In the morning of 22 September 2021, the Secretariat Team of the AEEBF1 headed by His Excellency SAMHENG Bora, held a meeting with Mr. Stewart Clayton, Director of the Department of Trade in Cambodia to discuss the progresses of the AEEBF1 as the event is drawing near and seek for possibility of cooperation between both sides.
In the afternoon of 21 September 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia held via videoconference a disucssion session on the budget plan of the national organizing committee of the ASEM13, chaired by H.E. Mr. NHIM Khemra, Secretary of State of the MFA.IC and the Deputy Head of the Finance Sub-Committee of the ASEM13 and H.E. Mrs. EAT Sorphea, Secretary of State of MFA.IC and Head of the Side-Event Sub Committee of the ASEM13.
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.
On the morning of 27 August 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation virtually hosted a progress meeting to discuss and review progress of the preparation and organization of the 13th Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM13) and its side events. The meeing was co-headed by His Excellency LUY David, Secretary of State of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Her Excellency EAT Sorphea, Secretary of State of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The meeting reviewed the progress of the side events’ preparation as the summit draws close, and discussed on further arrangements of each side events that need to be further coordinated respectively. Her Excellency TEKRETH Karang, Secretary of State, and His Excellency SAMHENG Bora, Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce briefly reported positive progress of the AEEBF1 and informed the meeting of the tasks currently in hand.
Upon hearing updates on the progress of the AEEBF1, the meeting appreciated the organizing commission and looked forward to a successful organization of the AEEBF1.
In preparation for the 1st Asia-Europe Economic and Business Forum (AEEBF1), the Ministry of Commerce, which is entrusted by the Government of the Kingdom of the Cambodia to host this important task, had cordially extended invitations to various embassies and chambers of commerce of Asian and European countries based in Cambodia to hold discussion meeting with the aim to explore the possibilities of joint cooperation for the AEEBF1.
Since its early stage of preparation, the Ministry of Commerce has held various meetings and worked tirelessly with embassies, chambers of commerce and partners of Asia and Europe to give brief and initial introductions of the AEEBF1 as well as to earn inputs and suggestions from all partners so that the AEEBF1 can be organized in the best possible arrangement. The meetings with our partners include:
- Working meeting with the representative of the Asia-Europe Foundation on 14 December 2020
- Working meeting with the representative of the Embassy of Russian Federation on 15 January 2021
- Working meeting with the representative of the Embassy of United of Kingdom on 18 January 2021
- “Working Meeting with the representative of the EuroCham Cambodia on 19 January 2021”
- Working meeting with the representative of the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce on 04 February 2021
- Working meeting with the representative of the BritCham Cambodia on 05 February 2021
- Working meeting with the representative of the International Chamber of Commerce of Cambodia on 05 February 2021
- Working meeting with the representative of the Embassy of the Republic of France on 03 March 2021
Working meeting with the representative of the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam on 27 January 2021
– Working meeting with the representative of the Asia-Europe Foundation and BRUEGEL on 29 June 2021
– Working meeting with the representative of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China on 30 June 2021
– Working meeting with the representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia on 19 August 2021.
The AEEBF1 is one of the major side events of the 13th Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM13) to be hosted virtually in the Kingdom of Cambodia in 2021 under the theme of “Transitioning to a New Normal: Leveraging Global Value Chains, Multilateralism and the 4IR”.
Hosting the 1st Asia-Europe Economic and Business Forum will not only prove Cambodia’s capacity to organise such international gathering, but could also impress the world about the country.
H.E. Samheng Bora, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Commerce and Chairperson of the Secretariat of the Asia-Europe Economic and Business Forum working group, highlighted the insights in a recent interview with AKP. It will show the world that Cambodia is a capable and important player for global development, he said.
He continued that it will also confirm that Cambodia is a safe country wherein the COVID-19 is well contained and it will attract more international tourists to the country.
The 1st Asia-Europe Economic and Business Forum is a side event of the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit that Cambodia will host in late November this year.
The Economic and Business Forum will discuss trade to boost global economy for the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis as well as green trade in the context of Industrial Revolution 4.0.
Other side events of the 13th ASEM Summit include Asia-Europe Forum on Women, Peace and Security, the 11th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP11), ASEM Cultural Festival, ASEF Young Leaders Summit, and the 10th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable (ASEFERT10).
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On the afternoon of 23 August 2021, His Excellency SAMHENG Bora, Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce and Head of the Secretariat Team of the AEEBF1, chaired a joint virtual meeting the International Business Chamber of Cambodia (IBC), during which the AEEBF1 Secretariat provided the latest updates of the forum to the latter.
Given the AEEBF is closely approaching, the AEEBF1 Secretariat is seeking for close cooperation with all of its partners including the IBC. The IBC took well note of the progressive developement of the AEEBF1 and informed His Excellency and the team that IBC looks forward to providing necessary assistances, whereby needed, in contributing to the success of this important forum.
The AEEBF1 is expected to be held virtually on 24 November 2021 as one of the major side events of the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13).
On the afternoon of 17 August 2021, His Excellency SAMHENG Bora, Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce and Head of the Secretariat Team of the AEEBF1, chaired a joint virtual meeting with all partners, including foreign embassies, chambers of commerce and partners with the aims of keeping everyone posted with regards to the organization of the AEEBF1 as well as discussing cooperation way forward.
Given the AEEBF is closely approaching, the AEEBF1 Secretariat, upon having almost finalized the tentative programmes, started to approach and seek cooperative assistances from all of its partners in reaching out to the esteemed speakers, enquiring availabilities as well as interests in attending the forum.
The request of the AEEBF1 Secretariat was met with kind and prompt responses from all respected partners. They informed His Excellency that they have conveyed the messages to the proposed speakers accordingly and looked forward to bring about good news as soon as possible.
After going through some challenging times during the pandemic, the AEEBF1 is expected to be held virtually on 24 November 2021 as one of the major side events of the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13).
On 06 August 2021 in a virtual session, His Excellency SAMHENG Bora, Under-Seceretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce, led the Secretariat Team of the AEEBF1 to discuss on media cooperation with the ASEM13’s Sub-Committee in charge of Media, which is headed by His Excellency HOUT Kheang Veng, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Information and Head of the Media Sub-Committee of the ASEM13.
Both side had a very engaging discussion and agreed to further work closely together with respects to the media arrangement for the AEEBF1.
On the afternoon of 28 July 2021, His Excellency SAMHENG Bora, Head of the Secretariat Team of the AEEBF1, hosted a virtual working discussion with Mr. Tassilo BRINZER, Chairman of the Board of the EuroCham, during which the prospect of organzing side events with the AEEBF1 were being explored by the two sides.
His Excellency SAMHENG Bora noted with thanks and satisfaction the proposal made by the EuroCham. Both side agreed to further discuss on these possibilities in having side events of some sorts in parralel with the AEEBF1.