MANILA, Philippines — The Kingdom of Cambodia celebrates its National Day today commemorating the declaration of independence from France by King Norodom Sihanouk on this day in 1953.
Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Cambodia were formally established in 1957. Though our relations were affected by the Khmer rouge regime in 1975, the Philippines and Cambodia have maintained cordial ties since the resumption of diplomatic relations in 1995 and the reopening of the Cambodian Embassy in Manila in 1999. The two countries have concluded agreements on economic and trade relations, agricultural and agribusiness collaboration, and tourism cooperation.
On July 9-10, 2010, the First Philippine Trade and Investment Mission to Cambodia was held in Phnom Penh. The event was jointly organized by the Philippine Embassy in Cambodia, the Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Export Trade Promotion (BETP), the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Philippines-Cambodia Business Council (PCBC), and the RFM Corporation-Corporate Export Division.
The opening ceremony included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the PCBC and the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce (CCC). The trade mission had two components: a trade mission with 21 participating Filipino companies and business establishments; and an investment mission, with three participating Filipino companies.
We congratulate the people and government of Cambodia headed by His Majesty, King Norodom Sihamoni, and Their Excellencies, Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen and Senate President Chea Sim, and its Embassy in the Philippines led by Ambassador Hos Sereythonh, on the occasion of its National Day. We wish them all the best and success in all their endeavors. MABUHAY!