The biggest outdoor concert event of the year celebrates another year of growth and success at Cambodia’s leading international special economic zone
Phnom Penh, 19th March 2018 –Phnom Penh SEZ, the leading special economic zone in Cambodia, will host its 5th annual Khmer New Year concert and beauty contest this coming Saturday 31st of March. All workers employed at one of Phnom Penh SEZ’s tenant companies are invited to join Sangkranta PPSEZ Idol 2018 Pre-screened and selected participants from various tenant companies at Phnom Penh SEZ will perform in front of a huge crowd, and a jury will be selecting the winners of the competition. Cambodian traditional dance, contemporary dance of talents, professional dancers and Cambodian darling Ms. Khat Sokhim, prominent singer Mr. Preap Sovath and comedian troupe Peakmi participate in the event. An incredible 27 000 visitors are expected to attend the star-studded show.
“We have a deep respect and love for our Phnom Penh SEZ workers. And it is very important for us to work as a team to understand their needs and cooperate with them to improve our work. Celebrating the Khmer new year with Sangkranta PPSEZ Idol 2018 serves to strengthen relationships between our Phnom Penh SEZ team, our workers, investors, stakeholders and our surrounding communities as well as to further good cooperation,” says Hun Chanpey, Senior Manager of Phnom Penh SEZ Plc and organizer of the event. “We look forward to having a great time together”.
Phnom Penh SEZ Chairwoman Lok Chumteav Okhna Lim Chhiv Ho, who had originally initiated the event says “it is a great pleasure for us to arrange this event in its fifth year now to say thank you to all our partners and stakeholders, and to give back to our workers who supported us in the last year. It is our great honor to have invited some important guests with us such as the Minister of Labor and Vocational training, H.E. Ith Sam Heng; the Minister of Women’s Affair, H.E. Dr. Ing Kuntha Phavi; and the Secretary General of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, H.E. Sok Chenda Sophea, Ambassador of numerous Embassies in Cambodia and members of the Cambodia Women Entrepreneurs Association (CWEA)”.
“We would like to thank all our sponsors and partners for their generous support to make this event possible, and for the fantastic work of our team here at Phnom Penh SEZ - they have tirelessly prepared this concert during the last months,” says Hiroshi Uematsu, CEO of Phnom Penh SEZ. “When we launched this event a few years ago, we had an attendance of 10 000 workers. Today we are expecting almost three times the number, and I think this is the largest single community event and concert in Cambodia by now. We are very grateful to all who made this stunning project possible and look forward to a fantastic night”.
More than 80 workers applied to the talent contest this year, and a first round of selection was held on the 11th March, narrowing the applicants down to 20 young woman and 20 male contestants. The second round took place on the 18th March to select the final 10 top talents, who will compete on stage on for the grand finale.