Cambodia: Cambodia committed to promote international cooperation

Heng Samrin and parliamentarians from the Asia-Pacific region gather in Canberra for APPF. National Assembly

National Assembly president Heng Samrin yesterday in Canberra said the Kingdom is committed to promoting international cooperation, notably in building peaceful and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr Samrin and his delegation are attending the 28th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum being held until Thursday at the Australian Parliament House in Canberra.

He said over the last two decades, the National Assembly has been actively partaking in the region by contributing to global peace, security, common prosperity and sustainable development.

“Parliaments play a major role in conflict prevention and reconciliation, as well as transforming conflicts into peace and development,” Mr Samrin said in a speech during the forum yesterday. “Parliamentary powers lie in budget oversight and engaging with local communities.”

Held under the theme of “Parliamentary Partnerships for 2020 and Beyond”, APPF aims to further enhance parliamentary cooperation to strengthen peace, security and multilateral institutions in the region.

Over 350 delegates from 30 countries are attending the forum to discuss subjects such as security, economics and trade, and regional cooperation, according to a post on Facebook by the Australian House of Representatives.

APPF was founded in Japan in 1993.

Mr Samrin said Asia-Pacific parliaments are working together to solve all problems and challenges in the region.

“This year’s theme reflects the necessity and importance for Asia-Pacific parliaments working cohesively in partnership to resolve problems and challenges in the region and across the globe,” Mr Samrin said.

He said parliamentary diplomacy and partnerships involve conversations and building a new global order destined for greater interdependence.

“We understand that a new global order must be jointly designed by countries–including rising powers, middle powers and small states and regional institutions together with the increasingly relevant role of parliaments, international corporations think tanks and civil society,” he said.

Cambodia cooperates with international partners to contribute to the region’s common aspirations and to become an upper-middle-income nation by 2030, he said.