Message from His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia
ON the occasion of the ASEAN Heads of State and Heads of Government meeting in Phnom
Penh from 3rd to 5th November 2002, on behalf of the Royal Government and the people
of Cambodia, and on my own behalf, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Cambodia
to Their Excellencies the eminent Heads of State and Heads of Government of the Association
of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
In April 1999, Cambodia became the tenth member of ASEAN and has since worked hard
to fully integrate itself with the activities of the Association and also to contribute
to ASEAN's regional economic integration.
Cambodia has actively participated in the various ASEAN economic initiatives such
as the Free Trade Area (AFTA), the Industrial Cooperation Scheme (AICO) and the Investment
Area (AIA), as well as other ASEAN organized activities in the political and social
In return, many Cambodians have received ASEAN training programs in order that they
can acquire the same level of expertise and work together with their counterparts
in other ASEAN countries.
I would like to avail myself of this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation
to ASEAN for supporting the rehabilitation, domestic reform and development of Cambodia,
through the above-named and other initiatives.
May I wish the ASEAN Heads of State and Heads of Government much success in their
deliberations during their summit in our country.