The 17th Government-Private Sector Forum was opened here this morning at the Peace Palace under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, focusing on ASEAN Community 2015 – Opportunities and Challenges for Cambodia.
Addressing to this auspicious event, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said this forum is one of his four most memorable events. “For me, there are four Dec. 2 to be remembered in my life – first, Dec. 2, 1978, the day of the establishment of the United Front for National Salvation of Kampuchea; second, Dec. 2 1987, Sihanouk-Hun Sen meeting in Fère-en-Tardenois; third, Dec. 2, 1998, the first Cambodian Cabinet Meeting, and fourth, Dec. 2, 1999, the first Government-Private Sector Forum,” he said.
The decisions being made in this forum are considered as the decisions of the Council of Ministers, added Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
The Government-Private Sector Forum is an enlarged cabinet meeting consisting of members of the Royal Government of Cambodia and representatives from the private sector.
It is being held in a context of continued peace, national unity, and political stability and all branches of Cambodia, viz. legislative, executive and judicial branches, are operating normally, said H.E. Keat Chhon, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister.
The theme of the forum with the core agenda of enhancing Cambodia’s competitiveness perfectly suits the need of Cambodia in its capacity as a member of ASEAN Economic Community 2015, he stressed.
“This forum is obligated to spell out key policy and strategy outputs for addressing major challenges to Cambodia in the context of its membership in the ASEAN Economic Community 2015,” said H.E. Keat Chhon.
The forum will listen to and discuss various suggestions and recommendations from the 10 Working Groups, including on Agriculture and Agro-industry; Tourism; Manufacturing, SMEs and Service; Laws, Taxation and Governance; Banking and Financial Services; Transport and Infrastructure; Export Processing and Trade Facilitation; Industrial Relations; Paddy Rice-Milled Rice; and Energy and Mines.