Consultative Group Meeting for Cambodia

February 19, 1999

  1. The Consultative Group Meeting for Cambodia will be held on February 25 (Thu.) and 26 (Fri.) in Tokyo under the auspices of the World Bank.

  2. The Meeting is the third of its kind for Cambodia. (The first meeting was held in Tokyo in July 1996 and the second in Paris in July 1997). The upcoming meeting will be the first one after the establishment of Cambodia's new government, following the armed conflict in July 1997 and the general election in July 1998. The meeting is significant for Japan as a reflection of Japan's diplomatic efforts, starting from the peace process in the late 1980s to the establishment of the new government late last year.

  3. There are positive movements taking place in Cambodia, in addition to the establishment of the new government, which include the restoration of Cambodia's right to become a member of the United Nations, the decision to join the ASEAN and the eradication of the Khmer Rouge. On the other hand, its economy is facing serious difficulties as a result of the armed conflict in July 1997 and the Asian economic crisis. There are also other problems to be tackled by the new government in reconstructing the nation: a weak economic substructure, deforestation, ineffective administration and corruption.

  4. Mr. Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, has been invited to this meeting to provide a speech about the new government's efforts aimed at solving the various problems. The participating countries will have discussions on measures to be taken to resolve the administrative problems faced by Cambodia. They also intend to make a pledge of assistance measures, bearing in mind Cambodia's middle- and long- term economic development. Mr. Keat Chhon, Minister of Economy and Finance, will attend the meeting as the representative of the Government of Cambodia. From Japan, Mr. Masaki Saito, Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia and Mr. Hideaki Domichi, Deputy Director-General of the Economic Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will attend along with other government officials.

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