The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance the former’s digital administrative processes, such as the implementation of a new online platform and improving internet connectivity.

The justice ministry plans to equip its officials with digital skills training in an initiative that represents a significant step towards updating the justice sector and enhancing the efficiency of its operations, according to a joint press release. 

The signing ceremony was witnessed by justice minister Koeut Rith and telecoms minister Chea Vandeth of February 12.

At the ceremony, Koeut Rith praised the Digital Government Committee and the telecoms ministry for their progress in the digital realm. 

He noted that the document outlines four primary objectives aligned with the first phase of the government’s Pentagonal Strategy: to launch the platform for justice services; to introduce online government products within the justice ministry; to develop infrastructure and internet connections for the ministry; and to conduct digital skills training for justice officials.

“Today’s MoU marks a new step forward in our effort to modernise the justice sector in the use of technology to enhance the quality and effectiveness of work in the sector and the efficiency of data management, and develop ourselves to keep pace with technological developments in the digital age,” he said.

Vandeth said the MoU would foster trust and convenience for the public in accessing services offered by the ministry and would help in strengthening the digital capabilities of officials.

Yang Peou, secretary-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said the agreement is designed to boost the digital proficiency of the government and signifies major progress in the global digital trend. 

He highlighted that the telecoms ministry plays a key role in promoting digital advancements, including those within the justice ministry. 

“Digital capacity for government and justice ministry officials is crucial to enhance productivity, disseminate laws timely and provide services to the public. Thus, [information systems] are as essential as daily food, being an integral part of people’s daily lives,” he said.

Peou suggested that the government focus on strengthening digital security in light of the ongoing development in online administration and to establish clear strategies and mechanisms for managing the systems to prevent issues such as cyber hacking and misuse of principles.

Chin Malin, spokesperson for the justice ministry, noted that the collaboration between the two ministries would aid in modernising the administration of the justice ministry and improve services through digital means. 

He said this includes facilitating internal document handling, reducing paperwork, updating criminal records and managing digital case files. 

“The MoU will foster the modernisation of the justice ministry’s administration and services through the digital system to meet the practical needs of the people,” he added.