Samdech Thipadei Prime Minister Pushes For Modernisation Of Medical Sector

date_range 20-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 19, 2024 --Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet this afternoon reiterated the Royal Government of Cambodia’s commitment to modernise the medical equipment and facilities and upgrade the capacity of medical professionals.At the closing ceremony of the 43rd Health Conference, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet said modernisation of medical equipment and facilities and medical professionals’ capacity building is a priority of the 7th-mandate Royal Government.The Premier also underlined the Royal Government’s attention to minimise the gap of health standard between the urban and rural areas.Some US$140 million will be used to modernise regional hospitals to reduce the burden of patients pouring into the capital, he said.Besides, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet encouraged the strengthening and enhancement of the capacity of medical practitioners on how to ensure efficiency in health services. 

Vanuatu Supports Cambodia As Mine-Free World Summit Host

date_range 19-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 19, 2024 --Consul General of the Republic of Vanuatu in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, H.E. Dr. Henry Savarimuthu, supports Cambodia's role as the host of the Siem Reap-Angkor Summit on a Mine-Free World.The consul general underlined his support in a courtesy meeting on Mar. 18 with H.E. Dr. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and First Vice President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) at his office in Phnom Penh.H.E. Dr. Henry Savarimuthu confirmed that Vanuatu will attend the Siem Reap-Angkor Summit on a Mine-Free World in November 2024.On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, H.E. Dr. Ly Thuch thanked Vanuatu for its support for Cambodia in hosting the historic gathering.He continued that Cambodia, as the 2024 President of the Ottawa Convention, wanted to see the Pacific region become mine-free and is liaising with other island nations, including Tonga, the Marshall Islands, and Micronesia, to be state parties to the anti-personnel and mines pact, too.

Chhay Yam Dance Performance Set For Greeting Foreign Tourists At Airports During Khmer New Year

date_range 18-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 18, 2024 --Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, Prime Minister of Cambodia, has asked the Ministry of Tourism to prepare the performance of Chhay Yam Traditional Dance to greet foreign tourists at the airports upon their arrivals during the Khmer New Year celebration.The Prime Minister asked Minister of Tourism H.E. Sok Soken to consider welcoming international tourists with Chhay Yam dance at the three international airports while presiding over the opening ceremony of the 8th River Festival in Siem Reap provincial city on Mar. 16.“The performance of Chhay Yam Dance to welcome international tourists is also an attractive image because this dance is fun and relieves tiredness,” he said.Chhay Yam Traditional Dance, also known as the Drum Dance, is a kind of folk dance the Cambodian people believe that whenever drums are beaten together, they always take away the evils from the village.The dance with a comic is performed during traditional Khmer festivals to bring happiness, prosperity, and victory back to their whole family. It makes the audience laugh, enjoy, and forget all of their sadness.The premier also mentioned the e-Arrival system to make it easier for foreigners at the airports.Cambodia attracted some 5.43 million international tourists in 2023, a sharp increase of 139 percent from 2.27 million in 2022, Ministry of Tourism’s report showed.Cambodia is well known for its world cultural heritage sites, namely the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province, the Preah Vihear Temple and Koh Ker Temple in Preah Vihear province, and the Sambor Prei Kuk Archaeological Site in Kampong Thom province.Besides, the Kingdom has a 450-kilometre-long pristine coastline stretching across four southwestern provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong.The Tourism Minister has set a target of attracting 7 million foreign tourists by 2025, surpassing the pre-COVID-19 pandemic of 6.6 million in 2019.

