Over 350 distinguished guests from the Royal Government of Cambodia, Royal Family, diplomatic corps, private sector, civil society, think tanks, and students have joined to celebrate in an event hosted by the British Embassy in Cambodia.
Ambassador Tina Redshaw and H.E Ly Thuch gave remarks to mark the 96th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Platinum Jubilee and the partnership between the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Her Excellency Tina Redshaw, Her Majesty Ambassador to Cambodia commented: “This was the first time a British Monarch is celebrating a reign of 70 years. Hosting a celebration of such a historic occasion is a huge honor, and I’m thrilled that so many Cambodian friends and partners have celebrated with us.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere best wishes to His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni and Her Majesty the Queen Mother, for their good health and happiness. We will continue to deepen the relationship between our two countries, and look forward to enhancing our collaboration in education, trade, investment, demining, climate change and the environment, and science and technology,” she added.
She also thanked British companies like Prudential Cambodia for their support for the event as well as for assisting the country’s development. She highlighted their cutting edge Insurance Selling Machine as the latest innovative solutions the company has brought to the market.
Cambodia and the UK continue strong ties
Senior Minister H.E. Ly Thuch said concerning development cooperation, the Government of the United Kingdom has lent its substantial bilateral assistance to Cambodia.
“On education, the British Government, through the prestigious Chevening Program, has awarded 184 Cambodian students to pursue higher education in the United Kingdom between 1993 and 2020,” he said. The Chevening Program has been partially supported by companies like Prudential.
“Moreover, the British Embassy in Phnom Penh has been actively advancing and promoting STEM education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and Women Empowerment in Cambodia,” he added.
In addition to development assistance, the UK and Cambodia bilateral trade hit more than $785 million in 2021. “Additionally, the British Government has provided other financial assistance in support of health, poverty reduction, democracy and good governance, de-mining among other programs,” H.E. Ly Thuch said.
“The renewal of support for demining under the UK’s Global Mine Action Program has benefited millions of Cambodians by allocating almost $10 million to release more land for safe agriculture, housing and rural development,” he added.
Prudential a strong supporter
Speaking to Cambodia Investment Review Prudential Cambodia’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Sanjay Chakrabarty commented on Prudential’s strong British heritage as well as its modern offerings to assist Cambodia access affordable healthcare and insurance. To read more about Prudential’s digitalization strategy click here.
“We are honored to be able to help promote this event to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. We have a proud British heritage which began in 1848 in London. Since then, we have stayed relevant by meeting our customers evolving needs. We were one of the first life insurers to begin operations in Cambodia and today we are a pioneer in affordable digital insurance starting at less than $10/year.” Chakrabarty said.
“We will continue to play a leading role in Cambodia’s future growth through developing capacity in the financial and fintech sectors of Cambodia” he added.
Prudential has been investing significantly in enhancing digital capabilities across Asia and including Cambodia. To find out more information on Prudential (Cambodia) products and offers click here.