CLMTV Labour Ministers Begin Their 3rd Ministerial Conference in Siem Reap

Phnom Penh, September 17, 2019 –The 3rd Ministerial Conference on Labour Cooperation in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam (CLMTV) under the theme “Toward the Protection of Migrant Workers in CLMTV Countries: Cooperation in Social Security” kicked off in Siem Reap province, home to the famous Angkor temples, this morning.

The opening ceremony of this regional conference was presided over by Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

At this auspicious event, Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed his warm welcome and appreciation to the Labour Ministers of Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, distinguished national-international guests, who are present in the land of Siem Reap, the rich area in world heritage and the city of wealth and wonder of Khmer Empire during the Angkor period.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen congratulated the CLMTV countries on the progress of their labour cooperation  that has provided appropriate job opportunities, and addressed high attention on the protection and promotion of migrant workers’ rights in accordance with 2007 ASEAN Declaration on Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in Cebu, the Philippines, and 2017 ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in Manila, the Philippines.

“Cambodia is truly honoured to be the host of this important meeting which is in parallel with the introduction of employment migration policy of the Royal Government of Cambodia in coherence with the Rectangular Strategy-Phase IV: Growth, Employment, Equity and Efficiency, which provides priority on all sectoral reforms and some new policies introduced that focus on national social protection policy and the protection of migrant workers”, he underlined.

To implement the national social protection policy, the Royal Government of Cambodia has developed the social protection regime and social assistance system.  For the social protection regime, the Royal Government has paid attention to government officials, private sector employees with the establishment of social insurance regime on aging welfare, death and employment risk management in order to ensure income security, increase work production and social justice, he added.

As the result, Cambodia has launched the process of employment risk regime, health care and retirement salary that covers nearly 100 percent of employees and officials in enterprise, production institutions, service and public sector.  Meanwhile, Cambodia is formulating and implementing law on social protection in 2019 in order to expand more scope to people that are self-employed and migrant workers.

With this social protection regime, Cambodia has established the social protection system in order to help the development of social welfare to workers, employees and public officials more effectively and transparency.

By Khan Sophirom