PM Receives IFAD Asia-Pacific Regional Director

image001Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, held talks here this morning at the Peace Palace with visiting Ms. Hoonae Kim, Director for Asia and the Pacific Region at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

During the meeting, Ms. Hoonae Kim lauded the fast development in Cambodia, and took this opportunity to invite Samdech Techo Hun Sen to deliver a keynote address at an IFAD’s regional workshop scheduled to be held from Dec. 1 to 5, 2014 in Cambodia’s Siem Reap cultural province, according to H.E. Eang Sophalleth, Assistant to the Cambodian prime minister.

Many speakers will attend the event to present their countries’ experience and success in the agricultural sector, including those from the Republic of Korea, Ms. Hoonae Kim pointed out.

For his part, Samdech Techo Hun Sen recalled that in the past 35 years, the poverty rate in Cambodia was 100 percent, but it has dropped significantly to only 18 percent now. He further said the Royal Government of Cambodia has paid high attention to the agriculture as it is the biggest and a prioritized sector.

The Cambodian premier also highlighted the country’s efforts in boosting the rice export, indicating that Cambodia has some 5 million tons of surplus paddy rice annually.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen accepted Ms. Hoonae Kim’s invitation and said that he will attend the regional workshop on Dec. 2.

IFAD was present in Cambodia since 1996. It is currently assisting about seven agricultural development projects in the Kingdom.

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