Khuon Sudary, National Assembly second vice-president, yesterday led a delegation to Sri Lanka for two international meetings to discuss social security and other issues in the region.
Ms Sudary, a CPP Standing Committee member, and her delegation yesterday left Phnom Penh International Airport for Colombo to attend the 3rd Asia-Europe Political Forum and the 32nd Meeting of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties Standing Committee.
A statement from CPP’s Central Committee, released yesterday, said the party’s delegation was invited by Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The AEPF meeting will focus on “How political parties can handle the challenges of social security and employment of the increasing aged population as well as items of current urgency in the Asian region,” the statement said.
“Khuon Sudary will be present at the opening ceremony and speak on issues such as the growth of ageing population, impacts on social security and risk mitigation measures within regional and global contexts,” it added.
Ms Sudary is expected to speak about policies implemented by Cambodia, under the guidance of Prime Minister Hun Sen, and the CPP delegation will discuss a “range of issues related to peace and regional and global cooperation within the overall ICAPP objectives” at the ICAPP Standing Committee meeting.
Last year, Ms Sudary attended the AEPF in London where the delegation discussed the Asia-Europe partnership, regional cooperation and connectivity of political parties, disaster relief, combating major diseases, promoting affordable and clean energy, mitigating climate change and preventing environment degradation.
The CPP statement yesterday said that during this year’s meeting, the delegation will report on progress made after the official launch of the Asian Cultural Council in Siem Reap province earlier this year.
The ACC meeting in January saw the participation of ICAPP and AEPF leaders from 50 countries and was aimed at promoting cultural diversity and forging cooperation among countries in the region.
The ICAPP at that time nominated Mr Hun Sen as the ACC’s Honourary Founding Chairman and Ms Sudary as chairwoman of the council.
Mr Hun Sen said at the time that having Cambodia host the event boosted the Kingdom’s reputation.