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Invitation Program – Cambodia: H.E. Oknha Ly Yong Phat, Special economic advisor to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, L.Y.P Group Co.,Ltd President & CEO, Deputy President, Cambodian Chamber of Commerce and Industry [October 05-08, 2009]

Invitation Program - Cambodia:
H.E. Oknha Ly Yong Phat, Special economic advisor to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, L.Y.P Group Co.,Ltd President & CEO, Deputy President, Cambodian Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Outline


IIST invited Mr. Ly Yong Phat, an economic advisor to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, to Japan with the aims of promoting his understanding of Japan and contributing to the strengthening of economic exchanges between Japan and Cambodia for further economic development of Cambodia. At the request of various organizations, the invitation of Mr. Ly Yong Phat from Cambodia, was extended by IIST as part of the fiscal 2009 invitational program. The formal invitation was extended to Mr. Ly Yong Phat. However, with a recommendation of Prime Minister Hun Sen, four other members accompanied him, including a member from the Council for the Development of Cambodia. (The other four persons paid their own expenses.)
In Cambodia, where a remarkable economic development is taking place, the building of infrastructure, such as roads, railways, airports, electric power facilities, water supply facilities, and sewerage systems, is an urgent issue. Therefore, in order to contribute to public - private partnership projects in Cambodia, IIST arranged visits to relevant places and held discussions with related persons, with the cooperation of the Asia PPP Promotion

Date: October 5-8, 2009
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)


Invited participant


H.E. Oknha Ly Yong Phat
Special economic advisor to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen
L.Y.P Group Co.,Ltd President & CEO
Deputy President, Cambodian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

(Profile)
Mr. Ly Yong Phat was born in January 1958 in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia. In 1999 he founded the L.Y.P. Group conglomerate. Since then he has been engaged in a wide range of businesses. Along with the infrastructure development in Cambodia and economic zone management, he has been pursuing rubber and sugar cane plantation businesses, new town development in the suburbs of Phnom Penh, hotel management, real estate development, and distribution sector. In 2000, he was appointed as a special economic advisor to Prime Minister Hun Sen and the government’s representative for the development of Koh Kong Province. He has been a member of the Cambodian Senate since 2006.

Delegation visiting Japan
1.Ms. Kim Heang (Wife of H.E. Mr. Ly Yong Phat)
2.Mr. Chea Vuthy (Deputy Secretary General, Council for the Development of Cambodia)
3.Mr. So Victor (Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Cambodia)
4.Mr. Seng Nhak (Director, L.Y.P. Group)

Accompanying visitors
1.Mr. Mineo Kai, Khmer-Japanese interpreter
2.Mr. Kei Hara, Chairman, Value Planning International Inc., and Visiting Professor, New Institute for Social Knowledge and Collaboration: Kumon Center, Tama University
3.Ms. Kaori Tomidokoro, staff member, IIST


Overview


Mr. Ly Yong Phat, who serves as a special economic advisor to Prime Minister Hun Sen, is the chief executive officer of the L.Y.P. Group, also a leading businessman in Cambodia engaged in a wide range of businesses. In addition to infrastructure development and economic zone management, his interests include rubber and sugar cane plantation businesses, new town development in the suburbs of Phnom Penh, hotel management, real estate development, and distribution. Previously, however, he had never visited Japan and had no acquaintance in Japan.
Therefore, this invitation may have served as a very important first step in terms of economic exchanges between Japan and Cambodia, since it created an opportunity for Mr. Ly Yong Phat to visit Japan for the first time and achieved its objectives of enhancing his understanding of Japan and establishing contacts with people here.
Furthermore, by supporting the visit to Japan of not only Mr. Ly Yong Phat himself but also the deputy secretary general of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, the secretary of state of the Cambodian Ministry of Economy and Finance, and others, IIST, which recognizes the need to strengthen economic exchange and cooperation with the Mekong region and is implementing related projects, was able to contribute substantially to the building of networks among important persons in Asia.

The visits were arranged with the strong requests by Mr. Ly Yong Phat himself. First on his agenda was the visits that would be useful reference for the Phnom Penh subcenter project. Therefore, the group was taken to see the development conditions in Odaiba (area no. 13). The Odaiba development area covers 430 hectares, which is less than half of the Phnom Penh subcenter project’s area of over 1,000 hectares. However, Mr. Ly Yong Phat and his party seemed to be very satisfied with the visit after seeing features such as the Yurikamome rail transit system, theme park and hotel facilities, which almost matches Cambodia’s development image.
In addition, Mr. Ly Yong Phat said that he wanted to use Japan’s energy-saving and renewable energy technology as reference for the Phnom Penh subcenter project. The group was taken to see the wind power generation facility at the Clean Association of Tokyo 23 Office, also to an underground shopping mall at Kawasaki Station. A cooling system using CHS (clathrate hydrate slurry) technology developed by JFE Engineering Corp. The delegation members showed strong interest especially in the JFE's cooling system. This system would be extremely effective in increasing cooling efficiency in buildings in Cambodia, where electricity rates are expensive and temperatures are high throughout the year. Delegation members repeatedly expressed the desire to use this system for the Phnom Penh sub center project.

Although the visit to Japan was only for a short period of time, the Cambodian delegation members had clear objectives and were very enthusiastic. As a result, the inspection tours were concluded as a very efficient event. . The IIST would like to express sincere gratitude to all the people who extended kind hospitality to the group during their visit despite their busy schedules.

The IIST would also like to add its appreciation to Mr. Sadaharu Sugita, former councilor in the Minister’s Secretariat of the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI), Mr. Kunihiko Shinoda, director of the Financial Cooperation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau (METI), and Mr. Kei Hara, chairman of Value Planning International, for the great efforts that they made for the implementation of the project.


Mr. Ly Yong Phat and his wife

Mr. Ly Yong Phat and his wife


Mr. Chea Vuthy

Mr. Chea Vuthy

Mr. So Victor

Mr. So Victor

Mr. Seng Nhak

Mr. Seng Nhak


Discussions with government officials

Discussions with government officials

The Asia Monthly Lecture Meeting venue

The Asia Monthly Lecture Meeting venue


Visit to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

Visit to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology




International Exchange Dept.

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