Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CPP lawmakers vote to create new ministries

CPP lawmakers vote to create new ministries

CPP lawmakers vote to create new ministries

Lawmakers from the ruling Cambodian People’s Party yesterday unanimously voted to pass legislation which will create three new government ministries.

Sixty-six CPP representatives voted to create a Ministry of Public Function, which will oversee the affairs of civil servants.

The MPs also followed through on a floated plan to split the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy, creating two separate entities: the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts.

Cheam Yeap, a senior CPP lawmaker, said splitting up the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy would enable officials to get more work done.

“Our country is developing all sectors, therefore it is necessary to control the human resources, particularly the civil servants,” Yeap said. “I supported the new ministries.”

The opposition has in the past criticised the proposed move, saying it would do little to improve efficiency and would only create more bureaucracy.

Opposition lawmakers could not be reached for comment about the new ministries. Chheang Vun, one of the CPP lawmakers who voted on the bills, said high local production costs of handicrafts had led to imports from China, Vietnam and Thailand flooding tourist hot-spots such as Angkor Wat.

The new handicrafts ministry would work to promote local crafts, he added.

“In my estimation, only about 20 per cent of local souvenir production for tourists [is done in Cambodia] due to the high production costs. We have to focus on industry and handicrafts,” Vun said. “We have to encourage small industry.”

The newly appointed Minister of Public Function, Pich Bunthin, addressed the National Assembly following the approval of the creation of his ministry.

“From now on, the government has a new tool: an additional ministry, to lead and control our officials to be good and accordance with the government’s policy,” he said. “I promise I will accept all recommendations to work with the demands of our civil servants nationwide.”

Civil servants are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with low salaries, according to analysts, leading many to vote for the opposition in July’s election.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Kingdom's trade deal with EU questioned before poll

    A European Union (EU) mission met with senior government officials at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday as the 28-member bloc monitors an agreement under which Cambodian goods reach the crucial European market tariff-free. Some 10 commissioners are in the Kingdom as part of a seven-day

  • A new carrier takes off in capital

    Cambodia Airways, the latest passenger airline to enter the Kingdom, launched its first domestic flight on Tuesday. Flight KR801, carrying 145 passengers, left the Phnom Penh International Airport at 9:50am and landed in Siem Reap at 10:35am in an Airbus A319. Cambodia Airways marketing and branding