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The Embassy of Cambodia in Berlin

Contact

Address: Benjamin-Vogelsdorf Strasse 2, 13187 Berlin, Germany

Tel.: +49 30 48 63 79 01

Fax: +49 30 48 63 79 01

E-mail: rec-berlin@t-online.de

www.kambodscha-botschaft.de

The Ambassador

Amb. Widhya Chem

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Amb. Widhya Chem holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and doctorate in Political Affairs from the Institute of International Relations in Potsdam, Germany. Amb. Chem began his diplomatic career in 1990 with a two-year tenure as Private Secretary to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, he then became Secretariat of Cambodia’s Supreme National Council for two years, and then he became Deputy Secretary-General to Cambodia’s Constituent Assembly.

Since 1993 he has served as Permanent Secretary of Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. In 1996 he was appointed as Undersecretary of State, and then as Secretary of State in 1997. I

n 2003 he was awarded the honours of Chevalier and Commandeur in the Royal Order of Mony Saraphoan. He was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Cambodia to the United Nations in New York from 2004-2006. He was also a Non-Resident Ambassador of his country to Canada from 2005-2006.

History

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The Federal Republic of Germany established official relations with Cambodia’s Supreme National Council (SNC) in 1992. Relations are friendly and Germany actively supports Cambodia in its development and democratization process. The cornerstone of bilateral relations is the extensive development cooperation between the two countries.

In addition, Germany has for many years been funding a mine clearance programme and has helped with conservation efforts at the Angkor Wat temple complex. Bilateral development cooperation focuses on rural development and health care. There are also projects addressing the cross-cutting issues of good governance, human rights and promoting democracy.