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, and national interest since we are member of ASEAN and no countries are able to use their power on us. Cambodia can avoid super power countries that has desire to put pressure on us. Additionally, Acting more effectively in regional and international politics, Cambodia has raised its regional diplomatic profile, as well as its influences as an active participant in ASEAN summits and annual ministerial meetings. Cambodia has been fully integrated in the ASEAN + 3 (China, Japan and South Korea) process since it took part in its first ASEAN+ 3 summit in Manila in 1999. Secondly, the world will know Cambodia more than before since we belonged to ASEAN. When we talk about ASEAN, we focus on ten member states that also include Cambodia. We make friends with the countries in the region and the world through ASEAN cooperation and its partners. Any countries that want to cooperate with ASEAN have to study about and work with all member states. The world starts to know Cambodia a little bit after we stop the civil war for three decades. However, foreigners begin to hear about Cambodia a lot when there is ASEAN Summit and other meetings, especially being ASEAN Chair. Cambodia is a small country in which there are only 14 million people. Nobody knows us. Once we become ASEAN Chair so that everyone knows about us. ASEAN plus three, ASEAN plus six, and ASEAN-EU Meeting are the chance for Cambodia to do diplomacy with other countries outside ASEAN. Cambodia has reputation on the international stage as we are the host and chairman of ASEAN Summit in case of 2002 and 2012. Cambodia has been active and playing an increasingly important role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and regional affairs politically and economically since it became a full member of ASEAN on April 30, 1999. Thirdly, Cambodian will get economic benefit from ASEAN. As a member of ASEAN, Cambodia has joined a market of 550 million people from 10 countries. The country has speed up the integration...