During Prime Minister Hun Sen’s official visit to India on January 27, he met with India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. They discussed intensifying cooperation in various sectors and signed four agreements. India pledged a total of $56 million in loans for two major projects in Cambodia.
Among the many discussion topics were economic relationships, trade, defence and security cooperation, and crime fighting and counter- terrorism.
Both prime ministers signed a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Criminal Matters, an agreement about a cultural exchange program. They signed an MoU on human trafficking that focuses on its prevention and the rescue, repatriation and re-integration of its victims.
A credit line from India for US $36.92 million for the Stung Sva Hab water resource development project was endorsed.
The Indian government also agreed to provide a $20 million concessional line of credit for construction of transmission lines in Cambodia, and agreed to work towards its signing in the near future. Additional lines of credit for infrastructure projects in Cambodia, including sectors like health and connectivity (road, rail and digital) are pending.
Mr Modi announced India’s support for a Centre of Excellence in Information Technology in Cambodia, India would increase the number of Quick Impact Projects (QIP) from five to ten a year.
He reaffirmed India’s commitment to undertake restoration and conservation work at the ancient temple of Lord Shiva at Preah Vihear and expressed satisfaction over the on-going restoration work at Ta Prohm by the Archaeological Survey of India.