Remark at the “Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation” under theme: “Synergy of Policies for Close Partnership”

Exellency, Xi Jinping, President of People’s Republic of China and the Chairman of the Meeting, Excellencies, Leaders of the Participating Countries, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen! I am greatly honored and pleased to attend this important “Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation”. I would like to extend my warmest congratulation and high appreciation to Excellency…

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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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Selected Impromptu Comments at the Graduation and Diploma Presentation Ceremony of the Western University [Unofficial Translation]

Peace and Development, Otherwise Instability and Destruction

I am so pleased to be able to meet with professors and students of the Western University today. We will have a diploma presenting ceremony together. I have noticed that more and more universities have chosen the Exhibition Centre of Koh Pich for their graduation and diploma presenting ceremony taking into consideration that there are more and more people attending their ceremonies. Mr. Te Norin, rector of the Western University, already clarified in his report about the progress made in the university. In fact, we have today 2,330 graduates – most of who have either found jobs or created ones for themselves – to be presented with diplomas. It is also a remarkable note to keep that 70% of those in pursuit of their studies also are carrying out life of work and study together.

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