My morning was well-spent attending a seminar delivered by the Minister himself, where he talked about new reforms that the Ministry has been working on, so that it can optimize its role in serving the development of Cambodia. It was inspiring to see and listen to a leader of such passion, ideas, ambition and good heart for Cambodia and like my friend said, I hope it was all genuine and true.
For those that were not there at the event, let me share a few things that I noted down from the remark and presentation that the Minister Sun Chanthol delivered:
– Elimination of C/O (Certification of Origin): He said, unlike before, exporting to countries like the US do not require certificates of origin anymore, so there’s no need to create hassles by requiring our farmers, investors and businessmen to waste resources and slow down their operation by requesting issuance of C/O from the MoC. A C/O costs 38$ and the making of it needs signatures and stamp print of certain authority at the Ministry, which also incurs more workload for the Ministry. This might also mean less revenue for the Ministry but they are willing to trade this for more efficiency and for encouragement for our investors/businessmen/exporters.
– Online Platform: The Ministry aims to put in place an efficient online platform to serve the needs of entrepreneurs and relevant stakeholders. Some officers will be sent to study good case practices of online operation from the government of Singapore, so that in the future, we all don’t have to endure unnecessary red tapes of, for example, registering a certain trademarks or names. The idea is so that certain names/trademarks/brands etc. can be checked for availability online and the registration process only includes several simple steps, all of which can be completed online from the comfort of our own room.
– Research Institute for Farmers: With the support of World Bank (about 60,000 USD in funding), the Ministry is investing in a research institute that works on collecting and analyzing data to arrive at valuable information to provide to our local farmers so that they can make well informed decisions. Currently, a lot of farmers make some really big decisions by following the crowd and different rumors, which sometimes results in big losses and substantial drop in the values of their production. Lack of information is seen as a root cause to this problem and the institute is meant to tackle exactly this.
– Hotline: Highly responsive hotline will be put in place so that any irregularities, including corruption, violation of human rights, or any problems concerning food and agricultural sectors etc. can be instantly, and in a simple way, reported.
– Great Effort in Attracting Investors: The Ministry and authorities involved have put in big efforts in activities that can promote Cambodia as a golden destination for investment. Cambodia has been presented as the centre of ASEAN. “Invest in Cambodia, we’ll have 14.7 million customers; Invest in Cambodia and you’ll have 600 million customers (ASEAN population) at your doorsteps.” The Minister has been travelling to potential countries, sometimes with groups of local businessmen, to entice different stakeholders to come invest in Cambodia.
– Online Presence: It has been 7 months since the creation of MoC’s facebook fan page. Currently there are about 34k likes, which is expected to grow to 100k soon. The Ministry is also reforming their website, renovating its look and ensuring high level of transparency towards the public through the highly engaging world of the internet.Share This: