Minister of Justice Koeut Rith on February 17 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation with the French Superior Council of Notaries (CSN).

The deal was also inked by Jean Deleage, CSN Southeast Asia representative, at a ceremony held in the presence of justice ministry leaders, French ambassador Jacques Pellet, and Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 representatives Beatrice Balivet and Olivier Gout.

Under the MoU, the CSN will help Cambodia with a three main tasks, marking a “new page” in cooperation between the two institutions and the notary profession in Cambodia, the minister said.

The first is the preparation of a solid legal framework for the establishment, management and development of the notary profession in Cambodia, according to the “Latin system” and the practical needs of society, Koeut Rith said.

The second is the training and capacity-building of notary students to enhance quality and effectiveness, as well as promote public recognition, trust and confidence of and in the profession, he said.

The third is the preparation of a law and legal standards for the establishment and management of the mediator profession, which is relatively new in Cambodia, he added.