Audio message of the Prime Minister Samdech Moha Bovar Thipadei Hun Manet instructing ministers to hasten and finish division of responsibilities to the Secretaries of State and Undersecretaries of State by next week [Unofficial Translation]


To His Excellency Lok Chumteav Ministers,
Ministries and State Secretariats of the Royal Government,

In light of the urgent need to ensure the sustainability and efficiency for the work of all ministries and state secretariats under the Royal Government, I would like to remind His Excellency or Lok Chumteav Ministers about the necessity and priorities related to the organization of each Ministry and State Secretariat by paying attention to some tasks (as below):

Firstly, the Ministries that have not yet clearly assigned responsibilities to the leadership of the Secretaries of State and Undersecretaries of State must hurry to complete their job description within next week to ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of both the leadership and the work performance of the ministries.

Secondly, in defining the division of tasks and responsibilities to the leaders as Secretaries of State or Undersecretaries of State, a clear distinction must be made between political leadership and technical leadership to ensure institutional and operational efficiency, (so as to) avoid interfering with the direct leadership of the specialized units of ministries and institutions, (that may happen) without passing through, or skipping the technical hierarchy.

If arrangements are made for political officials in charge of assisting the work of the department, it is not permissible to skip technical hierarchies, such as skipping or not passing through the leadership of the General Department or the Secretariat. It must be remembered that ensuring unity, solidarity and harmonization in public administration institutions aims to improve work efficiency, and it is a priority that we must all pay high attention to.

Thirdly, we must strive to ensure the sustainability and stability of the work within the institution. If it is necessary to rationalize the technical functions and reorganize the officials, (you are requested to) consider the two basic principles that I have introduced so far.

(1) The principle of meritocracy, which is based primarily on the merits, achievements, abilities, knowledge, talents and ethics of officials to increase work efficiency, and (2) the principle of virtue to ensure unity and solidarity within the institution.

At the same time, care must be taken to organize and assign duties to officials on the basis of the stranding them together as the total force of the institution through the harmonization and preparation of the existing officials with experiences and novice officials with new energy so that the twos can work together in the direction of “senior people know the way and young people have energy.” We are doing all this to make sure that the institutions are getting stronger and more effective.

I am sure that Excellencies and Lok Chumteavs will pay attention to implement this task effectively and responsibly. Thank you.