Paving The Way For A Mine-Free In The World

date_range 18-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 15, 2024 --In a significant stride towards global peace and humanitarian progress, Cambodia is set to host the Siem Reap-Angkor Summit on a Mine-Free World from Nov. 23 to 29, 2024.This international gathering is poised to be a pivotal moment in the ongoing efforts to eradicate landmines, fostering a world where communities can thrive without the looming threat of these silent killers.The choice of Siem Reap-Angkor which is a tourism hub and a former land with traces of war as the summit's venue holds poignant and important symbolism.Cambodia, scarred by the tragic legacy of landmines from decades of conflict, now stands at the forefront of the global movement to eliminate this pervasive threat.The summit will not only serve as a platform for global collaboration but also as a testament to Cambodia's resilience and commitment to creating a safer future for its people and the world.Landmines continue to wreak havoc in various parts of the globe, causing immeasurable suffering to civilians and hindering social and economic development.The Siem Reap-Angkor Summit will represent a collective effort to address this pressing issue head-on, bringing together leaders, activists, and experts from around the world to share insights, best practices, and innovative solutions.At the heart of the summit's agenda is the goal of fostering international cooperation to accelerate mine clearance efforts and support affected communities in their recovery.The attendees will deliberate on strategies to increase funding for demining projects, enhance technological advancements in mine detection and removal, and strengthen support systems for survivors.Furthermore, the summit aims to raise awareness about the humanitarian impact of landmines, inspiring global citizens to join the fight for a mine-free world.Education and advocacy will play a crucial role in mobilising resources and political will to tackle this issue comprehensively.Cambodia's hosting of the Siem Reap-Angkor Summit is a testament to the nation's transformation from a landmine-affected country to a leader in demining efforts.The Cambodian government's commitment to this cause, alongside the resilience of its people, serves as an inspiration for nations still grappling with the aftermath of conflict.The summit also provides an opportunity for countries with experience in successful demining initiatives to share their expertise and resources with those facing greater challenges.Collaborative efforts between nations will be key in creating a ripple effect that leads to a more secure and prosperous world for all.As the Siem Reap-Angkor Summit approaches, the global community eagerly anticipates the outcomes that will emerge from this historic gathering.

KOICA Ready To Continue Close Cooperation With Cambodia

date_range 15-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 14, 2024 --Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is ready to closely work with Cambodia to further strengthen and expand their bilateral cooperation.The readiness was reiterated by visiting H.E. Chang Won Sam, President of KOICA while paying a courtesy call on Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, Prime Minister of Cambodia, at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh this afternoon.KOICA is committed to continue to highly value the cooperation and development partnerships with the Royal Government of Cambodia, H.E. Chang Won Sam underlined.KOICA also vowed to continue its official development assistance (ODA) to Cambodia, as well as its cooperation through the synchronisation of development programmes and the Pentagonal Strategy-Phase 1 of the Royal Government of Cambodia to contribute to the achievement of Cambodia's goals and vision, he added.In addition, the KOICA president reaffirmed his continued support for demining activities and praised Cambodia for being elected to chair and host the 5th Review Conference of the Mine Ban Convention – the Siem Reap-Angkor Summit on a Mine-Free World – in November in Siem Reap cultural province.H.E. Chang Won Sam said Cambodia is the first country in Asia he has visited since he took over the presidency of KOICA in 2023. He also noted positive changes and rapid progress of Cambodia compared to his previous visit in 2006.For his part, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet spoke highly of the relations and cooperation between Cambodia and the Republic of Korea, especially in the areas of economy, trade and investment, contributing significantly to the socio-economic development of Cambodia.The Cambodian Premier thanked the Korean government through KOICA for having provided and continue to provide ODA to Cambodia.Samdech Thipadei told his guest of Cambodia’s vision of becoming a high-income economy by 2025 as well as the introduction of five key measures and six priority policies focusing on human capital development, the indispensable condition to boost diversification and inclusive and resilience economic growth.

