India signs MoUs/Agreements signed on Cambodia PM Hun Sen visit

The Vice President of India, Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India is committed to provide all support to the agricultural sector in Cambodia, which has a great potential. He was interacting with the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Mr. Hun Sen, in New Delhi on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Senior officials from Cambodia and India were present on the occasion.

The Vice President conveyed his best wishes to the visiting Cambodian Prime Minister who is the longest serving Prime Minister in the world. He further complimented Cambodian Prime Minister’s son Mr. Hun Money for being bestowed with the Padma Shri Award, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, by the Indian Government.

The Vice President recalled fond memories of his personal visit along with his family to the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia few years back, which is the largest religious monument in the world. He further said that India is committed to continue its assistance in capacity building, developmental and social projects as well as preservation of historical and cultural heritage of Cambodia and the restoration and conservation of Angkor Wat temple and the continued work by Archaeological Survey of India at Ta Prohm temple was an evidence for the same. India is proud to become the co-chair of International Coordinating Committee for Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Preah Vihear, he added.

The Vice President appreciated Cambodian government for the remarkable economic growth of over 7% consistently year after year in the last two decades. He further said that the economic developments in our two countries present opportunities for greater commerce and investment. Hope Cambodia will provide easy access to the Indian professionals, businessmen and service providers, he added.

The Vice President said that Indian Chair for Buddhist and Sanskrit studies at Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University further deepens the interactions and understanding between our scholars. He further said that a project development fund with a corpus of 75 million US Dollars for catalyzing Indian investment in CLMV countries is created. Our EXIM Bank teams are conducting feasibility studies in the region including Cambodia to identify potential sectors, he added.

The Prime Minister of Cambodia has recalled the assistance provided by the Indian Government during it’s difficult times. He invited the Vice President to make a state visit to Cambodia at his convenience.

The family members of the Vice President welcomed the visiting Cambodian Prime Minister with a traditional Pochampally Shawl.

List of MoUs/Agreements signed during the State Visit of Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia to India ( January 27, 2018):

S. No. Agreement/MOU/Treaty and Purpose of MoU Name of Minister/officials who exchanged Agreement from Indian and Cambodian side
1. Cultural Exchange Programme with Cambodia for the year 2018-2022. The CEP seeks to promote cultural exchange and strengthen the friendly relations between India and Cambodia. Indian side:
Dr. Mahesh Sharma Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Culture Government of India
Cambodian side:
Mrs. PHOEURNG Sackona Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia
2. Credit Line Agreement between the EXIM Bank, Government of India and the Government of Cambodia for a Line of Credit to finance the Stung Sva Hab Water Resource Development Project for US$ 36.92 million. Indian Side:
Smt. Preeti Saran Secretary(East) Ministry of External Affairs
Cambodian side:
Mr. PHAN Phalla, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy and Finance. Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia
3. Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters. It seeks to improve the effectiveness of both countries in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of crimes through cooperation and legal assistance in criminal matters. Indian side:
Smt. Preeti Saran Secretary (East) Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
Cambodian side:
Mr. SIENG Lapresse Adviser of the Government in Charge of Transnational Crime, Ministry of Interior (MLAT). Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia
4. MoU on Cooperation for Prevention of Human Trafficking. It seeks to increase the bilateral cooperation on the issues of prevention, rescue and repatriation related to human trafficking. Indian side:
Smt. Preeti Saran Secretary (East) Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
Cambodian side:
Mrs. CHOU Bun Eng Secretary of State, Ministry of Interior (Human Trafficking) Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia

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