In October 2021, Cambodia officially took over the chairmanship of the ASEAN for the third time since joining the group in 1999.
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen received the ASEAN chairmanship hammer from Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, chair of ASEAN for 2021. Hun Sen said, "As the chair of ASEAN in 2022, Cambodia will steer ASEAN's collective efforts to accomplish our important tasks, especially expediting the building process of an equitable, strong, and inclusive ASEAN Community, which are in line with core spirit of ASEAN: One Vision, One Identity and One Community".
In December 2021, the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence along with five partners; New Zealand ASEAN Business Alliance (NZABA), Asia Forum, Export NZ, New Zealand Institute of International Affair (NZIIA) and ASEAN New Zealand Business Council, hosted ASEAN Under the leadership of Cambodia at Victoria University of Wellington.
Following Wellington's move to the new covid traffic light system, we were able to invite a number of our key stakeholders to join us in person for this session featuring His Excellency Dr. Sok Siphana, previous Senior Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia. The session was also livestreamed for those outside of the Wellington region.
Dr. Sok Siphana delivered an insightful presentation before opening the floor to questions from both in-person and virtual attendees. Industry expert David Pearson provided a short reflection on the evening while also sharing his own industry experience in Cambodia and the wider ASEAN region.