France’s embassy on Saturday opened a French language and culture association in Siem Reap province to strengthen the country’s good relations and cooperation with Cambodia.
Siem Reap provincial Deputy Governor Pin Prakad and French Ambassador Eva Nguyen Binh presided over the official inauguration ceremony of Alliance Française in Siem Reap.
According to an AKP report on Saturday, Mr Prakad said the presence of the association will further boost the bilateral relationship between the two countries and attract more French investors and tourists to Cambodia.
“The deputy governor recalled the sister-city and provincial twining ties between Siem Reap and some cities and provinces of France, which focus on cooperation in the fields of tourism, vocational training, clean water, agriculture, drainage system, restoration of ancient temples, and so on,” the report said.
Ms Nguyen Binh said in her speech that the association aims to provide French language courses and vocational training.
“It is also a place where French and Cambodian experts can exchange their experiences and both countries’ investors can meet and form their partnership,” she said in the AKP report.
On its Facebook page on Saturday, the French embassy in Phnom Penh said that Alliance Française represents the French community in Cambodia.
“Today Alliance Française in Siem Reap province was officially inaugurated! This is an event that reflects the love of the French language by Siem Reap people,” it said. “It is a vibrant French and French-Cambodian community.”
Siem Reap Provincial Hall recently reported that more than 105,000 French citizens visited the province last year and 101 French companies and enterprises are operating in it.