Cambodia-South Africa Political Consultation Mechanism Establishment Discussed

date_range 15-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 14, 2024 --Cambodia and South Africa have discussed the possibility of establishing a political consultation mechanism between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs to serve as a platform in exploring ways and means to foster cooperation between both nations, especially in the promotion of investment, trade and tourism.The discussion took place here on Mar. 14 between H.E. Chum Sounry, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC), and H.E. Darkey Ephraim Africa, the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa to the Kingdom of Cambodia with Residence in Bangkok, according to a news release of MFAIC.Both sides noted with satisfaction the friendly ties and good cooperation between Cambodia and South Africa since the two countries established diplomatic relations on Jan. 26, 1995. They also reaffirmed their commitment to further enhance the partnership and as well as extend each other mutual support in the international arenas for mutual benefits of the two countries.H.E. Chum Sounry pledged to extend his full support to H.E. Darkey Ephraim Africa during his tenure as Ambassador to Cambodia to deepen and strengthen the ties of friendship between the two countries.

Cambodian PM Says Youth Plays Core Role In National Development

date_range 14-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 14, 2024 --Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, Prime Minister of Cambodia, said the youth has been playing a key role in the country’s development in all fields and encouraged them to further maintain the achievements of the previous generation and build a strong foundation for the next generation.Addressing the closing ceremony of a meeting of the Central Committee of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC) held here at Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel this morning, Samdech Thipadei Prime Minister expressed his deepest gratitude to the former Cambodian youths who had volunteered and sacrificed their lives to start a national liberation movement to save Cambodia from the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime and continue to protect, restore and develop the country until today.The Premier added that the UYFC’s main task is to develop a method of attracting sympathy, creativity and flexibility to be able to inspire young people to participate in the national cause by walking hand in hand on the path of peace towards progress in the spirit of strong solidarity, and build a strong modern society with independence, peace, freedom, equality, democracy and high productivity, which are the key to strengthen the national economic foundation, he underlined.At the same time, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet encouraged all Cambodian youths to continue this noble spirit, will and action, which is the basis of a positive influence in educating the mindset and attitude of the youths of all walks of life to continue to build the nation to be more and more prosperous with the vision of becoming a high-income economy by 2050. 

A US$10 Million Hospital In Kandal Province Inaugurated

date_range 13-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 13, 2024 --Techo Sen Koh Thom Hospital, a US$10 million hospital in Kandal province, was officially inaugurated this morning by Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet.Located along the National Road 21 in Kampong Svay Krom village, Prek Thmey commune, Koh Thom district, this newly-built hospital is one of the regional hospitals in Cambodia, the Premier underlined at the inauguration ceremony.With this new achievement, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet believed that Kandal can now be a hub of the country’s development.“Most part of Techo International Airport is in Kandal, while the Funan Techo Canal – a mega waterway project – will also have some part in Kandal, and now there is Techo Sen Koh Thom Hospital,” he said.Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet took the opportunity to encourage all stakeholders to further enhance medical professionalism and better service provision for the public.According to H.E. Dr. Chheang Ra, Minister of Health, the construction of the 179-bed Techo Sen Koh Thom Hospital started on Jan. 7, 2022 and completed on June 20, 2023 on an area of 14,000 square metres.Equipped with up-to-date medical equipment, the hospital provides advanced medical services for local people in Kandal province as well as those in nearby provinces.

