Extremely delighted to be here with you all.
Indeed special occasion as India and Cambodia commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations.
This year is also 30th anniversary of India-ASEAN relations with India-ASEAN friendship year.
Out two countries share rich traditions and culture and have centuries-old civilizational connect.
Magnificent and awe-aspiring temples of Angkor Wat, Ta-Prohm, Preah Vihear, to name few are sublime reflection of the linkages between our two countries.
We share cultural heritage of Hinduism, Buddhism and Pali-Sanskrit language.
Cambodians look at India as the revered land of Lord Buddha, just as we think of Cambodia as our civilizational sister and extended family.
It is heartening and soothing to feel the ancient connection being lively cherished by our Cambodian friends.
I am very pleased that we have among ourselves presence of Friends of India.
As also distinguished alumni from Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme.
Development partnership and capacity-building have been the key components of our engagements with our friends.
India's cooperation is driven by the needs of our friends.
It is a matter of immense satisfaction that more than 2,000 Cambodian officials have availed training in various disciplines, including at our premier Defence institutions under the ITEC programme.
We are happy that these trained professionals are contributing in the national development and modernisation in Cambodia in various fields.
We have a strong association with restoration and preservation works of magnificent architectural monuments in Cambodia.
India undertook restoration and conservation work at the world-famous Angkor Wat temple during the difficult period from 1986-1993.
It is a matter of pride that our contribution in this field is continuing with the restoration work of Ta Prohm temple in the Angkor Archaeological Complex.
Also restoration of the ancient temple of Lord Shiva at Preah Vihear.
Today Cambodia is an important interlocutor and partner in our ‘Act East’ policy and the ASEAN.
India is extremely proud that you have been contributing to your adopted land with hard work and dedication.
We are very happy that members from Indian Diaspora have made a name for themselves in Cambodia.
I am also happy to learn that the Indian Community in Cambodia is closely involved in celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav (75 years of Indian Independence).
There is focus on our various Indian festivals as well as International Day of Yoga.
For Government of India, it is a top priority to connect with and to ensure the welfare of our citizens and Diaspora outside India.
It remains our endeavor to extend all the possible help to our fellow Indian abroad.
I take this opportunity to inform you about the tremendous developments and transformation taking place in India.
Following the mantra of reform, perform and transform, we are marching ahead on the path of economic growth and development.
India is on the rise. India today has achieved the milestone of being the 5th largest economy in the world.
With a Diaspora of 32 million, we are truly going global.
During the COVID -19 pandemic, India extended a helping hand to the world with supplies of medicines and vaccines under Vaccine-Maitri Programme.
India has donated:
325,000 Covishield Vaccine Doses to Cambodia,
200,000 Corbovax Vaccine doses to Thailand
under Quad-Vaccine initiative.
Also provided covid-related medicines/materials to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Laos.
With the vast manufacturing capacity, India will continue to play its role as the “Pharmacy of the world”.
India today is full of opportunities.
Indian Diaspora is a living bridge and can play a very important role in connecting their adopted land with the motherland.
I invite all of you to be the part of the India Growth story.
Grateful to you all for joining us here today.