Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen (R, front) and Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam (L, front) witness a signing ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jan. 9, 2017. Cambodia and Singapore on Monday reached two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on vocational training and healthcare, senior Cambodian officials said. (Xinhua/Sovannara)
PHNOM PENH, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia and Singapore on Monday reached two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on vocational training and healthcare, senior Cambodian officials said.
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam witnessed the signing ceremony of the MoUs after their bilateral meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, said Eang Sophalleth, an assistant to the prime minister.
One MoU was made between Cambodia's Labor and Vocational Training Ministry and Singapore's ITE (Institute of Technical Education) Education Services, and the other was inked between Cambodia's Calmette Hospital and Singapore's Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
According to Sophalleth, during the meeting, Hun Sen thanked Singapore for assisting Cambodia in vocational training and healthcare, saying that Singaporean aid had partly contributed to socio-economic development in Cambodia.
"Both leaders also agreed to further promote bilateral relations in trade, investment and tourism," the assistant said, adding that trade volume between the two countries was valued at 500 million U.S. dollars in 2015.
Labor and Vocational Training Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said through the MoU, ITE Education Services will accept 80 Cambodian master-trainers from technical and vocational training institutions to train in Singapore.
"Among the 80 master-trainers, 32 will be trained in info-communications technology, another 32 in automotive technology, and the other 16 in electronics," he said.
Tan arrived here on Sunday for a four-day state visit at the invitation of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni.