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Boost in tech industries drives job growth

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:e-waste management? technology industries? East Asia Climate Partnership? the Korean International Cooperation Agency?

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with other organizations, has launched an e-waste management project in Cambodia that aims to recycle the country's growing electronic waste and to provide job opportunities. In addition, Hurleypalmerflatt opened an office in the country to provide jobs for skilled electrical engineers to capitalize on a "second wave" of growth in technology industries, according to a report from the Phnom Penh Post.

The UNIDO project is funded by the Republic of Korea through the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the East Asia Climate Partnership (EACP) and Samsung Electronics with total cost of $1,350,000, while Hurleypalmerflatt is establishing its engineering consulting firm in the Kingdom.

Pich Sophoan, secretary of state for the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training told the Phnom Penh Post that in the past few years, Cambodia's economy has grown considerably, but in the meantime, an increase in the urbanization of Cambodia's population is leading to an increased demand for electronic items.

Electronic tools are becoming useless after they are used, but they can be fixed and contribute to the reduction of Cambodia's environmental impact, not to mention allow for the creation of jobs, as Cambodia's tech industry blooms, he added. "In response to this issue, I believe that only through the acceptance of proper technology, training, management, and support can we make these items reusable."

"In Cambodia, mission critical engineering is still in its infancy, but that is beginning to change. We are seeing some advanced building coming forward in Cambodia that demand equally high levels of engineering," said Mark Simpson, regional director of Hurleypalmerflatt. He added that Hurleypalmerflatt's focus of mission critical engineering, those systems which cannot and should not fail, is needed in Cambodia as much as the jobs the company will provide.

The UNIDO program will also consider providing micro-credit for those who finish the training course.

"We should implement a micro-credit scheme, so they can have both the abilities and the capital to open small businesses in their homes and villages," he said.

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