MPs Debate Import Draft

The National Assembly began debate Monday on draft legislation that would significantly control the quality and safety of goods being imported into Cambodia.

Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh said that the eight-chapter, 73-article draft law is very important in efforts to regulate goods sold in markets throughout the country.

“We very much need this law to be used as the legal weapon to crack down on fake and exported goods that exist in markets,” he told parliamentarians. He previously said about 40 containers of expired products such as food and medicine recently have been imported to the country.

But several lawmakers criticized the government for its inability to crack down on fake and expired goods. They said existing laws and regulations are sufficient, but aren’t being applied by authorities.

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