Prime Minister Hun Sen will call on APEC to accept Cambodia as a member when he attends the informal dialogue between APEC and Asean leaders which will take place today at Vietnam.
Speaking in a meeting with delegates of ship Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth program at Peace Palace on Friday, Mr Hun Sen said that among Asean member states, Cambodia, Lao and Myanmar have not become APEC members yet.
“Today, I will call on APEC to accept these three countries,” he said, adding that these three countries have already became observers in APEC, but because there were many countries who are seeking to be members of APEC, they have suspended acceptance of new members.
“We want to be part of the full dialogue between Asean and APEC,” he said.
APEC is a regional economic forum established in 1989 that aims to create greater prosperity for the people of the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration.
APEC’s 21 member countries account for 59 percent of the world’s gross domestic product, 48 percent of global trade and 53 percent of global foreign direct investment.
Members include China, Japan and the US, as well as seven Asean nations: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.