Prime Minister to lead delegation at BRI forum

Prime Minister Hun Sen is to lead eight ministers to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing from Friday to Monday, with a number of agreements expected to be signed.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said on Monday that Hun Sen will attend the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) meeting in the Chinese capital with a delegation that includes three deputy prime ministers and five ministers.

Hun Sen is to “deliver an address on the forum’s theme – Belt and Road Cooperation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future. He will also share his perspectives on the theme Boosting Connectivity to Explore New Sources of Growth”, the ministry said on Monday.

It said the prime minister will have separate meetings with China’s President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, as well Wang Huning, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China.

He is also due to meet Li Yong of the UN Industrial Development Organisation (Unido).

“A number of documents on Chinese assistance and cooperation projects are expected to be signed during this visit,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Hun Sen will also attend the opening ceremony of the International Horticultural Exposition 2019 and inaugurate Cambodia’s national pavilion. He is set be awarded the title “Honorary Professor of International Relations” by Beijing University.

Analysts have expressed differing views as to the impact of China’s BRI on the Kingdom.

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