The Chinese government yesterday provided hundreds of thousands of dollars of cars and electronics to the Senate.
According to a Senate statement, a handover ceremony was presided over by second vice president Tep Ngorn and Li An, an economic and trade adviser with the Chinese embassy.
It noted that China donated 120 computers, five multi-function printers, 120 laser printers, five copy machines and a dozen pick-up trucks. It said that combined, the equipment and cars were worth $626,865.
According to Mr An, the Senate plays an important role in relations between Cambodia and China. He said the Senate has a close relationship with China’s parliament developed through visit exchanges and cooperation.
“I hope this equipment will help facilitate the work of the Senate to be better,” Mr An said.
Mr Ngorn said the Senate was created in 1999 and that the Chinese government has provided millions of dollars in assistance.
“Since the Senate was created in 1999, the Chinese government provided aid 15 times,” he said. “This amounts to $16,695,946.”
He noted that big assistance packages help the development of the Senate itself and that the packages were necessary to aid its work in serving the people.
Mr Ngorn said both countries will continue cooperating as strategic partners.
“On behalf of the Senate, I thank the Chinese people and the Chinese government,” he said.
In April, Cambodia signed a number of agreements with China during the annual Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, including the Action Plans of Shared Future and the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation under Grant Aid.
During the forum, Prime Minister Hun Sen and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang chaired the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Key Projects for Cooperation on Productivity Capacity and Investment, an MoU on Mutual Support on Tax Affairs, an MoU on Cooperation on the Export of 400,000 Tonnes of Cambodian Rice to China and an MoU on Cooperation of Rectangular Strategy and Belt and Road Initiative.