Hun Many, a National Assembly member, yesterday highlighted the Kingdom’s remarkable progress from toppling the Khmer Rouge regime to being a peaceful and developing country.
Mr Many, also head of the Commission on Education, Youth, Sport, Religious Affairs, Culture and Tourism, discussed political affairs with the delegation of Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians at the National Assembly.
The delegation saw the participation of aspiring politicians from Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Mongolia, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand.
“Leading a country takes more than a singular perspective. It requires the complete and comprehensive understanding of all aspects of nation-building, as well as the accurate determination of priorities and the actions corresponding to these,” said Mr Many.
Among those he discussed were the roles and duties of the people, the current political situation in the Kingdom and strategies aimed at promoting the country’s development.
“Cambodia started from scratch,” he said, adding that it now boasts a GDP per capita of around $1,500.
He added according to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, the GDP performance of Cambodia over the past two decades has gone up to 7.7 percent.
From being a country unknown to many, Mr Many said the Kingdom became a member state of the UN and has gained international recognition from hosting several international events such as the Asean Summit in 2002 and 2012, the World Heritage Committee in 2013, the World Economic Forum in 2017 and this year’s 13th Asia-Europe Meeting.
Looking toward to the future, Mr Many mentioned their plans of encouraging youth participation and mobilisation in nation-building for the Kingdom’s further development.
“We are creating a platform for youth who have the mindset and the willingness to give their time and attention towards the improvement of society. This platform will allow them to get involved in the fields of sports, education, culture and society, as well as instill the spirit of volunteerism,” he said.
He added: “This platform would welcome all passionate youth, no matter their background. We will accept them.”