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Hun Sen to visit Japan, attend Future of Asia conference

Ben Sokhean / Khmer Times Share:
Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. AKP

Prime Minister Hun Sen will visit Japan on Wednesday to attend the 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia and other events in Tokyo.


In a statement on Saturday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Mr Hun Sen will be accompanied by Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak, other senior government officials and Cambodia Chamber of Commerce business leaders.

Mr Hun Sen is expected to deliver a keynote address under the theme of “In Search of the New Global Order – Overcoming the Chaos”.

He is also expected to share his perspective on current global issues, and how Cambodia is committed to promoting peace, harmony and shared prosperity in the world.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry also stated that Mr Hun Sen will meet his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues.

Cambodia is also expected to receive $4.93 million in grant aid for the construction of a container freight station and human resources development through scholarships.

It said that about $1.8 million is for implementation of the Economic and Social Development Programme, which aims to construct a container freight station, and about $3.1 million is for the implementation of the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarships.

Mr Hun Sen is also scheduled to meet Japanese dignitaries.

“During his stay in Tokoy, Samdech Techo Prime Minister will also meet many Japanese dignitaries and receive separate calls by representatives of various Japanese companies,” the ministry said.

Additionally, Mr Hun Sen will make an address to investors during a seminar on investing in Cambodia organised by the Council for the Development of Cambodia in collaboration with the Japan External Trade Organisation and Mizuho Bank.

Mr Hun Sen will go to Japan after attending the 75th Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok today.

Mr Hun Sen last visited Japan in October to attend the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit in Tokyo, when he was granted an audience with the Japanese Emperor.

Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, yesterday said Japan and Cambodia have a strategic partnership and he hopes both nations will have closer ties.

“Japan does not want to use their influence to pressure or force Cambodia to do what Japan wishes,” Mr Phea said. “I think the Prime Minister’s trip this time will make the good relationship stronger.”

“It is also to show that the current government is legitimate, and that it is a sign that the Japanese government wants to work with the Cambodian government, not the opposition party,” he added.

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