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in Cambodia. You should try to find someone to introduce you
before attempting to make contact with the government or a
- Begin with
and trade missions in your home country, if there are any. Well
known foreign companies are less likely to need introductions.
Most of the
current business interests in the country tend to be large consortiums
by Southeast Asian enterprises focusing on infrastructure projects.
- Only the
have authority. As a result, you should try to meet with the
most person possible. If your project is a large one, it is
advisable to meet with the government minister first, who will then
direct you to those people positioned to carry out the mechanics of the
deal. If you are dealing with senior level officials who are
Western educated, their attitudes and responses may be somewhat more
predictable and familiar.
welcome foreign business people. Once you establish a presence in
local representatives or partners are needed to keep your business
interests alive and conduct business on your behalf.
an interest in developing long-term relationships will have an
in gaining trust from the Cambodians. Once the Cambodians trust
they tend to be loyal and valuable friends. Incorporating a training
for local employees into any contract will be popular because the
government is focused on developing the skills of its labor force.
- When you
are in Cambodia,
you may need to hire an interpreter who can also function as your guide.
greet other by placing their hands with the palms facing
in front of their chests and bowing slightly. In modern times,
usually shake hands, although women exchange the traditional
Foreigners should shake hands with both men and women, but should wait
the woman offers her hand before extending their own.
some casual conversation on topics such as your travels or your
impressions of the country. Be careful about what you say and to
you say it. Always be polite in your social and professional
- Gifts are
for initial meetings. If you prefer, present some samples of your
products or an inexpensive but tasteful item with your corporate
Consult your local partner or representative for guidance.
businesses are public entities, but usually operate like private
Each province is governed by a local political leader. As a
corruption is widespread, particularly in public sector.
has been influenced by French corporate structures. The
hierarchy is usually headed by the director general, followed by the
manager, and the managers. On occasion, a president ranks at the
above the director general.
- There are
no women with responsible roles in the government. However, most
businesses and individual proprietorships are staffed by women.
are officially open Monday to Saturday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.
lunch break and siesta are from 11:00 or 11:30 am to about 2:00 or 2:
pm. Private businesses and shops generally follow the same
although some shops may remain open longer.
and embassies are closed during all public holidays and festivals.
1 - New Year's Day
March 8 -
April 13 - Khmer
May 1 - Labour
June 1 -
September 24 -
October 23 -
October 30 -
November 9 -
December 10 - UN
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