PM leaves for visit to Cambodia

08:52 | 25/04/2017 Events

Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc along with his spouse and a high-ranking delegation of the Vietnamese Government left Hanoi on April 24 for an official visit to Cambodia.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the delegation of Vietnamese Government arrive at Po Chen Tong International Airport, Phnom Penh - Photo: VGP

The two-day trip is being made at the invitation of Cambodian PM, Samdech Techo Hun Sen and his wife.

This is the first official visit to Cambodia by Nguyen Xuan Phuc as Prime Minister and an important diplomatic activity in the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year 2017.

It aims to enhance the friendship and sustainable comprehensive cooperation of the two countries.

Vietnam currently has 190 investment projects with total registered capital of US$2.89 billion in Cambodia, mostly in agriculture and forestry. Cambodia’s investment in Vietnam totals 18 projects worth US$58.125 million at present.

Bilateral trade exceeded US$2.9 billion in 2016 and is estimated at US$936 million in the first quarter of 2017, a year-on-year increase of 11.6%.

Cooperation between the two sides’ ministries, sectors, localities and organisations has been reinforced through delegation exchanges, mutual support in economic development, collaboration in health care and culture, and people-to-people exchange, helping maintain peace and friendship along the shared border.

About 960,000 Vietnamese people visited Cambodia last year, making Vietnam the biggest source of foreign tourists to the country.

Both sides are working to organise activities marking 50 years of diplomatic ties (June 24, 1967).

During his stay through April 25, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc is scheduled to have talks with his Cambodian counterpart, Samdech Techo Hun Sen and meet King Norodom Sihamoni, President of the Senate, Samdech Say Chhum and National Assembly President, Samdech Heng Samrin.