President of NA Requests Australian Parliament to Promote Investment, Increase Scholarships to Cambodian Students  

(Australia): President of Cambodian National Assembly Heng Samrin, this morning, led the delegation to return from the 28th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) annual meeting in Australia back to Cambodia. APPF meeting was held 3 days up from January 13-15, 2020.

At the Phnom Penh International Airport, Keo Piseth briefed about outcomes of the 28th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) meeting in Australia was led by National Assembly President Heng Samrin.

Australia led 28th APPF meeting at Canberra, and Cambodia was invited by President of the Australian Parliament. Keo Piseth said that Heng Samrin was honored by the Australian Parliament to speak at the opening of the official meeting with the press release.

The 28th APPF Annual Meeting closed in the afternoon of January 15, 2020. It adopted 19 resolutions and selected hosting countries for 2021 and 2022 of which South Korea and Thailand will lead the meeting.  For the schedule of the 29th meeting, it will be held in the Republic of Korea in 2021 and in 2022, the meeting will be in Thailand.

Before concluding the meeting, Heng Samrin, President of Cambodia National Assembly and heads of the APPF delegation signed the minutes of the outcome of the 28th meeting.

During the APPF meeting in Australia, Cambodian National Assembly President Heng Samrin met with Tony Smith, President of the Australian Parliament and also the Chairman of APPF.

Heng Samrin also met with Phany Yathotou, President of the National Assembly of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Nguyen Thi Fong, Vice President of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The meeting was to strengthen cooperation between the Cambodian National Assembly and Parliament of other countries.

In the meeting with Tony Smith, the President of Cambodian National Assembly asked the Australian Parliament and Government to continue to support Cambodia. The requests to Australia were to promote Australian investors and tourists to Cambodia, and to continue training human resources, increase the number of scholarships for Cambodian students to study in Australia and provide scholarships as development in Cambodia today requires human resources.

In addition, Heng Samrin also invited Tony Smith for an official and friendly visit to Cambodia. He also invited him to attend the 11th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting, which Cambodia will host in late 2020.

In response from Australia, for the scholarship proposal, the President of the Australian Parliament, pledges his support to provide more scholarships to Cambodian students to study in Australia. This is in line with the development of human resources in Cambodia.

Particularly, the three countries such as Cambodia, Lao and Vietnamese hold small meetings during APPF to enhance communication and cooperation with each other. They also shared experiences on new developments and current situations from one another.

Before returning to the country, Heng Samrin and the delegation met with Cambodian citizens and students who are living and studying in Canberra and neighboring states. The meeting was at the Cambodian Embassy in Canberra which was concluded in a cordial atmosphere.

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