Cambodia PM Has Other 4  Series of Bilateral Meetings In Geneva

(Switzerland ): Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, had successfully participated at the 7th Aid-for-Trade Global Review at the Headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO) under the theme “Supporting Economic Diversification and Empowerment for Inclusive, Sustainable Development through Aid for Trade” and related events from 03 to 05 July 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

According to the pres release from ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation said during his visit, he held a series of bilateral meetings with foreign Leaders and dignitaries of important international institutions to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation, as the following:

1)With H.E. Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the WTO, PM expressed his regret over the EU’s launching of the formal procedure of “Everything But Arms – EBA” withdrawal from Cambodia, underlining that the EU has been applying many standards. However, Cambodia will continue to expand its market destination and place WTO as a good partner.

2) With Dr. Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director of the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework, Royal Government of Cambodia denoted Cambodia’s appreciation to WTO’s support, particularly, to the Cambodia Trade Integration Strategy 2019-2023, which will help Cambodia to graduate from the LDCs group in the next few years. He also requested Dr. Ratnakar to support the programme implementation and to facilitate with relevant countries and development partners to help Cambodia to implement this Strategy.

3) With H.E. Mr. Ville Skinnari, Minister of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland, both sides exchanged views on how to strengthen bilateral ties between Cambodia and Finland and focused particularly on promoting Finland’s investment to Cambodia and expand bilateral trade between the two countries. H.E. Mr. Skinnari shown Finland’s intention to open an Honorary Consulate in Cambodia to help promoting bilateral relations between the two countries.  Samdech also expressed his hope that Finland’s leaders would participate in the 13th ASEM Summit in 2020 in Cambodia.

4) With H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, both sides discussed and exchanged views on issues concerning human rights and raised Cambodia’s efforts in improving human rights in Cambodia. Prime Minister stressed that although many have painted human rights in Cambodia, we have made our great efforts to develop the country with adherence to democracy and protection and promotion of human rights. H.E. Ms. Michelle underlined that UNHCHR recognized Samdech’s leadership that has brought about significant progress in social and economic rights for Cambodian people. She expressed her appreciation to the Royal Government of Cambodia that has always accepted UNHCHR recommendations in order to improve human rights in Cambodia. Prime Minister also invited Ms. High Commissioner to pay a visit to Cambodia in an appropriate schedule which she accepted with pleasure.

His three-day stay in Geneva, RGC also presided over Cambodia’s socio-cultural program on the sideline of the “7th Aid for Trade Global Review” at the WTO headquarters. Furthermore, he received a courtesy call on by representatives of six Switzerland companies who are interested in investing in Cambodia in four areas, namely education, health, IT and energy. He also took the opportunity to meet with approximately 1000 Cambodian expats and students coming from different communities across Europe where his presence was most cordially and warmly welcomed. Samdech Hun Sen also updated the participants the current political and economic situation in the country and emerging regional and global issues pertaining to Cambodia’s interest. Micheal