Cambodian NA President, Optimistic of APPF-28

President of the National Assembly (NA) of Cambodia, Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin has expressed his optimism of the 28th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-28) being hosted by Australia.

I am optimistic that this meeting under the theme of ‘Parliamentary Partnerships for 2020 and Beyond’ is a great opportunity to further enhance parliamentary cooperation to strengthen peace, security and multilateral institutions to liberalise trade and jointly respond to climate change for sustainable and prosperous growth in the Asia-Pacific region, said Samdech Heng Samrin in his statement at the official opening ceremony of APPF-28 held in Canberra this morning.

This year’s theme reflects the necessity and importance for Asia-Pacific parliaments working cohesively in partnership to resolve problems and challenges in the region and across the globe, he added.

The Cambodian NA president laid stress on the major role played by parliaments in conflict prevention and reconciliation, as well as transforming conflicts into peace and development, continuing that parliamentary powers lie in budget oversight and engaging with local communities. Lawmakers can also adapt international norms and rules, promote peaceful settlement of disputes, increase interdependence and empower people to participate in global politics.

Parliamentary diplomacy and partnerships are involved in conversations and building a new global order which is destined towards multilateralism for greater interdependence, he underlined. We understand that a new global order must be jointly designed by countries � including rising powers, middle powers and small states � and regional institutions together with the increasingly relevant role of parliaments, international corporations, think tanks and civil society.

Cambodia hosted the APPF-27 in Siem Reap province in 2019 during which 14 resolutions were adopted to strengthen parliamentary partnerships for peace, security and sustainable development.

The outcome reflected the shared commitment and common goals in the fields of politics and security, stressing that building trust, mutual respect and understanding among member countries and partner organisations is needed to promote peace and sustainable development in the region, he said.

In the area of trade, we expressed our joint commitment to an open and multilateral system to achieve the goal of free trade and investment in the region. We also committed to implementing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change with a view to reducing greenhouse emissions and climate change adaptation. We emphasised the importance of women’s role in economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific. We also expressed our commitment to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and children for peace and sustainable development in the region, he pointed out.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press