Bangkok (FN), Apr. 22 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet stated that Cambodia considers digital technology as a critical driver for the socio-economic development in the context of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

The premier delivered a special address on Monday (Apr. 22) at the high-level opening of the eightieth session of the UN-ESCAP in Bangkok.

Samdech Thipadei underlined that digital innovation is crucial to sustainable, inclusive, and resilient development, especially in addressing inequalities exacerbated by the COVID19 pandemic as well as in timely responding to growing emerging needs of our people. Through the use of technology, we can narrow the gap in accessing to the opportunities and essential services. In other words, it enables us to redistribute the benefits of the development to all people, equally.

Digital technology has created a new impetus for the growth and promotion of the use of key public services, as well as contributing to building a modern and civilized society where people can benefit with reliability and security. High and on the other hand it can help maintain national and cultural identity.

In this regard, Samdech Thipadei underlined that the seventh-mandate Royal Government has adopted the “Pentagonal Strategy-Phase I”, with five key priorities, namely People, Road, Water, Electricity, and Technology, of which Digital Technology is a new priority set out in the fifth strategic pentagon, ‘Building a Digital Economy and Society.’

Moreover, the Royal Government has also implemented various policy frameworks, including “Digital Economy and Society Policy Framework of Cambodia 2021-2035”, “Cambodia Digital Government Policy 2022-2035”, “Cambodia Financial Technology Development Policy 2023-2028”, and “National Policy on Science, Technology and Innovation 2020-2030”.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Hun Manet stated that these policy frameworks involve all stakeholders in the society including the government, citizens and private sector, and together contributing to achieving Cambodia's ambition of “Cambodia Vision 2050”.

The premier continued that in global and regional context, Cambodia has been proactively engaging in digital policy agenda to achieve global and regional digital development goals, including the “ASEAN Digital Masterplan 2025” and the UN’s “Digital Strategy 2022- 2025”.