Thursday, 28 February 2013

How Can We Achieve Consolidation of Democracy?

Prime Minister Hun Sen gave a toast with President Barack Obama at Gala Dinner during ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh on 19 November 2012. Human right, democracy, freedom of speech were on the agenda during Obama's bilateral meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister. 

Democracy continues have its momentum into the 21st century while new democratic countries are trying to promote economic development, and strengthen rule of laws, and anti-corruption efforts, and uphold the protection and promotion of human rights, and so on. At the same time, the sense of regional integration and cooperation (G20 Summits, East Asia Summit, and the recently ASEAN-US Summit) are higher than ever for some countries in order to find better solutions to promote regional peace and stability, global economic growth, and regional economic cooperation to fight against the global financial and economic crisis, which could have consequences of political and social crises such as unemployment, violence, political turmoil, etc. All of these efforts are aimed at one common purpose to maintain political and macroeconomic stability of democratic countries so that they can avoid taking the same harmful historical path of the 20th century.