After Criticism, Ministry Restores Company Database

Just days after a human rights group criticized the Commerce Ministry for stripping its newly revamped website of detailed information on businesses operating in Cambodia, the ministry restored its searchable database.

On Thursday, rights group Licadho released a statement accusing the ministry of failing to live up to its promises of increased transparency by removing a feature from its website that allowed users to find information on companies, including directors, shareholders, addresses and telephone numbers.

Early last month, Commerce Ministry spokesman Ken Ratha said an I.T. team would fully restore the information and was in the process of transferring the data to the ministry’s new server.

But it was not until Monday that the ministry made good on its promise.

Licadho director Naly Pilorge said in an email that her organization was pleased to see that most of the information had returned.

“As far as we can see, all of the missing information is back, except for the nationality of the chairman for company registration,” she said.

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