(Phnom Penh): Cambodia – Pakistan have reached an agreement in organizing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tourism Cooperation in the near time to come in order to increase cooperation in this main sector and to urge the mutual tourist movement, as the two countries have the same potentialities in the tourism sector.
The endorsement was made in a talk between His Excellency Thong Khon, Cambodian Minister of Tourism, and Mr. Zaheeruddin Babar Thaheem, the newly – appointed Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Cambodia, on the morning of March 30th, 2022, at the office of the Ministry of Tourism.
On that occasion, Mr. Zaheeruddin praised the Cambodian Royal Government’s vaccination policy under the leadership of Samdech Techo Prime Minister HUN SEN, for having implemented Anti-Covid-19 vaccination mechanisms, strengthening community immunity, until being reached the opening of the socio-economy and the country reopening to foreign tourists. He noted Cambodian tourism potentialities which have a variety of attractions such as Siem Reap Angkor, coastal areas, and eco-tourism areas.
Mr. Zaheeruddin has pledged that in his commission mandate as Pakistani Ambassador to Cambodia, he would try his best to strengthen Cambodia – Pakistan cooperation in tourism sectors to be stronger and more developed because Cambodia and Pakistan have the same potential for tourism.
In response to the above address of the Pakistani Ambassador, Minister Thong Khon informed that to make the strengthening of cooperation on tourism stronger possible, Cambodia wishes to create a memorandum of understanding with Pakistan in the soon-coming time and when the preparation is finished, the two sides will sign the MoU with each other.
The minister added that under the umbrella of the Memorandum of Understanding, the two countries will establish to have the mutual tourism visits in both the public and private sectors to urge more tourism movements between the two nations.
Today, Cambodia and Pakistan have not yet had a mutual direct flight, so the main work is to facilitate the travel of tourists because if we want to have tourism growth, travel connectivity is needed first.
The two sides also cited the promotion of Pakistani investors to invest in Cambodia, especially in tourism to attract Islamic tourists from Pakistan and from other countries.