Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand pays official visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia to further strengthen friendship and cooperation

His Excellency Mr. Srettha Thavisin, the Prime Minister of Thailand, paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia, at the invitation of Samdech Moha Bovor Thipadei Hun Manet, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

This visit was the first official bilateral visit of His Excellency Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, which opened a new chapter of Thailand – Cambodia partnership towards common security and prosperity.

During the visit, the Thai Prime Minister had a cordial and substantive discussion with the Cambodian Prime Minister on a wide range of issues. Both sides agreed to effectively utilise all existing bilateral mechanisms, such as Joint Cabinet Retreat (JCR), Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JC), Joint Trade Committee (JTC) and General Border Committee (GBC), in order to promote closer economic and security cooperation, as well as cooperation at the people level.

On economic cooperation, the two countries will enhance economic synergy in key five areas of trade, tourism, investment, border development, as well as digital and green economy.

First, the two countries will take steps to achieve the trade target of 15 billion US dollars by 2025 through trade facilitation. The two sides will expedite the full opening of the Thailand-Cambodia Friendship Bridge (Ban Nong Ian – Stung Bot), as over 60 per cent of Thailand – Cambodia bilateral trade are border trade.

Second, the two countries will cooperate more on tourism through “Two Kingdoms, One Destination” campaign, and discussed measures that would promote cross-border tourism, including the use of Temporary Border Pass.

Third, the two sides discussed ways to increase investment and promote more business matching, especially between SMEs and young entrepreneurs.

Fourth, the two countries will promote border development through upgrading of border points of entry and expediting humanitarian demining along their border areas to ensure safety of the people and pave the way for development of these areas. On this occasion, the Thai side pledged to make voluntary contribution of 30,000 US dollars to ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) in Phnom Penh.

Fifth, the two countries will explore cooperation on future growth sectors, especially digital and green economy.

On security cooperation, both sides expressed support for close and regular communications and visits between security agencies at all levels. They agreed to work closely to effectively crack down on transnational crimes, especially cyber scams.

Both sides will work to strengthen friendship among the people through partnership on education, human resource development and sustainable development. They stressed the need for close cooperation to prevent misunderstanding among the people due to “fake news” in online platforms.

Prime Minister Srettha extended his invitation to Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet to pay an official visit to Thailand at a mutually convenient date, which the Prime Minister of Cambodia accepted with pleasure.

On this occasion, the two Prime Ministers co-chaired a ceremony to hand over the Transit and Reception Center for Victims of Trafficking and Other Vulnerable Groups in Poipet. The project was funded by the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) to enhance Thailand – Cambodia cooperation in combatting human trafficking at both bilateral and regional levels.

In the afternoon, the Thai Prime Minister laid wreaths at the Independence Monument and Preah Borom Ratanak Kaudh Monument of the Late King Father of Cambodia. He also had courtesy calls on Samdech Vibolsena Pheakdei Say Chhum, President of the Senate and Acting Head of State of the Kingdom of Cambodia; Samdech Akka Moha Padei Techo Hun Sen, President of the Supreme Privy Council to His Majesty the King of Cambodia; and Samdech Moha Rathsapheahthika Thipadei Khuon Sudary, President of the National Assembly of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

By Nadeem Faisal Baiga