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Commerce minister meets with Australian ambassador to discuss ASEAN-Australia-New Zeland trade pact

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Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak (centre) meets with Australian ambassador Pablo Kang on November 4. COMMERCE MINISTRY

Commerce minister meets with Australian ambassador to discuss ASEAN-Australia-New Zeland trade pact

Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak and Australian ambassador to Cambodia Pablo Kang say they are both committed to further enhancing economic cooperation between Cambodia and Australia.

They both attended a November 4 meeting at the ministry and exchanged views on the progress of concluding negotiations to upgrade the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA).

They also discussed holding a special ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Economic Ministers' Meeting and cooperation on economic development under Australian technical assistance.

In a social media post on November 5, the Ministry of Commerce said: “We are satisfied at the progress of economic cooperation between the two countries and both countries have demonstrated serious commitments to further enhancing positive cooperation.”

The post noted that Pablo Kang had praised the level of cooperation between Cambodia and Australia and said he admired Cambodia for succeeding in fighting the spread of Covid-19.

At the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on the progress of the AANZFTA negotiations, which the ministry characterized as “remarkable” and that there is real potential to upgrade the agreement in the future.


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