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Gradually Gaining Traction
Overview of the Cambodian Economy
Investment Research June 2011
Graeme Cunningham, CFA firstname.lastname@example.org +855 77 990 769
Overview of the Cambodian Economy
Contents Executive Summary Economics: Gaining Momentum
i) Recovery: A short history of the Cambodian economy ii) Demographics:The hopeful generation iii) Rebound: Macroeconomic growth in Cambodia iv) Imbalance:The structure of the Cambodian economy v) External Pressure: Debt, reserves, currency, inﬂation vi) Trade and FDI: Advancing regional, global integration vii) Empirical Global Ranking: Corruption, prosperity
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Politics: Stabilizing Legal System: Framework in place Capital Markets: Nascent Financials: Crisis proven
i) Banks: Strong growth, healthy balance sheet ii) Microﬁnance: Agricultural focus iii) Insurance: Room for long-term growth
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Agriculture: Untapped potential
i) Climate, geography:Well suited for agriculture ii) Rice:The key crop iii) Rubber and Timber: Important exports iv) Other crops: Showing potential on a smaller scale v) Fishery and livestock: Production ﬂattening vi) Constraints: Limited physical and ﬁnancial capital
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Contents Garments: Over concentration Tourism: Shift to Regional arrivals Energy, Utilities: Powering up
i) Electricity production: Defragmenting ii) Oil and Gas: Offshore and onshore potential iii) Water Utilities: Urban success, rural challenge
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Mining, Materials: Early days Transport Infrastructure: Connecting TMET: Energetic competition
i) Telecoms: Sustained intense competition ii) Media and Advertising: Strong competitive landscape iii) Gaming: Phnom Penh monopoly, rural competition
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Manufacturing: Hints of diversiﬁcation Consumer: Early signs of modern retail Property: Oversupplied
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with 100% foreign ownership of businesses permitted. If we look for signs of gradual. a wide margin for improvement in terms of social welfare. of course. Since then the political situation has stabilized. and reliance on foreign ﬁnancial assistance. Political stabilization under Hun Sen From the low point of the destructive totalitarian rule of the Khmer Rouge from 1975-1979. the country had a new constitution and elections supported by the United Nations Transitional Authority Cambodia (UNTAC). On almost all measures. political. the country shifted to Vietnamese inﬂuenced rule through the 1980s under the State of Cambodia. Open for business Cambodia has a pro-foreign business environment. we believe that this model may simply not be a realistic frame of comparison at this juncture in Cambodia’s development. but there was still factional political inﬁghting. An uneasy truce between Hun Sen’s party and the Royalists existed until 1997 when a military conﬂict between the two parties led to Hun Sen taking full control of the country and effectively ended the civil war (around this time the Khmer Rouge was also ofﬁcially disbanded). Cambodia Capital Research 4 . in contrast to other regional countries. where there are signiﬁcant limits on foreign ownership. since the last armed battle in the capital city Phnom Penh in 1997. Cambodia is also seeing an increasingly transparent legal and regulatory regime. Viewed through the lens of an idealized model of a Westernized liberal democracy. there is still. By 1993. given the country’s history. now having majority control of the government. The country plays a key role in both regional infrastructure plans and political organizations which continues to improve its links with the rest of the region. with the Cambodian People’s Party continuing to gain inﬂuence. or the even more rapid improvements that have been made since the period of relative stability that began in 1997. Hun Sen is a relatively young 58. the legal system. sustained progress we ﬁnd them in nearly every area. However. Although still relatively early in its development.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Gradually Gaining Ground Cambodia has made impressive strides over the last 13 years. and we do not expect to see his power wane signiﬁcantly in the near to medium term. The country also offers low labour cost and factor inputs and has an advantageous geographic location for manufacturers and other businesses at the center of ASEAN. We would rather focus on the continued incremental improvements the country has made since 1980. economic and social welfare. marking the onset of the ﬁrst extended period of political stability after nearly 40 years of civil war. the country has seen dramatic improvements.
Meanwhile. while foreign ﬁnancial assistance from some key developed nations resumed. economic. the country was enjoying an extended period of strong economic growth. legal and social risks: Political Risk: Effectively a one party state We view near to medium term political risk as moderate. as well as foreign businesses. Election results have shown the CPP consolidating power over the last 10 years and there has been no signiﬁcant strengthening of any second party. the current social system is a clear improvement on the tragedy of the late 1970s. it acts as a social buffer (we saw a similar situation in Thailand during the 1997 Asian ﬁnancial crisis where the agriculture sector was able to reabsorb workers laid off from manufacturing). The country is effectively a one party state. The risk lies more on the heavy weighting on the garment/textiles and tourism sectors. with. However. Risk factors: Political. the ﬁnancial system had strengthened. economic. 2) massive growth in the tourist industry. and it improves every year. However. Cambodia Capital Research 5 . progress will certainly not be without political. if anything. rubber and timber products. By the early 2000s. and with some nations refusing to offer ﬁnancial assistance to the country in the decade following. giving a needed push to domestic businesses. but we do not view reliance on this sector to be a risk. leaving the economy heavily geared to the fortunes of the international clothing manufacturers and the whims of global tourists. social. legal Although our outlook on Cambodia is bullish in the medium term.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Economic rebound accelerating since early 2000s The Khmer Rouge completely destroyed the physical and human capital of the country. a system for both is in place. transition risk does remain. CPP leader Hun Sen is also a relatively young 58 years old and appears to be in good health. Political stabilization in the early 1990s helped draw back overseas Cambodians who had ﬂed the Khmer Rouge. with 35 banks currently operating. 1) a signiﬁcant garment/textile manufacturing base having developed. it was only post-1993 that any clearly identiﬁable and globally recognized government emerged in Cambodia. Myriad social issues still remain. Although access to education and healthcare are still far from universal. and 3) agriculture exports starting to reach critical mass. the relative chaos of the 1980s and the shaky new beginnings of the 1990s. for the average Cambodian citizen. especially rice. given the ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) strong majority in both the national assembly and the senate. Social issues persist. Economic Risk (1): Heavy gearing to tourism and garments The economy is still heavily geared to agriculture. but still huge gains since the 1970s-1980s After the devastation of the Khmer Rouge and the political and legal confusion of the 1980s. economic progress in the 1980s was grinding. and a vibrant microﬁnance industry.
agricultural. reserves. which accounted for the majority of the government’s budget deﬁcit ﬁnancing in 2009. encroach on land and displace citizens. which in many cases are not properly compensated for the relocation. However as all these developments are in nascent stages. Although most of the major laws are in place. including commercial. even with a pullback from Western or Japanese donors. but advancing. contract. adding stability and sustainability to the export base. a heavy hit to the garment or tourism sector in the short term could dramatically slow progress. However. many countries are facing severe ﬁscal crises of their own which could feasibly reduce their willingness to assist other nations. the Chinese government is taking a greater interest in Cambodia in both economic and political terms (although we do recognize that China is also facing some growing macroeconomic imbalances of its own). and a modern consumer sector. However. there is potential to expand agriculture and dramatically increase agricultural exports. property or infrastructure. However. Somewhat longer term are the possibilities for the development of mining and extraction. the country intends to eventually shift to the Riel. trade deﬁcits Cambodia is a dollarized economy. The country also continues to run large trade deﬁcits. Social Risk Rapid economic progress has led to a degree of social upheaval for many Cambodians. Economic Risk (2): Heavy reliance on foreign assistance The country is also heavily reliant on foreign assistance. and therefore the country does not have recourse to monetary policy and is very exposed to any depreciation in the US$. which brings the risk of doing so prematurely. be they in the energy. price increases are moderate. compared to Vietnam. but not abundant foreign reserves. with around 90% of transactions taking place in the US currency. tax and property laws. Inﬂation is currently relatively benign. One of the most pressing issues is when developments. Cambodia Capital Research 6 . oil and gas. where the larger institutional investor may have more clout when dealing with the government and business groups. Although we ﬁnd it unlikely that developed nations would abruptly withdraw ﬁnancial assistance to Cambodia given that it is so small in absolute terms. as we outline in this report. many are yet to be tested in the court system. reaching just above 5% as of April 2011.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 However. at 5 months of imports and 8x the level of short term external debt. non-textile/garment manufacturing. Legal Risk The legal risk of investment in Cambodia remains signiﬁcant. which will remain a medium term risk although we expect that these will contract as the country expands agricultural and other exports over the long term. We believe there is especially risk for the smaller investor. where inﬂation is already running at an annualized rate of 20%. The country has adequate. Economic Risk (3): Currency. or ineffectively executing the transition. inﬂation. It could be within a short ﬁve years where Cambodia has reached a much higher proportion of agricultural exports in the economy.
PPWSA. Telecom Cambodia. a ﬁxed line telecom. As we show in this report. and Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority. as well as other domestic public and private organisations. They include listed gaming and mining names in Hong Kong and Australia with 100% Cambodia exposure. The Cambodia government could improve its position in both the eyes of its constituents as well as international investors by ensuring that residents affected by the inherent growing pains of rapid economic development are properly compensated for the adjustment. Cambodia must also carefully manage the economy’s transition. and a handful of private equity funds that invest directly into Cambodia companies. a conglomerate and an insurance company. Cambodia Capital Research 7 . In this way economic growth imposes an uneven tax on those unlucky enough to be residing in areas of heavy redevelopment. investors may be able to get exposure to Cambodia more easily by the second half of this year. Data collection in Cambodia is still developing and we have found there to be some discrepancies between sources. but a total disruption of the current rural way of life. with three state owned enterprises to be listed. There are three state owned enterprises currently considering listing. including a bank. There are also other large names considering listing. we would expect more ﬁrms to come to the market to raise capital to fund growth. relocation is not simply a matter of ﬁnding new employment. Avenues for investment There are currently only a few avenues to gain equity exposure to Cambodia. Sihanoukville Port. Failure to do so could lead to instability. Stock market could start trading by Q4/11 However. the country’s only deepwater port. with most sectors of the economy seeing continued rapid development over the next ﬁve years. but also Cambodian government ministries. A note on data sources in Cambodia: We rely on various data sources in this report including international organisations. both domestic and foreign. with the planned opening of the Cambodian Stock Exchange slated for July 2011. ensuring continued investment in the economy. creates sufﬁcient employment opportunities for the newly developing educated middle class.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 With 70% of the population still engaged in subsistence farming. the capital city’s water utility.
