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Royal Embassy of Cambodia
Congratulations message on 111th international Women’s Day
On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2022, the Royal Embassy of Cambodia to the United States is honored to join the rest of the world to congratulate all Cambodian women in Cambodia and Khmer-American women, and all women in the world on their achievements, contributions, and progress.
As a country that had its first ruler was a woman, Cambodia culturally and politically places women on the top priority to empower and value. Cambodia has been carrying out this great tradition since the early history of this beautiful nation.
In modern times, for their motherland, Cambodian women along with their men restlessly worked hand to hand to fight for national independence, to end the bloody civil war, to sustain peace and stability, and to develop their country. Their selfless roles set great examples and are written down in this nation’s history. Moreover, Cambodian women have contributed to world peace and development by joining UN Peacekeeping Force stationed in war zones across the globe, risking their lives for humanitarian works. Cambodia ranks 17th out of 122 countries for the number of women sent on UN peacekeeping missions.
The Royal Government of Cambodia under the wise leadership of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has paid great attention to women’s roles by initiating various inclusive policies and frameworks to empower women in order to expand their roles in society. Despite persistent socio-economic obstacles and pandemics, the efforts by the Royal Government produce gradual improvements and favorable results in almost all working areas. With concrete evidence, in 2021, Cambodia ranks 46 in women’s economic participation and opportunities among 156 countries. Women’s socio-economic gains are not severely hampered by the pandemic outbreak due to the minimum economic disruption and early vaccination.
On the auspicious occasion of 111th Women international Day, the Royal Embassy of Cambodia to the United State would like to extend its warmest congratulations to all Cambodian women home and abroad alike for their opportunities and contributions in building their personal capacity, rebuilding Cambodia, preserving peace and stability and contributing to world peace.
Happy Women’s Day to ALL!
Condolence of the Royal Government of Cambodia to People of the United States of America over devastation caused by tornadoes
សាររំលែកទុក្ខរបស់រាជរដ្ឋាភិបាលកម្ពុជា ចំពោះប្រជាជនអាមេរិក ដែលរងគ្រោះដោយសារខ្យល់ព្យុះកំបុតត្បូង
Press Release on the cookbook "The Taste of Angkor" being distinguished as the "Best Asian Cookbook" at the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2021
សេចក្តីប្រកាសព័ត៌មាន ស្តីពីសៀវភៅ ៉ "The Taste of Angkor" ទទួលបានជ័យលាភីជា "Best Asian Cookbook" នៅក្នុងកម្មវិធី Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2021.
Statement of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, 12 November 2021
សេចក្តីថ្លែងការណ៍របស់អ្នកនាំពាក្យនៃក្រសួងការបរទេស និងសហប្រតិបត្តិការអន្តរជាតិ នៅថ្ងៃទី១២ ខែវិច្ឆិកា ឆ្នាំ២០២១
NEWSWEEK | OPINION
Is Cambodia the Next Asian Tiger? America Should Hope So
By H.E. CHUM SOUNRY , AMBASSADOR OF CAMBODIA TO THE UNITED STATES - ON 10/27/21
Cambodia is on course to be the next Asian Tiger, and that is good news for America.
Ford Motors recently announced that it is building a $21 million assembly plant in the Pursat province of Cambodia. And the recent virtual business summit showcased the ease of doing business in Cambodia experienced by U.S. companies in a range of industries—from energy to manufacturing, and financial services to health care.
The Asian Development Bank first dubbed Cambodia as "Asia's New Tiger" in 2016. Two years earlier, the World Bank said that, from 2004 through 2011, "Cambodian economic growth was tremendous, ranking amid the best in the world. Moreover, household consumption increased by nearly 40 percent. And this growth was pro-poor—not only reducing inequality, but also proportionally boosting poor people's consumption further and faster than that of the non-poor."
Cambodia has expanded its economy by an annual average rate of 7 percent. But, just like the original Asian Tigers of the 1960s—South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore—Cambodia's growth has been strategic and stable. We have not suffered a recession over the last 30 years, even during the Asian financial crisis of the 1990s, the bursting of the dot-com bubble in 2000 and the financial meltdown of 2008.
Cambodia's conversion to a market economy has been well planned, with growth accompanied by significant social progress. Today, about 13.5 percent of Cambodians live below the poverty line, still too high but a far cry from the desperate poverty we knew some 40 years ago.
To many Americans, Cambodia is a country that was dragged unwillingly into the Vietnam War, suffered merciless bombing and then fell victim to the brutal dictatorship of the Khmer Rouge, which enslaved the entire nation, killed over 2 million people and left another million permanently disabled.
We are still removing unexploded ordnance from millions of hectares of arable land. But today, 37.5 percent of Cambodians, some 6.2 million people, were born after the Khmer Rouge was ousted from power in 1979. To them, Cambodia is a land of opportunity and promise, and they are driving our country's boom.
Cambodia's rapid growth has been fueled by tourism, textiles and garment manufacturing. Construction has boomed, producing high-quality jobs in skilled trades. Foreign investors have flocked to Cambodia's open factories and take advantage of our favorable trade agreements with the United States, the European Union and China. Our employment rate is over 90 percent, and standards of living have improved markedly, particularly in education and health care.
During the economic turndown produced by the coronavirus pandemic, my government invested more than $1 billion to support affected businesses, taking extraordinary measures to keep ordinary Cambodians from sliding back into poverty. We waged an aggressive vaccination campaign, administering over 26 million doses to nearly 90 percent of the country's population—including nearly the entire urban population.
Cambodia has developed a legal and regulatory framework that encourages domestic and foreign investment. My government has introduced tax incentives, special economic zones and reduced logistics costs, all of which are attractive to businesses wishing to reach large Chinese, U.S. and European markets. In Cambodia, companies can be 100 percent foreign-owned, so foreign investors can employ Cambodia's educated work force without having to find a local partner.
To make the process of doing business more modern, efficient, transparent and fair, the government has introduced online business registration and enacted laws on investment, e-commerce, consumer protection and competition. The draft Law on Food Safety, the new Law on Investment and the Law on Public-Private Partnership, as well as the on-going amendments on Commercial Rule and Commercial Registration are at the final stage and demonstrate the government's steadfast commitment to inclusive and sustainable economic development.
We are now seeking to diversify the economy by expanding manufacturing into more technically advanced products. We want to increase exports of our agricultural products. This will do much to alleviate rural poverty. And we are building on our experience in the tourism sector to move into financial services. In all of these areas, we seek partners and investors that respect workers and follow the law.
Why is this situation good for the United States? As participants in our virtual business summit saw, Cambodia offers tremendous advantages to American businesses wishing to export anywhere in Asia. Cambodians have a positive view of the United States, and our workers will flock to American companies to master new technology, learn new skills and be compensated fairly. An expanded bilateral business relationship will also open the door to greater understanding and a better political relationship.
Greater American engagement is good for American investors, future Cambodian generations and the region as a whole.
Press Release on 14 Oct 2021 regarding Ambassador's Participation in the USIP event for the 30th Paris Peace Agreement