On today's date, September 28, 2566 (Buddhist Era), at 10:30 AM (local time in Phnom Penh, which is equivalent to the time in Bangkok), Mr. Settha Thaweesin, the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Thailand, along with his delegation, arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport, the Kingdom of Cambodia. Subsequently, the Prime Minister and his delegation proceeded to the Office of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia to participate in an official welcome ceremony. At 11:00 AM, Prime Minister Settha had a discussion with His Excellency Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, at the Rumchek Room on the second floor.
During their discussions, both Prime Ministers expressed mutual congratulations on their concurrent assumption of office and shared their common goals in advancing their respective countries. They emphasized the close friendship between the two nations and highlighted the current opportune time to enhance their bilateral relations. Both leaders announced an elevation in the strategic partnership between the two countries and extended an invitation for the Prime Minister of Cambodia to visit Thailand.
The leaders addressed various key issues during their discussions, including economic cooperation, trade, tourism, investment, border area development, and the new economic sector, with a specific focus on increasing cooperation in facilitating trade, tourism, and investment to achieve the goal of 15 billion US dollars in bilateral trade by 2025. They also discussed expediting cross-border transportation through the opening of the Moei River Friendship Bridge. The leaders emphasized the importance of expanding business networks, upgrading border checkpoints, and enhancing collaboration in the digital and green economy sectors.
In the field of tourism, the Thai Prime Minister proposed promoting tourism cooperation, particularly in medical and health tourism, and suggested allowing temporary border passes to boost border-area tourism. Regarding investment, both leaders expressed their support for increased investment between the two countries, including strengthening supply chain connections, especially for SMEs and new entrepreneurs.
Regarding security matters, the Thai Prime Minister proposed convening the Joint Boundary Committee (JBC) meeting in the near future to advance border crossings and increase cross-border trade. Additionally, he suggested both countries expedite demining efforts along the border areas to ensure public safety and promote economic development in border regions. He emphasized that both sides should work closely and regularly follow up on the outcomes of today's discussions, reporting them accordingly.
Furthermore, the Thai Prime Minister supported continuous exchanges and visits between security agencies at all levels, as well as cooperation on transnational crimes, especially in border areas. He also stressed the need for close collaboration in combating fake news to prevent misunderstandings among the public, emphasizing the importance of acting swiftly when necessary.
Finally, the Prime Ministers jointly conducted a symbolic handover ceremony at the first victim assistance center for human trafficking victims and at-risk groups in Poipet, Banteay Meanchey Province. This was located on the second floor in the Marri Room before joining a luncheon hosted by the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia in honor of the Thai Prime Minister at the Romdoul Hall, Office of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.