Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen delivers an opening remarks.

Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien led the Vietnamese delegation to the event.

Opening the AEM-54, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen reviewed Cambodia’s engagement in building the common community, especially the ASEAN Economic Community, along with the ASEAN efforts and achievements over the past 30 years, making the association the third largest area in Asia and the sixth in the world in terms of economic scale.

Reviewing common difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years, the Cambodian PM underlined that efforts and priorities of the ASEAN Chair in 2022 is to ensure the efficiency of the association in response to relevant challenges and risks, especially in speeding up the economic recovery in a sustainable and comprehensive manner.

The ASEAN should pay more attention to the rules-based trading system, globalization principles, multilateral mechanism, the liberalization of trade and investment in the region, as well as anti-protectionism issues, the enhancement of resilience of regional and global supply chains, logistics connection, digital economy building, environmental protection, clean energy, sustainable development, and food security, he held.

The Vietnamese delegation to the event is led by Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien

The Cambodian leader also reiterated the idea of establishing an ASEAN green agreement that he raised at the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting last month in Phnom Penh, asserting that the deal with help the region step by step head to a sustainable future, efficient energy use, strong adaptation and higher economic competitiveness.

The AEM-54 and related meetings will take place until September 18, focusing on regional growth and post-pandemic economic recovery and trade partnership with leading economies. ASEAN economic chiefs will hold discussion with partners, including those from China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, India, the U.S., Canada and Russia, as well as others in the framework of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the East Asia Summit (EAS)

Earlier, ASEAN senior economic officials gathered from September 11-13.

Source: VNA