Cambodia and Denmark vowed to enhance economic and diplomatic cooperation to boost bilateral trade, according to a statement released yesterday by the Cambodian Embassy in Thailand.
“Despite facing the same COVID-19 crisis, Cambodia and Denmark have pledged to further strengthen economic diplomacy to increase bilateral trade, as the value of trade exchange in 2019 reached more than $300 million,” it said.
The move came during a meeting on Tuesday between Cambodian Ambassador to Thailand Ouk Sorphorn and new Danish Ambassador to Cambodia Jon Thorgaard operating from Thailand.
Sorphorn praised the bilateral cooperation between Cambodia and Denmark and informed Thorgaard of his embassy’s efforts to promote economic diplomacy focusing on trade, tourism and culture, as well as the Thai Plus One strategy to attract investors and tourists to visit and do more business in Cambodia, said the statement.
It said Thorgaard informed Sorphorn about measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 from farm-raised mink to humans affecting exports from Denmark to Cambodia.
“Ambassador Thorgaard expressed his optimism with the commitment to continue to promote economic diplomacy with countries including Cambodia to strengthen and expand trade because he is the Chairman of the Danish Trade Council for the Asean region,” said the statement.
Thorgaard said on his Twitter account Tuesday that he had a good exchange and discussions about economic diplomacy and trade and investments with Sorphorn and his team.
“Much attention on the COVID-19 context,” he said. “Thank you for your kind assistance in a period of time when we can’t travel.”
Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute director Kin Phea said yesterday that the government is doing diversified diplomacy, by not overly depending on any particular country.
“If we have pledged to increase more in-depth relations with Denmark, this will make our diplomacy wider and better for Cambodia’s export market,” he said.
“When the Kingdom is able to expand the market, it will not be held hostage for withdrawal of a preferred tax trade status as a warning,” said Phea.
Phea said the two countries have not yet created a strategic or comprehensive tie. It is a normal relationship between the two. However, Denmark has helped the Kingdom.
“Denmark has contributed to the development of Cambodia,” he said.