DPM Aun Pornmoniroth Attends Summits between ASEAN and Dialogue Partners

AKP Phnom Penh, November 13, 2020 —

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Finance H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth represented Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, in various virtual summits between ASEAN and its dialogue partners hosted by Vietnam on Nov. 12.

According to separate press releases of the Ministry of Economy and Finances, in the 17th ASEAN-India Summit, H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth laid stress on the importance of continued support from India in the field of connectivity, both physical and digital, for ASEAN, especially for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV) through the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) and the implementation of Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025.

The Cambodian DPM also expressed his high expectation of the ASEAN-India goal to increase their two-way trade to US$200 billion by 2022 through further promotion of trade and economic cooperation under their Free Trade Agreement and connectivity acceleration.

The 17th ASEAN-India Summit adopted the new ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2021-2025) to deepen their partnership for the next five years.

For the 21st ASEAN-RoK Summit themed “Peace, Prosperity, and Partnership”, both sides showed their strong commitment to tighten their cooperation to ensure peace, security and development in the two regions. H.E. Moon Jae-in, President of RoK, was committed to adopt the New Southern Policy aiming to strengthen the economic and cultural ties between both regions’ peoples, to expand cooperation in combating emerging diseases, create Maritime Cooperation Fund, and to further reinforce the free trade spirit through new and existing mechanisms such as RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) and the ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Area (AKFTA).

In the 23th ASEAN-Japan Summit, the leaders took note of the common great achievements and progress. The summit endorsed and adopted the launch of ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases, the commitment to support ASEAN centrality and impartiality, and the Joint Statement of the 23th ASEAN-Japan Summit on Cooperation on ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific.

Regarding the 23th ASEAN-China Summit held under the theme “Review of ASEAN-China Cooperation and Future Direction”, the leaders were determined to continue supporting the principle of multilateralism and suggested the increase the regional cooperation on building trust and maintenance of socio-economic resilience in the future, on opening of free trade flows, regional supply chain connectivity and digital economy.

The ASEAN leaders welcomed and supported China’s announcement to consider COVID-19 vaccines as “Public Goods” and its continued provision of medical supplies for ASEAN for emergency rescue and public health enhancement as well as other donations for socio-economic rehabilitation and recovery in the bloc in the post-COVID-19 period.

Besides the four above summits, H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth joined other ASEAN leaders in many other summits to foster the cooperation and partnership with the dialogue partners.

By C. Nika