Reap province’s Siem Reap city, Mr Hun Sen said that the Kingdom also wants Cambodian migrant workers working in other countries to receive free treatment.

“Cambodia should implement the first-aid treatment free of charge to foreign workers working in our country because we also want our workers working in another country to receive reciprocal free treatment,” he said.

Mr Hun Sen said that CLMTV countries always paid attention on the well-being of migrant workers through the implementation of protection and respect for rights and working condition policies in compliance with ASEAN standard and international treaties.

“I strongly hope that the close cooperation between the Cambodian government and the governments of other friendly nations, and development partners will be accelerated with effectiveness in order to achieve the sustainable development goal of United Nations and joint progress of CLMTV,” he said.

Labour Minister Ith Samheng said today that the 3rd Ministerial Conference will discuss and approve the draft of “Siem Reap Roadmap Toward the Labour Ministerial Declaration on the Portability of Social Security Schemes in the CLMTV Countries” in the meeting, which ends today.

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