H.E. Mr. Premjith Sadasivan, newly-appointed Ambassador of Singapore to the Kingdom of Cambodia, made a courtesy call on H.E. Dr. Sok An,Deputy Prime Ministerand Minister in Charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, on 09 December 2010 at the Office of the Council of Ministers. The meeting focused largely on various areas of cooperation between the two countries with special emphasis on further mutual cooperation.
H.E. Dr. Sok Anhighly appreciated the cooperation between the two countries. In particular, through H.E.PichSophoan, Singapore has contributed to vocational training courses for thousands of Cambodian students and has donated two scanners worth about 100,000 USD to theMinistry of Commerceto be used for SARS carrier identification. A thermal scanner worth 75,000 USD has also been donated by Singapore for A-H1N1 checking. In addition, Cambodia and Singapore have signed Investment and Air Service Agreements, Agreement on Capacity Building for Public Administration in Cambodia between the Royal School of Administration andCivil Service Collegeof Singapore as well as MOU between the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Cambodia and Singapore on Sharing Experiences in Public Finance Management. Other agreements include visa-free for official and diplomatic types of passports, and for normal type of passports for which the visa-free scheme applied for a duration of no longer than 30 days, having already come into effect since 01 January 2006.
The Deputy Prime Minister also touched upon cooperation on tourism and trade sectors. He also told the Ambassador about the great success of theInternational Conference of Asian Political Parties(ICAPP), which has just ended inPhnom Penh. He elucidated that the ICAPP delegates had expressed their high appreciation for Cambodia’s experience and deemed that it could be as model for national reconciliation and unity and peace. Moreover, after having visited the HistoricAngkorComplex and the Temple of Preah Vihear, which is a world heritage; the ICAPP delegates issued a joint statement to support the International Court of Justice which had made a correct decision that the Temple of Preah Vihear belongs to Cambodia and is situated in territory under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Cambodia.