UN Economic Advisor Jeffrey Sachs Commends Cambodia’s Development Pace

Prime Minister Hun Sen meets with UN Economic Advisor Jeffrey Sachs Friday in Phnom Penh. Photo posted on Hun Sen Facebook page.

PHNOM PENH--Jeffrey Sachs, special adviser to the United Nations secretary-general, Friday met with Prime Minister Hun Sen during a visit to Phnom Penh.


And, according to Eang Sophalleth, personal assistant to the prime minister, Sachs said during the meeting that he had noted faster development in various sectors including the economy that he had expected to have taken place in 15 years.  


Sachs assured the prime minister that he would be happy to support the country’s efforts toward sustainable development, Sophalleth said at a press conference after the meeting. 


Hun Sen mentioned to Sachs the government’s goal of Cambodia becoming an upper-middle income country by 2030 and a high-income nation by 2050.


"We should [work] together to resolve issues, particularly climate change…as Cambodia strongly supports the goals set by the United Nations," the prime minister said, according to Sophalleth.


A leading expert in sustainable development, Sachs is in Southeast Asia as part of an effort to strengthen cooperation between Asean and the European Union in areas including trade, transport and IT. He is scheduled to visit Laos and Malaysia in addition to Cambodia.  


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