Germany to Promote Education and Health Cooperation with Cambodia(2nd LD) Facebook founder Zuckerberg meets key Samsung, LG officials

Germany is intended to boost the cooperation with Cambodia in the areas of education, human resource training, and health. The intention was raised by visiting H.E. Ms. Martina Stamm-Fibich, Chairwoman of the Petitions Committee of the German Bundestag, while paying a courtesy call on Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, at the Peace Palace here on the afternoon of Feb. 28. H.E. Ms. Martina Stamm-Fibich said the purpose of her visit to Cambodia is to further strengthen and expand the relations and cooperation between the two countries, especially in the fields of education and human resource training, and health, as they are important in serving the needs of the people and providing mutual benefits to both countries. Currently, she added, Germany is also facing a shortage of human resources in the health sector and skilled workers. For his part, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet thanked the German government and people for their contribution to the development of Cambodia, focusing p articularly on education, human resource development and democracy. The Prime Minister welcomed the above-said German side's intention, emphasising that the policy of the Royal Government of Cambodia of the 7th Legislature of the National Assembly is focused on boosting the economic growth based on human resources. At the same time, he added, the Royal Government is committed to strengthening the health sector and human resource training, and providing vocational skills to the people. He also encouraged both countries' relevant institutions to continue to discuss and cooperate in developing mechanisms and plans to promote cooperation in the said fields. Cambodia and Germany celebrate this year the 57th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties. Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg met with Samsung Electronics Co. Chairman Lee Jae-yong and LG Electronics Co. CEO Cho Joo-wan on Wednesday to discuss ways to enhance corporate collaborations in the artificial intelligence (AI) and extended reality (XR) sectors, officials said. The CEO of Meta Platforms Inc., Facebook's parent company, had a luncheon with Cho and other senior officials from the South Korean electronics giant in Seoul, according to officials from LG Electronics. Later Wednesday, Zuckerberg and Lee held talks over dinner at a reception hall the Samsung chairman uses for meetings with key officials to discuss collaborations in the areas of AI memory chips and XR businesses, according to sources. Zuckerberg came to the South Korean capital the previous day to have a series of business meetings with key business gurus, including Cho and Lee. Meta has earlier announced new plans to build its own artificial general intelligence (AGI) and work on a new AI chip. Samsung Electronics, the world's No. 1 memory chipmaker, has created a new unit for AGI research and development in Silicon Valley. Zuckerberg had met with Lee in South Korea in 2014 and visited Samsung Electronics' RandD lab in the United States in 2022. The Cho-Zuckerberg meeting, meanwhile, came as the two companies shared mutual interest in advancing XR technologies as a key driver for future innovation and growth. Last month during CES 2024, Cho expressed the company's commitment to forging partnerships to expand its presence in the XR market. Meta released its new virtual reality headset, the Quest 3, at the end of last year in a bid to take a lead in the fledgling XR market. It rivals Apple Inc.'s latest Vision Pro headset, which made its global debut last month. In addition to his meetings with Samsung and LG executives, Zuckerberg met with representatives from at least five AI and XR startups, including AI startup Upstage, at Meta Korea's office in southern Seoul in a closed-door session, the sources said. Meta reportedly arra nged the meeting directly with the startups as part of apparent efforts to advance the company's XR headset technology. Zuckerberg is also expected to meet with President Yoon Suk Yeol before departing the country on Thursday to travel to India. Meta Korea said it cannot confirm any details of Zuckerberg's trip to Seoul. Source: Yonhap News Agency