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Cambodia Sees Surge in Foreign Investment, CDC Approves 22 Projects Worth $310 Million in April

PHNOM PENH, May 8, 2024 – Cambodia's attractiveness as an investment destination continues to soar, with the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) endorsing 22 new projects and production expansions valued at a staggering $310 million in April alone.

The latest approvals, detailed in a CDC report released on Tuesday, underscore the nation's growing economic prowess and its ability to lure foreign capital across diverse sectors. The endorsed projects span garment manufacturing, footwear production, and travel goods, reflecting Cambodia's strategic positioning as a regional hub for these industries.

Notably, eight of the approved investments are situated within the country's burgeoning special economic zones, which offer investors a range of incentives and streamlined processes to facilitate business operations.


Beyond the substantial financial inflows, these projects are expected to generate approximately 23,000 new job opportunities for the local workforce. This influx of employment prospects aligns with the government's commitment to fostering economic growth and improving the livelihoods of Cambodian citizens.


The report highlights the dominance of Chinese investment, accounting for a remarkable 98% of the total approved capital in April. This trend reinforces the strong economic ties between Cambodia and China, as well as the confidence Chinese investors have in the Kingdom's business environment.


The CDC's endorsement of 22 projects in April contributes to an impressive year-to-date total of 173 approved investments, collectively valued at an astonishing $4 billion. This figure represents a significant increase compared to the same period last year, reflecting Cambodia's sustained efforts to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and position itself as a prime destination for global businesses.


Cambodian authorities remain committed to fostering an attractive investment climate, streamlining processes, and offering incentives to entice both domestic and international investors. The government's proactive approach, coupled with the country's strategic location, competitive labor costs, and access to regional markets, positions Cambodia as an increasingly appealing choice for businesses seeking to expand their operations.

As the nation continues to implement economic reforms and enhance its infrastructure, the influx of foreign investment is expected to play a pivotal role in driving sustainable growth, creating employment opportunities, and propelling Cambodia's development agenda forward.

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