EU Continues Its Supports For Cambodia’s Access To Safe And Clean Water

date_range 13-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 13, 2024 ---The European Union (EU) will continue supporting Cambodia’s access to safe and clean water beyond Phnom Penh, pledging funding to the Bakheng Water Treatment Plant Phase 3.The commitment was made by H.E. Ms. Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships during her visit, joined by H.E. Hem Vandy, Minister of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation, to the Bakheng Water Treatment Plant on Mar. 13.This facility stands as a flagship European investment under the EU's Global Gateway investment strategy. This investment has significantly improved access to clean water for over 2 million residents in Phnom Penh and Takhmao city.The visit was accompanied by H.E. Long Naro, Director General of Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA), along with about 50 representatives from EU Member States, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation, and the PPWSA.Commissioner Urpilainen commended the strong partnership between the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the EU as a strong Team Europe, particularly in the water sector.She highlighted the importance of access to clean water as a fundamental human right and a critical element of sustainable development.“With the successful implementation of Bakheng Phases 1 and 2, the EU will continue supporting Cambodia’s access to safe and clean water beyond Phnom Penh. Through our continued engagement, I am proud to announce our commitment of US$13 million (12M EUR) grant funding to Bakheng Phase 3 in collaboration with our European partner, AFD,” Commissioner Urpilainen announced.The Bakheng Water Treatment Plant is a testament to our commitment to providing quality, safe, sustainable, and affordable water, essential for both household consumption and attracting investment, pivotal to Cambodia’s development, said H.E. Hem Vanndy.“We extend our appreciation to the EU and our esteemed development partners for their steadfast support in advancing Cambodia’s potable water sector,” he said.The Bakheng Water Treatment Plant Phases 1 and 2, with a combined production capacity of 390,000 m3/day, have been a key milestone in Cambodia's water infrastructure development, ensuring access to portable water for millions of people.The project has also contributed to 170,000 new connections to the water supply network, including for disadvantaged households, and 25,000 connections to commercial establishments and factories.The Phase 3 expansion of the project represents another significant step forward in ensuring sustainable water infrastructure and meeting the growing demand for clean water in the capital and surrounding areas.The European Commissioner has selected Cambodia as the first country to visit in South East Asia. Her interaction with the Cambodian government, youth and civil society represents an opportunity to take stock of the long-standing cooperation between Europe and Cambodia and to launch new initiatives to promote investments in partnerships with the EU. 

PM Reaffirms Benefits Of Funan Techo Canal Project

date_range 12-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 12, 2024 --Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet has reaffirmed the importance of Funan Techo Canal project, in reaction to some criticism against this project.During his inspection visit to the construction site of Techo International Airport in Kandal province this morning, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet said the Funan Techo Canal project will provide high potential for the national development.“It will provide benefit for some 1.6 million people along the canal and generate many other benefits for the national development,” the Premier stressed.Samdech Thipadei Prime Minister said this new project will link the river system to the sea route under the BOT (build-operate-transfer) contract.The Funan Techo Canal project has been carefully studied by experts for the benefits of the nation, added Samdech Thipadei, reiterating the Royal Government’s commitment to building the canal to expand the waterway transport, which is more profitable for the economy.According to the project’s feasibility study which has already been completed, the construction of this waterway of 180 kilometres long and 100 metres wide upstream and 80 metres downstream with two navigation lanes would be launched at the end of 2024, take around four years to complete, and cost some US$1.7 billion.The canal will link Prek Takeo of Mekong River to the sea in Kep province crossing four provinces: Kandal, Takeo, Kampot and Kep with a total of 1.6 million people living on either side of the waterway.

"PM Lauds Progress of Techo International Airport Project"

date_range 12-Mar-2024
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Kandal, March 12, 2024: Prime Minister Hun Manet announced his deep delight at the tremendous progress of the Techo International Airport project, which is praised as the biggest airport in Cambodia and a source of national pride.During the morning of March 12, 2024, PM expressed his excitement during an inspection ceremony for the first phase of the building of Techo International Airport.PM summed up the event by saying, "We could feel the excitement building as we drove from the ring road into the city and got closer to the location. Though not yet complete, the excitement is comparable to that on the eve of the opening of Angkor International Airport."As of February 21, 2024, Mr. Mao Havnall revealed that the 4F construction of Techo International Airport had reached roughly 66.1% of its initial phase of completion. Of the estimated $1.5 billion in total investment, $961 million had been spent on infrastructure development.According to the plan, Techo International Airport's first phase, designated 4F, is scheduled to open in the first half of 2025, according to the Secretary of State for Civil Aviation.

