Cambodian PM Calls for Understanding from WTO for LDCs

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has appealed for understanding from all members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for the least developed countries (LDCs) that are undergoing the WTO accession process.

The Cambodian premier made the appeal while presiding over the opening ceremony of the Fifth China Round Table (CRT) on WTO Accession themed “Best Practices on the Accessions of LDCs” at Sokha Hotel in Siem Reap province this morning.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen urged WTO to accept Timor Leste as a member, saying the current situation of Timor Leste is better than that of Cambodia when applying for a WTO membership.

Taking the opportunity, Samdech Techo Hun Sen requested WTO to consider trade flow between the rich and poor countries, claiming that the rich countries have always reasons and conditions to restrict goods from the poor countries.

“All countries in the world have to go forwards together, the poor countries cannot be left to remain poor,” underlined the premier.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed the commitment of Cambodia as the head of LDC Group Coordinator to coordinate with the LDCs and developing countries which are members of WTO to fuel negotiations for the benefits of LDCs, especially to follow up and push for the implementation of statements and decisions ofWTO’s Ministerial Conferences in Bali and Nairobi.

In addition, Samdech Techo Hun Sen called on LDCs to actively participate in solving issues related to local agriculture protection, food reservation to ensure food security, fisheries subsidies, business and environment, and so on before the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina from Dec. 11 to 14, 2017.

Cambodia became an LDC member of WTO on Oct. 13, 2004. Since then, the Kingdom has attained a lot of achievements in trade reform and the country development.

Last month, Cambodia was officially appointed as the head of LDC Group Coordinator, which consists of 36 members and 8 observers, for a one-year mandate between mid-February 2017 and mid-February 2018.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press