Ministry of Commerce and Microsoft Praised the Contribution made by AUPP Students in Translator Hub-Khmer Project

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In the afternoon of January 16, 2017, H.E. SOK Sopheak, Under-secretary of State of Ministry of Commerce, on behalf of H.E. PAN Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, presided over a Certificate Award Ceremony and a Roundtable Meeting on Microsoft Cloud Technology.

The Certificate Award Ceremony was organized to recognize the efforts and contributions provided by 10 students from American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP), who are taking part in implementing the Translator Hub-Khmer project – a cooperation project undertaken by Ministry of Commerce, Microsoft and AUPP. In the speeches made during the ceremony, H.E. Sok Sopheak, Under-Secretary of State of Ministry of Commerce, Mr. Erick Stephens, Microsoft Technology Officer and Mr. Nial Farrell, VP Academic and Student Affairs of AUPP, all praised the important contribution by the students. They stressed that Translator Hub is an artificial intelligence and requires many data to be input so that the machine can learn and adapt. This is the reason why the works that are carrying out by the students are so crucial in the success of this project as there are a lot of parallel sentences in both Khmer and English to be entered into the system. Furthermore, the students are also exposed to the working of an advanced system that they can study and help in refining. The Translator Hub-Khmer project is envisioned to bridge the language gap that still exists in today’s society as it provides direct translation from one language to another in a seamless manner, and in doing so, would facilitate communication whereby the communicants do not have a common language.

In addition, Excellency Under-Secretary of State also highlighted the importance of technology in today’s world and the initiatives of the Ministry of Commerce in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field. His Excellency commented that the Ministry of Commerce is a strong advocate of ICT as it has already demonstrated through the modernization of the Ministry’s public services such as CO certification, business and trademark registration. A number of initiatives are also in the pipeline including the completion of the drafting of e-commerce law, which is now at an advanced stage and related eTrade for All project that focuses on trade through electronic means which, when ready, would make Cambodia the first pilot country for this new aid for trade innovation.

After the ceremony, Ministry of Commerce and Microsoft also held a roundtable discussion on Cloud Technology that demonstrates the benefit and effectiveness of Cloud Technology in the modern environment.

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