Cambodia Exports 90,153 Tonnes Of Milled Rice In January-February

date_range 11-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 11, 2024 --Cambodia exported 90,153 tonnes of milled rice to international markets in the first two months of 2024, down 7.2 percent from 97,153 tonnes in the same period of 2023, said a report from the Cambodia Rice Federation.The country earned a total revenue of US$65.4 million from the rice export during the January-February period, a year-on-year decrease of 9.9 percent, it added.The Kingdom's rice was shipped to 50 countries and regions around the world by 40 exporters, stated the report.Exported milled rice varieties included premium aromatic rice, fragrant rice, long grain white rice, parboiled rice, and organic rice.Cambodia exported 51,333 tonnes of milled rice worth US$38.37 million to the EU market; 18,753 tonnes others to ASEAN members, generating a revenue of US$13.36 million; 11,083 tonnes to China, earning US$6.81 million, and 8,984 tonnes to other destinations, bagging US$6.90 million as revenue, the report pointed out.The Kingdom also earned US$395 million in revenue from cross-border traded paddy rice of some 1.37 million tonnes during the two-month period.In 2023, Cambodia exported more than 656,000 tonnes of milled rice worth US$466 million, marking a three percent growth in volume and 13 percent in value compared with 2022.The Cambodia Rice Federation has set an ambitious goal to export at least a million tonnes of milled rice by 2025.

Cambodian Commerce Minister Participates In Consultation Between AEM And ASEAN-BAC

date_range 11-Mar-2024
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Luang Prabang, March 09, 2024—Minister of Commerce and ASEAN Economic Minister for Cambodia, H.E. Mrs. CHAM Nimul (Pic. 1), participates in the Consultation between the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), on the sidelines of the 30th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Retreat in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR this morning.

Angkor Resort Records Over 235,000 Foreign Tourists In First Two Months

date_range 07-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 07, 2024 --Cambodia’s famed Angkor Archaeological Park received 235,850 foreign tourists in the first two months of this year, earning more than US$11 million from ticket sales, the state-owned Angkor Enterprise said recently.In February alone, the park attracted 120,318 foreign visitors, making over US$5.7 million in revenue from ticket sales.The entrance fee for a one-day visit to the park is US$37, a three-day visit costs US$62, and a week-long visit costs US$72.Located in northwest Siem Reap province, the Angkor Archaeological Park, inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1992, is the most popular tourist destination in this Southeast Asian Kingdom.Covering an area of 401 square kilometres, the Angkor contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th centuries, and it consists of scores of key temples such as the Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Chau Say Tevoda, and Ta Keo, among others.During the pre-pandemic era, in 2019, the Angkor Archaeological Park received up to 2.2 million international visitors, generating US$99 million in revenue from ticket sales, according to the Angkor Enterprise. 

China's COMAC Showcases Commercial Aircraft in Cambodia

date_range 07-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh: In an effort to increase its presence in the Southeast Asian aviation sector, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) recently displayed its ARJ21 and C919 commercial aircraft in Cambodia.With the aircraft display, COMAC is strategically introducing its cutting-edge aviation technologies to the Phnom Penh area. According to Sin Chansereyvutha, Under-Secretary of State at the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, the ARJ21 and C919, two groundbreaking models in China's aviation industry, landed at Phnom Penh International Airport.To commemorate the occasion, the ARJ21 flew guests and representatives from several airlines on a special flight to Siem Reap's Angkor International Airport.With this demonstration, COMAC hopes to lay the groundwork for future market expansion in Southeast Asia by showcasing the aircraft's capabilities and performance."These flights serve to showcase the aircraft's impressive performance and lay the groundwork for our future endeavors in the Southeast Asian market," said Chansereyvutha.The demonstration flights in Cambodia are a part of COMAC's larger plan to launch its jetliners in Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other Southeast Asian countries. The C919, China's first big passenger jet developed according to international standards, has a range of 4,075 to 5,555 kilometers and a seating capacity of 158 to 192. In the meantime, the ARJ21, built for short- to medium-range travel, has a range of 2,225 to 3,700 kilometers and 78 to 97 seats.Due to the country's open-skies policy over the past ten years, a variety of national, low-cost, and regional airlines operate out of Cambodia's three international airports. The nation's aviation industry has grown greatly as a result of this policy, and this expansion has coincided with a rise in foreign visitor arrivals, which reached 5.43 million in 2023—a 139 percent increase from 2.27 million in 2022.In addition to showcasing China's technological innovations in aviation, the effective presentation of COMAC's ARJ21 and C919 in Cambodia creates new opportunities for cooperation and connectivity within the aviation industry in Southeast Asia.

