Cambodia, Maldives Committed to Boosting Bilateral Trade Exchange

The Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Maldives have been committed to expanding their bilateral trade exchange through boosting the import from and export to each other, especially to serve the tourism sector.

At a joint press conference with H.E. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of Maldives, following their bilateral talks in Malé, the capital city of Maldives this morning, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, said canned fish can be the first product Maldives can export to Cambodia as the Kingdom needs a lot of canned fish each year, particularly as a relief for flood victims.

On the other hands, he continued, the Cambodian potential products that can be exported to Maldives could be milled rice which crowned the world’s best rice for five years, cashew nuts, banana, mangoes and so on which will serve not only the local people, but also foreign tourists.

For his part, H.E. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih expressed Maldives’ intention to improve its relations with Cambodia, which is a leading exporter of high-quality rice and other agricultural crops such as corn, pepper and cassava, as well as fruits.

Both sides also discussed the import of clothes, wood products, travel goods from Cambodia and tinned fish and other canned food from Maldives, he added.

For tourism sector, Cambodia and Maldives agreed on visa exemption for their people for a period of 30 days. Samdech Techo Hun Sen suggested a joint tourism package and One Visa, Two Countries to boost the two nations’ tourism.

Concerning the education sector, Samdech Techo Hun Sen thanked Maldives for providing scholarships for Cambodian students, training on diving skill for Cambodian swimmers, and on hospitality for 20 Cambodian trainees, and announced to grant 10 scholarships to Maldivian students to pursue their higher education in Cambodia.

Besides, the Cambodian Premier suggested both sides to consider the possibility of expanding their cooperation in the field of culture.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen has been on a three-day official visit in Maldives since Jan. 15, at the invitation of H.E. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.