Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodia, ASEAN to build ‘brighter future’ for world: PM

Cambodia, ASEAN to build ‘brighter future’ for world: PM

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Prime Minister Hun Sen was speaking at 27th International Conference on the Future of Asia organised by Nikkei in Tokyo, Japan, themed “redefining Asia’s role in a divided world”. SPM

Cambodia, ASEAN to build ‘brighter future’ for world: PM

Cambodia, this year’s ASEAN chair, with the support of other countries in the bloc, will endeavour to assume a more active role in building a “brighter future” for the Asian continent and the rest of the world, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The premier was speaking at 27th International Conference on the Future of Asia organised by Nikkei in Tokyo, Japan, themed “redefining Asia’s role in a divided world”.

“We are strengthening ASEAN centrality and unity to ensure ASEAN's resilience and robustness against the pressures and influences stemming from intensifying geopolitical competition, and other challenges.

“At the same time, we are promoting effective implementation of all agreed-upon initiatives and measures, as well as maximising the leverage of trade agreements while enhancing both physical and digital connectivity,” Hun Sen said.

He said that Cambodia and other ASEAN member states would work to strengthen the capacity of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSME), promote entrepreneurship amongst women and youth, and improve human resource development to stand up to the demands and challenges of the digital era and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and spark a sustainable and inclusive post-Covid-19 recovery.

Hun Sen stressed that the globe is currently facing two primary challenges: the Covid-19 pandemic and the Ukraine conflict.

The crisis in Ukraine has spotlighted the “fierce competition” between the world’s superpowers, coerced less influential countries into choosing sides, and fanned the embers of political and ideological disunity, he said. “Certainly, this could lead to many negative consequences for the development of our region.”

He called for, inter alia, the sovereignty and independence of each country to be respected; the principles of multilateralism and rule-based order to be adhered to; and the promotion of solidarity in a variety of contexts.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Moody’s sets outlook rating to ‘negative’ for Cambodia

    US global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc on November 15 announced that it downgraded Cambodia’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and maintained its B2 local and foreign currency issuer ratings. “The negative outlook reflects a deteriorating external position as illustrated by the severe

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Korean first lady paves way for ill boy’s surgery

    A 14-year-old boy with congenital heart disease who was lucky enough to meet with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee may get the chance of a lifetime and receive surgery and treatment at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing his plight, many

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol

  • Ministry to 'seek justice' for officials indicted in US for 'monkey smuggling'

    The Cambodian government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said they will make the “utmost effort” to seek justice for a Cambodian official arrested in John F Kennedy International Airport in New York for allegedly conspiring to smuggle crab-eating macaque monkeys (Macaca fascicularis)