The weakening Lon Nol government fell to the Khmer Rouge. led by Prince Sihanouk. However. Cambodia has ﬁnally emerged from a nearly 40 year period of instability and civil war that clouded its history from 1970 until 1997-1998. However. The regime also speciﬁcally targeted the educated classes. virtually eliminating the education. Cambodia Capital Research 8 . continues to run large ﬁscal and trade deﬁcits and is heavily reliant on foreign assistance. Bombing raids into Cambodia related to the Vietnam conﬂict disrupted rural Cambodian life and dramatically strengthened the Khmer Rouge movement. Cambodia had enjoyed a peaceful period of Cold War neutrality. the second highest in ASEAN after Myanmar • Potential to improve current structural imbalance: Cambodia’s economy is overly concentrated in the garment and tourism sectors currently. and oil and gas. have no living memory of Khmer Rouge rule. there are signiﬁcant prospects for a rebalancing of the economy towards higher agriculture exports and increased manufacturing medium term. the military-backed Lon Nol government led a coup to oust the Prince. Of a reported 1975 population of over 7MM.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Economics: Gaining Momentum • The hopeful generation: Sixty percent of the Cambodian population are under 30. or died in the rural work camps from overwork. the spillover of the Vietnam war across Cambodia’s borders dragged the nation into the conﬂict. Cambodia hits economic ground zero in 1978 The Khmer Rouge brought about a totalitarian agrarian regime. the Khmer Rouge.5% since 1993. health and business professions as well as any modern agriculture. disease or starvation. emptying the cities and forcing the population to the countryside. between 1MM-2MM people were either executed by the Khmer Rouge. mining and other sectors longer term i) Recovery: A short history of the Cambodia economy More than a decade of stability after 38 years of civil war Over the last decade. In 1970. who subsequently sided with an opposition Communist movement based mainly in rural Cambodia. The economy was destroyed. which took over Phnom Penh in April of 1975. From the time of independence from the French in 1953 until 1970. increasingly well educated. and have seen a continuous gradual improvement in the country throughout their lifetime • Impressive economic rebound since 1993: Cambodia’s real GDP has grown at an average CAGR of 7.
Cambodia Capital Research 9 . This occurred at the same time that there was a marked lack of capital available.) ii) Demographics: The hopeful generation Slow grind to build human capital through the 1980s This meant that Cambodia’s leaders today. the country was barely governed through a loose coalition of warring factions (ﬁguratively and literally). This uneasy coalition held until 1997.) Economic progress was therefore understandably gradual from 1980 to the mid-1990s. with a strong provincial voter backing and a Prince Norodom Ranariddh-led party FUNCINPEC. experienced professionals. In 1993. From 1979 until 1992. with some major Western nations not offering ﬁnancial assistance over the period (largely because of their resistance to Vietnamese inﬂuence in Cambodia. when armed conﬂict erupted between armed factions of the two parties in the ruling coalition which ended with the exile of Prince Ranariddh. the return of educated overseas Cambodians that had ﬂed the Khmer Rouge. international assistance. Cambodia was able to slowly rebuild its economy through the 1980s and 1990s. would have gone through their early to middle careers in the mid 1980s and 1990s facing an extremely limited pool of older. Malaysia and Indonesia which saw rapid growth during this period. First signs of the ‘new’ Cambodia by 1993 With the end of the cold war in 1989. and the eventual arrival of foreign businesses. and by 1991 the United Nations became more heavily involved in stabilizing Cambodia politically. the United Nations Transitional Authority Cambodia (UNTAC) held elections. Regardless. political tensions in the region eased.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 This regime ﬁnally fell when the Vietnamese army. which gave rise to a Constitutional Monarchy with a coalition government between current Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodia People’s Party (CPP). and the consolidation of power by Hun Sen. teachers or mentors in any sector other than in traditional agriculture. assuming an average age range from 30 to 60 years old. run mainly by French-educated royalists. especially compared to the other industrializing regional economies like Thailand. stability through an increasingly dominant Cambodia People’s Party and opposition parties with some small share of power (we give more detail on the parties in the Politics section. in conjunction with ex Khmer Rouge soldiers (including current Prime Minister Hun Sen) invaded Cambodia in January 1979. both through grinding domestic effort. with the military weight of Vietnam a key factor in maintaining stability. This lead to the political situation that Cambodia has broadly maintained over the last 13 years. to help them begin to redevelop the economy.
0MM in 2010. with 65% under 30 years of age and 87% under 50 as of the 2008 census. with 20% of the population in urban areas in 2008. and probably the largest generation ever to have the possibility to reach tertiary education.9% in Phnom Penh.3% of the population (with 9.3MM in 1993 to 11. the capital city) and 24. Figure 1 shows that the promise of increased political stability after UNTAC seems to have had an effect on birth rates. when the ﬁrst major modern census was undertaken. The population is also heavily rural. The population has nearly doubled from just 7. A young and growing population The most recent detailed population records are available only from 1998. IMF The Cambodia population is very young. Building on the very heavy lifting of the generation coming of age in the 1980s-1990s. 4). Figure 1: Cambodian Population (MM persons) 16 12 8 4 0 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012E Source: Cambodia National Statistics Ofﬁce. They are also be the ﬁrst generation since the 1970s in any signiﬁcant proportion to have the chance of achieving an education up to at least secondary school.5MM in 1986 (or just above the estimated population of the mid-1970s) to just over 14. we believe that the current generation now entering the workforce will be the one to propel the country to new economic heights. as shown in Figure 2. and has grown up with a gradually stabilizing political system and dramatically improving economy. The population is heavily concentrated in the Southeast of the country with 36. Cambodia Capital Research 10 .Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 First generation in decades to enjoy stability The current generation that is now just turning twenty has no living memory of the Khmer Rouge period. with a minor baby boom occurring. but there is a high urbanization rate.3% in the Northwest. with the government planning to grow beyond ‘Least Developed Country’ (LDC)-status by 2020. We also have IMF estimates of total population. which is shown in Figure 1. A second census was taken in 2008. as shown in the map in Figure 5. up from just 16% in 1998 (Figures 3.1 MM in 1994. with the population jumping from 9.
There has been a 10% decline in the population with no education from 34% in 2008 to 24% in 2008.8 0. Perhaps most interesting in terms of developing a new generation of technocrats to drive the economy. as labour becomes more concentrated in a given area. as they leave their parents’ homes to start new families and purchase houses. but now has 196. Cambodia had only 4. 2) Rising proportion of young families drives consumption A rising proportion of young families in an economy has historically often driven economic growth.5 2.9 0 0-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 1998 Source: Cambodia National Institute of Statistics 40-49 50-59 60-69 2008 70-79 80-89 90+ Cambodia Capital Research 11 . and is accessible to ﬁrms and government entities looking to employ workers.46MM. Figure 2: Population by age group (MM persons) 3. 1) further development of industrialization. Figure 6 shows the signiﬁcant increases in education made just between 1998 and 2008. as a rising standard of living leads to increased demand for consumer goods. 3) The new urban generation The population is already becoming increasingly urban. and we expect that this trend will continue as expanding employment and educational opportunities and access to a wider range of goods and services draw people into the cities. and the population completing lower secondary school has risen 200% from 0.50MM to 1.758. and creating a pool of more advanced human capital that industries can draw from. and 2) the growth of a modern consumer economy.6 1. vehicles and consumer goods.448 post secondary graduates as of 1998. This will in turn drive. increasing by a factor of 44x over the decade.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 1) First generation to be widely educated from childhood Political stability since 1993 and the associated increase in educational opportunities is driving the development of an increasingly skilled workforce.
3%) Mondolkiri Kampong Chhnang Koh Kong Kampong Cham Southwest 1.68MM (12.86MM (36.10MM (9. Cambodia Capital Estimates Source: General Department of Mineral Resources Cambodia Capital Research 12 .4: Cambodian rural and urban population (%) 1998 2008 June 2011 16% 20% 84% 81% % Urban population Source: Cambodia National Institute of Statistics % Rural population Figure 5: Cambodia population by region Oddar Meanchay Preah Vihear Ratanakiri Bantay Meanchey Siem Reap Stung Treng Battambang Pailin Northwest 2.9%) Kandal Takeo Prey Veng Svay Rieng Southeast 4.3%) Pursat North 1.33MM (9.5%) Kampong Thom Kratie Northeast 2.52MM (24.5%) Kampong Speu Phnom includes: Penh Phnom Penh 1.3%) Kampong Som Kampot Source: Government Census 2008.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 3.32 MM (17.
Real GDP has grown at a CAGR of 7.5% in 2010 and 2011. Cambodia has seen the second highest growth in ASEAN since 1993.3 17. with only Myanmar growing more quickly.8 0 1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011E 15% 10% 5% 0% -5% GDP (LS) Source: International Monetary Fund % chg (RS) Cambodia Capital Research 13 . when a decline in the key garment/textiles exports segment and the collapse of an unsustainable real estate boom hit growth. Figure 7: Real GDP (Riel TRN) 35. respectively.0% and 6.5% for 2011 (Figure 8). as shown in Figure 9. 2008 10% 20% 2008 30% June 2011 40% iii) Rebound: Macroeconomic growth in Cambodia Second fastest real GDP growth in ASEAN since 1993 These strong demographic trends.5 8. and only seen a single year of below 5% annual GDP growth during the ﬁnancial crisis in 2009. The IMF estimates GDP growth of 6. for Cambodia. have already been translating into vibrant economic growth.5% since 1993.7% for 2010 and 6.0 26. the economy has returned to rapid growth in 2010 and 2011. while the World Bank estimates 6. backed by foreign investment and ﬁnancial assistance. However.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 6: Highest level of schooling completed No Education Primary (Not Completed) Primary School Lower Secondary Secondary Beyond Secondary 0% 1998 Source: Government Census 1998.
Figure 10 shows nominal GDP since 1993. As we show throughout later sections of this report.World Bank Figure 9: Cambodia average real GDP CAGR versus the region.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 8: Real GDP forecasts June 2011 IMF World Bank 0% 1. relative to the size of their populations. We believe that this gap between the newly industrialised countries of ASEAN (Malaysia and Thailand) and the developing economies of ASEAN (Vietnam. the country has the second lowest nominal GDP (US$10. tracking Laos reasonably tightly until 2005 when its smaller neighbour began to speed ahead. with Cambodia’s nominal GDP in the middle of the pack for developing Indochina.8BN) and nominal GDP/capita (US$795) versus the larger ASEAN nations plus China in 2009. Malaysia and Indonesia.8% 2010 3. we see little reason why Cambodia. Laos) shows more where living standards for the latter could be headed in the future. while average living standards in Cambodia decreased in 2008. Vietnam and Laos cannot eventually become as economically strong as Thailand.0% Source: International Monetary Fund. 1993-2009 China Myanmar Cambodia Vietnam Laos Malaysia Philippines Indonesia Thailand 0% 3% 6% 8% 11% Source: International Monetary Fund Room for improved living standards versus ASEAN Although growth has been rapid.5% 2011 5. rather than pointing to an insurmountable gap. Cambodia Capital Research 14 . Cambodia. especially when compared to the region. As shown in Figures 11 and 12. it has been off a low base.3% 7. Laos was apparently more insulated from the ﬁnancial crisis.
Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 10: Cambodia Nominal GDP/capita versus region (US$) 1.000 5. 2009 7.750 0 Malaysia Thailand China Indonesia Vietnam Laos Cambodia Myanmar Source: International Monetary Fund Figure 12: Nominal GDP (US$MM).250 3.200 900 600 300 0 1993 1995 Cambodia Source: International Monetary Fund 1997 1999 Laos 2001 2003 Myanmar 2005 June 2011 2007 Vietnam 2009 Figure 11: Nominal GDP/Capita (US$).500 1. 2009 300 225 150 75 0 Thailand Malaysia Philippines Vietnam Myanmar Cambodia Laos Source: International Monetary Fund Cambodia Capital Research 15 .
3) Tax revenues low: Tax revenues are still a small contributor to GDP versus other countries in the region.0% of GDP in 2008. but none are insurmountable over time in our view. Challenges in that a large proportion of the population will not have the schooling or skills required for many positions that will need to be ﬁlled in this newly developing economy both in the private and public sectors (although we expect this to improve over time). 5) Country runs large trade deﬁcits: The country continues to run large trade deﬁcits. which leaves Cambodia overexposed to a decline in these sectors. 4) Dollarised economy: The country is effectively dollarised and therefore does not have direct recourse to monetary policy as a tool to steer the economy. In the following sections we address each of these issues: 1) 70% of population are subsistence farmers: Currently 70% of the population are still involved in subsistence agriculture. with agriculture comprising 34% of the economy in both 2000 and 2009. and there is also the potential to develop human capital over time given the young population. Heavy dependence on garment exports. but not insurmountable over time We believe that we will see a signiﬁcant shift in the composition of the Cambodian economy over the coming years.5% in 2009. tourism Figures 13 and 14 show the split in the Cambodia economy by major sector for the years 2000 and 2009. 2) Over concentration in garment/textiles sector: There is a heavy dependence on garment/textiles exports to Western countries and the tourism sector. Cambodia Capital Research 16 . it hides the fact that the manufacturing segment is heavily dominated by one sub-segment (garment/textiles and footwear) and that service industry is heavily dependent on tourism. currently there are clearly some signiﬁcant imbalances. Opportunities exist to introduce modern agricultural methods to farmers that will raise incomes. Bulk of the economy is still subsistence agriculture Subsistence agriculture is the economic life of 70% of the Cambodia population. manufacturing around 22% in 2000 and 21% in 2009 and services 38% in 2000 and 39% in 2009. and the government continues to run large ﬁscal deﬁcits and is heavily reliant on foreign assistance. we expect that even as Cambodia’s economy modernises. at 9. Although this chart suggests at ﬁrst glance a relatively balanced economy. As we see in both Thailand and Vietnam. agriculture will remain the primary source of income for the majority of the population.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 iv) Imbalance: The structure of the Cambodia economy Structural imbalances. the composition of the economy has been stable over the last decade. which offers both challenges and opportunities for the country. although this declined to 5. and modern farming is only beginning to take root.
However. we expect that the growth of other sectors of the economy may outpace these sectors leading to a gradual rebalancing. It is rather the heavy concentration in these sectors that creates the risk to the economy. we do acknowledge that Cambodia maintains a comparative advantage in textiles and tourism. tourism and agriculture as a proportion of GDP. it represented by far the largest component. Cambodia Capital Research 17 . Cambodia’s garment/textile exports are not particularly well diversiﬁed geographically (although Asia is slowly accounting for more of the mix).Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figures 13. 14: Cambodia Economy composition by sector 2001 2009 June 2011 5% 34% 38% 22% 39% 6% 34% 21% Agriculture Manufacturing Service Other Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance Figure 15 shows garments/textiles and footwear as a percentage of total manufacturing in Cambodia. Figure 16 shows garment/textiles/footwear exports. and that continuing to expand in these sectors is not necessarily the problem. being 90% concentrated in EU and North America. at 63% in 2009. This leaves Cambodia overly exposed to the revenue movements and manufacturing location decisions of the major global clothing retailers. just the two former sectors combined accounted for 38% of 2009 GDP. However.
Cambodia Capital Research 18 . We believe that this is the area where we will see the largest structural shift in this data. investment. I stable. G low and X-M continues in deﬁcit Figure 17 shows the breakdown of the economy in terms of consumption. largely a function of very low tax intake versus the region. government spending and net exports. at just 5%-6% percent of the economy on average from 2005-2009. Government spending is low.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 15: Cambodia Manufacturing GDP by segment (US$ MM) 1. especially roads and bridges.275 850 425 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 June 2011 2008 2009 Food & Beverages & Tobacco Wood Paper & Publishing Other Manufacturing Source: Cambodian Ministry of Economics and Finance Garment/Textiles/Footwear Rubber Manufacturing Figure 16: Key sectors as percentage of economy 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 2007 Garment/Footwear Exports Source: Cambodia Ministry of Economics of Finance 2008 Tourism Agriculture 2009 C high. like rural electricity and water provision. Investment has remained stable at around 19%. Consumption has represented over 80% of the economy for the ﬁve years to 2009. but also expanding its presence in public utilities. with government increasingly gaining a role in providing public goods.700 1.
an increasing number of workers leaving the informal economy for the formal economy should also raise this ﬁgure.373 2007 6. The government sector still relatively small and in deﬁcit In addition to the trade deﬁcit.8% 10.1% 2.3% 1.191 21.9% 1. Longer term there is the possibility of both oil and gas.008 22.619 -15.4% 2.822 84.427 19.4% -554 -8.695 19.575 21. although government revenue more than tripled from 2001 to 2009.9% 8.3% 1. However. and mineral exports.9% in 2008 as the ﬁnancial crisis cut tax revenue at the same time as the government increased spending.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 17: Nominal Gross Domestic Expenditure (US$MM) BN Riels Consumption as % total Investment as % total Government as % total Inventory Changes as % total Net Exports as % total Other as % total GDP 2005 5. mainly related to the garment industry.4% 148 1. expenditure has steadily outpaced it. The deﬁcit widened signiﬁcantly in 2009 to 6.0% 1. We believe that the trade deﬁcit may be reduced in the medium term as the country increases agricultural exports and improves infrastructure to facilitate these exports. The government continues to generate very low tax revenues in a regional context.4% -567 -6. it is well below Thailand.5% -1.430 2009 9.0% 151 1. the government continues to run large budget deﬁcits.395 2006 5.705 26. This is mainly because the country continues to rely heavily on imports for many industries.7% 7 0.2% -548 -7.5%.6% 2. Vietnam and Laos (Figure 20). It is reported that improved tax collection methods should boost tax revenues in the medium term. although the deﬁcit fell to a ﬁve year low in 2009 of 5. As shown in Figure 18.4% -940 -9.6% 10.962 19.4% -561 -5.4% 89 1.1% 2. the deﬁcit is estimated to have contracted in 2010.265 Source: Cambodia Ministry of Economy and Finance Large trade deﬁcits with Asia not offset by garment exports Cambodia continues to run large trade deﬁcits. and runs large trade deﬁcits with its Asian trading partners.969 81.855 June 2011 2008 8.0% -171 -1.3% of GDP from 2.684 94.4% 258 2.1% 6. Cambodia Capital Research 19 .494 23. and in the long term.4% 47 0.7% 125 1.8% of GDP. This is not offset by the large trade surpluses it runs with the United States and the European Union. at only 4.3% 1.023 19. which could help further ease this deﬁcit.4% -27 -0.843 77.208 18.6% 7.3% 1.391 84.
0% 6.000 1.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 18: Cambodia government revenue and expenditure (US$MM) 2.0% 0% Deﬁcit (LS) Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance as % GDP (RS) Figure 20: Government revenue as a % of GDP Laos Thailand Vietnam Cambodia 0% 2% 4% 6% 8% Source: International Monetary Fund Cambodia Capital Research 20 .500 1.0% 4.000 500 0 2001 2002 2003 Revenue Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance 2004 2005 2006 2007 June 2011 2008 2009 Expenditure Figure 19: Cambodia government deﬁcit (US$MM) 0 -175 -350 -525 -700 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 8.0% 2.
and education. From 2004 until 2008. However. and a higher weight has been given to the public health and education categories. Figure 22: Financing of government budget deﬁcit (US$MM) 750 558 367 175 -17 -208 -400 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Foreign Financing Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance Domestic Financing Errors/Omissions Cambodia Capital Research 21 . following the continued conﬂict on the Thai border this year. foreign ﬁnancial assistance covered more than 100% of the total government deﬁcit. public health at 7%.15 0. For the current year. Figure 21: Key areas of government expenditure as % total expenditure 0. Sport Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance Still heavily reliant on foreign ﬁnancial assistance The Cambodian government is still heavily reliant on foreign ﬁnancial assistance to fund its budget deﬁcit. we believe there may be the potential to see the defense proportion of expenditure rise in 2012.Youth.10 0. which been lauded as a good sign for overall improved social welfare.20 0. the budget for defense spending is lower as a percentage of total spending. as shown in Figure 22. youth and sport at 9%.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Room to grow education and public health spending Figure 21 shows three of the major categories of government expenditure. with defense spending at 17% of total expenditure in 2009.05 0 2001 2002 Defense 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Public Health Education.
The heavy weighting to agricultural employment offers a buffer against layoffs in the manufacturing and service sectors. from 0. the most economically advanced area of the country.64 in 2001 to 0. Cambodia Capital Research 22 .5%.67 in 2001 to 1. currency. Figure 23: Regional unemployment rate (2008) Vietnam (Total) Vietnam (Urban) Vietnam (Rural) Cambodia (Total) Cambodia (Phnom Penh) Thailand Laos Malaysia 0% Source: Cambodia Capital Research 2% 3% 5% 6% v: External pressure: Debt. External debt to exports. a measure of how quickly the country could cover its foreign debt with its foreign earnings. moderately indebted country.42 as of 2009. which is higher than the just over 5. increases in unemployment were not as severe as expected. in Thailand. inﬂation External debt to GDP and exports declining Cambodia currently owes US$4. from 1. and is classiﬁed as a low income. Although still high. with 70% of the population still employed in subsistence farming (Figure 22). as migrant workers returned to family farms.12 as of 2009 (Figure 24). However. external debt to GDP has been declining over the last decade. In the 1997 crisis. given recent difﬁculties in the Vietnamese economy).0% seen in urban Vietnam (this ﬁgure may have increased since. unemployment is 5. We expect that Cambodia will have a similar economic cushion in the medium term. in Phnom Penh.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Unemployment: Low from widespread subsistence farming Unemployment overall is a low 2% in Cambodia. has also declined. reserves.36BN in external debt according to World Bank estimates.
