Phnom Penh (FN), Apr. 23 – The United Nations lauded and appreciated the Royal Government of Cambodia's Pentagonal Strategy for utilising digital technology to further promote socioeconomic development.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet met with Amida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, on Monday (Apr. 22) at the 80th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.

Taking this occasion, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet highlighted the launch of the Pentagonal Strategy-Phase I, which considers digital technologies as a crucial driver of new economic growth and aligns with the vision of transforming Cambodia into a high-income nation by 2050.

In Pentagon 5 of the Pentagonal Strategy-Phase 1, Development of Digital Economy and Society, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) considers digital technologies as a new important catalyst with potentials and opportunities for enhancing societal and economic productivity, as well as for boosting the efficiency of administration. To this end, the RGC has launched Cambodia Digital Economy and Society Policy Framework 2021-2035 and Cambodia Digital Government Policy 2022-2035. In this sense, the RGC focuses on the following five priorities: 1) building digital government and digital citizens; 2) development of digital economy, digital business, e-commerce, and digital innovation system; 3) building and development of digital infrastructures; 4) trustworthiness building in digital system; and 5) development of financial technology.

The premier thanked and appreciated the cooperation and support of the ESCAP, which has contributed significantly to the process of socioeconomic development of Cambodia in the past. ESCAP is one of Cambodia's key partners in providing technical assistance and skills training in various sectors such as: economic development, environmental sustainability, promotion of inclusive society and governance.

Samdech Thipadei thanked the ESCAP for supporting the drafting of the National Mine Action Policy, which is the first time in ESCAP history to participate in mine-related activities. He also vowed to further strengthen cooperation and partnership between Cambodia and the ESCAP Commission to promote socioeconomic development towards achieving sustainable development goals and building a better future for all.