H.E. Dr. Chea Vandeth has served as Minister of Post and Telecommunications since April 2020 and has overseen some of the key laws and regulations, including the Digital Government Policy, draft Law on Cybersecurity, draft Postal Law and Digital Startup Subdecree. In addition, Minister Vandeth has implemented a number of strategic reforms of the functions and operations of the ministry, including digital skill training programs for officials and revision to the administrative procedure through tech adoption. Recognizing the growing importance of digital technology, Minister Vandeth has engaged with the tech associations and startup communities to discuss challenges and opportunities, identifying elements that can accelerate tech sector development. More recently, Minister Chea has placed high emphasis on improving the quality of telecoms services and working closely with telecoms operators in expanding cell and network coverage across the country.
With over 20 years of service, H.E. Vandeth has held various positions in the government. After completing his PhD degree in Russia in 1997, H.E. Vandeth served as assistant to H.E. Sok An, co-minister in charge of the Office of the Council of the Ministers (OCM) until 2004. At the same time, H.E. Vandeth was also tasked with the positions as the office chief of economy and later as the deputy director of the department of international relations. In 2004, H.E. Vandeth was appointed director of the cabinet of the minister in charge of the OCM. He then went on to become the advisor to the Minister-in-charge of the OCM in 2008 and was concurrently appointed member of the board of directors of Telecom Cambodia. Following the 2013 election, H.E. Vandeth was appointed as advisor to the government.
H.E. Chea Vandeth graduated PhD in Economics from Russia in 1997. He also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
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