Figure 25: Composition of Cambodia external debt by country 7% 22% 28% ADB World Bank IDA US.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 24: Key external debt ratios 200% 150% 100% 50% 0% 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 June 2011 2008 2009 External Debt/GDP Source:World Bank External Debt/Exports Debt of long duration. and some may not need to be repaid The composition of Cambodia’s external debt makes it less onerous that it may initially appear. it is still unclear when or if Cambodia will be required to pay back these loans. and by the time of principal repayment. First. Neither of these debts is being serviced. Third.7% of the debt is short term. the Cambodian economy may be much larger. Russian Federation Debt Other bilateral Other multilateral 26% 17% Source: International Monetary Fund Cambodia Capital Research 23 . and Cambodia is negotiating with both countries. only 7. so there is no medium term issue with the current debt. Second. the effective interest rate that Cambodia has been paying on the debt is a low 0.5%. 26% is legacy debt owed to the US mainly from the 1970s Lon Nol government and the Russian Federation mainly from the 1980s (Figure 25). and more readily able to handle repayment than it is currently (Figure 26). better structured.
7% of total debt. up from just 3. Reserves to months of imports has risen from 4 in 2001 to near 5 as of 2008.8BN in 2008. down from a peak of US$2.0 9.4x in 2009.3 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Reserves/Month of Imports Source:World Bank. which leaves the country with an adequate. Ministry of Economy and Finance Reserves/Short Term External Debt Cambodia Capital Research 24 .3% Source: International Monetary Fund Foreign reserves adequate. The National Bank of Cambodia reported US$2. and therefore the reserves to short term external debt ratio is strong at 12. Figure 27: Key foreign reserve ratios 13.5 3. short term external debt is a low 7.7% Short term Long term June 2011 92.6BN in foreign reserves as of end 2009.1x in 2001. but not particularly robust ﬁnancial cushion (Figure 27).Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 26: Composition of Cambodia external debt by duration 7.9BN in 2006. but still well up on US$1. but not abundant Cambodia’s key foreign reserves ratios have been improving over the last few years. As shown in Figure 25.8 6.
The Thai baht has appreciated versus the dollar. with the Riel pegged to the dollar.000/US$ and peak of KHR4. However. Imports: A large proportion of Cambodian imports are from Thailand. Movements in the dollar have a mixed effect on the economy: Textile exports: Garment/textile exports are priced in dollars.350 4.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 28: National Bank of Cambodia’s Foreign reserves (US$MM) 3.125 4. the Vietnamese Dong has depreciated signiﬁcantly over the last year and China is gradually allowing its currency to appreciate versus the dollar. There tends to be some seasonality also in the movement of the exchange rate related to the agricultural growing season. Vietnam and China.238 4.900 Jan 06 Oct 06 Jul-07 Apr-08 Jan-09 Oct-09 Jul-10 Apr-11 Cambodia Source: National Bank of Cambodia Capital Research 25 .800 900 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 June 2011 2008 2009 Source:World Bank Currency considerations: 90% of transactions still in the dollar Cambodia’s ofﬁcial currency is the Riel. the National Bank of Cambodia has kept the Riel trading within a relatively tight trading band versus the US$ (at an average rate of KHR4.600 2. so dollar depreciation does not give Cambodian exports an advantage here. so a depreciation of the US$ versus the Euro could potentially make Cambodia garments/textiles more attractive to EU buyers.700 1.013 3. As shown in Figure 29. the second largest purchaser of textile exports is the European Union (EU). On net we expect the currency effect on imports to be relatively neutral in the short term. and an estimated 90% of transactions taking place in the dollar. Figure 29: USD to Cambodia Riel 4. but the economy is effectively dollarized. but the majority are purchased in US$.108/US$ since 2006.241/US$). with a trough of KHR4.
the global ﬁnancial crisis cut commodity prices and inﬂation subsequently subsided. the central bank is raising rates to curb inﬂation and its currency is still strengthening long term versus the dollar. In Vietnam there has been the mixed effect of a currency depreciation offset by rapidly rising inﬂation.000 1. However. prices still appear to be rising gradually. given the large amount of trading with the two economies. we do not expect to see a major transmission of food inﬂation to Cambodia from these neighbouring countries in the short term. Cambodia Capital Research 26 . In Thailand. Figure 31: Cambodian inﬂation.8% over the decade from 2000 to 2010. averaging 4.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 30: Money Supply (US$MM) 4. mainly driven by the spike in global commodities prices (largely the result of rising food and oil prices). and the latest reported April 2011 ﬁgures show inﬂation at 5. There was a signiﬁcant spike in inﬂation just prior the the onset of the 2008 crisis to 25%. yoy % chg in CPI 30% 20% 10% 0% -10% 1995 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010 Source: National Bank of Cambodia Although global governments are increasingly hawkish on inﬂation. Increasing domestic production of food products should also help alleviate this risk over time.000 3. Meanwhile. On net.000 2.2%. Cambodian food price changes are especially correlated with Vietnam and Thailand.000 0 2003 2004 2005 2006 Demand deposits 2007 June 2011 2008 2009 Currency outside banks Foreign currency deposits Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance Time savings deposits Inﬂation remains benign (for now) Inﬂation has generally been benign in Cambodia of late. which pulled up the average for the decade. there have been hints lately that the current commodities bubble may be nearing its end.
global integration Trade surging. average Cambodian inﬂation from 2004-2009 has been in the middle of the pack. but deﬁcits persist Cambodia’s overall trade has surged by over 200% since 2001.5% in 2009. Energy Source: Cambodian National Institute of Statistics vi) Trade and FDI: Advancing regional. but growing rapidly from just 1. Vietnam is a distant third. respectively. with inﬂation especially high in neighbouring Vietnam (which also saw an inﬂation spike in 2008 and may have transmitted some of that inﬂation to Cambodia through trade) but much lower in Thailand. Cambodia’s other major regional trading partner. Figure 32: Inﬂation in a regional context 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% Myanmar Vietnam Indonesia Cambodia Laos Thailand Malaysia Source: International Monetary Fund Figure 33: Cambodia CPI Index by category 15% 10% 5% 0% -5% -10% Jan 10 Mar 10 May 10 Jul 10 Sept 10 Nov 10 Jan 11 Mar 11 Health CPI Transport Food beverages Communication Housing. although export growth continues to lag import growth and the country ran a trade deﬁcit of 5.5% in 2001. Cambodia’s exports are still comprised mainly of garments/ textiles and footwear exports to the United States and Europe. accounting for a combined 76% share of the country’s exports. comprising just under 5% of exports in 2009. which comprised 49% and 27%.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 In a regional context. Cambodia Capital Research 27 .
respectively.5% 2. The country runs large trade deﬁcits with these regional countries which is not offset by exports to the US and EU. we expect that as the country increases its agricultural exports. for example. especially rice. which have soared to 29% and 21% of total imports.625 3. EU.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 34: Cambodia imports and exports (US$MM) 7. However.500 5. has already stated its intentions to increase its imports of Cambodian rice. which comprised 14% of the total in 2009 and South Korea. that demand from the region will be high for these products and we may see these trade deﬁcits contract. for a combined 50% of imports in 2009 from just 29% in 2001. Imports from China. China. are also signiﬁcant. General Statistics Ofﬁce of Vietnam (GSOV).8% 2009 0% Imports (LS) Exports (LS) Trade deﬁcit as % GDP (RS) Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance Exports mainly to US. Figure 35: % of Cambodia’s exports by key trading partners 100% 75% 50% 25% 0% 2001 2002 2003 US 2004 2005 EU 2006 2007 2008 Vietnam 2009 2010 Source: US Census Bureau. imports largely from East Asia The largest proportion of Cambodia’s imports are from Thailand and Vietnam.875 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 June 2011 11. at 5% of the total.750 1. Europa Cambodia Capital Research 28 .0% 8.3% 5.
Cambodia Capital Research 29 . Figure 37: Cambodia’s joining date of regional/global organisations Trade Organisation or Agreement Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya Mekong economic cooperation strategy (ACMECS) Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam development triangle (CLV) Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam-Myanmar cooperation framework (CMLV) Source: ACMECS. GSOV. CLMV and ACMECs summits in Phnom Penh. we believe that Cambodia has generally beneﬁted from its involvement in the various trade organizations. and thus is offered some advantages in terms of trade because of this. which comprises 13 provinces in these three countries. further raising its regional proﬁle. Since then.WTO. In November 2010. and 3) being part of the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam development triangle. KITA Increasingly integrated into regional and global trade It has only been relatively recently that Cambodia has become more integrated into the regional and global trading blocks. Although the country did join ASEAN in 1999. it has also been more active within the region.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 36: % of Cambodia’s imports by key trading partners 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 China 2008 June 2011 2009 Korea 2010 Thailand Vietnam Source:Thai Customs Department. 1) joining the ﬁrst Ayeyawady Chao Phraya Mekong economic cooperation strategy (ACMECs) at its ﬁrst meeting in November 2003. it was only in October 2004 that it joined the World Trade Organisation. 2) becoming part of the Cambodia Laos Vietnam Myanmar cooperation framework (CLMV) in November 2004. CLV. CMLV Date joined April 1999 October 2004 November 2003 2004 November 2004 Opening to trade appears to have been beneﬁcial so far On net. the country simultaneously held the CLV. for the ﬁrst time. Cambodia MEC. it has proved that it can compete reasonably well even where it does not have signiﬁcant trade advantage. Although the country is classiﬁed as a Least Developed Country (LDC).
