Welcome to this edition of DFDL’s Cambodia Law Update. In this issue we present Cambodian regulations and information touching on the following:

  • Promulgation of Constitutional Law on Amendment to Article 76 and Articles from New Chapter 15 to New Chapter 16 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia
  • Promulgation of Law on Amendment to Articles 1, 3, 4, 7,8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 30, 34, 37,38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 49, 55, and 56 of the Law on Management of Factory and Handicraft
  • Procedures for preparing, changing and cancelling Warrants/Orders of Capital, Provincial, Municipal District-Khan Councils
  • Pronouncement on Minimum Wage determination for workers in the Textile, Garment and Footwear Industry for 2015
  • Instruction on Implementation of Prakas № 283 KB/Br.K, dated 12 November 2014, on Minimum Wage Determination for Workers in Textile, Garment and Footwear Industry for the year 2015
  • Organization and Functioning of the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training
  • Promulgation of the Law on Approval on Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity

CONSTITUTION 2014 - PROMULGATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW ON AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 76 AND ARTICLES FROM NEW CHAPTER 15 TO NEW CHAPTER 16 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA, Royal Kram № NS/RKM/1014/022(Royal Palace) 23 October 2014

This Royal Kram promulgates the Constitutional Law on Amendment to Article 76 and other articles from the new chapter 15 to the new chapter 16 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia which has been amended as follows:

Article 76 (New) reads: The National Assembly shall comprise at least 120 members. The Members of the National Assembly shall be elected by a universal, free, equal, direct suffrage and through secret ballot. The National Assembly’s members are re-eligible. Khmer citizens of both sexes, enjoying the right to vote, aged at least 25 years and having Khmer nationality by birth, have the right to be candidates to the National Assembly. Formalities/modalities and functioning of election shall be determined in the electoral law.

For the Article 150 (new) (two) reads: the National Election Committee shall be a competent organization in preparing, organizing and managing the election of members of the senates and the election of the National Assembly as well as other elections as determined by law. The organization and functioning of the National Election Committee shall be determined in a law. The Article 160 (new) stated that laws and normative acts in Cambodia that guarantee the State properties, rights, liberties and legal properties of private persons and that are in conformity with the national interests, shall remain in force until the new texts are made to amend or to abrogate them, except the provisions contrary to the spirit of the present Constitution.

BUSINESS/COMMERCE 2014 - promulgation of the law on amendment to articles 1, 3, 4, 7,8,9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 30, 34, 37, 38, 39, , 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 49, 55, and 56 of the law on management of factories and handicrafts, Royal Kram № 47 NS/RKM/1014/025 (Royal Palace) 23 October 2014

This Royal Kram intends to promulgate the amendments of 32 articles of the Law on Management of Factories and Handicrafts, and this Law’s scope covers all factories and handicrafts throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia, which is subject to the competence, leadership and management of the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft which shall not affect competence of other relevant ministries-institutions.

Factories and handicrafts which are under the competence, leadership and management of the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft includes as follows: (1) food, beverages and tobacco; (2) textiles, garments, and products made from leather; (3) paper product section; (4) chemical parts, products from rubber, plastic, except for the petroleum industry and gas; (5) products made from metallic minerals; (6) basic metal; (7) metal processing, machines, and equipment; (8) others , such as jewelry, decorative sport tools for children and office materials.

Establishment of a factory, as stated in article 3, shall be required to have an approval from the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft with approval from relevant ministries-institutions and authority.

The Ministry of Industry and Handicraft shall grant/provide other certificates related to production on request of the factory owner if it is examined and found necessary. Preparation of all parts in factories shall be done in accordance with the technical manner which is determined by Prakas of the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft.

ADMINISTRATION 2014 - PROCEDURES FOR PREPARING, CHANGING AND CANCELLING WARRANTS/ORDERS OF CAPITAL, PROVINCIAL, MUNICIPAL DISTRICT-KHAN COUNCILS,Sub-Decree № 286 ANKr.BK (RGC), 18 November 2014

This Sub-Decree intends to ensure the exercise/use of provisions of power issued by the Capital, Provincial, Municipal, District and Khan Councils. This Sub-Decree aims to determine procedures in organizing, modifying and cancelling any warrants/orders which have characteristics/manners of general regulations of the Capital, Provincial, Municipal, District and Khan Councils. Any warrant which has a general regulation manner shall be adopted by the Council and signed by the Chairman of the Council.

A warrant which is contrary to any provisions of the Constitution, laws, Royal Decrees, Sub-Decrees and normative acts in force, shall not be valid. A warrant which the

Council has already adopted/approved shall come into effect on the date it was signed or any specified date in the future for the entry into effect of the warrant in part or in whole. A warrant which is enforceable only it has come into effect as stated in article 9 of this Sub-Decree. A warrant cannot have a retroactive effect.

LABOR 2014 - PRONOUNCEMENT ON MINIMUM WAGE DETERMINATION FOR WORKERS IN TEXTILE, GARMENT AND FOOTWEAR INDUSTRIES, Prakas № 283 KB/Br.K (MoLVT), 12 November 2014

It is decided to add USD 5 on top of USD 123 proposed by the Labor Advisory Committee as a monthly minimum wage for workers in the textile, garment and footwear industry for the year 2015. The minimum wage for these workers for the year 2015 shall officially be set at USD 128 (one hundred and twenty eight US dollars) per month. Other benefits that the workers have received before shall not change. The minimum wage set in Article 2 of the Parkas shall be implemented from 1 January 2015.

instruction on implementation of prakas № 283 KB/Br.K, dated 12 november 2014 on minimum wage determination for workers in textile, garment and footwear industry for the year 2015,Instruction № 029/14 KB/S.N.N (MoLVT), 17 November 2014

The Instruction issued by the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training aiming to inform all vocational organizations, workers, employees, and employers of factories, enterprises, establishments, of the textile, garment and footwear industry shall implement this instruction as detailed in point A and point B of the instruction relating to providing the minimum wages to the workers and other benefits that the workers have received before.

ORGANIZATION AND FUNCTIONING OF THE MINISTRY OF labor and vocational training,Sub-Decree № 283 ANKr.BK (RGC), 14 November 2014

This Sub-Decree aims to determine the organization of entities of the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, and to set the mission of the Ministry, and the functions of the General Departments, General Inspectorates, departments and entities under supervision of the Ministry.

The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training has been delivered the mission by the Royal Government to lead and manage the labor and vocational training sectors across the Kingdom of Cambodia. Normative acts related to the implementation of Sub-Decree № 52 ANKr.BK, dated 1 April 2005, on the Organization and Functioning of the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training shall remain valid until new normative acts replace these in accordance with provisions of this Sub-Decree.

TREATIES 2014 - PROMULGATION OF THE LAW ON APPROVAL ON NAGOYA PROTOCOL ON ACCESS TO GENETIC RESOURCES AND THE FAIR AND EQUITABLE SHARING OF BENEFITS ARISING FROM THEIR UTILIZATION TO THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY,Royal Kram № NS/RKM/1014/024 (Royal Palace) 23 October 2014

The National Assembly and the Senate have adopted the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which was adopted in Nagoya, Japan, on 29 October 2010, and the Kingdom of Cambodia has signed this Convention at the Office of the United Nations in New York, of the United States on 1 February 2012.

The Royal Government of Cambodia shall continue and implement the procedures of this Protocol.