Cambodia Marks National and International Day of Person with Disabilities 2023

Cambodia this morning commemorated the 25th National Day and the 41st International Day of Person with Disabilities under the presidency of Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, with the participation of 2,730 persons with disabilities from 41 organisations and associations.

Speaking on the occasion, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet, also Honorary President of Disability Action Council, reaffirmed the Royal Government’s commitment to further enhancing the welfare, rights and living standard of the Cambodian people with disabilities.

According to the report of socio-economic survey in 2021 cited by H.E. Chea Somethy, Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation and President of Disability Action Council, there are a total of 872,527 persons with disabilities in Cambodia, or 5.3 percent of the total population of 13.5 million.

This year, 3,776 persons with disabilities have been recruited by 39 government ministries and institutions, and 3,759 others by the 241 private institutions, including banks, microfinance institutions, hotels and factories, he pointed out.

H.E. Minister recalled the Royal Government’s special attention to the persons with disabilities through National Social Security Fund, better access to public infrastructure, education, rehabilitation and vocational training, and so on.

Cambodia celebrates the National and International Day of Persons with Disabilities in early December since 1999 in order to enhance the respect of the persons with disabilities’ rights and freedom and to eliminate discrimination against them, as well as to promote the development and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the economic, social, cultural, political affairs.