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Cambodia, Sweden to continue development cooperation

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The Swedish government has expressed support for Cambodia’s development strategy plan, a senior official said.

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Ket Sophann said Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn yesterday met with outgoing Swedish Ambassador Maria Sargren at the ministry, where both parties discussed future cooperation.

Mr Sophann said in the meeting, Ms Sargren noted that the Swedish government is building a development strategy for 2020 to 2024.

“It is proof that the Swedish government will continue to support development progress in Cambodia for five years to come,” Mr Sophann said. “It also reflects the positive partnership between both governments.”

Mr Sophann noted that he did not know the budget that would be set for the new development strategy plan, saying that there will be further discussions between the Swedish government and the Council for the Development of Cambodia.

Previously, the Swedish government has suspended donations for demining action after the country had provided financial assistance to the Kingdom from 2006 to 2014.

Mr Sokhonn in the meeting expressed hope that Sweden will consider continuing to provide aid for demining action in Cambodia, Mr Sophann said.

“Involving human rights in Cambodia, Ms Sargren noted on how ‘no one is perfect’, and that we need to focus on cooperation on joint matters,” Mr Sophann said, conveying what was discussed in the meeting.

Mr Sophann added that trade between Sweden and Cambodia is still relatively small, and noted that in the meeting, the two countries have committed to work on boosting trade in the future.

To increase trade, Ms Sargren noted that Cambodia could import Swedish technology to boost development in the Kingdom, especially on developing smart city plans, recycling and green technology.

Mr Sophann said that Mr Sokhonn thanked the Swedish government and Swedish people for helping to provide assistance for Cambodia to build the Kingdom’s economy and society, and noted that Cambodia will maintain its good relations with Sweden.

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