After being appointed the 5th sub-commission for promoting the ASEAN summit in 2022 when Cambodia is host, the Ministry of Information is preparing plans for the event.
Its secretary of state Sok Brasith, who also heads the 5th sub-commission, told The Post that the ministry held an online meeting on May 17 with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to discuss its role in promoting the summit.
“This is the first step after receiving the letter of appointment and at the meeting we laid out action plans. We are also prepared to cooperate with other institutions to exchange opinions about how to host the ASEAN summit successfully,” he said.
Brasith added that the ministry is preparing a financial plan and will invite national and international journalists.
“But, we have yet to send a report proposing a budget because it is still at a preliminary stage of study. We have yet to determine the number of journalists allowed at the summit. But our preparation will be transparent,” he said.
He continued that the sub-commission would send the proposed budget to the finance sub-commission through the foreign ministry.
He noted that Cambodia was well prepared for the summit because the Kingdom had already hosted it twice.
“We have experience and we are proud to do it under the guidance of the government that has strategies from the past to successfully plan this work,” he said.
The foreign ministry on May 10 also held a meeting with institutions under the National Commission for Organising the ASEAN Summit to prepare for the event.
Kin Phea, director of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, said Cambodia has the ability to host the ASEAN summit and is strengthening the bloc in a stable and peaceful manner.