Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Youths lobby for tax on extraction

Youths lobby for tax on extraction

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The NGO YRDP has launched a campaign to promote and lobby for the establishment of an “extractive industries fund”, with more than 100 youths from various universities participating. YRDP

Youths lobby for tax on extraction

The NGO Youth Resource Development Programme (YRDP) has launched a campaign to promote and lobby for the establishment of an “extractive industries fund”, with more than 100 youths from various universities participating.

The campaign kicked off on August 28 with plans to further raise awareness about this topic through advertising in public places. Its organisers claim that the fund is necessary because it would provide a mechanism for transparent and efficient of revenues collected from industries that extract natural resources like minerals or timber from the Kingdom.

Sal Lyhorng, project assistant on empowering youth involvement for policy influence at YRDP, told The Post on August 29 that the campaign was not only aimed at providing opportunities for youths through the targeted use of the revenues that would go into the fund, but also for the public to become aware of these issues and learn about them.

“We are sharing the importance of creating this fund to people who have never heard about it before and we’ve put up ads in many places to raise awareness,” he said.

YRDP youth volunteer and campaign participant Thorn Vichekanary said the general information related to this concept was lacking and individuals may have difficulty researching it, especially in Khmer.

She said the campaign had provided her with the information necessary to understand this issue and if the fund were established, it could contribute to building infrastructure for Cambodian society.

“I’m keen on seeing the creation of this fund because it is very important that Cambodia have something like this established. We would like to see at least a portion of the government’s revenues from the extraction and

sale of oil, gas and minerals go into the fund to provide money for local development,” she said.

It said the fund would support local communities using revenues derived from the mining sector through taxation of private companies that are operating mines or own mineral rights.

According to YRDP, extractive industries as a term generally refers to sectors such as mining and quarrying – including rocks for use in construction, such as sandstone and gravel – or the operation of natural gas and oil wells and refineries.

Ung Dipola, head of the General Department of Mineral Resources at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said that he felt that it just wasn’t necessary for Cambodia.

He said that his ministry had already established programmes under a fund to support local communities and all mining sites in Cambodia must pay-in to the fund to support the community.

“What they said was that they wanted to raise awareness among youth and we are happy about that. Mines here are for all Cambodians, not for any individual. So, the ministry is happy if these youths are interested in getting to know more and contribute to the development of this sector,” Dipola said.

He said that members of the public who are curious to know more about issues related to extractive industries can call the ministry or find them on social media.

According to the general department’s past statements, the government’s policy regarding extractive industries is to maximise their potential to generate benefits for the long-term prosperity of society, while at the same time mitigating any negative impacts on it and the environment to promote the interests of local communities and the lives of Cambodians in the country as a whole.

“The mining sector will be promoted and become a strong pillar and an important new driving force for promoting social progress, human resource development, building Cambodia’s competitiveness and promoting economic and industrial diversification of Cambodia,” said one of the statement.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Artificial insemination takes herd from 7 to 700

    Some farms breed local cows or even import bulls from a broad for the purpose of breeding heavier livestock for meat production. One Tbong Khnum farmer has found a more efficient way. Hout Leang employs artificial insemination to fertilise local cows. Thanks to imported “straws”

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,

  • Capital-Poipet express rail project making headway

    The preliminary results of a feasibility study to upgrade the Phnom Penh-Poipet railway into Cambodia’s first express railway indicate that the project would cost more than $4 billion and would take around four years to complete. The study was carried out by China Road and

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior

  • Bullets to bracelets: Siem Reap man makes waste from war wearable

    Jewellery is often made from valuable gemstones like emeralds or diamonds and precious metals like gold or silver, or valueless things like animal horns. But a man in Siem Reap has approached the manufacture of delicate pieces from a different angle. His unique form of