but this has been offset by the overall growth in the market for textiles/ garments exports to the US. but from a comparatively low base. which offers lower trade tariffs to many developing countries. a regulation that had previously allowed countries to apply quantitive restrictions of imports of clothing between WTO countries was abolished. comprising mainly garments/textiles and footwear. and only as countries reach high income status for three consecutive years and have sufﬁciently diversiﬁed their export base are they no longer eligible for the beneﬁts. With Cambodia already in the WTO. Accession to WTO offset 2005 end of textile quotas Cambodia is not a country considered by the US for preferential exports. 2005. While Cambodia currently exports mainly textiles/garments to the EU under this system. although the US remains Cambodia’s largest single customer for exports.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Beneﬁts from EU’s Everything-But-Arms for LDCs Cambodia currently beneﬁts from a lack of restrictions on its exports to the European Union (EU). The EBA program currently has no ﬁxed end date. agricultural exports are also growing. Cambodia Capital Research 30 . the country has gained somewhat easier access to the US market from its accession to the WTO. Cambodia has lost some market share. 90% of Cambodia’s exports are to non-ASEAN nations. The other beneﬁt of WTO accession is that Cambodia has needed to expand and strengthen its laws to meet the requirements. Currently. especially for garment/textiles. We expect therefore that Cambodia will beneﬁt from this program for the next decade at least. especially to the US. The ending of this regulation allowed nations within the WTO to export garments/textiles freely. At the time there were limiting quotas. the country beneﬁted from the absence of non-WTO competition. EBA is a version of the GSP that offers LDCs a reduction of import duties to the EU to zero on all products except for armaments. However. although it did face increased competition from other WTO members also enjoying quota-free garment/ textile exports within the organization. This is the strongest version of the EU Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). This external lever seems to have prompted more rapid development of the legal structure than otherwise might have been the case. This is because as of January 1. AFTA to be fully implemented by 2015: It is still unclear as to the full effect that the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) will have on Cambodia over the next ﬁve years as the country aims to reduce all tariffs on imports from ASEAN to between 0%-5%. which are mainly textiles/garments and footwear. However. This is under the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) initiative to promote imports from Least Developed Countries. so the reduced tariffs within ASEAN over the last ten years have not really been a signiﬁcant boon for the country. with the country expanding its textile exports to the US rapidly since 2005. The last ﬁve years have shown that concerns that Cambodia might have severe difﬁculty competing were unfounded. without facing quotas.
and the gradual reduction in tariffs over the next four years could reduce revenue further. The government generated 21% of its revenue from international trade taxes in 2009 (Figure 38).6% in 2003 (Figure 39). FDI has since returned to what we view as a more sustainable level. However.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 The question is whether reducing tariffs on some imports from ASEAN. and is directed more to sectors like infrastructure and agriculture that should improve the structural balance of the economy in the longer term.125 750 375 0 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 30% 23% 15% 8% 0% International Trade Taxes (LS) Total Government Revenue (LS) International Trade Taxes to Total Government Revenue (RS) Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance Foreign direct investment returning to sustainable level Foreign direct investment surged in 2007 and 2008. Figure 38: Cambodia International Trade Taxes (US$MM) 1. is a potential reduction in government revenue. We believe a larger issue for Cambodia than domestic industry protection. We do not expect that reduced agricultural tariffs will lead to large imports in the sector sufﬁcient to squeeze out local producers and expect that global food demand will be sufﬁcient to allow Cambodia to grow in this area. And as we have shown above. Cambodia Capital Research 31 . government revenue is already low in Cambodia relative to the region.500 1. the majority of agricultural sectors in Cambodia appear to be showing both a high increase in production as well as rising exports. could slow the growth of some newly developing agricultural sectors. mainly led by investment in an overheating property market. with FDI as a percentage of GDP peaking at 10% in 2007 from a low of just 1. notably agriculture products.
EU and US direct investment in Cambodia has been relatively muted over the period.500 3.500 Source: Council for the Development of Cambodia China is largest source of FDI since 1993 Figure 40 shows aggregate investment (as reported by the Council for the Development of Cambodia). with most of the major investment coming in recent years. Energy and agricultural investment have been the second and third largest investment categories over the last two years. Relative to their economic size.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 39: Approved FDI (US$MM) 900 675 450 225 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 June 2011 30% 23% 15% 8% 2010 0% FDI (LS) Source: Cambodia Ministry of Economy and Finance % growth (RS) Figure 40: Aggregate investment by country 1994-2009 (US$MM) China Korea Malaysia EU US Thailand Taiwan Singapore Vietnam Hong Kong Japan 0 1. if we consider that the transportation category in 2010 consisted mainly of South Korean investment to build a new airport in Siem Reap (although the funding source is still unclear). Tourism investment was the largest category for both years. Regional investment tends to dominate the proﬁle for Cambodia. Figure 41 shows the investment breakdown by sector for 2009 and 2010.000 7. Cambodia Capital Research 32 .000 4. which shows that China is far and away the largest investor in Cambodia over the past ﬁfteen years.500 6. which is catering mainly to tourists for Angkor Wat. with Korea and Malaysia the next largest.
however. but we include them for comparison in Chart 42). and the ﬁndings of the survey for each. is that although Cambodia ranks low in many categories. Chart 43 shows the eight categories used in the index. Cambodia remains well down on the list.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 41: Investment by sector 2009 Tourism centres Energy Agro-Industry Telecommunication Tourism Other Total Source: 3. vii) Empirical Global Ranking: Corruption.059* 589 353 190 129 379 2. Cambodia Capital Research 33 . What is interesting. but not for corruption perception Two global surveys give some independent and empirical judgement on where Cambodia stands in terms of both prosperity and transparency of the business environment. The Legatum Prosperity Index ranked 110 countries in terms of overall prosperity. the subjective opinion of many Cambodians often do not match their objective ranking globally. as would be expected for a Least Developed Country.698 * Nearly US$1BN of this is related to a planned new airport in Siem Reap. with a value of one being the most prosperous (the 2009 and 2008 surveys rated just 104 countries and so may not be perfectly comparable. Prosperity Prosperity index gains. At 95 in 2010. it is unclear whether this has been funded yet. Also. and thus could be considered tourism related. We believe this supports our view of the ‘hopeful generation’ which is less concerned with absolute conditions and more with relative gains given the country’s history.859 Transportation Energy Agro-Industry Rubber Garments/textiles Other Total June 2011 2010 1.901 665 457 235 146 456 5.
com) 4 35 29 71 80 98 2009 23 44 39 61 77 93 June 2011 2010 17 52 43 70 61 95 Figure 43: Cambodia results . which would be expected given the low ranking Personal safety is perceived as high by Cambodians. where ties seems strong Governance 72 Education 90 Health Safety and security Personal freedom 80 66 98 Social capital 97 Source: Legatum Properity Index 2010 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index gives a ranking from 1 (most corrupt) to 10 (least corrupt) for the perception of the public sector. As shown in Figure 44. Cambodia does not fare well on this scale. but Cambodians still view their country as offering a good environment for entrepreneurs 4 out of 5 Cambodians are satisﬁed with the national government. Cambodia Capital Research 34 . employment rates are high C a m b o d i a r a n k s l ow i n t e r m s o f b u s i n e s s infrastructure. although this could indicate others outside the family unit. and has shown little improvement.prosperity. back up at its 2006-2007 rating. ranking a 2. but political repression and human ﬂight are also high Although civil liberties are rated low in Cambodia. although corruption is perceived as widespread Although the ranking relative to other nations is low. 94% of citizens report satisfaction with their freedom of choice In a 2009 survey only 12% of Cambodians thought others could be trusted. after actually worsening slightly in 2008 and 2009. and high in terms of start up costs. Opportunity 92 100 Detail Over half of Cambodians are satisﬁed with their standard of living.Legatum Prosperity Index 2010 Rank Economy Entrepreneurship.1 in 2010.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 42: Legatum Prosperity Index 2008 Singapore Thailand Malaysia Indonesia Vietnam Cambodia Source: Legatum Properity Index (www. Cambodians are extremely satisﬁed with their education system Cambodians report low health services satisfaction.
4 Figure 44:Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index Rating Source:Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index Cambodia Capital Research 35 .9 2007 9.3 2009 9.6 2.6 2.0 3.4 2.Overview of the Cambodian Economy 2006 Singapore Malaysia Thailand Indonesia Vietnam Laos Cambodia Myanmar 9.4 3.9 2008 9.0 2.4 2.4 5.7 2.5 3.6 2.4 5.4 June 2011 2010 9.8 2.5 2.5 2.1 1.2 5.0 1.1 3.7 2.0 3.6 2.6 2.6 2.8 1.2 4.0 1.4 2.7 2.1 1.3 4.8 2.6 2.1 1.1 2.
Hun Sen.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Politics: Stabilizing • Improving political stability: The country has shown improving political stability since the Cambodia People’s Party led by Hun Sen took power in 1997 and have continued to consolidate their leading position since • Increasingly integrated into world system: Cambodia has become increasingly integrated politically both globally and regionally. A constitutional monarchy The Cambodian system of government is ofﬁcially a constitutional monarchy. as shown in Figure 45. with it declared that he shall ‘reign. prior to that. Currently the countries are trying to negotiate.000 years. as the Cambodian People’s Party increasingly strengthened its hold on political power. the head of state. We would estimate that it was only really since around 2005 that the country could be said to fully stabilised politically. the head of government. Two of the senate members are chosen by the King. and becoming more involved in ASEAN and other regional groups • Relations with Thailand strained: Cambodia and Thailand have undergone two military conﬂicts at two disputed border areas since the beginning of 2011. The 123 National Assembly members are elected for 5 years under proportional voting. and the Monarch. but where Thailand prefers a bilateral solution. and there is a high probability that it will cloud bilateral relations for some time Period of increasing political stability since 1998 The ﬁrst hints of political stabilisation started to appear in Cambodia by 1998. with the Prime Minister. there was little in the way of substantial law or a solid system holding the country together and therefore little capacity for the country to develop human or technological capital. but not rule’. The king has limited political power. Cambodia has gone to both ASEAN and the United Nations with the issue. there followed a period of uncertainty as to whether the new government would hold. having joined the WTO in 2004. We would emphasise that before 1998. and some factional inﬁghting. Cambodia Capital Research 36 . Norodom Sihamoni. From 1998 to the early 2000s. This issue goes back as far as 1. The system has a bicameral parliament. with a National Assembly and Senate. and the rest are chosen by voting in Cambodia’s 24 provinces. the country was embroiled in 38 years of conﬂict. another two by the National Assembly.
