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Canada’s relations with Cambodia are managed by the Canadian embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, which opened an office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in September 2015. Bilateral political and commercial relations are conducted through the Office of the Embassy of Canada. Consular services for Canadians in Cambodia, including limited passport and citizenship services, are also available through the Office.

Cambodia’s representation in Canada is managed by the Cambodian mission to the United Nations in New York City, New York.

Canada’s bilateral relationship with Cambodia has spanned many decades, dating to the Indochina conflict, when Canada participated in the International Control Commission established in 1954. Canada is also a party to the Paris Peace Accords of 1991, which ended decades of conflict. Canada-Cambodia relations encompass the full range of political, economic, development and regional-security issues, as well as a promising commercial relations program.

Trade and investment

Bilateral merchandise trade has grown consistently and was valued at more than $1.3 billion in 2017. Cambodia benefits from Canada’s Market Access Initiative for least developed countries, which allows qualifying states quota-free and duty-free access to the Canadian market. Canada is one of Cambodia’s top export destinations. The value of Canadian imports from Cambodia grew from $20.9 million in 2002 to an impressive $1.3 billion in 2017.

Canada’s exports to Cambodia were valued at $51.5 million in 2017, with key sectors being fur skins and artificial fur, vehicles and industrial machinery. Exports are on an upward trend, increasing nearly 10-fold since 2013.

Canadian direct investment in Cambodia totalled $360 million in 2017.

Efforts by some Canadian businesspeople in Phnom Penh to provide more opportunities for Canadian companies to link with local businesses—and vice versa—led to the establishment of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia. It was launched in Phnom Penh on May 5, 2015, and continues to grow and become more active.

Bilateral cooperation

Canada and Cambodia cooperate on a variety of issues. This cooperation has been particularly productive in areas such as the international effort to ban anti-personnel mines and the training of border officials in interview techniques and detecting document fraud. Ongoing challenges include addressing issues of human rights, corruption, press freedom and the trafficking and exploitation of women and children in Cambodia.

Canada provides security capacity-building assistance through the Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building Program (CTCBP) and the Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program. Through the CTCBP, Canada supports one bilateral and two regional projects implemented in Cambodia with funding totaling approximately $3.4 million in 2017.

People-to-people ties                                                                                                

Canadian non-governmental organizations work with Cambodian civil society groups to promote human rights and development. Canadians have established income-generation projects, set up businesses that offer sustainable employment and established organizations that help protect and promote human rights in Cambodia. These people-to-people links are enhanced by the more than 35,000 Canadians of Cambodian origin, the increasing number of Canadian visitors to Cambodia (72,100 in 2017), the estimated 7,000 Canadians living in Cambodia and the Cambodian students who come to Canada to study (115 in 2017).

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September 2018

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