Phnom Penh (FN), Jun. 13 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet said that Cambodia does not need to rely on any country's favour or tolerance for survival, but instead strives for self-reliance.

The premier spoke on Thursday (Jun. 13) during a graduation ceremony for 540 students of Limkokwing University in Phnom Penh.

Samdech Thipadei noted that Cambodia graduated from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) category in 2019. Formerly classified as a Least Developed Country, Cambodia enjoyed benefits such as favourable lending terms. However, upon graduating from LDC status, some privileges were phased out, prompting questions and concerns about the reasons behind this transition.

“We aim to sustain ourselves independently, not through their tolerance. Relying on their favour keeps us indebted and hinders autonomous development," the premier underscored.

Samdech Thipadei continued, "By 2050, we aspire to become a prosperous nation capable of competing on equal footing with others."

On the occasion, Samdech Thipadei also highlighted Cambodia's success in the fight against COVID19, attributing it to the nation's self-reliance, resulting in lower infection and mortality rates compared to other Asian countries.