Date: January 25, 2020
Prime Minister Hun Sen has agreed to rename the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft as the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation at the request of Minister Cham Prasidh.
According to a letter from the Council of Ministers to Mr Prasidh issued yesterday, the government has also agreed to amend all existing laws and legal documents, as well as the structure and functioning of the renamed ministry.
In the letter, the government has decided to establish two new units, the General Department of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the National Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation.
“The creation of these two entities requires no additional state framework, using existing frameworks that are relevant to science, technology and innovation,” the letter said.
An inter-ministerial meeting with relevant ministries should be prepared to make draft on the ministry’s structure, and functioning to submit to the cabinet.
The government also instructed the ministry to offer opportunity for key intellectuals, academics with degree in science and technology, as well as innovative and technical officials to work and provide inputs.