Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn is to co-chair the 16th Meeting of the Cambodia-Vietnam Joint Commission on Economic, Cultural and Scientific-Technological Cooperation with the Vietnamese Foreign Minister on Thursday in Hanoi.
Mr Sokhonn will lead a high-level delegation from Cambodia to co-chair the meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday that the meeting “will review the achievements in various fields made by both countries and explore ways to further deepen the bonds of friendship and cooperation which have been built and nurtured for peace and prosperity of the people of the two countries”.
On Thursday, Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak and Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai met to discuss the progress of economic and trade cooperation, especially to accelerate the construction of Da market in Tboung Khmum province’s Memot district, slated to be completed by the end of this year.
The Vietnamese Deputy Minister also spoke of the aim of strengthening and expanding economic and trade cooperation to a level of $5 billion over the coming years.
San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, said Vietnam had recently appeared to actively expand relations with Cambodia, while Cambodia seemed to have doubled down on relations with China.
He said Vietnam’s efforts to strengthen relations with Cambodia was because Vietnam had benefited a lot from the relationship.
He said commercial and economic benefits for Vietnam were in transporting vegetables, fruits, and fish to Cambodia in large amounts, while other countries worried about the quality of Vietnamese agricultural products and crafts suspected of having high levels of chemicals.
He added that he had received little information about Cambodia benefiting greatly from good relations with Vietnam.
“Vietnam has taken a lot of advantages from Cambodia in the past and the present, such as Vietnamese immigrants illegally living in Cambodia, which seems to be a shelter for Vietnamese,” he said. “Vietnam wants to strengthen this relationship.”