Prime Minister Hun Sen will lead a delegation to the Universal Peace Federation World Summit 2020 in South Korea until Wednesday. He leaves on Monday.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a press release on Friday outlining Hun Sen’s trip.
The prime minister will deliver a keynote address on the summit’s theme – “Peace, Security and Human Development”, it said.
“The Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Korea have enjoyed cordial ties and excellent collaboration in many areas such as trade, investment, employment and education,” the press release said.
During his visit, Hun Sen will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss bilateral cooperation as well as regional and international issues of common interest, apart from attending a luncheon hosted by his counterpart Chung Sye-Kyu.
Cambodian ambassador to South Korea Long Dimanche said the prime minister will also meet with about 1,000 people from the Cambodian community, including students and migrant workers.
Asian Vision Institute president Chheang Vannarith said diplomatic ties between Cambodia and South Korea were growing.
He said Cambodia has requested that a free trade agreement be created. If the two countries can come to an agreement, it would be a big boost for the Kingdom’s economy, he said.
Royal Academy of Cambodia president Sok Touch said the Kingdom could teach others at the summit some important lessons.
He said the lessons could include transforming Cambodia into a free economy that allows for private ownership and transforming Cambodia into a liberal democracy.
“Other countries can study Cambodia and learn. Cambodia has also alleviated poverty so people have lower-middle-income. Samdech Hun Sen should be able to show all of these points to the world and South Korea alike,” he said.