The Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, H.E. Sudirman Haseng, has completed his tenure, leaving a lasting legacy of economic diplomacy through his efforts to reestablish the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia and increase trade ties between the two countries.
His efforts have encouraged more Indonesian investors to explore opportunities in Cambodia, which has seen rapid development and growth in recent years were recognized at a farewell golf day and luncheon hosted at Garden City Golf and attended by royalty, senior government figures, fellow ambassadors, and business personalities of various nationalities – Cambodian, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Malaysian, Singaporean, Australian and others – in Phnom Penh.
H.E. Sudirman Haseng, the Ambassador, commented on his tenure, “I will be leaving this country carrying with us beautiful memories, unforgettable support, and friendship, your kindness and generosity.”
“I have been witnessing with my own sight that Cambodia has been developing very rapidly which brings more business opportunities and people prospered. I visited all 24 provinces and I can see and feel the progress in each province,” he added.
Tenure marked by several key developments
The Ambassador’s tenure has been marked by several key developments that have strengthened the bilateral economic ties between Cambodia and Indonesia. For instance, a five-day business delegation from the Kingdom to Jakarta, which took place last year, ended on a high note with a well-attended seminar entitled “Cambodia – An Overlooked Destination for Business and Investment,” which attracted more than 120 sign-ups from Indonesian professionals, businesses, and investors.
The seminar covered various topics such as the political and socio-economic climate of Cambodia, its favorable business and investment policies, and the opportunities that the Kingdom offers to Indonesian investors and businesses.
As a result of the seminar, several expressions of interest were elicited from various businesses, investors, and associations who were keen on visiting Cambodia to further explore investment and business opportunities. These opportunities include sectors like tourism and hospitality, logistics and distribution, real estate, furniture, manufacturing, and retail among others.
Furthermore, a member of the KADIN Bilateral Committee Vietnam-Cambodia committed to bringing a delegation of eco-tourism investors and operators to visit Cambodia in 2023.
The Indonesian Ambassador’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, as Senior Minister to the Royal Cambodian government HE Ly Thuch noted at the luncheon, “On behalf of the royal government and people of Cambodia, I wish to express our profound thanks and appreciation to Ambassador Sudirman Haseng for his successful mission in Cambodia as Indonesian top diplomat for almost 5 years.
“Under his able leadership and tireless efforts, Ambassador Haseng has enhanced the excellent bond of friendship and cooperation between our two countries and people,” he added.
Increasing trade, investment and business opportunities
Dalton Wong, the President of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, also praised the Ambassador’s efforts, “It was a privilege and honor to work with the ambassador to reestablish the Indonesian chamber of commerce in Cambodia which has already attracted over 50 members and associates to celebrate and reflect on the many milestones already achieved.
“Reflecting on IndoCham’s achievements over the year, we have been able to gather many Indonesians in Cambodia from various industries to participate in most of our events,” Dalton added.
The development of bilateral economic ties between Cambodia and Indonesia is of great importance as it can lead to increased trade, investment, and business opportunities between the two countries, ultimately leading to the prosperity of their economies.
The re-establishment of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia, and the increase in trade ties and investments, serve as a testament to the strong and growing relationship between the two countries and peoples.