Phnom Penh (FN), Apr. 20 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen delivered remarks at the Opening of the BOAO Forum for Asia “A World in Change: Join Hands to Strengthen Global Governance and Advance Belt and Road Cooperation” via videoconference on 20 April 2021.

«Besides the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is facing multifaceted challenges stemming from intense geo-political rivalries between superpowers, accompanied by the emergence of middle-powers that are moving rapidly in the foreground of the regional politics» the premier said.

«In this circumstance, I am of the view that the world does need a global governance that upholds multilateralism and respects international laws and sovereignty of each individual nation, regardless of its size or wealth, with the United Nations as the core» he added.

«Cambodia greatly value China’s attentiveness and commitment in the implementation of the “Health Silk Road” under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as well as the leading role in providing medicines, medical supplies and the COVID19 vaccines in a timely manner, to many countries, which bears vivid testimony of China’s global leadership»

The premier reiterated that Cambodia recognizes the central role of multilateralism in addressing complex and interconnected global challenges. In this context, each country should play more active roles in global governance with a flexible, constructive and responsible manner.

On behalf of the Royal Government and the people of Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen also expressed profound gratitude to the Government and people of China for supplying the medicines, medical supplies and the 2.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Cambodia, of which 1.3 million doses were humanitarian aids.