Davos (FN), Jan. 18 – The CEO of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair commended Cambodia's progress across various sectors during his courtesy call on Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet on 17 January 2024.

During the meeting, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet warmly welcomed the meeting with Tony Blair. He underlined Cambodia's commitment to maintaining peace, stability, and social order as the foundation for socio-economic development.

The premier added that the Royal Government of Cambodia initiated a Pentagon Strategy - Phase I, focusing on key priorities including human capital development, economic growth, job creation, sustainable development, and the advancement of the digital economy and society.

Tony Blair expressed his pleasure to meet with Samdech Thipadei and praised Cambodia's development and progress in all areas. He informed Samdech Thipadei that the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change has been actively supporting developing countries, including those in the ASEAN region.

At the same time, Tony Blair also expressed his desire to strengthen cooperation and learn more about Cambodia's policies, particularly in areas including energy, environment, agriculture, and industry.

In response, Samdech Thipadei underscored the Royal Government's focus on enhancing good governance and prioritizing the agricultural sector. Cambodia aims to transition from a reliance on traditional agriculture to a modern, intelligent agriculture-driven economy.

Regarding energy and the environment, Samdech Thipadei underlined that Cambodia's use of clean energy currently stands at 62 per cent, with plans to reach 70 per cent by 2030. The premier also mentioned the suspension of a 700-megawatt coal-fired power plant project.

Prime Minister Hun Manet further outlined the Royal Government's strategies for institutional reform and emphasized the need for Cambodia to leverage digital technology as a driving force for the country's development in alignment with current technological advancements.