Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday met a Japanese delegation at the Peace Palace to discuss strengthening bilateral cooperation, especially in the development of blockchain technology.
In the morning, Mr Hun Sen met with the delegation headed by Kozo Yamamoto, a member of the House of Representatives and State Minister for Regional Revitalisation, and both sides discussed cooperation in several sectors, especially blockchain technology and clean water supply for Phnom Penh.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Eang Sophalleth, personal assistant to Mr Hun Sen, said Mr Yamamoto had congratulated the Kingdom on its strong development.
“Mr Yamamoto told Prime Minister Hun Sen that he previously met the premier in 2007, and now he sees strong development in the Kingdom,” he said. “He said the purpose of his visit this time is to study about digital and mobile payment systems, especially blockchain, and clean water supply in Phnom Penh.”
“He said Japan is willing to study the capital’s clean water system management and look into how it can help and sought the prime minister’s views on the matter,” Mr Sophalleth added.
He said Mr Hun Sen welcomed the study and also asked Japan to help in the development of blockchain technology.
“In response, Samdech Techo encouraged Mr Yamamoto to study the matter and requested Japan to help the Kingdom develop blockchain technology for mobile payment services,” Mr Sophalleth added.
Mr Hun Sen also informed Mr Yamamoto about a planned upgrade of the pumping station in Phnom Penh.
“Regarding the study on the water system management, the Prime Minister said the Kingdom wants to expand the area of the pumping station from 300 to 600 square metres,” Mr Sophalleth said.
He noted that Mr Hun Sen informed Mr Yamamoto that Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority also supplied clean water to nearby provinces, such as Kandal province.
“We need to expand our clean water supply capacity and extend the distribution network to new development areas.” Mr Sophalleth quoted the premier as saying.
Yesterday, Mr Hun Sen also met former First Lady of Japan Obuchi Chizuko.
Mr Sophalleth said Ms Chizuko noted that she was amazed by the Kingdom’s rapid progress and development since her previous visit with her husband, Japan’s former Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi 20 years ago.
Ms Chizuko also thanked Mr Hun Sen who represented King Norodom Sihamoni, for conferring a state award on her and expressed her hope for closer ties between Cambodia and Japan, he added.
“She called for strengthening the close relationship between the two nations,” Mr Sophalleth said, adding that Ms Chizuko also wished Mr Hun Sen’s mother-in-law Bun Siengly a speedy recovery from an illness.
In response, Mr Hun Sen thanked Ms Chizuko for her wishes. Mr Hun Sen also recalled the warm relationship between Cambodia and Japan during Mr Obuchi time in office.