Subject: ASEAN Governments, Politics & Economics
Room: Wat Phnom
Commitment to Excellence
2012 – 2013
Prof. Chea Thireak
Benefits of Cambodia joining ASEAN
The Benefits of Cambodia joining ASEAN
The Association of South East Asian Nations or ASEAN was founded on August 8, 1967 to promote regional, political and economic corporation for its member countries. Founder states included Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam joined during the 1990’s. In fact, Cambodia became a member of ASEAN on April 30th, 1999. Cambodia had requested to enter ASEAN so far, but the process was blocked by the civil war in the country which lasted for nearly 30 years. Following the end of the civil war and the election of a new government in 1993, Cambodia officially applied to join ASEAN after hosting a meeting of directors-general from ASEAN countries in Phnom Penh. Cambodia is the tenth member that has weak economy. Over ten years ago, Cambodia made the politics and economics prosperous and since we are a part of this association. There are several benefits that Cambodia obtains from ASEAN. First of all, Cambodia is a small country and on its own it does not have a voice with other bigger countries. But when we join ASEAN, our voice is expanded ten times because when we speak, we speak with another nine countries - that's the first benefit. Actually, ASEAN was established to prevent the super power countries that influence in the region of Southeast Asia. Besides, ASEAN wants to play an important role in the region. ASEAN member also commands far greater influence on Asia-Pacific trade, political, and security issues than its members could achieve individually. The goal of ASEAN is to form as solidarity. Cambodia can protect its independence, sovereignty,...