German ambassador to Cambodia Stefan Anton Messerer said his government continues to support the Kingdom, in particular the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, on cooperation to promote and improve efficiency and inclusivity in priority areas.

Messerer’s remark came during his meeting with labour minister Heng Sour in Phnom Penh on October 24, according to the ministry.

“Germany continues to support Cambodia in priority areas, including employment, social security and technical and vocational training, to further promote and improve efficiency and inclusivity in these fields,” he said.

Sour thanked the German government and its agencies for their continued support.

“The Cambodian government has prioritised [these fields] to enhance the working environment, strengthen professional ties and equip the populace with market-recognised skills, aiming for heightened productivity,” he stated.

He told Messerer of the government’s initiative to train 1.5 million underprivileged youths, equipping them with specific skills for meaningful employment.

He urged the German delegation to enhance their collaboration with the ministry, aiding Cambodia’s economic development and furthering the government’s objectives.

Hong Vanak, an economist at the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, commended the joint efforts in advancing technical training for Cambodian youth to address present and future employment demands.

“For successful technical training promotion in Cambodia, engagement from all stakeholders, both local and international, is crucial. The government needs to foster a supportive environment. I urge the ministry to broaden international collaborations to stimulate the sector’s economic growth,” he said.