In ushering first day of the new year, Cambodia is calling for concrete reforms. The external risks especially stemming from the revocation of the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal are looming larger. This year presents not only challenges and risks but also opportunities.
Most important international event for Cambodia this year will be convening of the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), with participation of more than 50 countries. The Kingdom will be using this important platform to further strengthen an effective multilateral system as well as a rules-based international order.
Secondly, Prime Minister Hun Sen will contemplate a cabinet reshuffle, as he moved to freshen up his government. The self-styled “strongman”, whose three-decade grip on power is being tested by an opposition party growing in popularity, said parliament would vote on April 4 to approve a new lineup with changes at the top in eight ministries. The premier has since promoted his sons and top allies within the party, government and military top brass in what experts see as a political dynasty taking shape.