China and Cambodia have recently enhanced their collaboration in the areas of disaster management and sustainable urban development.

Officials from Cambodia's National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) embarked on a six-day study trip to Nanning in China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Kim Virak, the secretary-general of the NCDM, led the delegation.

Their itinerary included a workshop aimed at reinforcing disaster management strategies and building resilience for sustainable urban development across both nations. The workshop ran from June 26 to July 1 in Nanning.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and China's Ministry of Emergency Management in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region were responsible for arranging the study tour.

The NCDM said on June 30 that the workshop drew a diverse crowd. Among those attending were Xu Yongke, vice governor of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, representatives from the ADB, various international organisations, the private sector and officials from China's emergency management ministry.

The purpose of the visit was to nurture the collaborative partnership between China and Cambodia. It also served as an arena for the exchange of ideas on disaster management and other areas of mutual interest.

"This forum sought to understand how to strengthen disaster risk management and how to establish a stronger system to manage all types of risks between cities and countries in the ASEAN region," stated the NCDM.