Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday highlighted Cambodia’s achievement in ending war and promoting inclusive policies for all during a United Nations meeting in Bangkok.
Mr Hun Sen is in Thailand to attend the UN Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific.
During his speech, Mr Hun Sen said civil war in Cambodia lasted more than 30 years and ended when Khmer Rouge cadres defected and joined his government.
“This is the result of the win-win policy, which was laid out by us without external order or assistance,” Mr Hun Sen said.
He said the policy was effective because it ensured that Khmer Rouge cadres had the right to live, work and have their assets protected.
“As a result, war and conflict ended, and Cambodia was able to resolve all kinds of problems. It was based on trust developed between Cambodians,” Mr Hun Sen said. “It brought peace for over 20 years.”
Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, yesterday said highlighting the win-win policy shows that Cambodia is able to lead in the international arena.
“It was an opportunity for Cambodia to share its experiences,” Mr Phea said. “The Prime Minister’s speech had an important lesson for the world to learn. We have seen unrest in some countries that do not have peace like in Cambodia.”
Aside from the win-win policy, Mr Hun Sen also highlighted a number of topics.
He said that the government is committed to promoting a policy of “leaving no one behind” by implementing the National Social Protection Policy Framework by 2025, providing quality affordable healthcare through the Health Equity Fund, and supporting the ageing population through the National Ageing Policy until 2030.
“On the basis of these experiences, the nation as a whole honours efforts in pursuing peace and stability, as well as promoting inclusive development, which is bearing fruitful benefits for Cambodian people across the country,” Mr Hun Sen said.
Mr Hun Sen noted that Cambodia is growing at 7.7 percent per annum over the last two decades, making it one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Additionally, Mr Hun Sen said the poverty rate in the Kingdom has continued to decline from 53 percent in 2004 to 13.5 percent in 2014, while recently, the poverty rate has been estimated to be at about 10 percent.
Mr Hun Sen said the education and healthcare sectors have also made remarkable progress, even though there are issues remaining that the government needs to address.
“With these tremendous achievements, Cambodia has the ambition to have national pride by transforming itself to become an upper-middle income country by 2030 and a high income country in 2050,” he said.
Mr Hun Sen will leave Cambodia for Japan today. He will then meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, where he will attend the 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia.