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Cambodian PM in Vietnam

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Cambodian PM in Vietnam

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PM Hun Sen accompanied by high-level delegation on second visit to Vietnam since being re-elected PM.

by Ha Nguyen

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen began a two-day official visit to Vietnam on December 20 at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

He is accompanied by a high-level delegation from the Cambodian Government, according to the Vietnamese Government’s news portal, and this is his second visit since being re-appointed as Cambodian PM.

The PM’s party includes Deputy PM and Minister of National Defense General Tea Banh, Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhon, Senior Minister and Chairman of Cambodia’s National Border Committee Var Kim Hong, Minister of Cults and Religion Him Chhem, Minister of Rural Development Ouk Rabun, Minister of Commerce Pan Posak, and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon, together with other high-ranking government officials.

Vietnam and Cambodia are set to develop bilateral relations in keeping with a principle of “good neighborliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive partnership, and durable sustainability.” They have been striving to reach an annual bilateral trade target of $5 billion.

Bilateral relations have continued to grow in recent years, according to the government’s news portal. Both sides have maintained exchanges of delegations at the high, ministerial and local levels, contributing to the consolidation of trust between the leaders and the people of the two countries.

State President Tran Dai Quang and Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan separately visited Cambodia this year and most recently PM Phuc attended the 9th Summit of the Cambodia-Lao-Vietnam Triangle Development Area, in Siem Reap.

Cambodian Parliamentary Speaker Heng Samrin was present at the 70th anniversary celebrations of the first general election in Vietnam and PM Hun Sen attended the 7th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Summit (ACMECS 7), the 8th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Summit (CLMV 8), and the World Economic Forum on the Mekong Region (WEF-Mekong) in Vietnam.

Bilateral economic, trade and investment ties have been developed vigorously. Vietnam is the fifth-largest investor in Cambodia, after China, South Korea, the EU, and Malaysia, with 183 projects worth $2.86 billion.

Vietnam is also the third-largest trade partner of Cambodia. Two-way trade increased 2 per cent in 2015 to $3.37 billion and the figure reached $2.382 billion in the first ten months of this year. In tourism, Cambodia welcomed over 1 million Vietnamese visitors in 2015, up 9.9 per cent.

The two countries have convened 14 sessions of the joint committee for economic, cultural, scientific and technological cooperation, while border provinces have organized eight meetings. Both sides are working to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties in 2017.

The two have also strengthened defense cooperation, including information exchange and joint sea patrols, and are working to quickly complete land border demarcation and marker planting to create a border of peace, stability, cooperation and sustainable development.

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