Cambodia Supports Establishment of “APT Task Force on Pandemic”

AKP Phnom Penh, November 15, 2020 —

Cambodia has voiced support for the establishment of the “APT Task Force on Pandemic” and the proposed set up of “APT Reserve of Medical Supplies for Public Health Emergencies”.

The support was underlined by H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Finance who represented Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, at the 23rd ASEAN Plus Three Summit conducted in the margin of the 37th ASEAN Summit, on Nov. 14 via Videoconference, according to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued this morning.

Cambodia also highlighted the importance of the “APT Leaders’ Statement on Strengthening APT Cooperation for Economic and Financial Resilience in Face of Emerging Challenges” which highlighted commitment of the APT countries to enhance regional capacities and responsiveness to future economic and financial shocks and crises in our regions.

The 23rd ASEAN Plus Three Summit reiterated the importance of the APT as an essential platform for East Asia community building. The APT Leaders expressed their satisfaction with the steady progress in the implementation of the APT Cooperation Work Plan (2018-2022).

The Leaders acknowledged the importance of enhancing cooperation within the plus three framework, in particular mutual assistance and collective efforts in fighting COVID-19 and expeditiously recovering from the socio-economic impact of the pandemic. To this end, they agreed to jointly ensure equitable and affordable access to the COVID-19 vaccines and smooth supply chain. ASEAN Leaders thanked the contributions made by China, Japan and ROK to support the ASEAN’s initiatives to response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including through the ASEAN COVID-19 Response Fund and ASEAN Reserve of Medical Supplies.

The Leaders reiterated their commitment to jointly address functional issues such as environment, health care, climate change and disaster management and intensify cooperation in economic and industrial digitalization, MSME promotion, food security, quality education, culture and art, tourism and sustainable development. On connectivity, the ASEAN Leaders encouraged the APT countries to support projects under the MPAC 2025 and to explore synergies between MPAC 2025 and other initiatives to support comprehensive connectivity agenda in the region. The Leaders agreed to work closely together to achieve inclusive growth and strengthen regional economic resilience. The APT Leaders applauded the signing of the RCEP Agreement on Nov. 15, 2020 which will significantly contribute to the economic recovery effort. Other issues including Korean Peninsula and maritime cooperation were also discussed.

Following their discussion, the APT Leaders had an interface with the East Asia Business Council, where they exchanged views on ways to deepen economic cooperation and to promote regional economic growth in the post-COVID-19 recovery phase.

By C. Nika