Foreign ministry formalizes public service fees

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has opened a new public services office and formalized fees for a broad group of services often used by foreigners as part of a wider government push to collect revenue and boost efficiency. Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhon issued a statement on October 12 announcing new charges for services, including visa extensions, certification of official documents and permits allowing Cambodians and foreigners to marry. The new office at the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Samdech Hun Sen Street is expected to make it easier for people to access such services, the ministry said in a statement. The ministry has “set up a specific location for delivering public services and assigned standby officials…to serve the public fast,” the statement said, adding that a list will be posted at the office that outlines “the service fees, duration of service delivery and validity of each service.” Officials stationed at the new office will also accept complaints and record transactions on new state-issued receipts, the statement said.

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