Cambodia looks to strengthen relations

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

CAMBODIA seeks to reaffirm its commitment to strengthening relations and cooperation with Brunei said His Excellency Chhay Sokhan, Ambassador of Cambodia at Rizqun International Hotel yesterday.

The Ambassador of Cambodia said that his country values the strong support of the Brunei Government and looks forward to renewed opportunities to strengthen the excellent bilateral ties between the two countries.

His Excellency also expressed his warmest congratulations to Brunei for hosting a successful ASEAN summit.

In his speech during the ceremony to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Independence of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the ambassador reminisced the development of his country.

“From 1953, Cambodia was known as the Kingdom of Cambodia led by King Norodom Sihanouk, as Chief of State. From 1970 to 1975, Cambodia was named Khmer Republic, a republic regime under the General Lon Nol. On 17 April 1975, Cambodia was named Democratic Kampuchea under the communist Party of Pol Pot genocial regime. On the 7th January 1979, Cambodia was named People Republic of Kampuchea under the ruling of the Socialist regime. In 1993, with the support of the United Nations and other friend countries, Cambodia held the first general election and has then become Kingdom of Cambodia one again for the second time. But only from 1998, Cambodia fully enjoyed peace and political stability.”

He said, “Now after the general election in July 2013, the new Royal Government of Cambodia in the fifth legislature of the National Assembly leaded by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Decho Hun Sen was established and presented its Strategy by focusing to continue rebuilding the country with reforms of all sectors that would lead to the progress and prosperity.”

As for economic development, said the ambassador, “I would like to stress that an average annual growth rate of 6.7 per cent was achieved for the period of 2008-2012 except the sharp decline in 2009 due to severe impact on global, financial crisis economic downturn. In 2009 cambodia could still manage to keep the growth rate positive at 0.1per cent GDP growth rebounded quickly to six per cent, to 7.3 per cent in 2010. Poverty Incidence dropped drastically from 47.8 per cent to 19.8 per cent in 2011 or by seven percentage points per annum which secured Cambodia the rank as the world in terms of best performance in poverty reduction.

“So even after the recent election this year Cambodia has faced some challenges but these are not obstacles to the new Government. I strongly believe that all countries friend may understand how to assist Cambodia in facilitating all conditions for development in a step by step manner and more importantly will not take any advantages to destroy Cambodia through using the word to promote Democracy.”

The event commenced with the playing of Brunei Darussalam and Cambodia’s National Anthems and the cutting of the anniversary cake to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Independence Day of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

After dinner was served, the event concluded with a group photo of ambassadors and invited guests.

Present at the event was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, Minister of Communications and Datin Hjh Hasiah Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Setia Dato Paduka Haji Hashim.

Also present was Tan Dyna, wife of the Cambodian Minister, Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Communications, ASEAN Ambassadors, High Commissioners and their respective spouses.

The Brunei Times