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Ministry Seeks to Curb Fuel Consumption


The Ministry of Economy and Fiance will seek to curb state fuel consumption, with fuel costs across the country still high.

Finance Minister Keat Chhon said Friday the government was seeking to economize its use of fuel, though it had yet to implement any measures.

"Therefore, we are preparing to find ways to save, so that the government, especially the prime minister, has a measure to issue an order," he said.

The rising international price of oil has led to a steady climb of fuel costs in Cambodia, hitting the poor hard but also eating into the national budget.

Opposition lawmaker Son Chhay said Cambodia should seek to cut down its consumption through measures like city buses and taxes on new cars.

Such measures would help people cut fuel costs while alleviating traffic conditions in the capital, he said.

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