Liaoning Provincial CPPCC Delegation Visits Cambodia, Strongly Supports Sihanoukville Liaoshen Economic Zone Project

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INNEWS-The Liaoning Provincial CPPCC Vice Chairman, Wang Mingyu, led a delegation to Cambodia from the 23rd to 26th of the month. They visited various institutions such as the Cambodian Parliament, Cambodia-China Friendship Association, Chinese Embassy in Cambodia, Sihanoukville Provincial Government, Siem Reap Provincial Government, and the Cambodia Liaoning Chamber of Commerce. Their goal was to gain a deeper understanding of Cambodia’s investment environment, particularly supporting the development of the Liaoshen Economic Zone project in Sihanoukville.

Accompanying the delegation were Wang Peng, president of the Cambodia Liaoning Chamber of Commerce, and Duke Zhang Yunfeng, vice-chairman of the Cambodia-China Friendship Association.

On the afternoon of the 23rd, the delegation visited Sihanoukville and held bilateral talks with Governor Kouch Chamroeun. The Governor expressed strong support for the Liaoshen Economic Zone project and assured administrative conveniences for foreign companies, especially Chinese enterprises, including water and electricity connections and road construction.

He introduced the infrastructure and investment potential of Sihanoukville, such as the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville highway, deep-water port, and economic zones. He mentioned that the government has designated the province as a multifunctional economic zone, currently housing ten special economic zones, offering investors and tourism-related incentives.

Moreover, Sihanoukville has established friendly ties with 17 Chinese provinces and cities, including Jiangsu, Hainan, Nanning, and Wuxi, illustrating its development journey.

Vice Chairman Wang Mingyu stated that the visit commemorated the 65th anniversary of China-Cambodia diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative. The visit is also to expedite the construction of the Sihanoukville Economic Zone, which had been delayed due to the pandemic.

Upon returning, the delegation intends to promote Cambodia’s investment potential in Liaoning and other northeastern provinces, aiming to attract more Chinese investors and tourists.

Both sides also discussed education cooperation, with Cambodia hoping for more scholarship slots for its students in China. In response to the invitation, Governor Kouch Chamroeun expressed willingness to visit Liaoning at an appropriate time.

It’s noteworthy that the Liaoshen Economic Zone is 10 km from the Sihanoukville International Airport, 26 km from the Sihanoukville Port, and 200 km from Phnom Penh. Covering 292 hectares, the zone boasts natural beauty and advantageous policies. It is planned to encompass logistics, technology, and traditional industries.

Before their Sihanoukville visit, the delegation met with Vong Soth, Second Vice-Chairman of the Cambodian Parliament, in the morning. Cambodia congratulated China on the success of the third “Belt and Road” International Cooperation Summit, with Prince Prime Minister Hun Manet of Cambodia being invited.

Vong Soth expressed gratitude to China for supporting Cambodia’s infrastructure development, with many projects under the “Belt and Road” initiative being pillars of Cambodia’s socio-economic growth.

He appreciated the cooperative agreements between the two governments, which he believes will benefit both nations’ citizens.

The Chinese side expressed pride in the close cooperation and firm friendship with Cambodia, desiring to elevate their comprehensive strategic partnership.

To meet the leaders’ demands, China aims to boost economic cooperation in business, tourism, and culture, especially between Liaoning and Sihanoukville.

Additionally, the delegation met with leaders such as EK San ol, chairman of the Cambodia-China Friendship Association; Wang Wentian, Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia; Khim Finan, vice governor of Siem Reap; Liu Zhijie, head of the Chinese Consulate in Siem Reap; and Feng Hao, secretary-general of the Siem Reap branch of the China Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia, furthering bilateral friendship and understanding.