Special Adviser to the Secretary General of the UN Jeffrey D. Sachs said he will assist Cambodia in its progress respond to its development within the ASEAN market, said Eang Sophalleth, personal assistant of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
According to Mr Sopheallet, Mr Sachs during a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen today said he has witnessed rapid development in Cambodia, including economy, health and many other sectors.
“ASEAN has lots of potential and for the ASEAN Plus Three, China, Japan and Korea, the region will have unlimited development, especially in technology that can be used to promote development with sustainability,” Mr Sophealleth quoted Mr Sachs as saying.
“Mr Sachs informed Prime Minister Hun Sen that he is always ready to assist Cambodia for its development in response to the development of the ASEAN market,” Mr Sophealleth added.
Mr Sophealleth said Mr Sachs will also visit Laos, and Malaysia, to enhance and encourage cooperation between ASEAN countries and the European Union, especially to promote trade cooperation, economy, transport and information technology to enhance cooperation between the European Union and ASEAN, stressing the importance of regional cooperation.
In response, Mr Sophealleth noted that Mr Hun Sen expressed his appreciation to Mr Sachs, adding that the country’s developments are testaments of the effort of Cambodians.
“Prime Minister Hun Sen also informed Mr. Sachs that Cambodia has ambitions to push Cambodia to become a upper-middle income status country by 2030 and high income country by 2050,” Mr Sophealleth said.
Mr Sophealleth added that during the meeting, both sides also discussed the topic of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and this is of paramount importance, especially the environment.
Mr Hun Sen also mentioned that traffic congestion in the Kingdom remains a concern, which has not been seen in the past 15 years with lack of parking space, poor management of waste, and especially climate change that causes problems to agriculture and water resources, Mr Sophealleth said.
In this sense, the premier said there is a need to jointly resolve issues, particularly climate change and to support goals set by the United Nations, he added.