The high-ranking Cambodian delegation led by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen returned home yesterday afternoon after attending the 4th Mekong-Japan Summit held on April 20-21 in Tokyo, Japan.
Speaking at a press conference at Phnom Penh International Airport following the arrival, H.E. Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign affairs and International Cooperation said Samdech Techo Hun Sen and other Mekong countries’ leaders (Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) and Japan adopted the Tokyo Strategy 2012 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation from 2013-2015.
The Tokyo Strategy 2012 has three main pillars, explained H.E. Hor Namhong, who was part of the delegation, indicating that the first pillar is Mekong’s connectivity in terms of both hard and soft infrastructure with an aim to minimize the gap between the Mekong basin nations.
The second pillar, he added, is Mekong’s industrialization development to promote the industrial sector and investment, tourism, and human resource development. Japan will help develop the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Triangle Area and the Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) region.
The third pillar is the cooperation in an attempt to reduce the natural disaster impacts, said H.E. Hor Namhong, stressing that the feasibility and construction of hydro power dams along the Mekong River and the Green Mekong Initiative were also mentioned in the third pillar.
At the 4th Mekong-Japan Summit, Japan promised to provide 600 billion Yen or over US$7.37 billion to implement the Tokyo Strategy 2012, and planned to help prevent hunger and improve the health sector, especially in reducing the child and mother mortality rate and combating tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDs in the Mekong basin countries.
In the bilateral talks with Samdech Techo Hun Sen on the sidelines of the summit, Japanese Prime Minister H.E. Yoshihiko Noda pledged to carefully study to enhance the bilateral ties between the two countries to a new level of strategic partnership of cooperation.
The Japanese side also promised to continue to provide more assistance to Cambodia and affirmed to be ready to welcome 240 Cambodian youths for a visit in Japan this year.
The Cambodian premier accepted H.E. Yoshihiko Noda’s invitation to pay an official visit to Japan, said H.E. Hor Namhong, adding that the visit would be made in early 2013.
Both prime ministers further presided over the signing ceremony between Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Hor Namhong and Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Masafumi Kuroki on the Exchange of Notes and Record of Discussion on the extension of a Grand Aid up to the amount of 1,510 million Yen, or over US$18 million, for the implementation of the project for Flood Disaster Rehabilitation and Mitigation.
According to H.E. Hor Namhong, during his stay in Japan, Samdech Techo Hun Sen has been also received in a royal audience by the Emperor Akihito of Japan, and has met with the president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and many Japanese business leaders.