Cambodia Requests APF To Support Some Key Sectors

date_range 06-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 06, 2024 --Cambodia has requested the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie (APF) to support some priority sectors in the Kingdom such as health, human resource training in French at the National Assembly (NA), and reform for digital parliament.The request was made by Samdech Moha Rathsapheathika Thipadei Khuon Sudary, President of Cambodian NA, while she was meeting with H.E. Bruno Fuchs, Delegate General of APF on Mar. 5 in Paris, France.Samdech Khuon Sudary further underscored the significance of bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the APF framework in boosting parliamentary diplomacy for peace and sustainable development, gender equality, women empowerment, cultural sector, and attention to tackle climate change, and more.The Cambodian NA president fully supported APF Strategic Plan 2023-2030 focusing on parliamentary diplomacy strengthening, mutual sovereignty respect, independence and cooperation enhancement, and legal harmonisation.She affirmed Cambodia’s readiness to act as a springboard for French language and culture in Southeast Asia by supporting the suggestion of Prime Minister of Cambodia, Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, to establish a French Language and Culture Centre for Southeast Asia in Cambodia as the Premier has chosen France as his first European country for his official visit after taking office in August 2023.For his part, H.E. Bruno Fuchs mentioned that Cambodia was an important French-speaking country for APF in Southeast Asia, and an active APF member which he wished to see more cooperation. He also expressed the APF’s firm support to Cambodia’s candidacy to host the Francophonie Summit in 2026.H.E. Bruno Fuchs added that APF and Cambodia would further work together on similar challenges other APF member countries are facing like women issues, climate change, food and medicine waste, and so on.Cambodia’s NA is one of the 87 members of Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie founded in Luxembourg in 1967.Samdech Khuon Sudary left Cambodia on Mar. 2 for France to pay an official visit and attend the summit of first female speakers of parliament until Mar. 11, 2024, at the invitation of H.E. Ms. Yaël Braun-Privet, President of French NA. 

Foreign Tourist Arrivals Up 34 Percent In January

date_range 06-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 05, 2024 --Cambodia recorded some 540,023 international visitors in January 2024, up 34 percent compared to the same period last year, a report of the Ministry of Tourism showed on Tuesday.Thailand topped the chart among foreign arrivals to the Kingdom with 163,661, followed by Vietnam (85,700) and China (46,781), the source pointed out.Some 206,506 million tourists arrived in Cambodia via international airports, a year-on-year increase of 44.2 percent and the rest via land and waterways, it added.At the same time, the report stated the rise of Cambodian outbound tourists by 8.1 percent to 155,983.Tourism is a major pillar supporting Cambodia’s economy, in addition to garment export, agriculture, and construction and real estate.The Ministry of Tourism has predicted that the Kingdom would welcome 7 million international visitors by 2025, surpassing the pre-COVID-19 pandemic level of 6.6 million in 2019.Cambodia is well known for its world cultural heritage sites, namely the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province, the Preah Vihear Temple and Koh Ker Temple in Preah Vihear province, and the Sambor Prei Kuk Archaeological Site in Kampong Thom province.Besides, the Kingdom has a 450-kilometre-long pristine coastline stretching across four southwestern provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong.Cambodia attracted some 5.43 million international tourists in 2023, a sharp increase of 139.5 percent from 2.27 million in 2022, earning US$3.08 billion, up 117 percent from the US$1.41 billion recorded in 2022. 

