Cambodian PM Highlights Potential Areas for Future ASEAN-EU Cooperation

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of ASEAN 2022, has emphasised key areas for intensifying future cooperation between ASEAN and EU.

Priority areas of cooperation will include, among others: transport, connectivity and quality infrastructure development; trade and investment; strengthening of MSMEs; energy transition; digital economy and technology; food and agriculture; science, technology, and innovation; people-to-people exchanges; and the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, Samdech Techo Hun Sen told EURACTIV Media in a written interview ahead of the ASEAN-EU Commemorative Summit to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations.

After the establishment of a Strategic Partnership last year, the two regional bodies have enhanced their cooperation encompassing all areas. “We have developed the ASEAN-EU Plan of Actions (2023-2027), which reaffirms our mutual belief in an open, inclusive, and rules-based international order, reiterates our commitment to regional integration, and bolsters our regional cooperation aimed towards achieving peace, stability and prosperity,” he underlined.

ASEAN and EU are natural partner as they are the two most important regional groupings that have exemplified how multilateralism still remains the best solution to regional and global issues affecting all of us, the Cambodian Premier said.

ASEAN and EU mark this year the 45th anniversary of the establishment of their Dialogue Partnership, highlighting the enduring friendship built on shared values, principles and interests.

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Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen (R) and H.E. Charles Michel, President of the European Council in a bilateral meeting in Phnom Penh on Nov. 12, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summits and Related Summits.