Cambodia and WTO: A Guide for Business

Ministry of Commerce has collaborated with the International Finance Corporation’s Mekong Private Sector Development Facility (MPDF) in preparing this Guide and in other initiatives to inform the private sector about WTO.

As you will see when you read this Guide, it is organized into two main sections. The first of these presents a detailed overview of WTO rules and policies. The second part examines the probable impact that WTO membership will have on a number of different sectors. This is a very important section because it gives a broad overview of the market for each sub-sector, the challenges that Cambodian businesses will face and also provides sources for further information on each market.

| March 2003 | Full report English (704kb) | Full report Khmer (851kb) |

The Provincial Business Environment Scorecard
This report provides a summary of key findings from the 2009 Provincial Business Environment Scorecard survey which was conducted with 1, 234 entrepreneurs in all 24 of Cambodia's provinces. The survey asked entrepreneurs for their opinions on 10 key indicators of business friendliness which include property rights, transparency of regulations, informal charges, and the effectiveness of public officials. Based on survey results, and additional quantitative data, the PBES gives provinces a grade on each indicator and ranks provinces on their overall score. 2009 PBES, like 2006 PBES, shows public officials where to target reform efforts in their province and gives business owners the information they need to advocate for reforms. The PBES also identifies provinces engaging in good practices so that officials in other provinces can learn from these examples, and it provides a baseline for measuring the results of reforms over time.
November 2009
Summary report | Khmer 752 KB | English 811 KB |
Full report | Khmer 2.2 MB | English 1.6 MB | 

Handbook on Food and Beverage Enterprise Inspection in Cambodia
This Handbook was prepared to assist food and beverage enterprises to comply with inspection procedures. It provides comprehensive steps and requirements and helpful hints for enterprises so that they are better able to comply with inspection procedures.
April 2010
Main report | Khmer 688 KB | English 1.7 MB |
Annex | Khmer 4 MB | English 2 MB | 

 Handbook for Simplifying Administrative Procedures at the Provincial Level
This handbook was prepared to show the benefits of simplifying business start-up and licensing procedures, and to explain, step-by-step, how to do this. The handbook serves as a tool to assist other provincial governments to do the same by illustrating how Siem Reap approached its administrative reform process and the steps it took to streamline business entry procedures. Although this handbook focuses on business entry procedures, the process and steps outlined here can also be applied to reforming all types of administrative procedures.
November 2009
| Khmer 1.4 MB | English 1.6 MB |

Listing of Business Establishments in Cambodia’s Provincial Towns and Selected Urban Areas
The Listing of Business Establishments report provides basic profile of private sector collected on nearly 64,000 businesses across 24 provinces of Cambodia. The report contributes towards the development of knowledge about Cambodia’n private sector by providing key information about Cambodian businesses including their location; type of business; size; age of business; number of employees; gender of the owner; revenue; and target market (domestic or international). This listing of businesses covers all 24 provincial capitals, plus 10 additional economically active districts, and is the most comprehensive listing of Cambodia’n businesses to date.To gather this data, enumerators interviewed the owner or designated manager of every operating business within a three kilometer radius of the center of the provincial capital or selected district.
March 2009
Main Report English | Khmer Appendix English | Khmer Data by Province English | Khmer

Handbook on Export Procedures

This handbook provides clear and concise information on government export procedures in a user-friendly format suited to SMEs with little export experience. These include the procedures at the five main export points in Cambodia, including Bavet, Poipet, Sihanoukville port, Phnom Penh port, and Pochentong International Airport. In addition to general procedures that apply to all exports, this handbook also explains the requirements for obtaining Certificates of Origin, export licenses, and other export certificates from various ministries.

| 2008 | English 1.4 MB | Khmer 1.3 MB |

Voices of Cambodian Women Entrepreneurs
This publication summarizes the findings of an exploratory study that asked women entrepreneurs about the challenges they face and how these problems could be resolved. In the course of this study, 101 businesswomen from four provinces – Kampong Cham, Kampot, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap – were interviewed. In total, 33 of these women provided in-depth interviews and 68 participated in one of eight discussion groups.

The women entrepreneurs covered in the publication own a cross section of businesses - from micro-enterprises in rural areas, to larger businesses in urban centers. The majority of women interviewed have only a secondary education, some even less, and a few are illiterate. Almost all the women interviewed are married and have children; the exceptions being a few widows and divorcees.

| 2008 | English 2.49 MB | Khmer 3 MB |

Prospects for Cambodia’s Cashew Sub-sector
Published jointly by IFC, the European Union, and Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Energy. The study, Prospects for Cambodia’s Cashew Sub-sector, finds that there is great potential for increasing value added for the country’s cashew sector. It shows that Cambodia’s cashew industry could earn an additional $30 million to $40 million a year and benefit poorer farmers if more processing is done locally.

November 2010

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