World Economic Forum Registration Underway

About 600 people have registered to attend the World Economic Forum on Asean in Phnom Penh next week, according to Transport Minister Sun Chanthol, whose ministry is an organizer of the event.

The conference, organized by a Swiss nonprofit and most famous for its global event in Davos, Switzerland, will run from May 10 to 12 and will be themed “Youth, Technology and Growth,” according to Mr. Chanthol.

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Transport Minister Sun Chanthol speaks during a news conference about the World Economic Forum on Asean at the Public Works and Transport Ministry in Phnom Penh on Wednesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

This year marks the first time Cambodia has hosted the event, which will focus on “how to help youth have jobs and become leaders of Asean, how should we use social technology to help youth [and] how to make all the people in Asean benefit from the region’s development,” the minister said.

The first day of the forum will feature a free side-event open to Cambodian university students and businesspeople about “The Asean Dream,” which will feature a panel of six business leaders, politicians and social activists from around the region.

About 800 people have registered for the opening forum so far, filling less than half of the 2,000 spots available.

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