Cambodia, Vietnam To Continue Tightening Cooperation

date_range 06-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 06, 2024 --The Kingdom of Cambodia and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam have agreed to continue fostering their cooperation in the fields of defence and security, tourism, and infrastructure connectivity, including the Phnom Penh-Bavet-Ho Chi Minh Expressway.The agreement was made during a bilateral meeting between Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet and his Vietnamese counterpart H.E. Pham Minh Chinh in Melbourne, Australia this morning, on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations.Within the framework of CLV (Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam) Tripartite Cooperation, the two leaders stressed that the 12th CLV Summit will be held in the coming days, and encouraged the relevant ministries and institutions of the three neighbouring nations to further strengthen and expand their cooperation.For tourism, the two leaders agreed that the Ministries of Tourism should step up talks to find opportunities to boost tourism growth in the three countries.At the same time, the two leaders discussed a number of issues of common interest for Cambodia and Vietnam.

Samdech Thipadei Prime Minister Attends Plenary Session Of ASEAN-Australia Special Summit

date_range 06-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 06, 2024 --Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, along with other ASEAN Heads of State/Government, has attended the Plenary Session of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations.The event took place in Melbourne this morning under the co-chairmanship of H.E. Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister of Australia, and H.E. Sonexay Siphandone, Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic as the ASEAN Chair for 2024.The ASEAN and Australian leaders are expected to adopt the Melbourne Declaration and the ASEAN-Australia Leaders' Vision Statement at the end of the summit.The Special Summit is an opportune moment for Leaders to chart future directions together and further deepen relations through full and effective implementation of key priorities under the ASEAN-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.Addressing the official reception yesterday, H.E. Anthony Albanese as the host said Australia and ASEAN have attained numerous achievements in their relationship over the past five decades.“Five decades of deepening our economic co-operation, broadening our two-way investment and strengthening the bonds of trust and friendship between our peoples and nations. Five decades where the centrality of ASEAN has helped to underpin the stability, prosperity and security of the region we call home. Five decades where each of us has helped build a strong and broad foundation. But only a foundation. And while we honour the vision and praise the legacy of the leaders who brought this forum together, half a century ago. What happens next is up to us. That is the challenge confronting each of us – and it is the transformative set of opportunities in reach of all of us,” he underlined.According to the host, Australia’s two-way trade with ASEAN is worth around AUD180 billion a year, while the investment totals nearly AUD300 billion.“That’s the level of engagement we bring to this forum – that’s the foundation we want to build on. ASEAN is set to be the fourth-largest economy in the world by 2040. And Australia wants to be a partner in this growth and prosperity, not an observer. Not on the outside looking in, part of it – engaged and invested. That’s why my Government’s Southeast Asia Economic Strategy is called: Invested,” H.E. Anthony Albanese said.During his stay in Melbourne since Mar. 2, Prime Minister Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet has paid high attention to his economic diplomacy by meeting with many Australian businessmen and leaders of different nations in the region.

Cambodian PM Receives CEO Of Aegros And Freshstart Logistics In Melbourne

date_range 05-Mar-2024
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Phnom Penh, March 04, 2024 --Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, Prime Minister of Cambodia, held talks in Melbourne on Mar. 4 with Mr. Daniel Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of Aegros Limited and Fresh Start Logistics Pty Ltd., on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations.In the meeting, Mr. Daniel Phillips told Samdech Thipadei of his company, saying that it has business operations around the world, particularly in many countries in Asia, focusing on transport, logistics, supply chain, and warehousing services.The CEO said Aegros is a subsidiary of Freshstart Group, a company that specialises in health, technology and energy, and the company is seeking investment opportunities in Cambodia in many areas, including logistics, energy, and health.In reply, Samdech Thipadei Prime Minister informed his guest on Cambodia’s investment potential and policies and regulations in support of investment environment in the country.The Premier encouraged the company to continue discussions with partners in Cambodia regarding the company's intention to invest in the health sector and to cooperate with relevant Cambodian ministries and institutions, especially the Ministry of Health.