Cambodian PM Calls for More Cooperation Among CICA’s Member States

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has called on all member states to further build more cooperation, especially focusing on confidence building measures.

The Premier made the appeal while attending the 5th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on June 15 under the theme Shared Vision for a Secured and More Prosperous CICA Region.

In my view, we should tap the strengths of CICA which is focusing on confidence building measures. I can see enormous potential for cooperation in economic, trade, investment and tourism sectors, said Samdech Techo Hun Sen in his keynote address on the occasion.

The Cambodian leader continued that confidence building and promotion of trust amongst countries in the region in all spheres of cooperation are indispensable for the development of the respective countries, especially to overcome global challenges.

In this regard, he added, the theme of this meeting Shared Vision for a Secured and More Prosperous CICA Region is highly relevant, reflecting the efforts of CICA member countries in seeking solutions to global security and stability issues, as well as strengthening cooperation for socio-economic development in the region.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen said Cambodia is keen to explore more trade and investment opportunities with all the CICA member states, especially for small and medium enterprises by exchanging information and forging connectivity in all areas.

The Prime Minister also mentioned about the Belt and Road Initiative. We should work closer with the Belt and Road Initiative, which certainly can offer great opportunities for CICA members to accelerate regional connectivity and improve international transport and logistics systems. In addition, CICA should emphasise the importance of an open world economy and express its strongest commitment to a rule-based multilateral trading system under the framework of WTO, he said.

Peace, development and win-win cooperation have always been the cornerstone of Cambodia's policy as we fully uphold the principles of sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, he added, underlining that Cambodia stands ready to work with all member states in pushing the CICA process to build security architecture that fits our Asian regional conditions along our ASEAN way of mutual respect, consensus-building and mutual understanding in order to protect global peace and stability as well as to promote sustainable development.

I strongly believe that this conference will bring about new initiatives and substantive recommendations that will contribute to regional prosperity, stability, security, and peace through the building of mutual understanding, belief and trust, he said.

Besides, Samdech Techo Hun Sen highlighted some historical aspects since the cold war, Korean Peninsula, experiences and lessons learnt from Libya, Iraq, and Syria as well as the UN Global Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press