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Friday, August 10, 2012

KOICA to Work With UNIDO & Samsung Electronics to Create Employment Opportunities and Ensure Effective E-waste Management in Cambodia

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Article &  Photo: KOICA Cambodia Office

Under the support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Samsung Electronics, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) launched event for “the Creating Employment Opportunities and Ensuring Effective E-waste Management in Cambodia. The ceremony was held on August 9, 2012 at Phnom Penh Hotel under the presidency of H.E. Pich Sophoan, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.

H.E. Pich Sophoan addressed at the launch event that Cambodian’s economy has grown remarkably in recent years and increase in urbanization has led to change in life style’s preference of the people in rising demand in utilization of electronic products and most of people involve in repairing electronic products have low technological capacity and perform the service with inappropriate facilities in a way that these operations were considered to be a threat to the environment and public’s health.

Response to the above issues, H.E. Pich Sophoan deeply hoped that with adequate technology, training and regulatory framework and support, e-waste recycling could positively contribute to the conservation of natural resources, energy savings, a reduction of emissions including greenhouse gases and the development green technologies. In addition, e-waste recycling offers the potential for job creation. He also hoped that this project would also bring the new achievements such as strengthening the capacities of youth sector to support the increase in employment and business opportunities in the electronic industry and e-waste management skills, knowledge and practices were improved.

This training program not only provided youth of the knowledge and skill for labour market in Cambodia but it also provided the knowledge and skill for youth to work in foreign countries.

According to the statistics of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training showed that the flow of work forces from Cambodia to the Republic of Korea was increased dramatically. “At the same time, Cambodia government is being attracted more investors to invest in Cambodia. Many investors, particularly from the electronic industry are interested in investing in Cambodia, but are faced with a labour shortage due to the lack trained workers, yet this program will focus on poor youths and give them the skills necessary to rehabilitate the equipment”, H.E. Pich Sophoan said.

Please be reminded that of the US$1.35-million total expense until 2015, KOICA will pay $1 million while the remainder is shared by Samsung ($300,000) and UNIDO ($50,000). In addition, Samsung will take charge of training programs to nurture repair technicians and environment professionals.

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