H.E. Dr. Sok An Meets H.E. Mr. Piérre Lellouch (08/12/2010)
In the morning of 8 December 2010, at the Office of the Council of Ministers,H.E. Dr. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister in Charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, granted a courtesy call toH.E. Mr. Piérre Lellouch,Secretary of State for Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry of the Republic of France.
In the meeting, H.E. Mr.Piérre Lellouch, accompanied by H.E. Ambassador of France to Cambodia and 4 representatives of French potential investors, informedH.E. Dr. Sok Anthe purposes of his two-day visit to Cambodia, 7th- 8thDecember, to explore and promote bilateral economic cooperation between Cambodia and France.
H.E. Mr. Piérre Lellouch said that, having relationship with Cambodia, France is currently conducting the studies on three sectors, namely energy, infrastructure and communication including the flight of France Airline to Cambodia in the coming March 2011 and the production of food in agricultural sector.
On that occasion,H.E. Dr. Sok Antold the French delegation that the policy of the Royal Government of Cambodia under the wise leadership ofSamdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Senis to support all investors without discrimination. H.E. Deputy Prime Minister said that Cambodia is a country of great potentiality in agricultural sector, for more than 80 percent of the Cambodian people are doing farming, including rice, rubber and other agricultural products.H.E. Dr. Sok Analso informed the delegates that, currently, what the Cambodian people have as additional productions are vegetables and fruits, and requested the French counterpart to help facilitate these products to get into the European markets.
H.E. Dr. Sok Analso informed the guests about the success of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), which had just been ended in Phnom Penh, under the organization of the Cambodian People’s Party. The delegates attending the ICAPP conference had highly appreciated the brilliant leadership ofSamdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, in building the country and building peace and uniting the nation. They considered Cambodia’s experience as a model for problem-solving in other countries.
Furthermore, the Deputy Prime Minister told H.E. Piérre Lellouch that the situation along the border area of the Preah Vihear Temple had eased and returned to what it was like before 15 July 2008 after four rounds of meetings betweenSamdech Techo Hun Senand Thai Prime Minister,Abhisit Vejjajeva.
H.E. Dr. Sok Analso expressed his gratitude to France for her aid and investment contributing to economic and human resource development in Cambodia.
In 2010, in the framework of cooperation between Cambodia and France, there have been three signed agreements, one of which is Supplementary Agreement on Angkor Heritage Project and Sustainable Development with supplementary fund of 400,000 Euro in order to complete the repair work of Bapoun Temple in Angkor Thom area. The second one is Cooperation Convention on Project against Fake Products Harmful to Health and Security in the Mekong sub-region with 123,500-Euro fund, signed on 22 June 2010. The third one is Roadmap on Cooperation between Cambodia and France from 2011-2013, singed on 01 October 2010 between both Foreign Ministers of the two countries, with the aim of advancing development cooperation to economic cooperation.