Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet Highlights Women’s Empowerment and National Security at Major Events

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Phnom Penh – On the mornings of November 5th and 6th, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet attended and spoke at the 7th Asia Pacific Girl Scout Conference and the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Ministry of Interior building.

In Siem Reap on November 5th, Prime Minister Hun Manet presided over the opening ceremony of the 7th Asia Pacific Girl Scout Conference, where he underlined the potential for a safer, more beautiful, and warmer world if more women become leaders.

He pointed out the tragic loss to human resources represented by the underutilization of global female potential due to traditional constraints, economic factors, and a lack of awareness. The Cambodian government has prioritized gender equality and women’s empowerment on its policy agenda. Through the first phase of the “Rectangular Strategy,” the government is dedicated to enhancing civic consciousness within a highly civilized, moral, equitable, and inclusive society. The administration aims to foster young women’s participation in deciding the nation’s destiny, including that of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Moreover, Hun Manet stated that the government would increase educational and vocational training opportunities for female students through in-school programs, scholarships, safe accommodations, a greater number of female teachers, and the protection of women’s rights, including enhancing the role of women in decision-making at all levels. He emphasized these commitments demonstrate the significant contributions of activities by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, such as those by women in the Asia-Pacific region, to the implementation of Cambodia’s national policies.

As the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Manet reiterated his support for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the Asia Pacific Girl Scout Association, and their activities. He expressed that the Cambodia Girl Scout Association would continue to uphold these spirits and activities to help educate and develop the morals, virtues, ethics, and capabilities of girls and young women, preparing them for a prosperous future and making them a vital resource in nation-building.

On the morning of November 6th, Prime Minister Hun Manet and his wife presided over the inauguration of the new Ministry of Interior building. The Prime Minister shared the government officials’ and people’s joy over the completion of the new edifice, which he described as a stunning example of modern, luxurious architecture. He also highlighted that the new building stands as a valuable legacy of the old government, initiated by Prince Norodom Sirivudh and supported by Prince Norodom Hun Sen. Hun Manet hoped that Ministry of Interior civil servants would appreciate the great achievements of former government leaders and resolve to serve the people with dedication and efficiency.

Hun Manet emphasized that without implementation, any policy would remain on paper only. He commended the efforts of Ministry of Interior officials in enforcing the government’s policies and expressed his hopes that under the new leadership of Interior Minister Sar Kheng, they would meet even higher expectations. He also reminded officials of the importance of ensuring that village, commune, and community policies are secure, urging the strengthening of decentralization and more effective policy implementation. Further, he disclosed that Health Minister Mam Bunheng had conducted a surprise inspection of a medical center in Chong Kal district of Oddar Meanchey province.

In conclusion, Hun Manet instructed ministries and institutions without clearly defined tasks to review their roles and participate in strengthening local capacity building. He also directed local officials to enhance cleanliness efforts.

The New Ministry of Interior Building:

Located on Norodom Boulevard in the Sangkat Beung Raing district, the building embodies a fusion of traditional Khmer and classic architectural styles, crowned with five spires reminiscent of Angkor Wat. The building spans an area of 12,699 square meters over 9 floors and includes an underground parking lot that can accommodate 330 vehicles, with construction costs around 60 million USD.