Committee to Facilitate Workers Crossing Borders Announced

The government has established the Committee on Control and Resolution of Cambodian Workers’ Entry and Exit to facilitate Cambodian workers passing through border checkpoints.

In a sub decree issued on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Manet appointed Neth Savoeun, Deputy Prime Minister, as the chairman of the committee which will also include several other members.

According to the sub-decree, this committee is responsible for monitoring the implementation of measures set up by government to eliminate irregularities as well as challenges for Cambodian workers passing through border checkpoints.

It added that the committee has to push border officials to work harder to facilitate Cambodian workers when they enter or exit the country and to ensure the work goes smoothly.

Border officials also have to receive and resolve complaints made by Cambodian workers and investigate issues that disrupt border entry and exit or affect the interests of these workers at the border.

An emergency response system will also be set up to deal with any problems that arise concerning workers, conduct inspections and facilitate communication between workers and officials.

Officials have to inspect and evaluate the situation of informal entry and exit fees at border checkpoints and introduce measures and instructions to establish transparent and official fees at border crossings for workers.

The sub-decree also stated that the committee must report to the government on work progress and any challenges that were faced and the work on eliminating unofficial entry and exit fees at border checkpoints.

Government spokesman Pen Bona said yesterday that the Committee on Control and Resolution of Cambodian Workers’ Entry and Exit was established to provide convenient services and look after the interests of all Cambodian workers working abroad.

“Prime Minister Hun Manet has promised our migrant workers that the government will work to facilitate processing their passport and other documents at the (Cambodian) Royal Embassy in the country which they are working. They do not need to return to Cambodia and do it,” said Bona. “This committee offers these kinds of solutions for them.”

“This committee shows how the government is paying attention to all Cambodian workers, and providing feedback on any complaints related to their needs while abroad,” said Bona.