Siem Reap (FN), Jun. 7 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet stated that science and technology have always been the backbone of humanity's progress, speaking on Friday (Jun. 7) at the 20th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Science, Technology, and Innovation (AMMSTI-20) in Siem Reap.

Samdech Thipadei underscored, "Science and technology have always been the backbone of humanity's progress, providing solutions, making our lives better and easier and expanding the scope of what human can do to manage our society, nature and the planet."

There have been several waves of technological advancements that have changed the entire landscape of industry, society and human behaviour. Thanks to technologies, we have been able to reduce the geographical distance, accelerate and intensify globalization which helps to bring the world closer together and provide more opportunities in terms of knowledge sharing and wealth creation for the world as a whole.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Hun Manet noted that ASEAN has benefited greatly from globalization supported by the advancement of science and technology, which has transformed the region from a group of mostly newly independent states to one of the centres of growth of the world.

At the same time, the premier underlined that as science and technology continue to evolve at breakneck speed, there is a need for the world to harness and critically monitor emerging technologies that are reshaping the world so that we can guide technological progress in a way that prioritises inclusiveness, sustainable development and resilience.