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Cambodia to benefit by hosting 2020 ASEM

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Prak Sokhonn delivers a speech yesterday. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn yesterday said that Cambodia will benefit greatly when it hosts the 13th Asia-Europe Summit for the very first time in 2020.

Speaking at an event to celebrate ASEM Day at the National Institute of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Mr Sokhonn said the summit will allow the Kingdom to showcase its achievements and boost bilateral cooperation with member countries.

“This Asia-Europe Summit covers political, security, economic and cultural cooperation,” he said. “It is an important forum to promote cooperation between the two continents and will provide many opportunities that benefit Cambodia.”

Mr Sokhonn said that the ASEM Summit focuses on three pillars namely political and security; economic and financial; and social, cultural and educational.

He said ASEM member countries account for 50 percent of the world’s GDP, 60 percent of the world’s population and 60 percent of global trade.

Mr Sokhonn noted that he will lead a delegation in December to attend a meeting of Asian and European foreign ministers in Madrid, Spain.

Leaders from Asia and Europe at the ASEM summit in Brussels year 2018. Facebook

Mr Sokhonn said that during the ASEM 2020 summit, Cambodia plans to organise parliamentary, cultural, economic, and youth forums.

He said the Kingdom also plans to organise a round table conference for Asia-Europe journalists.

During the 12th ASEM Summit in Belgium last year, the leaders chose Cambodia to host the 2020 summit for the very first time.

At that time, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that Cambodia is committed to ensure a successful summit and pledged to strengthen close and mutual beneficial partnerships among member countries to contribute to the promotion of global peace and security as well as to achieve the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

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