Officials from the ministries of Interior, and Justice, met with working group members and legal experts on Wednesday to review and discuss a draft law concerning identification methods in the country.

The draft law is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The interior ministry’s General Department of Identification spokesman Top Net said: “At the meeting, we discussed and reviewed this draft law article by article in regards to its meaning and content.”

He said inter-ministry officials would continue meeting to discuss and review of the draft law every two weeks to finish it by the end of this year.

The ministry’s meeting report said the draft law will make identification registration more efficient.

The report said: “This draft law will guarantee that everyone has legal identification by registering in the registrar and registering their identification.

“Providing everyone with proper identification guarantees human rights will be respected and services can be provided. The plan will encourage social development.”

Net said the draft law encompasses all individuals living in Cambodia and Cambodian citizens living abroad.

On May 13, Minister of Interior Sar Kheng urged the General Department of Identification to finish the draft law by the end of this year. He said its main purpose is to identify Cambodian citizens.