Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Hun Manet, has taken decisive action to halt the expansion of gambling activities in the country, citing their detrimental effects.According to local media, Hun Manet announced the suspension of new licence issuance and the possibility of revoking existing licences during a meeting with Cambodian communities in Australia and New Zealand.  

The Prime Minister also urged investors to understand the government’s stance against promoting gambling, even if it operates within legal frameworks.He stressed that any form of illegal gambling, whether small-scale or community-based, will face elimination as it is deemed counterproductive.The Prime Minister addressed concerns about profitability and underscored that gambling poses significant challenges. He urged investors to recognize this reality.   

He highlighted Cambodia’s impressive development in the last 20 years, achieving lower-middle-income status without relying on revenue from illegal gambling. In 2020, Cambodia passed the Law on Management of Commercial Gaming, which is the first comprehensive legal framework governing gambling activities in the country. The Commercial Gambling Committee of Cambodia (CGCC) is primarily responsible for licensing major gambling activities within permitted zones in Cambodia under this law.

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