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International, Government Labor Officials Meet on Job Creation

Officials from the International Labor Organization, the UNDP and the government met this week to discuss ways to increase job openings for qualified workers in Cambodia, which has at least 340,000 jobless.

In two days of meetings, the groups discussed strategies for the development of industrial enterprises and the creation of jobs, including work in Cambodia's potential oil industry.

Officials discussed ways to bring more job to the youths, many of whom frequently find few employment opportunities after their education. Many people still work in informal sectors for low wages.

Oil exploration off the coast of Cambodia could mean more work Cambodia's jobless, but officials warn that the industry must be properly managed so that revenues become a boon for the country, rather than filling the pockets of a few.