PHNOM PENH — Cambodia is ready to host the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, which is scheduled from May 10 to May 12 in Phnom Penh, government officials said Wednesday.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank President Jin Liqun will be among the 620 participants attending the forum, said Cambodian Transport Minister Sun Chanthol.
He said the participants include political and business leaders, civil society and other key researchers from around the world.
According to Chanthol, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen will open the forum on May 11 under the theme “Youth, Technology and Growth”.
“This forum will be a good opportunity for Cambodia to showcase its investment potential to foreign investors, and to attract more foreign investors and tourists to Cambodia,” he said at a press conference.
In order to promote Cambodia’s tourism, after the forum foreign participants will be granted free air-tickets from Phnom Penh to northwestern Siem Reap province to see the famed Angkor archeological park.
The World Economic Forum was established in 1971 as a non-profit foundation with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The forum holds annual meetings in Davos, Switzerland, but also convenes regional meetings each year across Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Last year, the World Economic Forum on ASEAN was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Xinhua-northboundasia.com