United States (FN), Sep. 23 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen and Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed their desire for Cambodia-Bangladesh Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to boost trade volume.

The two leaders spoke during a meeting on 22 September 2022 (US time) at the UN headquarters.

Both discussed various issues, including mutual relations and cooperation as well as trade between the two nations. In the past, Bangladesh counterpart intended to import approximate 200,000 tons of rice from the kingdom, while Cambodian premier intended to have a stable rice export to Bangladesh.

The premier invited Bangladeshi companies to invest in rice mills, rice warehouses, and directly purchase rice from Cambodia.

Bangladeshi premier informed premier Hun Sen that she asked the private sector to invest in the kingdom in the agricultural sector, in particular the kingdom’s rice export. She also intended to have an agreement to provide business opportunities between the two countries.

On the occasion, premier Hun Sen agreed with Bangladesh premier’s desire as it help to boost Cambodia-Bangladesh trade volume. Samdech was confident that with this agreement, Bangladesh can foster relations with ASEAN as well.

Samdech thanked his Bangladesh counterpart for appointing Bangladeshi foreign minister to attend the ASEAN Regional Forum in Phnom Penh in August. As the rotating chair of ASEAN, Samdech thanked Bangladesh for offering 1 million doses of COVID19 vaccines to Myanmar.

Samdech also thanked Bangladesh for naming the road in Bangladesh as Norodom Sihanouk.

Lastly, Samdech applauded Bangladesh on the infrastructure achievement under the wise leadership of Bangladeshi premier in building a bridge named Padma Multipurpose Bridge.