Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday announced that he has nominated Kao Kim Hourn, minister attached to the Prime Minister, as a candidate to become the secretary-general of Asean in 2023.
Mr Hun Sen made the announcement while inspecting the construction of the Morodok Techo National Stadium earlier this week.
He noted that Mr Kim Hourn has been chosen over two other potential candidates, namely Soeung Rathchavy, who is currently the Cambodian Ambassador in London and Sok Siphana, a senior advisor to the governemnt.
“His Excellency Kao Kim Hourn is a minister attached to the Prime Minister and is in charge of Asean affairs, so I will be vouching for him for the role of secretary-general of Asean in 2023, as he is an expert in international affairs,” Mr Hun Sen said.
He also instructed the Foreign Affairs Ministry to prepare all the necessary documents for Mr Kim Hourn’s candidacy for the role.
Mr Kim Hourn could not be reached for comment yesterday.
The secretary-general of Asean, appointed during the Asean Summit, is a non-renewable five-year term of office and chosen in alphabetical order among member countries.
Lim Jock Hoi, who is from Brunei Darussalam, is the incumbent secretary-general of the regional bloc, which consists of 10 member countries.
Chheang Vannarith, Asian Vision Institute president, yesterday said that Asean is a cornerstone of Cambodia’s foreign policy. He noted the Kingdom has played a critical role in promoting and strengthening Asean community building.
“By nominating a senior officer to assume the post as the secretary-general of Asean, it demonstrates that Cambodia is committed to furthering regional integration,” Mr Vannarith said.