Interior Minister Sar Kheng has expressed Cambodia’s willingness to continue to strengthen investor relations with Japan.
Mr Kheng yesterday met with Takahashi Fumiaki, president of the Japan-Cambodia Association, at the Interior Ministry.
Phat Sophanith, Mr Kheng’s cabinet officer, briefed reporters after the meeting, saying the main topics discussed were business and investments.
“[Mr Kheng] said the government wants to continue the strengthening of relations and cooperation between both countries,” Mr Sophanith said.
He said Mr Kheng then thanked the Japanese government for supporting the Kingdom.
Mr Sophanith added Mr Takahashi expressed willingness to find investment opportunities in the Kingdom and said he will continue to work with young investors to find opportunities.
He said Mr Kheng responded by expressing support for small and medium enterprises in rural areas in the Kingdom.
“Mr Kheng said this will make people in rural areas find job opportunities and do business without leaving their villages,” Mr Sophanith said.
He said Mr Takahashi requested Mr Kheng to help support Japanese investments in the Kingdom and continue providing safety for foreign investors in the country.
“Mr Kheng welcomed and accepted the request; he will continue to maintain peace and safety and facilitate investment processes to be successful,” Mr Sophanith said.
He said Mr Kheng requested Japanese companies to closely work with the government to solve any pending issues faced in the sectors of energy, agriculture, media and food.
“Mr Kheng said he will be ready to solve problems faced by Japanese companies in Cambodia,” Mr Sophanith said.
Japan-Cambodia relations are a government priority.
In May, Prime Minister Hun Sen in Tokyo said two-way trade between both nations has reached $2 billion.