Prime Minister Hun Sen left for Hanoi Tuesday for a two-day official visit,
where he is expected to improve cross-border trade with visa exemptions for
The premier will discuss the economy, trade, investment and
the acceleration of border demarcation with his counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung.
During Hun Sen’s visit, his first since the July elections,
the two are expected to sign an agreement that will allow all passport holders
to cross between the two countries without a visa, which will ease imports and
“These agreements really promote the economics between the
two countries, especially cross-border trade and free visas, so that ordinary people
can make business along the border and travel,” said Koy Koung, a spokesman for
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The two are also scheduled to sign an agreement to link the
countries by rail, as part of a pan-Asean railway initiative, according to the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The two countries will also seek greater cooperation between
their two national stations, National Radio of Cambodia and the Voice of
“We will allow the news in Vietnamese to be broadcast on
Cambodian national radio for 15 minutes each day, and Vietnam will
help train Cambodians to use material and equipment for the radio in the
studio,” Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said.
Both sides will share with each other music and background
broadcasts from national festivals and events, he said.
In Hanoi, Hun Sen will also
join economic summits with Burma,
Laos and Vietnam.
Trade between the two countries increased from $180 million
in 2000 to $1.2 billion in 2007, Vietnamnet reported Tuesday. From January to
June this year, the two have traded $903 million. Both countries hope trade to
reach $2 billion annually by 2012. Meanwhile, investment from Vietnam in Cambodia was $100 million in 2007.