Siem Reap, 2 December 2014
The Prime Minister of Cambodia, His Excellency Hun Sen opened the regional conference, hosted jointly by IFAD and the government of Cambodia in Siem Reap today. The participants in the meeting are working to set out a strategy to transform rural areas into vibrant and economically viable communities. More than 200 rural development experts, including those from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), are meeting with government ministers from Asia on 2-4 December in Siem Reap, Cambodia to discuss plans to transform impoverished rural areas and improve the lives of rural people.
Hun Sen set the tone of the conference this morning outlining how Cambodia is already transforming rural areas and is projected to reach high income status by 2050. The statement can be accessed in full here on IFADAsia. Other key speakers today include: John McIntire, Associate Vice President, IFAD; Ouk Rabun, Minister of Agriculture, Cambodia; Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture, Vietnam; M. A. Mannan, Minister of Finance, Bangladesh; and leaders in development, farmer groups and the private sector.