Senior Minister Sun Chanthol Receives U.S.-ASEAN Business Council Delegation

Cambodian Senior Minister H.E. Sun Chanthol held talks here on Oct. 2 with a delegation of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council who is on a visit in Cambodia to strengthen relations between Cambodia (as an ASEAN partner), and the United States, and to promote more U.S. investment to the Kingdom.

According to a news release of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), the delegation, led by Mr. Michael W. Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, is composed of representatives from American companies including AstraZeneca, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Dupont, Ford, Herbalife, Mastercard, RMA Group, and Visa.

H.E. Sun Chanthol, also Minister of MPWT, briefed the delegates on the plans and on-going projects involving the upgrading of Cambodia's national road network, the expansion of Sihanoukville's deep sea port, and the objectives of the sixth mandate's 100 day plan. He also discussed the National Logistics Council and the National Logistics Master Plan that will help bring Cambodia to the forefront as a regional logistics hub for ASEAN.

H.E. Minister highlighted the ministry's successful current reform initiatives, including the national online automation platforms for vehicle registration, driver's license registration and driver's exam, and technical vehicle inspection registration.

H.E. Sun Chanthol took the opportunity to request delegates from Visa and MasterCard to work closely with senior officials of MPWT to explore more efficient online payment opportunities for the citizens of Cambodia.

The U.S.-ASEAN Business Council is an advocacy organisation for U.S. corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Council serves as the voice of the U.S. private sector in promoting mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships between the United States and Southeast Asia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press