Cambodia has asked Germany to buy some of the Kingdom’s carbon credits earned from preserving its natural resources.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng made the request during a visit to Germany which concluded yesterday, a ministry statement noted.
It said Cambodia requested Germany to study the possibility, and also create official relations and cooperation between both countries on priority issues such as countering transnational crimes, security training and decentralisation reform.
Mr Kheng was accompanied by Health Minister Mam Bun Heng, Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron, Environment Minister Say Samal, and Chhieng Yanara, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister and also secretary general of the Cambodian Rehabilitation and Development Board of the Council for the Development of Cambodia.
The Interior Ministry said the visit was primarily aimed at strengthening development cooperation and studying Germany’s public administration system.
It said that on September 28, Mr Kheng met with Gisela Hammerschmidt, director for Asia at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development at the German Bundestag (Parliament) Committee in Berlin, where he briefed German politicians over the EU’s review of the Kingdoms Everything-but-arms trade status.
“Interior Minister Sar Kheng informed the leaders of the Bundestag and its committees about EBA resolutions with the European Union,” the statement said. “He emphasised that Cambodia wants to keep the trade preference and also maintain good relations with the European Union and all other countries.”
Mr Kheng also told the Germans that Cambodia had learned from past experience that regime change can push the country into civil wars.
“Cambodia knows clearly that only a liberal multi-party democracy principle like today makes peace and development in the Kingdom,” Mr Kheng said.
He said the government had taken steps to appease the EU and prevent revocation of the EBA by paving the way for banned former opposition party members to return to the political arena, but the move was not deemed enough.
During their meeting, Ms Gisela praised the government for promoting anti-corruption, and legislative, judicial, public finance and administrative reforms.
The ministry said the Cambodian delegation also met with the German Bundestag’s Committee on International Development and learned about Germany’s experiences and technical approaches to decentralisation and sub-national administration.
Benjamin Knoedler, German embassy chargé d’affaires, said in a press release issued on September 25 that delivering public services effectively and efficiently matters for development.
“Better healthcare results in healthier citizens. Better education results in a more productive workforce. Preserving the environment and the forests are both good for Cambodia and the planet. We are convinced that strong local administrations play an important role in delivering these services,” he noted.
During the visit, Mr Kheng also met with Cambodians living abroad and informed them about the general situation and development in the Kingdom.
He also informed them about the activities of a small group out to unlawfully attempt to create insecurity and chaos through incitement to topple the government and destroy the peace and stability in the Kingdom.