Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hun Sen to reshuffle cabinet

Hun Sen to reshuffle cabinet

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The cabinet shake-up will take place after the Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts is renamed Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation. AKP

Hun Sen to reshuffle cabinet

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday announced an imminent reshuffle of the cabinet to combat inefficiency at the highest levels of government.

The cabinet shake-up will take place after the Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts is renamed ‘Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation’, Hun Sen said at a meeting of the Supreme Council for Consultation.

“There will be a shake-up in the cabinet in the future after the law on the establishment of the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation is implemented.

“We are creating a new ministry. His Excellency Senior Minister Cham Prasidh will remain at the helm of that ministry, but officials in other ministries might be reshuffled.

“Some institutions are not efficient and do not meet our expectations. Their officials are too lazy,” Hun Sen said, adding that government shake-ups are not uncommon in other countries.

The prime minister also asked the ministers to move fast to solve important issues in Cambodia, including land disputes and expanding the market for Cambodian agricultural goods abroad.

According to the Constitution, the cabinet comprises the prime minister, deputy prime ministers, senior prime ministers and ministers, and secretaries of state.

Khmer Rise Party (KRP) president Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung said: “The government has laid out clear and specific strategies, but the implementation of those strategies at the national and sub-national levels is not consistent.

“Because these reforms are incomplete, some of the targets are not being met. I want Samdech to lay out concrete principles to remove any obstacles when it comes to implementing these plans,” he said.

Regarding land disputes, Vathana Sabung said the prime minister should consider taking the land away from companies that have been granted economic land concessions but are not developing the area.

He said the land should be given back to the farmers, who would put it to good use and contribute to economic development.

Political Analyst Meas Nee told The Post on Monday that cabinet reshuffles must be done regularly to improve the workings of state institutions. If the same officials are allowed to serve in the same positions for too long, they become lazy, irresponsive, and corrupt.

“The priority is to remove lazy individuals. To do this effectively, the government must first assess how efficient the current cabinet is,” he said.

Watch video:

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • PM: Do not defile Tonle Sap swamp forest or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered police to arrest anyone – including government officials – involved with the deforestation of the flooded forests surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake because it is an area important to the spawning of many species of fish, among other reasons. Speaking in a