Thursday, November 4, 2010

German Ambassador Meets Cambodian DPMs

Phnom Penh, November 4, 2010 AKP --

Newly-appointed German Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Wolfgang Moser was received here last Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers H.E. Sok An.

The meeting mainly focused on the discussion on the prospect of Cambodian-German cooperation in order to further strengthen and enhance the relations between the two countries, according to the Press and Quick Reaction Unit of the Council of Ministers.

Both sides believed that the bilateral relations between Cambodia and Germany have come to a good stage which could allow the cooperation between the two countries to be further enhanced.

The German diplomat underlined that Germany would focus its cooperation on two main sectors, namely health care and land reform. He added that his colleagues and he would strive to bring about more profound level of cooperation between the two countries.

On the occasion, H.E. Sok An also updated H.E. Wolfgang Moser on the general situation in Cambodia by highlighting the political and economic stability in the country and increased number of foreign tourists to Cambodia, in particular to Siem Reap province. In addition, the Cambodian deputy prime minister informed the ambassador about the success of Cambodia in having the Temple of Preah Vihear inscribed in the World Heritage List, the success of Cambodia in being elected as a member of the World Heritage Committee, the success of the International Coordinating Committee on the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC), and the successes made in the framework of Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

H.E. Wolfgang Moser expressed his congratulation and appreciation to the Royal Government for these great successes. He would like the royal government to support the investment plan of the German company which will invest in rubber plantation in Cambodia.

In response, H.E. Sok An expressed his support for the rubber plantation investment plan by saying that Cambodia has potential in rubber plantation due to its richness in red soil which can provide high quality for rubber plantation, and the price of rubber on the international market is on the upward trend. Moreover, the deputy prime minister encouraged German investors to study the investment possibility in other fields as well. 

The following day, the newly-appointed ambassador of Germany met with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H.E. Hor Namhong.

In the meeting, H.E. Hor Namhong welcomed the direct flight project from Germany to Cambodia and thanked the German people and government for their assistance to the development of Cambodia, particularly to mine-clearance, the ECCC and the development of rural infrastructure.

Germany pledged in June 2010 to provide over US$143 million to support development projects in Cambodia from 2010 to 2012. --AKP
(By SOKMOM Nimul)

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