Keynote Address on the Occasion of Cambodia Outlook Conference 2015: A Partnership of CDRI and ANZ Royal Bank “ASEAN Economic Community 2015 and Beyond: Reform Agenda”

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I am honored and delighted to deliver the keynote address in this important Cambodia Outlook Conference 2015 held under the theme of “ASEAN Economic Community 2015 and beyond: Reform Agenda”. This is the ninth occasion on which I have attended and delivered keynote address in this outlook conference. I once again congratulate the CDRI and ANZ Royal Bank on their initiative to organize this annual conference which brings together government officials, representatives of the private sector, the research community, NGOs and development partners to review achievements and challenges to find the best way forward for the cause of the national interest.

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Selected Impromptu Comments in Addition to the Prepared Text on Outlook Conference 2015 – ASEAN Economic Community 2015 and Beyond: Reform Agenda

First of all, I am asking for your understanding concerning the changing of schedule. I planned to read this speech in the morning. However, since we had this protocol to accompany their Majesties to have a medical checkup in the People’s Republic of China, I then proposed two options – 1) I would send someone on my behalf and 2) we change our conference opening from morning to afternoon. It did indeed cause some difficulties to some of you. However, absence of the Prime Minister at the time when Their Majesties leave the country would not be a good protocol. I am asking for understanding from the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) as well as the conference participants. I also notice here Ms Eva Mysliwiec who mothered CDRI in our difficult time at Tuol Kork with HE Chea Chanto, then Minister of Planning. CDRI has now reached its twenty some years or in other word a fully grown young man. I also noted the presence of HE Fumiaki Takahashi, former Ambassador (of Japan to the Kingdom of Cambodia). It is good to meet everyone.

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