Phnom Penh (FN), March 16 - South Korean President Moon Jae-in and spouse paid a three-day state visit to Cambodia from 14-16 March 2019 at the invitation of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni.
On the first day of the visit, President Moon met with the Korean community in Cambodia and dined with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, accompanied by both countries’ First Lady at the Great Duke Hotel.
At the dinner, President Moon pledged to encourage Korean investors to Cambodia and promote Cambodian agricultural and agro-industrial products to Korean and international market.
In the morning of 15 March, the President paid a royal audience to His Majesty the King at the Royal Palace. Then, the President paid respect paid respect to Independence Monument and laid wreath at Norodom Sihanouk Memorial.
At 11 a.m, the President held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace and co-chaired the press conference and the signing ceremony of five documents, including:
1. Framework Arrangement between the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Government of the Republic of Korea concerning Loans from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) for the years 2019 through 2023, signed between Cambodian Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn and Foreign Minister of South Korea Kang Kyung-Wha.
2. MoU between the Ministry of Mines and Energy of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea on the project for the “Supply of Micro-grids and Battery Charging Stations in Cambodia”, signed between Cambodian Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem and South Korean Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Sung Yunmo.
3. Loan Agreement on Establishing the University of Health Science Teaching Hospital Project between the Export-Import Bank of Korea and the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia, signed between Cambodian Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth and Export-Import Bank of Korea Chairman and President Eun Sung-Soo.
4. MoU between Korea-Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) on Investment Facilitation Cooperation, signed between Cambodian Minister attached to the Prime Minister, CDC Secretary-General Sok Chenda Sophea and KOTRA President and CEO Kwon Pyung-Oh.
5. MoU between the Royal Academy of Cambodia and the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences (NRC) of the Republic of Korea on Academic Cooperation, singed between Cambodian President of Royal Academy Sok Touch and Chairman of NRC Seong KyoungRyung.
During the press conference, both parties pledged to expand bilateral cooperation and widen markets for Cambodian agricultural products.
President Moon expressed commitment to encourage Korean investors to invest in the kingdom. Following the press conference, Prime Minister and the President chaired Cambodia-Korea Business Forum at the Peace Palace.
In the evening of 15 March, President Moon joined the dinner hosted by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, accompanied by Prime Minister Hun Sen, National Assembly President Heng Samrin, Senate President Say Chhum, and other Cambodian dignitaries.
On the last day of visit, President Moon and spouse paid a visit to Cambodian historical landmark Angkor Wat and other temples in Siem Reap province. At 1:10 p.m, the President came back to Phnom Penh, and departed for South Korea in a special flight at 2:10 p.m on 16 March.