Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Minister orders diplomats to step up efforts

Minister orders diplomats to step up efforts

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong talks to ambassadors at the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Saturday. Facebook
Foreign Minister Hor Namhong talks to ambassadors at the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Saturday. Facebook

Minister orders diplomats to step up efforts

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong has called on Cambodia’s ambassadors to lift their professionalism and pay greater attention to the needs of workers abroad.

In a meeting in Phnom Penh on Saturday with all 26 ambassadors and representatives from the eight other consular offices abroad, Namhong told the crowd they should be closely monitoring the Facebook pages of Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Foreign Ministry, as well as international media, to ensure they are on top of the latest developments in their respective posts.

“Some of our ambassadors abroad seem to work for only saving money, which is easy because they have a cook, a driver and a good place to stay; but they work less,” he said.

In Thailand, where it’s estimated that at least 100,000 Cambodian workers have migrated, Namhong said the embassy must work with Thai authorities to ensure work permits are correctly allocated and workers can access legal services when needed.

He also called on the embassy in China to work with authorities there to stem cases of human trafficking. In Malaysia, he said, the ambassador should ensure Cambodian maids are supported.

Moeun Tola, of the rights group Central, said yesterday that he had received many complaints from workers abroad about the poor services and lack of support at Cambodia’s embassies.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs too must think about the amount of staff at the embassy and the budget to ensure the quality of the work,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen ready to ‘break record’, says Rainsy lost

    Caretaker prime minister Hun Sen used a meeting with 18,400 factory workers on Wednesday to predict that he would beat the record for being the world’s longest-serving non-royal leader. He also used the platform to slam political opponent Sam Rainsy who he said had lost

  • Sihanoukville land prices skyrocketing amid breakneck development

    Sihanoukville, the Kingdom’s most famous beach destination for tourists, is seemingly becoming a paradise for Chinese investors as well. The huge influx of Chinese investors has caused property values to rise, especially the price of land, which has nearly doubled in some places near

  • US names new ambassador to Cambodia

    US President Donald Trump on Friday appointed W Patrick Murphy as the new US Ambassador to Cambodia, replacing incumbent William A Heidt. A press release posted on the White House’s website said nominee W Patrick Murphy is currently acting principal deputy assistant secretary at

  • Kingdom is at a crossroads between East, West after poll

    It was dubbed a success by caretaker prime minister Hun Sen after the electoral victory of his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which is poised to take all seats in the National Assembly. But the July 29 national election has not been positively looked at by