Phnom Penh (FN), Aug. 31 – Not many people pay close attention to the terms Triangle Strategy, Rectangular Strategy and, from now on, Pentagonal Strategy which is the roadmap of the new government led by the new Prime Minister, H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Dr. Hun Manet.
In a nutshell, one can say that the current key accomplishments (sovereign and independent Cambodia, Cambodia in the regional and global integration, peace, lifting millions of Cambodians out of poverty if compared to the situation 25 years ago, etc.) were obtained through the implementation of the Triangle Strategy, the Rectangular Strategy, as well as the Win-Win Policy of Samdech Techo Hun Sen. In this connection, the Pentagonal Strategy is the third “code”, in both principle and theory, leading Cambodia to a new stage of nation building.
By 2050, this Pentagonal Strategy will have gone through five phases. The end- and long-term goal is to “further promote national pride (…) through building a strong, proactive, and prosperous nation (…) to become a high-income country by 2050.”
In this regard, the first phase is what the “new generation, new blood, and new energy” government under the leadership of H.E. Dr. Hun Manet has carried out for a short period of five to seven years. Among the key measures of the Pentagon Strategy-Phase I, caring “the most impoverished” is the top priority. In fact, as H.E. Dr. Prime Minister pointed out on 24 and 28 August 2023, the government will strive by all means and, in all capacities, to promote economic growth, create more jobs, promote social equity, strengthen quality of education and health care sector particularly in the remote areas. This not only demonstrates the more socially oriented policy of the government of H.E. Dr. Hun Manet, but also undeniably illustrates the compassion of this new head of government for the most impoverished in our society, such as workers, informal businessmen, and the people in the rural areas.
At present, facing reeling national, regional and international economy, the government led by H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Dr. Hun Manet continues to roll out the goals of “reducing poverty rate to below 10%,” narrowing down socio-economic inequality, maintaining economic growth rate, and concurrently enhancing the social protection system by especially taking care of the most impoverished. In order to achieve these goals and to continue to strive for greater accomplishments for our nation, optimism, confidence, and hope of each citizen along with the strong commitment of the government of H.E. Dr. Hun Manet are the most necessary.
By Jean-François Tain
Minister Delegate Attached to the Prime Minister