On June 24, 2021, in the hall of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Academy of Cambodia signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The ceremony was attended by the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RAS Academician Alexander Sergeev, Vice President of the RAS, RAS Academician Yuri Balega, President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia Dr. Sok Touch, Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia and Cambodia Anatoly Borovik and Eat Seyla, as well as by staffers of the International Cooperation Department of the RAS.
The document focuses on joint activities in biology, chemistry, and earth sciences, medicine, ethnology and linguistics, and also on bolstering academic ties between the two states.
Addressing the participants of the ceremony, the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RAS Academician Alexander Sergeev noted that Russia and Cambodia have a long history of academic cooperation, “Over these years, we have retained mutual desire to develop this cooperation. Cambodia is Russia’s strategically important partner in Asia Pacific. There is a very high cooperation potential, and it is important today to be building it up as part, among other areas, the activities of ASEAN and other international venues. Amid instability, the value of bilateral dialog is very important.”
The President of the Russian Academy of Sciences thanked the Ambassador for mentioning the Academy’s approaching momentous date, its tercentennial, and extended an invitation to attend events marking the anniversary.
The President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia Dr. Sok Touch expressed confidence that the signing of this memorandum marks the launch of a new stage in the relations between the research institutions of the two countries in a broad range of areas. Today, Cambodian scientists need the experience of their Russian colleagues and are willing to share their experience.
In his welcome address, Anatoly Borovik noted the importance of signing the memorandum in the year that marks the 65th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two states. “Russia considers Cambodia a strong and reliable partner. Over the last decade, academic cooperation between the two states has strengthened. The Embassy is prepared to provide further assistance in this area. Today, we are working for the future,” stressed Russia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Cambodia.
In his turn, H.E. Mr. Eat Seyla thanked the Presidium of the RAS and personally the RAS Vice President, RAS Academician Yuri Balega for the invitation to attend the signature ceremony, “Cambodia and Russia have a long history of fruitful cooperation. The signing of this memorandum can be seen as another important step in bolstering bilateral relations. This is an excellent opportunity to achieve joint objectives and conduct research. The RAS is the best academic institution in the country that makes a major contribution to generating knowledge. The memorandum will mark the beginning of a new stage in the long-term partnership.”
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the attendees exchanged memorable gifts.