Progress Meeting of the AEEBF1, presided over by Minister PAN Sorasak

In the afternoon of 30 August 2021, the Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia held a virtual meeting, under the chairmanship of His Excellencyt PAN Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, to review the progress of the organization of AEEBF1. The meeting was attended virtually by all members of the organizing commissions of the AEEBF1 with the aim to check and review the progress on the arrangement of all sub-committee of the AEEBF1, given the event is drawing closer.

To begin with, his excellency Minister welcomed and stated that the Kingdom of Cambodia is planning to host the “13th Asia-Europe Summit” in mid-November 2020, but due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 which has been continually spreading globally, the preparatory process of the summit and other side events was forced to to be postponed to November 25-26, 2021 via video. In particular, the AEEBF1 is one of the seven side events of the ASEM13 Summit, which was in charge by the Ministry of Commerce. The forum will be held on November 24, 2021 via video as well as the ASEM Summit.

The forum, as mentioned by his excellency minister, is an opportunity for business leaders from Asia and Europe to interact as well as to share and discuss issues related to trade and investment. It is also a forum for political leaders from both continents to exchange view on the shared current and future challenges in order to promote the economic growth, trade, investment and development of all countries in both Asia-Europe.

Afterwards, his excellency Minister provided an opportunity for all excellencies, heads of each working group to report on the progress of their work. The Secretariat team is working on the website development, making relevant documents as well as extending invitations to all proposed panelists, who are well expected for the event, via all partners, embassies and chambers of commerce of Asia and Europe. The protocol and logistics team, meanwhile, is progressively working the logistical aspects of the event organization including floor plan, event flows, technical arrangement as well as other necessary sanitory mesaures to curb the risks of covid-19 infections during the event.

Finally, His Excellency Minister concluded the meeting and commended all the organizing commissions who have worked hard to fulfill their respective tasks in achieving this noble tasks. In addition, the Minister strongly hopes that the first Asia-Europe Economic and Business Forum will proceed smoothly and successfully.