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Sharing experiences through leadership pro-grammes

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Group discussion at the Cambodia-Singapore Cooperation Centre


HE Vongsey Vissoth, Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy and Finance was awarded the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship (LKYEF) and visited Singapore in January 2020.

Established in 1991, the LKYEF invites outstanding individuals to visit Singapore. LKYEF Fellows are chosen on the basis of their track records and extraordinary potential to contribute to the development of their countries and towards the bilateral relations with Singapore. Past LKYEF Fellows include luminaries such as DPM and Minister of Finance Aun Pornmoniroth, Minister of Environment Say Samal, Chairman of National Assembly Commission 7 and President of UYFC Hun Many and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Commander of Army Hun Manet.

I found my LKYEF visit to Singapore to be an enriching and rewarding experience. I was impressed by how Singapore has successfully built a dynamic, resilient and harmonious multicultural nation. There are lessons from the Singapore Story that we can adapt for Cambodia’s ongoing development. Meritocracy and rules-based governance are integral parts of Singapore’s nation building architecture, along with a pragmatic partnership between the public sector and labour unions and a robust and resilient private sector.




HE Prum Sokha, Minister of Civil Service, graduated with a Master’s in Public Management from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2002. The LKYSPP trains the future leaders of Asia, so that they can return to their communities and improve the lives of those they serve through good governance and leadership excellence. LKYSPP alumni lives this mission every day, and through the work they do, inspire future generations to serve the public and to work tirelessly for the greater good.

6 decades prior, it’s commonly believed that countries that are abundant in natural resources are much more likely to thrive and prosper. However, this is not the case for Singapore as it is one example of a few countries that contradicts that preconception. The secret behind Singapore’s success with its transition from a Third World nation to First World lies evidently in Singapore’s coherent and well-integrated education system.


HE Chea Vandeth, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, completed his Executive Master’s in Business Administration (EMBA) programme with the Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 2016. The Nanyang EMBA is a transformative programme designed for high-calibre and high-potential professionals to prepare them to deal with emerging challenges and opportunities, adopt new thinking and best practices, and empower them to be pioneering change makers in this disruptive age.

During my EMBA programme at NTU, I benefited from the different perspectives, thoughts and vision of my course mates who included the CEOs of top companies and foreign government officials. The various case studies that were developed by world class universities such as Harvard, Berkeley and Wharton, on both successful and unsuccessful development or business experiences helped us better understand how corporate and government leaders can restructure, develop and revitalize ailing companies or organizations into successful ones. I also learnt the Singaporean way of thinking in how they manage their corporations and governance.


HE Koeut Rith, Minister of Justice, attended the 12th Leaders in Governance Programme (LGP) conducted by the Civil Service College (CSC) in Singapore in 2019. The LGP is a unique programme that allows public sector leaders to explore the challenges in governing and the capabilities needed to govern well in this era. It allows participants to draw on Singapore’s lessons and experience, discuss opportunities in governance and regional and global challenges, and to build networks with fellow public sector leaders from Singapore and across the world.

The Leaders in Governance Programme is a good platform and an appropriate programme for leaders, especially new generation leaders, to share ideas and exchange views on successful practical examples of internationally recognised good governance and leadership that can be witnessed in Singapore and other countries.


I was privileged to be able to attend the Leaders in Governance Programme organised by the Civil Service College in 2019. This programme played a major role in my capacity building and understanding of how to build good longlasting communities and models of good governance for economic development. Cambodia, as an emerging nation, has many similarities that both nations can relate to. I also gained an important insight into Singapore’s highly effective civil service structure and the excellent community input via regular communication between the government and its people. Valuable lessons were learnt, many of which are now being implemented in Cambodia as the Cambodian government moves towards modernisation and greater effectiveness.

HE Samheng Boros, Secretary of State,

Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, Youth Rehabilitation


The Senior Fellows in Public Service organised by LKYSPP was one of the best programmes I ever attended. It was thoughtfully designed with a mixture of lectures and talks by top professors and practitioners, as well as discussions and site visits. It covered four key themes on leadership, governance, public policy and technology. Participants who are senior leaders from different countries discussed and shared their experiences on critical challenges they faced. In the end, what you have learnt is more than what you could have achieved from a few years of training from other programmes. I highly recommend this programme for those who aspire to serve with heart and those who want to find the best version of yourself as a leader.

HE Chhy Vichara, Under Secretary of State,

Ministry of Civil Service


It was an honour for me to join the Women and Leadership Programme sponsored by the Singapore Government in 2017. I learned a lot through this course which was organised by the Singapore Management University. First, I was able to meet young leaders from different countries to exchange experiences on promoting women in the workplace while navigating challenges in their own organisations. Second, I met experts who were able to share important messages about gender equality in the workplace, and equipping us with the tools to succeed. Lastly, I would like to thank the good cooperation between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Singapore Government, which enabled me to participate in the course and share my knowledge with my colleagues.

HE Dam Dariny, Secretary of State,

Ministry of National Defence


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