Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday requested China to strengthen bilateral cooperation by offering more Science and Technology training opportunities for Cambodians.
Mr Hun Sen yesterday met Wan Gang, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Council and former Minister of Science and Technology of China, at the Peace Palace.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Eang Sophalleth, the Prime Minister’s assistant, said Mr Wan had said this was his first visit to the Kingdom to witness its development and noted that China and Cambodia are siblings and potential strategic partners.
“Mr Wan Gang’s visit was to pay respect to Mr Hun Sen and to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, especially in the science and technology fields,” he said. “The Chinese government also thanked Cambodia for helping to promote relations between China and Asean and its support to find a solution in the China Sea dispute.”
Mr Sophalleth said that in response Mr Hun Sen said cooperation in the science and technology sector requires potential human resources in research and development, especially in the digital era or in the fourth industrial revolution, and that Cambodia needs China’s assistance.
“Mr Hun Sen told Mr Wan Gang that Cambodia is focusing to align with the current digital era and fourth industrial revolution, which needs more human resource training in the sector,” he added.
Mr Sophalleth noted that Mr Hun Sen also requested China to work with the Royal Academy of Cambodia, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Labour in Cambodia in order to establish more training opportunities for government officials and enhance their capacity building.
He said Mr Hun Sen asked Mr Wan to convey to Chinese President Xi Jingping and Premier Li Keqiang that he considers the two countries to be true friends that will keep supporting and helping each other.
Eap Ponna, General Director of the Institute of Science and Technology of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, yesterday said human resources in science and technology are vital for the country’s development.
“In this digital era, it’s important for Cambodian people to be able to cope with science and technology because most development sectors such as business and e-commerce require electronic devices for operation,” he said.
Mr Ponna also noted the need for training in cyber security to thwart hackers.