East Timor seeks Cambodia’s help for ASEAN and WTO membership
East Timorese Foreign Minister Adaljiza Magno asked Prime Minister Hun Sen to help her country become a member of ASEAN and to provide technical support in its preparation for membership of the World Trade Organization. trade (WTO).
Magno made the call while meeting with Hun Sen on Jan. 28 as part of his four-day official visit to the Kingdom, according to Hun Sen’s aide Eang Sophalleth.
“[Magno] also requested recommendations from Prime Minister Hun Sen on how to further promote business cooperation between the two countries,” Sophalleth told reporters after the meeting.
Magno also thanked the Cambodian government for providing Covid-19 vaccines to his country.
Sophalleth said Cambodia has always supported East Timor’s process of joining the regional bloc.
“Samdech [Hun Sen] will continue to promote the economic and socio-cultural pillars of ASEAN and prepare a fact-finding mission to East Timor to establish the basis of a roadmap and timetable for East Timor to become a member of ASEAN,” he said, adding that Hun Sen hosted a technical team from East Timor to study how to become a member of the WTO and ASEAN.
The prime minister also urged the two sides to find ways to revitalize business activities, especially the memorandum of understanding that the two countries signed.
“During the meeting, Prime Minister Hun Sen suggested that East Timor explore the possibility of promoting economic cooperation with Cambodia and start placing purchase orders for rice from the king,” Sophalleth said.
According to Sophalleth, Hun Sen encouraged Timorese companies to invest in flour milling machinery, warehouses and relevant infrastructure in the Kingdom, in order to increase rice exports to their country.
The prime minister also urged East Timor to consider entering into a free trade agreement or a double taxation agreement with Cambodia.