SAFEA administrator visits Cambodia for scientific and technological cooperation

Updated: 2019-04-15

SAFEA administrator visits Cambodia for scientific and technological cooperation

Zhang Jianguo, vice-minister of science and technology and administrator of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), visited Cambodia from April 3 to 5. [photo/safea.gov.cn]

Zhang Jianguo, vice-minister of science and technology and administrator of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), visited Cambodia from April 3 to 5.

Zhang met with Tung Ciny, chair of the Cambodian Science and Technology Commission and secretary of state of the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft of Cambodia, to discuss the cooperation mechanism between the Chinese and Cambodian governments. Zhang also visited universities and research institutions in Cambodia.

Zhang said that Cambodia is a friendly neighbor of China and the traditional friendship between China and Cambodia has a long history. In recent years, under the cooperation mechanism frameworks such as the Belt and Road Initiative and China-ASEAN cooperation, China and Cambodia have not only become more closely linked in the economic and trade field, but have also deepened cooperation in scientific and technological innovation. For example, the China-Cambodia Food Industry Joint Laboratory plays an important role in promoting food safety in Cambodia and the development of the local food industry.

The China-Cambodia Technology Transfer Center promoted a number of technical exchange activities to enable China and Cambodia to establish mature technology transfer. In addition, China and Cambodia have achieved positive results in cooperation areas such as satellite positioning services and scientific and technological personnel exchanges.

China is willing to establish a formal inter-governmental science and technology cooperation mechanism with Cambodia, identify key areas for cooperation, efficiently allocate resources, and comprehensively promote China-Cambodia sharing of scientific and technological matters.

Tung Ciny pointed out that Cambodia attaches great importance to scientific and technological innovation cooperation and personnel exchanges with China, and has positively evaluated their cooperation in recent years. He spoke highly of the progress made by the two sides in joint laboratories, technology transfer, and personnel exchange projects.

The Cambodian side is willing to explore with China the establishment of a formal inter-governmental science and technology cooperation mechanism, further promote cooperation with China in areas of measurement standards, agriculture and energy, and carry out scientific and technological personnel exchanges. Cambodia hopes to strengthen its innovation capacity building to promote development of new industry.

During the visit, Zhang visited Wang Wentian, Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia, listened to the work report of the China-Cambodia Technology Transfer Center, and visited the China-Cambodia Food Industry Joint Laboratory and the Royal University of Phnom Penh to promote cooperation between the two countries.

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