The National Employment Agency (NEA) of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training is gearing up to hold a job forum in Village 5 of Sihanoukville’s Commune IV on April 26, with around 1,000 jobs at large private firms on offer.

According to the NEA and labour ministry, 13 large companies are set to conduct in-person job interviews from 8am to 5pm at the event, at the Build Bright University Preah Sihanouk Campus.

These firms are RMA, Wing Bank, Hattha Bank, ABA Bank, Heng Feng (Cambodia) Bank, AMK Microfinance Institution, Siha Treasure Hotel and Casino, M’Lop Tapang, Bamboo Finance, Trimulia, Kofi, Koh Russey Villas and Resort, and Prince Supermarket.

AMK, for example, has announced that it is looking for 35 new employees in the coastal province, although it noted that some knowledge of Chinese may be required.

The forum comes in collaboration with the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC), Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall, Build Bright University and Mett Yeung Association (MYA), according to the ministry.

The ministry has called on job seekers – especially students and youth – to prepare as many copies of their CVs as possible to get a chance at an interview with company representatives.

The forum will also include seminars on preparation for the job market, with “many well-known speakers” sharing their experiences, it said.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Economy and Finance statistics suggest that the investment situation in the Kingdom has improved slightly on an annual basis.

The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) – the government’s highest decision-making body for large-scale investments – in 2022 greenlit 132 private investment projects outside of the Kingdom’s special economic zones (SEZ) worth a total of $3.23 billion that were expected to create about 0.122 million jobs, according to the finance ministry.

These numbers respectively represent year-on-year jumps of 22.22 per cent from 108 projects, 87.9 per cent from $1.719 billion, and 35.9 per cent from 0.09 million jobs, as indicated by the ministry’s Socio-Economic Trends reports for 2021 and 2022.

Generally seen as a type of commercial oasis, an SEZ is a specially-defined region within a jurisdiction’s borders that is subject to different – typically more liberal – legal, administrative and economic regulations than elsewhere in the same jurisdiction, and can include unique tax, logistical or one-stop service arrangements designed to attract business and investment.