Labor minister meets with Thai counterpart to discuss cooperation on human resources training

Thailand Minister of Education, Science, Research and Innovation Anek Laothamatas led a delegation for talks with Minister of Labor and Vocational Training Ith Samheng at the Ministry of Labor in Phnom Penh on August 5.​ MINISTRY OF LABOR

Labor minister meets with Thai counterpart to discuss cooperation on human resources training

Minister of Labor and Vocational Training Ith Samheng and Thailand Minister of Education, Science, Research and Innovation Anek Laothamatas have pledged to increase cooperation in technical and vocational education and training.

Laothamatas led a delegation that met with Samheng on Aug. 5 at the Labor Ministry in Phnom Penh.

At the meeting, Samheng commended the Thai government for its success in developing human resources, infrastructure and projects to be shared with neighboring countries, while the Cambodian government has also given increasing priority to human resource development in recent years.

He pointed out that the Ministry of Labor has the technical and vocational training system from certificate level to bachelor’s degree. Facing rapid social development and innovation, particularly with the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Cambodia is preparing to implement national education, technical and vocational education policies that better meet the current needs of the labor market.

Samheng thanked the Thai government for its support of Cambodia’s human resource development and in particular for the help of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who donated to schools in Kampong Thom and Kampong Speu.

The Cambodia-Thailand Institute was founded in 2002 to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the field of personnel training.

Samheng highlighted these efforts, saying the two countries have also cooperated in combating human trafficking and strengthened each other’s capacities in electricity and sanitation. This has allowed Cambodian workers to return home and find employment easily, and the two countries are in talks to link the social security system to benefit Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand.

Laothamatas also highlighted the development of human resources in Thailand, mentioning Thailand’s preparatory schools for engineering and the university program for the training of technical and professional teachers.

He added that if Cambodia’s Ministry of Labor is interested, Thailand could send educators to study with the program so that after graduation they could return home and implement the vocational training more effectively.

He said he was also pleased to see Cambodia’s economy growing again after the pandemic and that Cambodia and Thailand continue to work together to benefit each other.

Laothamatas also pledged to provide officials and civil servants from the Cambodian Ministry of Labor with scholarships through two prestigious universities in Thailand to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Samheng said he was very pleased that the Thai side would continue to provide scholarships related to human resources training to Cambodia.

The ministers agreed to let the two countries’ technical teams continue to work together and to sign a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation in the fields of education, technology and vocational training.

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