EuroCham’s Healthcare Committee, along with private sector representatives, had the pleasure of meeting 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐇.𝐄. 𝐃𝐫. 𝐎𝐫 𝐕𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐞 on 22 March to discuss areas of cooperation for the future.
As Her Excellency noted, the Covid-19 pandemic has largely subsided and there is room to look towards other important issues on the horizon, including promoting investment in healthcare in the Kingdom and tackling substandard and falsified products.
She also encouraged the private sector to continue pushing for a digitalization of services and products to make processes more streamlined and transparent.
An overarching goal, the Secretary of State said, is to raise the average life expectancy of Cambodians while offering improved preventative and treatment services. Concerning curbing the supply of substandard and falsified goods in the industry, H.E. Dr. Vandine called on all stakeholders to take action, including suppliers, as it would take a team effort to tackle the issue.
From the EuroCham side, 𝐄𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐫. 𝐀𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐨-𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞 𝐌𝐬. 𝐂𝐡𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚 𝐏𝐞𝐜𝐡 spoke about collaborating on the upcoming White Book to be released this September.
Ms. Pech mentioned the importance of the upcoming Pharmaceutical Law to the sector as well as collaborative efforts to the health care skills gap, among other issues.