Alfred Nobel Open Business School (ANOBS) of Hong Kong S.A.R., in cooperation with Milton Friedman University, Budapest, Hungary, is proud to have organized an academic conference, entitled Cambodia: Social and Development Aspects. Held on 28 November in the imposing Sigismund Lecture Hall of Milton Friedman University, one of the key strategic partners of ANOBS, the conference aimed to introduce international law, high-level diplomacy, and various forms of tourism as an energizing force behind the successful role that the Kingdom of Cambodia occupies in the ASEAN region.
Opening remarks were delivered by Prof. Dr. Péter Szatmári, Rector of Milton Friedman University and HE Ambassador Dr. Gyorgy Suha, Ministerial Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. In his opening speech, Dr Suha expressed his content that a conference, attended by a fully packed lecture hall, was organized in Hungary, which he stated “signals the strengthening of bilateral relations between Hungary and Cambodia as far as educational development and academic research are concerned.” Prof. Szatmári also gave voice to his satisfaction that Hungarian scholars and members of the corporate world and the media are ready to interact with one of Southeast Asia’s most rapidly developing economies.
HE Mr. Thok Sokhom, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism and HE Mr. Song Tong Hap, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of Cambodia honored the event with their sizeable presence and contributed to its overall recognition as an “outstanding workshop of transnational dimensions.” Dr. Thourn Sinan, President of PATA Chapter Cambodia was also present on the event and talked about the important trading relations between the two countries.
HE Mr. Thok Sokhom introduced the theses of his doctoral dissertation in relation to how effectively the Royal Government of Cambodia has implemented the rule of law in a country often criticized by foreign powers for its uncommon practices. Furthermore, the presentation also focused on the clarification of the key notions of global nepotism, imperialism, and alliance in a historical context, shedding light on the development Cambodia has accomplished in terms of human right issues. Notabilities of ANOBS bestowed upon the two high-ranking officials the degree of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).
In his concluding remarks, Dr. Rudolf Sárdi, Representative of the Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of Cambodia, - senior faculty member of ANOBS - emphasized the importance of the event and said that “Cambodia is soon to become a beacon of democracy and good governance in the Southeast Asian region.” He added that “the ideas expounded on during the conference constitute the nitty-gritty of a meaningful discussion, whose full elaboration will be in the hands of young, clever, and promising Cambodian individuals—some of them are here today and will be back to Cambodia in a few years to keep building their beloved motherland in tourism, agriculture, and technology.” Dr Sárdi pointed out that the conference will contribute to in-depth academic dialogue, while it also seeks to promote Cambodia as a unique, top-selling destination in East Central Europe.