BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
The Royal Government of Cambodia and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam have strengthened their cooperation, solidarity and friendship to make immortal ties and friendship between the two countries in the future.
The strengthening of the two-country friendships and cooperation was made through the state-visit of Vietnamese President H.E. Nguyen Minh Triet and Spouse, and other Vietnamese delegates who paid a state visit from 26th to 28th August 2010 in Cambodia.
Koy Kuong, Spokesperson and Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said that so far, the cooperation, solidarity and friendships between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Social Republic of Vietnam has been strengthened and promoted. The progress of investment, trade and tourism between the two countries has also greatly increased in Cambodia.
“The state visit of the Vietnamese Prime Minister has promoted the bilateral friendship and cooperation and other sectors between the two countries,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a telephone interview on August 27th.
Mao Thora, Secretary of State of Commerce, said that trade between the two countries has been increased steadily over the past 10 years, from US$ 146 million in 2001 to more than US$ 1 billion in 2009.
He said that the trade for the first half of 2010 alone was US$ 862 million, with Vietnamese exports accounting for about US$ 728 million. Those export figures were a 34 percent rise from the same period last year. Vietnamese investment in Cambodia was US$ 150 million for the first seven months of this year, in seven main sectors including telecommunications, banking and finance, air transport, agriculture, light industry, rubber, mining, energy and healthcare.
Chea Sokhom, Secretary General of the National Committee for Organizing National and International Festivals (NCONIF), said that the state visit of the Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triat was made after the official invitation of Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of the Kingdom of Cambodia, who visited on October 22-25 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
H continued to say that the purpose of the Vietnamese President’s visit wants to promote relationship between the two countries and promote trade and investment of the two countries. during the visit, the Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet and his wife, met with Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni; the Senate President Samdech Chea Sim, the National Assembly President Samdech Heng Samrin; and Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
The Vietnamese President also met with two leaders of Buddhist Monks Sects, Samdech Tep Vong and Samdech Bou Kry; and Vietnamese communities and business people in Cambodia. He also attended the establishment of the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) radio representing office in Phnom Penh.