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Relations Directorate Franco-Cambodian (French version)
Chamber of Commerce Franco-Cambodian (French version)
Is that you too have seen the enormous opportunities of this country in the heart of ASEAN, in a transition context of bilateral cooperation to cooperation based more on regional or multilateral agreements.

State and constitutional monarchy mend and strengthen its financial base, legal and social order to attract new investors and strengthen those that are already present, Cambodia has benefited from a drastic increase in its exports thanks è Preference Agreements including the initiative of the EU "Everything But Arms".

Now, the priority is to prepare for the strengthening of regional economic integration, with the establishment of the Economic Community of ASEAN in 2015, the enlargement of the AFTA (ASEAN Free Trade Agreement) to agricultural commodities in 2017, before considering the possibilities of the other competitors multilateral partnerships.

The recurrence of certain themes, issues of French companies wishing to relocate to the area but also the diversity of projects that are exposed to us, led us to the need to write this guide. Our desire to unite the stakeholders in our community is illustrated in particular in the ability to work together.

And for this guide "in French" that's what we did.        

Doing business in the Kingdom: Turnkey office (French version)
French Development Agency in Cambodia (French version)
House of French Expatriates in Cambodia (French version)
Development Institute of Cambodia (English version)
Cambodia at the entrance of the 21st century (French version)

French companies established in Cambodia

SCA (Vinci) : the concessionaire of the airports, 70% owned by Vinci and 30% by a Malaysian group has a concession until 2040 on the three international airports (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville).
This is by far the first French investor in Cambodia, and it will strengthen its presence with new investments in Sihanoukville (operation of the airport mid-January 2007, new terminal operational in 2010 with a target of one million passengers per year).

Total : This is the third oil distributor in the country. It has major projects in the exploitation of deposits of oil off-shore areas, however, disputed territorial sea between Thailand and Cambodia.

Other companies are Accor (hotel in Siem Reap, construction project in Phnom Penh), Alcatel (association with the first local mobile phone provider, Mobitel), Thales (ATC), Saint-Gobain (water management), Lafarge (project to establish a cement plant in the south).

Chamber of Commerce Franco-Cambodian also plays an active role in implementing SME Franco-Khmer in Cambodia.

échanges franco-cambodgiens Exchanges between France and Cambodia remain concentrated in a few products

The high concentration of our exchanges on a limited number of products is symptomatic of an application and a Cambodian yet offers little diversification. In value, 4/5 ths of our discussions focus on only six major product categories.

    Two import :

  • products of the textile (2/3 of our purchases in 2000)>
  • and footwear (1/3).

    Five export :

  • pharmaceutical preparations (1/3 of our sales in 2000),
  • mobile devices (17% of our sales, Alcatel is the main supplier attracted mobile operator in Cambodia),
  • manufactured tobacco (11%),>
  • electrical equipment (5%),
  • Wine and Spirits (4%).

Outlook: a modest import market (in 2000, Cambodia is at 118 th among client countries of France) but buoyant again, our sales in Cambodia have exceeded last year's peak they reached in 1995.

The expected benefits of the implementation of three major contracts signed last year (ALCATEL, telecommunications, SADE, water supply in Phnom Penh, and THALES, radar coverage of the airspace), the good image whose French household products and, to a lesser extent enjoy, the persistent weakness of the euro against the dollar should help to work in our favor this year and next year.

But our purchases in Cambodia has every chance to continue to grow at a faster rate than our sales, however we must expect the appearance of a deficit in the balance of our échangess this year.
(From: "The Courier Cambodia" of the Royal Cambodian Embassy in Paris, No. 26 months from May 2001)

Japanese tourist A record of Japanese tourists expected in 2001...

TOKYO, January 16, 2001 (Source AFP) - The lack of tone of the economy does not lose the taste for travel to the Japanese, who should travel in record numbers this year by focusing on short trips and exotic, have planned for Tuesday tourism professionals.

              veut se développer en AsieAlcatel veut se développer en Asie du sud-est (source AFP)

KUALA LUMPUR, August 29, 2000 (Reuters) - Alcatel plans to expand its presence in Southeast Asia after an initial breakthrough in Singapore and Malaysia, said an official of the French group of telephony.

"Living standards in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are of course much lower than those of Singapore and Malaysia, but (the four countries) represent a global market of 400 million people," said Olivier Picard, Director Deputy Alcatel for this area.

"All these countries represent for us a huge potential market," he told Reuters in an interview. "In Cambodia, where we are the leading supplier of mobile phones, there are 30,000 fixed telephone subscribers but more than 150,000 mobile subscribers."

Indonesia (210 million) and Vietnam (80 million), the penetration rate for telephones is only about 4%, against 23% and 70% respectively in Malaysia (23 million) and Singapore (three million). Alcatel has completed approximately $ 50 million of sales in Malaysia in the second quarter, an amount equal to the turnover of the whole of 1999, he said. 

Alcatel wins new contractAlcatel wins new contract of $ 63 million for the expansion of a GSM network in Cambodia (Source AFP)

Paris, June 6, 2000 - Following a tender, CamGSM Co. Ltd., a joint venture of Millicom (Luxembourg) and Royal Group (Cambodia) signed a framework contract with Alcatel for GSM network expansion 900 of Mobitel in Cambodia.
This contract, valued at $ 63 million, was signed by Kith Meng Okhna, President of Royal Group, and Olivier Picard, vice president of Alcatel Asia Pacific.

Alcatel will provide its solution EVOLIUMTM, including GSM base stations (BTS), micro-base stations and base station controllers (BSC) and a mobile switch (MSC) of additional capacity for 100 000 subscribers and radio transmission systems necessary.
The contract also provides for the delivery of a voicemail system (VMS), a short message server (SMSC) and a platform for IN (Intelligent Network) to offer value added services such as prepaid cards (nearly 95% of users).

Tourisme du CambodgeTourisme du Cambodge : " Le pays décollera d'ici trois à cinq ans "(Extrait du Courrier du Cambodge, Avril 2000)

Organised for the first time in Cambodia, the fifth forum on tourism Mekong ended April 8 after three days of presentations and discussions on the topic "Discover the tourist jewels of the new century".

It was organized by the Association of Pacific Travel Association (PATA), in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific United Nations (ESCAP) and the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism .

balle.gif (499 octets)Tourist influx in 25% increase in the first half of 1999 and it Continues...

The return to stability of the political scene and the collapse of the guerrilla "Khmer Rouge" led to a 25% increase in tourism, the ministry said.
There is a considerable increase of the towers from France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United States, Canada and South Korea.

Foreign Trade of Cambodia IncreaseForeign Trade of Cambodia Increase in 1998

Up 19% compared to 1997, Cambodia's trade with foreign countries totaled almost 1.9 billion in 1998 dollards. This increase is in good performence exports.
These, boosted by sales of products in the textile, clothing, more than doubled in four years, from $ 379 million in 1995 to $ 790 million in 1998. Totaling 1.071 billion dollars, imports were substantially packed in 1996 and 1997 have almost regained their 1995 level.

This dual trend is reflected in a continued reduction in the deficit of trade balance, the latter from $ 722 million in 1995 to $ 281 million in 1998.

( Excerpt of " Courrier du Cambodge", monthly newsletter published by the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Paris).

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