Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Samrin calls for ASEAN collaboration to combat virus

Samrin calls for ASEAN collaboration to combat virus

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Samrin urged ASEAN to integrate further to facilitate the flow of goods, services and people during the economic crisis caused by Covid-19. NA

Samrin calls for ASEAN collaboration to combat virus

At the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) on Tuesday, National Assembly president Heng Samrin highlighted Cambodia’s culture of sharing and its increased focus on developing the Kingdom’s agriculture sector amid Covid-19.

He was speaking at the organisation’s 41st General Assembly which was hosted by the Vietnamese parliament.

Samrin urged ASEAN to integrate further to facilitate the flow of goods, services and people during the severe economic crisis caused by Covid-19.

He said ASEAN needed to work together for a common benefit. In ASEAN, where he said the pandemic had been actively and promptly managed, there is a wide range of experiences, knowledge and information to be shared.

He said ASEAN established the ASEAN Fund for the Response to Covid-19 to meet the region’s essential needs. The fight against Covid-19, he said, requires a lot of funding, equipment and manpower.

“What Cambodia can provide is the experience of promoting and inspiring a culture of sharing. It’s sharing from public and private institutions to the people, sharing from development partners and NGOs to the people and sharing among the people.

This culture presents the spirit of sharing, solidarity and national unity,” Samrin said.

He said to this point in time, ASEAN countries have maintained the stability of key supply chains to meet the needs of the current crisis.

In Cambodia, Samrin said the government had shifted its development strategy based on comparative and competitive advantages. The government has set out strategies focusing on agriculture, agro-industry, digital transformation and domestic tourism as priority sectors.

“The Cambodian parliament supports ASEAN’s efforts to maintain and promote peace, security and stability in the region, and to resolve conflicts peacefully based on the principles of international law and diplomatic mechanisms to prevent the use of weapons,” Samrin said.

The AIPA will continue until Thursday under the theme Parliamentary Diplomacy to Achieve a Cohesive and Responsible ASEAN Community.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Hun Sen: Manet to be candidate for prime minister

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has reaffirmed that his oldest son Hun Manet will be his successor as Prime Minister if he is elected. Speaking during the inauguration of a new sewage treatment facility in Preah Sihanouk province on December 2, Hun Sen said Manet will be