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Cambodia wants Japanese tech firm to help develop digital economy

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Aun Porn Moniroth (right), Minister of Economy and Finance met Takeshi Izuka, president of A2A Town (Cambodia) Co Ltd and founder of the Kirirom Institute of Technology. Ministry of Economy and Finance

The Ministry of Economy and Finance said it wants Japanese tech firms to join the government in its goal to transform the country into a more fully digital economy.

The information was shared during a meeting between Minister Aun Pornmoniroth and President of Japanese firm A2A Town (Cambodia) Takeshi Izuka in Phnom Penh, where they discussed and sought collaborative opportunities regarding digitalisation.

Finance Minister Aun said he has introduced Kirirom Institute of Technology (KIT), owned by A2A, to Techo Startup Centre, a newly launched government business in the Kingdom, to work together in applied research aimed at exploring innovations as well as carrying out training programmes for startup businesses.

The government allowed eco-tourism Kirirom Nature City to be built inside vKirirom National Park, in Kampong Speu province, where the company is now working on its three projects, including vKirirom Pine Resort, vKirirom Resort House and KIT, an academic institution with a world-class IT engineering training programme.

“KIT should consider joining with the government to educate people in the tech field and allow them to work in government organisations,” said Minister Aun, adding this will be in response to the human resource needs over the long-term framework of the digital economy policy and digital government, which, he said, will be put into practice in the future.

He added that the ministry will seek government support enabling A2A Town (Cambodia) to work with other Japanese tech firms to create a so-called eco-technology park.

Aun explained that the park will be designed to contribute human resources to the technology industry in the Kingdom.

The Techo Startup Centre at the Royal University of Phnom Penh was officially launched last  year to support young entrepreneurs and aid government plans to transform the Kingdom into a digital economy.

However, the government said it may take five years to put all the fundamental elements  together and added that it will need another five years grow into a digital economy. That is to say, the government may need a decade to meet its digital goals.

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