EuroCham Cambodia was inaugurated on June 2nd, 2011 with the support of three founding European Business Organizations: the Chambre de Commerce Franco-Cambodgienne (CCFC), the British Business Association in Cambodia (BBAC) and the German Business Group, Arbeitskreis Deutsche Wirtschaft (ADW).
EuroCham was established with the objectives of promoting the interests of European businesses operating in Cambodia, facilitating the entry of European companies into the market and creating an extensive support network among corporate and individual members.
In this context, EuroCham activities include partnerships with the Government in the areas of taxation and dispute resolution, the creation of sector-specific Committees under the EuroCham umbrella and provision of a range of services to European businesses.
EuroCham's key objectives
- Consult & lobby with government on key issues related to doing business in Cambodia;
- EuroCham Cambodia Committees and staff prepare studies, working papers, initiatives and suggestions for regulations to improve government & business relations and conditions of doing business in Cambodia;
- Represent the views and interests of the business community of the Member States of the European Union in the Kingdom of Cambodia;
- Endeavor to improve access for European business to the Cambodian market;
- Provide services to Members and non-Members relating to economic, legal, technical, financial, market and other business issues in the EU and Cambodia and industry specific information to investors;
- Facilitate the creation of strategic alliances between small and medium size companies of Cambodia and EU Member States;
- Promote a strong European Union business identity vis-à-vis the Cambodian business community;
- Promote strong ties with the Delegation of the European Commission, Representatives of European Member States, the Chambers of Commerce or Business Associations in Cambodia of EU member countries (that is Chambers of Commerce established in Cambodia for the promotion of the interests of companies from one of the Member States of the European Union) as well as other Business Groups and Chambers
The German Business Group in Cambodia (Arbeitskreis Deutsche Wirtschaft Kambodscha)
The ADW was founded in 2001 to become a platform for information exchange between its members and local and international businesses seeking to operate in the Kingdom. The organization offers support to German and Austrian business delegations visiting Cambodia via its own network as well as via EuroCham Cambodia, of which the ADW is a key founding member. With some of Germany’s largest corporations and brands represented, the ADW remains a concise group focusing on exclusive events such as luncheons, selected seminars and relevant exchanges with key Cambodian and European partners.
“While the ADW is a small organization in numbers, we are representing some of Germany’s most reknown companies and brands which are officially present in Cambodia as well as key German business leaders and successful entrepreneurs. The German business group participates in a range of activities that help improve the business environment in Cambodia, so that both European and Cambodian businesses can thrive together. The ADW decided in 2011 not to develop our own advocacy, services and outreach efforts or sectorial committees based on nationality or national interests, but to focus on supporting a wider effort through a common policy developed by all European partners from within EuroCham in order to further improve business opportunities in Cambodia. We believe that by bundling all our interests in these areas via a strengthened EuroCham, all of our needs will be served better, and more efficiently. There are no German interests in Cambodia, there is only European and international business interests in Cambodia.”
The French-Cambodian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Chambre de Commerce et dʼIndustrie France-Cambodge)
Founded in 1998, the Franco-Cambodian Business Club was the brainchild of eight French entrepreneurs with a common goal – creating a space for meetings and exchanges and developing opportunities to share resources and experiences. The sheer enthusiasm and dynamism of the Club did not take long to reach to the whole francophone business community. By November 2000 the Club was comprising of about 50 members after only 2 years of existence and it became the French Cambodian Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, it became the French Cambodian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CCIFC, a group of more than 130 members with a binational structure. Our members are businesses, individual entrepreneurs but also NGOs or international organisations harmoniously reflecting Cambodia’s economic landscape. The Chamber of Commerce is the largest occidental business association in Cambodia, covering vast sectors of activity such as the hotel industry, the IT sector, import/export trading, healthcare... CCIFC has swiftly developed strategies aimed at promoting employment in Cambodia, resulting in the creation of the yearly Career Forum, from now on organised by EuroCham.
Since 2002, CCIFC is part of the Federation of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry Abroad (CCI International) – a global network, encompassing 112 Chambers represented in 82 countries and comprising more than 23,000 member companies (including 50% foreign businesses) – and it has become the largest private association of French businesses in the world.
In 2011, CCIFC decided to join forces with their German and British counterparts to cofound Cambodia’s European Chamber of Commerce, also known by the name of EuroCham. Since July 2013, CCIFC as well as other European business communities have remodelled their principles of governance with a view to pool their resources and coordinate their activities within EuroCham. Nevertheless, CCIFC keeps organising for those members a certain number of events such as Import/ Export Commissions, Small and medium sized industries/businesses forums, Business Intelligence, whose members are also editors of the online magazine “Entreprendre Cambodge”.
Arnaud Darc, Chairman of CCIFC
“In some aspects, Eurocham continues the work of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Cambodia, but on a European scale, with a comprehensive team, with a larger budget and with more international memberships. Today, CCIFC represents within EuroCham a dynamic business platform of more than 140 French companies and individual members. Our core mission is to develop relations between our members and the Cambodian business community, and to encourage economic, commercial and investment relations between France and Cambodia. To achieve this, we provide a comprehensive information platform, promote members’ interests to key decision-makers and organize a wide range of seminars, workshops and social gatherings focused on the French business community. In short, we connect people, ideas and actions.”
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