Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen launched the ASEAN Economic Club at a forum on Sept 12 with a call for enhanced cooperation among regional countries for sustainable and inclusive economic recovery.
With challenges like geopolitical tensions continuing to emerge, Hun Sen said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations must be united and strengthen the close partnership in line with the bloc’s theme ASEAN A.C.T.: Addressing Challenges Together, which was set by Cambodia as the Chair of ASEAN in 2022.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2022 ASEAN Leadership and Partnership Forum in Phnom Penh, Hun Sen said leadership and partnership are key factors that have enabled ASEAN to overcome obstacles and turn into a region that stands out and thrives.
The event was co-organized by Malaysia-based think tank KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific, ASEAN Business Advisory Council, Phnom Penh-based Asian Vision Institute and Cambodia Chamber of Commerce. China Daily provided media support for the event.
Under the theme “Partnership for a Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN”, the forum brought together about 300 high-level delegates from the region and beyond to discuss major trends, major issues and business and investment opportunities in ASEAN.
In order to achieve fruitful results and demonstrate ASEAN’s commitment to strengthen cooperation amid turmoil, Hun Sen said it is a must to avoid wars in which there is no winner or loser, but only destruction and loss of people’s lives.
“ASEAN must act as a role model and work together to ensure regional peace, stability and prosperity by strengthening ASEAN unity, centrality and strictly adhering to the partnership and multilateral mechanisms to address challenges,” said Hun Sen.
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