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Cambodia provides US$13 million, 500,000 doses of Covid vaccine

Cambodia has announced that it will provide US$13 million and 500,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine to support Laos’ battle against the Covid outbreak.
 The pledge came during bilateral talks on Monday between visiting Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh and his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen, which took place in Phnom Penh.
 Of the US$13 million to be provided, US$3 million will come from the Royal Government of Cambodia and US$10 million will be donated by private companies in Cambodia, according to the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


 Mr Phankham thanked the government and people of Cambodia for their donation of medical equipment and vaccine to assist Laos’ response to the Covid outbreak.
 During their meeting, the Lao premier and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen spoke highly of the longstanding bilateral ties between their two countries.
 This is the first official visit made to a foreign country by Mr Phankham since he was elected as prime minister earlier this year.
His visit reflects the unwavering commitment of the Lao government and people to build friendly relations with Cambodia as good neighbours and to strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
 Mr Phankham is paying an official visit to Cambodia from November 29-30 in response to an invitation from Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen.
 Despite complex changes globally and the problems caused by the continuing pandemic, the two sides are seeking to strengthen their comprehensive strategic partnership, a level to which their relationship was elevated in 2019.
The two leaders agreed to draw up a master plan as a guideline for the involved sectors of their two countries in implementing the comprehensive strategic partnership.
 They noted that bilateral ties between the two countries have deepened through regular meetings between their top leaders.
Cooperation has been broadened in areas relating to national defence and public security, economics, socio-cultural affairs, and efforts to curb drug trafficking, as well as cooperation between various localities of the two countries.
With regard to education, Laos and Cambodia are continuing to exchange students under scholarships granted by the two governments. In the 2021-2022 academic year, 15 scholarships have been granted under the student exchange programme.
Concerning cooperation in tourism, the two sides suggested holding talks on ways to revitalise the tourism industry when the Covid pandemic wanes.
Both countries also seek to strengthen cooperation in the field of energy and Laos plans to export more electricity in response to Cambodia’s growing energy needs.
The two prime ministers also informed one another of the progress made in socio-economic development and their respective responses to the Covid pandemic.
During his two-day visit, Mr Phankham called on Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and met with Senate President Say Chhum and National Assembly President Heng Samrin.
 Mr Phankham also led a Lao delegation to lay wreaths at the unknown soldier monument and the Norodom Sihanouk Memorial.

By Somsack Pongkhao
 (Latest Update December 1, 2021)

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