Cambodian PM: Fight against COVID-19 Must be Changed into Common Global Battle

AKP Phnom Penh, August 09, 2020 –Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, have reiterated the necessity of international cooperation in the fight against  the COVID-19 crisis.

The Cambodian Premier made the comment at the Virtual Summit on “Rally of Hope” organised on Aug. 9 in the Republic of Korea by the Universal Peace Federation under the theme: “Rebuilding and Renewing Our Nations in the Post-COVID-19 World: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values”

“So far, the fight against COVID-19 in all countries has largely concentrated on their own domestic measures. However, in the context of globalisation and regional integration, I believe that the fight against COVID-19 as well as the socio-economic recovery after the pandemic crisis cannot be solved at the national level. It requires deepening and broadening international cooperation in all fields. This means that international community must work together to turn the fight against COVID-19 into a common battle,” he underlined in his video message.

In this spirit, Samdech Techo Hun Sen shared five key points as following:

“First, the spread of Covid-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges to public health security, disruptions of gathering and the functioning of the global supply chains, all of which are seriously impacting the livelihoods and aggravating global economic downturn. In this context, a joint response and universal solidarity aiming at supporting multilateralism become even more urgent. In this regard, Cambodia calls for a cohesive and unified approach at the regional and global levels. Furthermore, while the world is awaiting a breakthrough in vaccine development, Cambodia call for an adoption of the vaccine as a global public goods to which people in anywhere and everywhere can access.

Second, we must avoid racism and blame game, which leads to disunity as the whole world needs to join hands to fight this pandemic. In the spirit of humanitarianism and international solidarity, Cambodia granted permission to the Westerdam cruise ship, boarding more 2,200 passengers, to dock in Cambodia on February 13, 2020. Cambodia has not only provided treatment to the infected Cambodian nationals but has also the infected foreigners in the country.

Third, moving forward, we need to be strategically well-prepared for post-COVID-19 crisis. To realise this, we should develop a specific recovery plan by setting out a number of scenarios for a gradual reopening of cross-border travel and trade between countries in the region, and for recovering the sectors severely hit by the crisis.

Fourth, we must continue to strengthen cooperation in promoting globalisation and in strengthening multilateral mechanisms to ensure a conducive environment for promoting economic growth, eradicating poverty, and improving people’s livelihoods. We must ensure that our cooperation mechanisms remain open and supportive of the multilateral trading system, especially in accelerating our social and economic connectivity to advance the development agenda of each country and to achieve a global agenda of sustainable and inclusive development.

Fifth, building and maintaining peace and security in the world is an indispensable foundation for development. Therefore, building and maintaining peace and security is a must, and it should be the highest priority of each country. Peace cannot be attained by chance. We must promote mutual love, mutual respect, and the value of humanity, coexist peacefully and harmoniously, and respect the diversity of faiths, religions, and cultures within and between societies.”

In addition, Samdech Techo Prime Minister called upon all leaders to register high level of goodwill and responsibility to respond to this global challenge and to maintain a conducive environment for peace, stability and harmony for development and prosperity of all nations. “Cambodia is ready to contribute to this noble goal with all stakeholders,” he stressed.

For Cambodia, Samdech Techo Hun Sen continued, we can assess that the situation of COVID-19 is not that serious given there has been no community transmission in the country, the current infection cases are all imported, and there has been zero mortality. Like other countries, Cambodia has put in place stringent measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by devising three fronts: (1) Preventing the recurrence of imported cases into Cambodia, (2) Preventing community transmission, and (3) providing treatment to the infected. To ensure the highest level of efficiency, Cambodia has established a national committee to combat COVID-19 as a joint central command to lead, launch and promote the implementation of all adopted measures.

By C. Nika