Cambodia’ National Assembly on December 20 approved the appointments of new ministers for the newly-split ministries – the Ministries of Industry and Handicrafts, and of Mines and Energy.

The two ministries were split from the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy last month.

All 67 lawmakers unanimously voted for Cham Prasidh, former minister of commerce and Suy Sem, former minister of industry, mines and energy as the ministers of industry and handicrafts, and mines and energy, respectively.

Xinhua News Agency cited Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon as saying that industry and handicrafts have been largely contributing to socio-economic development.

He added that currently, there are about 500,000 small-and-medium-sized enterprises employing about 1.6 million people.

For the industry, the country has about 890 large-scaled factories creating more than a half million jobs.

In mines and energy, he said, the sectors will also provide huge benefits to economic development in the future.-VNA