US army moves into Cambodia. Khmer Rouge resurgence is still a threat. the country initially sees economic progress. begin battles with Lon Nol forces. with the opposition Sam Rainsy Party winning 26 seats. repatriate Khmer citizens that had ﬂed to Thailand. with the UN still ofﬁcially recognizing the party as ruling the country from 1979 to 1982. both leaders are elected as co-prime ministers A uneasy alliance exists between the two ruling parties. Hun Sen is established as sole Prime Minister after a battle in Phnom Penh between FUNCINPEC and CPP forces leads to exile of Prince Ranariddh Cambodia enjoys its ﬁrst decade of politic and economic stability in nearly 40 years. disarm the military operations of the four political factions. Political split widens in 1960s between the Prince. Hun Sen’s Cambodia People’s Party wins. Cambodia Capital Research 37 . The Paris Agreement is signed 1991. but Prince Rannariddh led FUNCINPEC also does well. In the last National Assembly election on July 27. it won 90 of 123 seats. and maintains neutrality over US/Vietnam conﬂict. economy is destroyed and an estimated 15% or more of population perish Vietnam army enters Cambodia with help of ex-Khmer Rouge soldiers and topples the regime Cambodia is barely governed by a loose coalition dubbed ‘The State of Cambodia’. By 1997. and establish free and fair elections The United Nations Transitional Authority Cambodia (UNTAC) arrives. Prince Sihanouk leaves for exile in Beijing. and then North Korea. 2008. Massive improvements made in developing the legal. economic and educational system King Sihanouk leaves the throne and his son Norodom Sihamoni becomes King 1970 1970-1975 1975 1975-1979 1979 1979-1989 1990-1992 1993 1994-1998 1999-2010 2004 Source: Cambodia Capital Research Cambodia People’s Party dominates government As shown in Figures 46 and Figure 47. and holds elections. allied with the United States. bombing raids in rural Cambodia lead to growth in Khmer Rouge movement Khmer Rouge. Hun Sen’s Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) is far and away the dominant political force in the country.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 45: An overview of modern Cambodian political history Year(s) 1953 1954-1970 Key Events Cambodia gains independence from France June 2011 Ruled under Prince Sihanouk. which allows the UN to oversee a ceaseﬁre. The other smaller parties gained a combined 7 seats. The government is a pseudo-communist regime based roughly on the Vietnamese system The end of the cold war changes the political dynamics in SE Asia. Khmer Rouge remains a danger. Eventually Khmer Rouge strengthens and wins battles with less Vietnamese support Khmer Rouge overtake Phnom Penh Khmer Rouge implement a totalitarian agrarian regime. at ﬁrst heavily backed by Vietnamese forces. Paris-educated leftists (eventual Khmer Rouge) and rightwing Lon Nol government Military coup installs Lon Nol government.
has a broad base of support. we have not seen strong political moves from either the Sam Rainsy Party or FUNCINCPEC that would suggest that these parties are gaining popularity versus the CPP. especially with the arrival of UNTAC. The party was formed from the Kampuchean People’s Revolutionary Party which was the only legally recognized party within Cambodia from 1981-1991. is in exile in France after being convicted in absentia of defamation charges after accusing the government of corruption. led by Hun Sen. Since these elections. winning 43 of 58 available seats in the 2006 senate election. and economic growth continues to be strong. and the establishment of constitutional monarchy. In the senate. Also. It is unclear if there is a similarly charismatic second in charge to lead the party without the eponymous founder. Sam Rainsy Party (SRP): Founded in 1995 (originally the Khmer National Party from 1995-1998). FUNCINPEC is the next largest. However. but is especially strong in rural areas. Sam Rainsy. with nine seats.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 The CPP also dominates the Senate. during the State of Cambodia period of 1989-1991 the party began to shift its ideology to adopt more free market principles. we have seen little to suggest that the CPP’s dominance is waning signiﬁcantly. the party’s leader. Figure 46: National Assembly 90 68 45 23 0 CPP SRP HRP NRP Funcinpec Source: Cambodian National Election Committee Figure 47: Senate seats 50 38 25 13 0 CPP Funcinpec SRP Royal Appointees NAC Source: Cambodian National Election Committee Cambodia People’s Party (CPP): Cambodia’s dominant political party. Cambodia Capital Research 38 . the country was able to weather the ﬁnancial crisis without massive social upheaval. with its platform originally based on a Marxist-Leninist single party system.
FUNCINPEC played an important part in government throughout the 1990s. including land and civil rights. with the two much larger countries possessing both expansive military and economic might relative to much smaller Cambodia. Khmer Rouge: The Khmer Rouge orchestrated the complete economic collapse of the country from 1975 to 1979. Ranaridhh retired from politics in October 2008. and involvement in anti-corruption law. its popularity appears to have waned over the next ten years. as it won only 2 seats of 123 in the National Assembly in the 2008 election. by refusing to participate in the 1993 elections. were a perpetual threat to stability and were recognized as the ofﬁcial Cambodian government by the United Nations as late as 1982. and the party was renamed the Nationalist Party until the Prince announced a return to politics in December 2010. However. The party is generally considered a Royalist party. Peaceful and Cooperative Cambodia. The party’s current leader is Chhim Siek Leng. has been growing. It has relatively more sway in the senate. Funcinpec: FUNCINPEC is a French acronym for National United Front for an Independent. the Khmer Rouge began to lose power and any remaining credibility. originally established in 1981 by Norodom Sihanouk as a counterbalance to then Vietnamese occupation of the country. and the still threatening Khmer Rouge. Vietnam and Thailand. However. Leader Kem Sokha has a history of humans rights activism. it was formed in November 2006 when the second son of previous king Norodom Sihanouk was elected by members of the Khmer National Front Party. generally the stronghold of the CPP. The party’s popularity in rural areas. who changed their name to incorporate the new leader. having won 9 out of 58 seats in the most recent 2006 senate election. and won 43 of 123 seats in the 1998 elections. Cambodia tends to thus view both Vietnam and Thailand with some degree of suspicion. In 1998 party leader Pol Pot died and by 1999 the remaining Khmer Rouge had surrendered or been captured and the party effectively ceased to exist. while Thailand’s inﬂuence tends more to just the business sphere. Cambodia Capital Research 39 . tend to be fraught with border issues. They remained strong militarily throughout the 1980s. Norodom Ranariddh Party (NRP): Another relatively new party. Bilateral relations with two largest neighbors Cambodia’s diplomatic relations with two of its closest neighbors. If we were to characterize these relationships we would say that Vietnam has both a strong political and business inﬂuence in the country. and the party again took his name. in which CPP won decisively and the SRP became the second largest party. formed in in 2007.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Human Rights Party (HRP): Is a relatively new party. Informal border trading is widespread with both countries. Neutral. The party appears to be a right leaning centrist party. and by 1996 saw a mass defection of over half the remaining soldiers.
This event appears to be the trigger point. with some parties opposing what they view as encroachment on both Cambodia’s territory and sovereignty. and the party appears to still maintain close ties with the Vietnamese ofﬁcials. in far Northwestern Banteay Meanchey province. Thailand initially agreed. However. The ruling remains unclear especially on a 4. Following this battle. Cambodia Capital Research 40 . since 1979 there have generally been cordial relations between the two nations. Fighting erupts in February 2011 near Preah Vihear This led to the placement of troops on either side of the border from mid-2008. The complex was declared a World Heritage Site in 2008 by UNESCO. and ofﬁcially part of Cambodia. A deal was reached where Cambodia has agreed to talks through Thailand’s preferred channel. on the whole. and lasted for several days with military casualties on both sides. a meeting was brokered between the two countries mediated by ASEAN. However. unrelated to Preah Vihear.6 sq km area that is the center of the conﬂict. In the north of Cambodia in Preah Vihear is a temple complex that was granted to Cambodia in 1962. but later reversed course and rejected the UNESCO plan. Second battle occurs in April 2011 at Oddar Meanchey In late April 2011. trade between the two countries continues to grow strongly. a decision that has been disputed by Thailand ever since. but it was only in February 2011 that ﬁghting erupted. Relations with Thailand sour after border conﬂict If the border issues with Vietnam are more of a cold war. This was shortly after some Thai activists had been jailed in Cambodia for reportedly illegally entering the country without visas at another area of border dispute. but it was stated that Thailand would play an important role also in overseeing the temples. but Cambodia would also have its preferred solution of the presence of ASEAN observers at the border. opposition to Vietnam’s inﬂuence issue still remains. ﬁghting broke out at a second disputed area along the ThaiCambodian border in Oddar Meanchey province. By comparison relations between Cambodia and its smaller neighbor Laos tend to be less conﬂictual. the bilateral border committees. We expect that this issue will continue to weigh on ThaiCambodian political relations.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Vietnam appears to have political inﬂuence The early incarnations of Hun Sen’s CPP was effectively installed with Vietnamese help. Although there has been some minor disruptions to border trade in the conﬂict areas and a marked decline in Thai tourism to Cambodia. strong words on both sides suggest to us that this agreement is still very tentative. which has led to a cease ﬁre. with Thailand they became a hot war in February 2011 and then again in April 2011. The key current issue that could cause future discord between the two countries is the building of major dams on the Mekong in Laos which could have serious environmental effects downriver in Cambodia.
3) the country accepts guidance and funding from the Asian Development Bank.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Increasingly integrated into the regional and world system Cambodia had been completely isolated from the world from 1975 to 1979. setting the stage for eventual UNTAC-sponsored elections by 1993. Cambodia Capital Research 41 . 4) with special privileges for least developed countries. it makes the bulk of its exports to the EU and the US. 2) the World Trade Organisation in 2004. and inﬁghting between various factions meant that there was no globally recognized government in Cambodia until after the Cold War ended. 5) it held the Cambodia Vietnam Laos (CLV) and Cambodia Vietnam Laos Myanmar (CLVM) as well as the ACMECS (CLVM plus Thailand) summits in November 2010. Since then the country has progressively integrated itself into the world system. IMF and World Bank. and its WTO accession. 1) it joined ASEAN in 1999.
is somewhat of a hybrid from the various periods of the country’s history since independence from France in 1953. including banking (1999). with 100% foreign ownership of businesses permitted. many have not been thoroughly tested in the courts. with power entirely concentrated in the National Assembly. This constitution led to the establishment of separate executive. legislative and judiciary branches. Basis of current legal system is the 1993 constitution We date the current legal system in Cambodia to the 1993 creation of the current constitution under the guidance of UNTAC. which was ostensibly ‘peasant rule’ but effectively totalitarian agrarianism. Prior to the Khmer Rouge. However. Cambodia Capital Research 42 . which was based on the Vietnamese system. With the overthrow by the Lon Nol government. but it was not until the current constitution was adopted in 1993 that a clear separation between the legislative. with the most recent a version of the 1993 document with some amendments made in 1998 (Figure 48). and now has a functioning legal framework. executive and judicial functions of government was stipulated. and Cambodia’s current set of laws. The legal system is supportive of foreign investment. The Khmer Rouge adopted their own constitution. gradually improving legal system Cambodia has a basic legal system in place. However. tax (2003) commercial (2005). This was replaced by the 1979 constitution when the Vietnamese overthrew the Khmer Rouge. with 100% foreign ownership of businesses permitted Foreign-investment friendly. A series of constitutions since the 1950s Cambodia has been through a series of constitutions since the 1950s. Liberalization of this system occurred as early 1989. with the major business laws now written. there had been no split between these three bodies. and bond and equity market (2007) laws • System open to foreign businesses: Cambodia is open to foreign investment compared to other countries in the region. a new constitution was adopted from 1970-1975.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Legal System: Framework in place • Basic legal system in place: Cambodia has slowly developed its current legal system since the introduction of the 1993 constitution. although some key preexisting laws are still in use. this document itself. so have not been well tested in the courts • Major business laws promulgated: The country has the key legislation for business in place. We believe that an improving and increasingly transparent legal and regulatory regime will further encourage future foreign investment. However. from 1979 to 1992. as many of the laws were promulgated over the last ten years. insurance (2000). many important laws were promulgated only in the last 10 years. from 1953-1975 the Cambodia legal system was based on the French system under rule by Prince Norodom Sihanouk.
but were eventually superseded by new laws in 1997. serve to support ongoing growth and investment. an independent judiciary. but not govern Amendments are made to the 1993 constitution. but this is not really brought into effect until around 1998.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 48: Constitutions adopted through Cambodian history Constitution 1953-1970 1970-1975 Details June 2011 The king held all power. respectively. promulgated in 1988. and a Supreme Court A state of the people. with the Law on commercial rules and commercial register coming into effect in 1995. increasing the National Assembly seats to 122 and allowing for the creation of a 61-seat appointed senate. peasants and all other labourers. the country began to further develop its legal structure. in our view. should. and shall reign. The people’s representative assembly determines legislation. executive and judicial power coming from the monarch All power derived from the people. Tax and property/land laws were also in place prior to the current constitution in 1993. the law on banking and ﬁnancial institutions promulgated in 1999 and an insurance law written in 2000. The King is head of state for life. executive and judicial branches are to be separate. and 2001. The establishment of this legal framework coincides with the start of rapid growth in the Cambodian economy. with parliament making laws. There was existing contract law. appoints people’s courts to administer justice All power resides at the National Assembly A Constitutional Monarchy is established where the legislative. with an amendment written in 1999 (Figure 50). The tax law was issued in 1997. workers. which has largely remained intact to the present. with all legislative. 1976-1978 1979-1993 1993 1998-1999 Source: Cambodia Capital Research Current legal system takes shape in 1993 With the constitution in place by 1993. Cambodia Capital Research 43 . Continued improvement in the legal framework coupled with increased testing of the same. By the mid to late 1990s important laws for business were written.
and given that the key business laws were established only as of the late 1990s. Although this system was abolished by the Khmer Rouge. which included property rights A constitutional monarchy was established by the constitution of 1993. its inﬂuence re-emerges in the drafting of the 1993 constitution Complete elimination of any modern legal system. we view getting the capital markets up and running in just a decade as a reasonably quick turn around. Almost no legal professionals remaining in the country by the end of this period. and had to adopt (or commit to adopt) many laws to meet WTO requirements 1975-1979 Khmer Rouge 1979-1989 Communist (Vietnamese inﬂuenced) 1989-1993 Liberalized Communism 1993-Present Constitutional Monarchy World Trade Organisation Source: Cambodia Capital Research Stock market laws promulgated in 2007 Stock market legislation was only promulgated in the form of the Law on the Issuance and Trading of Non-Government Securities as recently as 2007. It also allowed for any laws previously written that did not contradict new laws to remain. and therefore integrated the inﬂuence of all the preceding systems In 2005 the country joined the World Trade Organisation. The new constitution was again based largely on the French system. Cambodia Capital Research 44 .Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 49: History of legal systems in Cambodia Date/System 1953-1975 French Civil Details June 2011 Cambodia adopted the French legal system. All power commanded by totalitarian Khmer Rouge ofﬁcials Country adopts a Communist system under the Vietnamese model after the Vietnamese overthrow the Khmer Rouge from 1979-1989. Given the current target of a 2011 opening. the country shifted to a more liberalised form of Communism. Current contract law of Cambodia promulgated during this period From 1989-1993. and is the basis of the present system.
Law on issuance and trading of nongovernment securities (2007). Law on negotiable instruments and payment transactions (2005). Law on ﬁnancial leases (2009) Land law (2001). trade names and acts of unfair competition (2002) Tax Financial System Property Contract Law Trade Labour Intellectual property Source: DFDL Mekong Cambodia Capital Research 45 . amendment (2003) Law on banking and ﬁnancial institutions (1999). the ASEAN Free Trade Area (1999) and the World Trade Organisation (2004) Labour law 1997 replaces 1992 Labour law Law concerning marks. Insurance law (2000). supersedes 1992 Land law 1988 Cambodia adopted has adopted the regulations of the major trade bodies it has joined. Law on commercial enterprises (2005) Law on tax (1997). Law on secured transactions (2007).Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 50: Major Cambodian Laws Laws Commercial Details June 2011 Law on commercial rules and commercial register (1995) and amendment (1999).
but the related legislation has been drafted. For rural lending. Foreign lending in the country increasing The longest running international lending to Cambodia has been from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank and national institutions such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency. We would expect to see a sovereign issue from Cambodia within the next 2-5 years • Expect trading on CSX by Q4/2011: The Cambodia Stock Exchange (CSX) is in the late stages of preparation for opening. the CSX is housed and rolling out its systems. the government will soon look towards developing the debt market. 1) granting credit 2) taking deposits or 3) offering payment processing. However. and we expect to see trading by late 2011. The required regulations have been issued by the SECC. . particularly from China. given the presence of a handful of domestically based funds. although private equity funds already investing in the country and the planned new stock market will increase the availability of equity capital for ﬁrms • No bond market: There is currently no bond market in Cambodia. These institutions support many projects that cross borders in the Greater Mekong Sub Region. private equity investment in Cambodia is growing.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Capital markets: Nascent • Banks the main source of capital: Banks remain the key source of capital in Cambodia. and the securities and support ﬁrms have all been licensed. Now it is an issue of the level of preparedness of the three SEOs currently planning to list. private equity growing The public equity market is very near opening. Bond law written but no market yet Although the Law on the Issuance of Government Securities. In addition. However. through 35 banks (including specialised banks*). We estimate that the ﬁrst trade could happen by Q4/2011. Banks loans currently the key source of capital The main source of capital in Cambodia is bank lending. Public equity market to open this year. Cambodia Capital Research 46 *Specialised banks have limited scope and by law can perform only one of three activities carried out by a fully licensed bank. establishing the Cambodia Stock Exchange has clearly taken precedence over the bond market in the last several years. there is also growing international interest in lending to Cambodia from private and policy banks. The tight lending standards of Cambodian banks (which we view as prudent. but they represent a small proportion of total lending. given the market risk) limits the growth of many riskier ventures that could potentially be funded by more risk tolerant equity investors. which allowed for the development of a bond market in Cambodia. there are 13 microﬁnance institutions that are a key source of capital. was promulgated well before the equity market laws. Therefore there are still no government or corporate bonds issued in Cambodia. and that a Cambodian sovereign issue could be seen within the next 2-5 years. We give more detail on the progress with regards to the stock exchange below. we expect that with the equity market nearly up and running. and especially to small agricultural businesses. or only a single component of each of the three services. as well as interest from regional funds.
dealers. 1) the regulator.’ Cambodia Capital Research 47 . please see our April 27. 5 brokers. This is similar to what was seen in the Laos exchange. clearing agents. all state-owned enterprises. has promulgated most of the major regulations we estimate will be required prior to opening the CSX. with 7 underwriters. Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP). 2010. but may wait until the market proves itself 2) CSX 3) Securities Firms 4) Listed Companies Source: Respective organisations and companies Progress being made in all key area of CSX The major pillars are in place to establish the stock exchange in Cambodia. 2 dealers and 2 advisors permitted to operate. depository and settlement platforms for the CSX (which was recently certiﬁed to operate the exchange) are being rolled out under the management of the Korean Stock Exchange (45% shareholding in the CSX) and the Cambodian government (55%) 3) the securities ﬁrms. and auditors have all been licensed. 4) the ﬁrst three companies to be listed. Telecom Cambodia (TC) and Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) have been selected to list on the exchange. Other private companies are contemplating listing. advisors and settlement banks. Settlements will be undertaken separately by commercial banks which were awarded their licenses on February 28. and Tong Yang Securities for PPWSA and TC. We could see trading by late Q4/2011 Although the SECC. it may take 5-6 more months for the underwriters to ready the SEOs for listing. are being rolled out The securities ﬁrms ofﬁcially received their licenses in early Nov.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 51:The ‘four pillars’ involved in establishing the CSX Details 1) SECC June 2011 Established in 2007. The underwriters have been chosen. where actual trading followed the ofﬁcial opening of the exchange by about 3-4 months. SBI Securities for SAP. 2011 report ‘Approaching a Final Frontier: Progress on the Road to Opening the Cambodia Stock Exchange. The SECC has a staff of 70 employees 55% owned by the Cambodian government and 45% by the Korean Stock Exchange (KRX). For more detail. the Securities Exchange Commission of Cambodia (SECC) has been established since 2007. have been selected. and has been actively promulgating regulations over the last two years. based on the KRX. underwriters. 2) the trading. brokers. 2011 planned opening. and underwriters chosen (Figure 51). Auditors and clearing agents also were licensed at this ceremony Three state owned enterprises. CSX and securities ﬁrms should be prepared for the ofﬁcial July 11. 2011. A location in Canadia Tower is secured and the systems.
where a lack of collateral and credit history by farmers makes it difﬁcult for them to obtain bank loans • Insurance small but growing: The insurance sector is small but growing rapidly with premiums quintupling to US$25MM in 2010. 13 key microﬁnance institutions and 6 insurance companies.There is no life insurance given a high regulatory capital requirement Cambodian ﬁnancial system increasingly well developed The Cambodian ﬁnancial system is becoming increasingly well developed.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Financials: Crisis proven • Strengthening banking system: The banking system in Cambodia continues to improve. there are still large hurdles to growing lending. However. even with these myriad institutions. and the risk to ﬁnancial institutions will keep interest rates high. 5 specialized banks. There remains excess liquidity in the system and banks compete for quality creditors. healthy balance sheets Figure 52: Interest. it will remain a major constraint over the medium term. i) Banks: Strong growth. As shown in Figure 52.2010. but we believe that they also accurately Cambodia Capital Research 48 . there are 30 banks (the 29 reported by the National Bank of Cambodia at end. the interest rate on US$ 12month loans has averaged about 16% since 2007. access to capital is still relatively limited for many businesses and the majority of the population. while the interest rate on US $ 12-month deposits has averaged around 5%. while claims have been decreasing over the last several years. plus 1 new entrant since). With 70% of the population engaging in subsistence farming. The high interest rates from banks are an impediment to growth. limited assets available for collateral and lack of a credit bureau. having weathered the 2008-2009 ﬁnancial crisis and returned to strong growth in 2010. while balance sheets remain healthy • Microﬁnance supporting agriculture: The microﬁnance sector continues to grow rapidly and is especially important in funding the key agricultural sector. Deposit Rates Riel 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% Jan 07 July 07 Jan 08 July 08 Jan 09 July 09 Jan 10 July 10 Jan 11 Source: National Bank of Cambodia Although we expect that the availability of quality credit will increase as the economy and especially housing sector develops. with only spartan housing.
Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 reﬂect the high risk of lending in the country. Figure 53: Cambodian banks’ loans*. We believe that as the economy develops we will see the spread on loans versus deposits contract. leaving a total 5 specialized banks . deposits. end 2010 (US$MM) 1) Acleda 2) Campu 3) Canadia 4) ANZ Royal 5) BIDC 6) FTB 7) Maybank 8) Union Commercial 9) First Commercial 10) Advanced Bank 11) Saigon Thuong 12) Vattanac 13) Cambodia Commercial 14) Shinhan 16) OSK Indochina 15) Rural Development (Specialized) 17) Singapore Banking 18) Krung Thai 19) Cambodia Asia 20) Phnom Penh Commercial 21) Camko 22) Cambodia Mekong 23) Angkor Capital 24) Kookmin 25) Maruhan 26) Vietnam Agribank 27) Anco Specialized 28) PHSME Specialized 29) Hwang DBS 30) Best Specialized 31) First Investment Specialized 32) Booyoung 33) Bank of India 34) Cambodia Development Specialized** 35) CIMB 0 Loans Source: National Bank of Cambodia 230 460 Deposits 690 920 Cambodia Capital Research 49 *2011 entrant Bank of China **Cambodia Development Specialized Bank is now closed.
Cambodia Capital Research 50 . These banks comprise just 6% of loans and 3% of deposits. 3) The smaller banks: Similar to the middle banks. We expect that in this segment. as it is the most developed economy of the group (Figure 54). They are: Cambodia Public Bank (partnered with Malaysia’s Public Bank). However. these issues are not uncommon to the region. Cambodia’s interest rates are near the average for the ACMECS region at around 16%. With such a large number of banks. we believe that in many cases these links to business groups may hold back merger activity between rival groups in home countries. The individual banks in this group had between US$285MM and US$727MM in loans in 2010. but the smaller institutions may mainly be servicing the local needs of a speciﬁc foreign business group with which they are associated. accounting for 67% of total loans and 69% of total deposits. ACLEDA (a local bank that started as a microﬁnance institution. 2) The middle 12 banks: The middle 12 banks comprise 26% of the loans in the banking sector and 27% of the deposits. these banks will tend to have a business group as a dedicated customer. at ﬁrst glance it would appear that mergers will be a likelihood in the sector. this will also limit mergers in the sector. and in Thailand the lowest. and between US$491MM and US$860 in deposits. Figure 54: Lending rates (%) 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 2000 2001 2002 2003 Laos 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Cambodia Source:World Bank Myanmar Thailand Vietnam The four tiers of Cambodian banking We categorize the banking sector in Cambodia roughly into four tiers: 1) The 4 major banks: These are the largest banks by a signiﬁcant margin. as shown in Figure 53. either domestic or foreign. The larger institutions in this group will compete with the big four. domestically owned banking institution) and ANZ Royal (controlled by Australia’s ANZ). Canadia Bank (a strong. Interest rates in Laos have historically been the highest. which illustrates banking sector loans and deposits.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Lending rate not excessive in a regional context Although there are issues of both access to capital and high interest rates for business in Cambodia.
All three have strong parent operations with ample capital bases. there have been two heavyweight entrants to the banking industry. Figure 55: Bank branches in Cambodia (2010) Phnom Penh Branches ACLEDA Canadia Campu ANZ Royal Singapore Banking May Bank OSK Indochina Advanced Bank Cambodia Mekong Union Commercial BIDC Cambodia Commercial Others Total Source: National Bank of Cambodia 14 13 13 11 10 6 5 6 2 2 2 1 26 111 Provincial Branches 220 14 8 8 5 3 4 2 4 3 2 3 3 279 Total Branches 234 27 21 19 15 9 9 8 6 5 4 4 29 390 Cambodia Capital Research 51 . given its roots in microﬁnance. a third large bank. which was small enough that it was not expected to disrupt the market. in line with its business model catering to smaller rural customers. and less than 1% of the deposits. Two heavyweight new entrants: Bank of China. or payment systems) or a single component of each of the three. The ﬁrst was Vietnam Agribank in mid 2010. CIMB There have been three new entrants to the banking sector since 2009. especially the dominance of the current top 4.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 4) The specialized banks: These banks are allowed to undertake either just one of the three main banking business lines (lending. deposits. Only ACLEDA has an extensive country-wide network. and the Bank of China (BOC) in Q2/11. with a total 27 branches (13 Phnom Penh/14 provincial) and Campu. It had 14 branches in Phnom Penh and 220 in the provinces as of end-2010 for a total 234 branches (Figure 55). Cambodia’s six specialized banks account for less than 2% of total loans in the banking system. with a total 21 (13 Phnom Penh/8 provincial). Meanwhile. More recently. the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) is also considering entering the market. however. far more than the next largest. Canadia. CIMB in late 2010. We believe that they could shake up the market.
Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 56: Aggregate bank loans (US$MM). to a low of 3. yet still healthy level of growth. with banking system not only successfully weathering the 2008/2009 global ﬁnancial crisis. Cambodia Capital Research 52 .0% in 2010 (Figure 57). Outstanding bank loans have soared ﬁvefold since 2005 from just over US$600M to over US$3. growth in bank loans (%) 4. still eking out a 3. it appears to have passed with ﬂying colours.000 as of 2010 (Figure 56). Loan growth did not turn negative even during the global ﬁnancial crisis. If we view the ﬁnancial crisis as a test of the Cambodian banking system.6%. but also able to grow through the period. especially in light of the problems experienced at some major global ﬁnancial institutions.5% gain in 2009.000 1. the 22% loan growth seen in 2010 seems to us a more sustainable. After loan growth increases of as high as 77% in the lead up to the crisis. Figure 57: Aggregate NPLs 10% 8% 5% 3% 0% 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Source: National Bank of Cambodia Declining system NPLs and loan to deposit ratios Banking system non performing loans (NPLs) have seen a declining trend over the last 5 years.000 0 2005 2006 Loans (LS) Source: National Bank of Cambodia 2007 2008 2009 June 2011 80% 60% 40% 20% 2010 0% Loan Growth % (RS) Banks looking stronger on most measures The story over the last ﬁve years for Cambodian banking has broadly been one of increasing strength.000 3. from a 2006 high of 9.000 2.
as deposit growth outpaced loan growth (Figure 58). Cambodia Capital Research 53 . The National Bank of Cambodia continues to gradually move towards the Basel 2 standards.250 0 2006 Deposits (LS) Source: National Bank of Cambodia 2007 2008 Loans (LS) 2009 2010 100% 75% 50% 25% 0% Loan/Deposit Ratio (RS) Figure 59: Solvency Ratio 34% 31% 27% 24% 20% 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Source: National Bank of Cambodia The banking system has seen some pressure on net interest margin over the last two years. but with the market still in the relatively early days of development.95 but had declined to 0. which also peaked in 2007 at 0.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 The lending practices of the Cambodia banking system appear to be adequately stringent and banks look healthy based on loan to deposit ratio. which well is above the 8% required by Basel 1. Figure 58: Loans to deposits 5.0%.24 in 2007 to 0. but lending rates remained relatively ﬂat (Figure 60. and Singapore are 8.750 2. the required total capital adequacy ratio in Malaysia. Thailand. For comparison. Vietnam. with the solvency ratio (or total capital adequacy ratio) rising from a recent low of 0. banks have been growing fee income over the last ﬁve years. helping to offset the decline in aggregate net interest income.500 1. and 10%.75 as of 2010. the banking system has strengthened its capital base over the last two years. However.000 3.5%. as deposit rates rose with increasing banking competition. this may take years. respectively. This remains well in excess of the National Bank of Cambodia’s required total capital ratio of 15%. 9.) This is reﬂected in the decline in net interest income seen in Figure 61 in 2009.0%. 8. As shown in Figure 55.31 as of 2009 (Figure 59).
Four segments accounted for over 66% of lending.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 60: Net interest margin 11% 10% 9% 8% 7% June 2011 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Source: National Bank of Cambodia Figure 61: Net interest income. Forestry. Real Estate. Net fee income. we expect that this sector is likely to represent an increasing proportion of lending as it develops.Storage Personal Consumption Other 18% 5% 5% 7% 9% 10% 12% 35% Source: National Bank of Cambodia Cambodia Capital Research 54 . are a key support for the sector. IT. Figure 62: Bank lending by sector Retail. 3) hotels and restaurants and 4) manufacturing. Wholesale Construction. agricultural lending was just 7% of lending in 2010. microﬁnance loans to the agricultural interests. 2) construction and real estate. As we show in the next section. Media. 1) retail and wholesale operations. Public Utilities Hotels. Fishing Telecom. especially through sector-leading ACLEDA. Interestingly. Fee Income as % Operating Income 250 188 125 63 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 28% 21% 14% 7% 0% Source: National Bank of Cambodia Figure 62 shows lending by the banking system by sector in 2010. Transport. Restaurants Manufacturing Agriculture.
and the sector especially in Phnom Penh in a degree of oversupply currently.2% of total 2010 lending. Property and construction are still heavily weighted in banks’ loan books. microﬁnance growth rates saw a decline in in 2009. (having fallen from a 7. but still remained above 40% even in a trough year. for instance. at only 0. or the support of large foreign partners. Cambodia Development Bank.1% of the total.6% on average in Thailand for 2010. This has really only been an issue for a few small banks so far. High risk still remains in the segment for banks. Similar to the banking sector. Cambodia Capital Research 55 . total personal consumption lending by Thai commercial banks in 2010 was 22. and loan growth has rebounded dramatically in 2010. New capital requirements have caused few downgrades The National Bank of Cambodia introduced requirements for banks to increase their capital to US$37.2% in 2009 (Figure 62). Early stage growth in personal ﬁnance market The development of the consumer lending and credit card businesses are still in the very early stages in Cambodia. The credit card segment is still tiny. banks face the possibility of collateral simply disappearing. property exposure remains a risk. but this has risen quickly from just 2. which represent 94% of the loans in the system. although at least one small bank. Some of these have dealt with their limited capital by downgrading to specialized bank status. with 14. as shown in Figure 62. For comparison.5MM from the previous US$12.6% in 2010.0MM. in the hire purchase loan market for vehicles.003 cards having been issued in 2010.279 as of 2006.3% peak in 2008).4% in 2004. For most of the top 16 banks. Lending for owner-occupied housing as a percentage of total lending was 3. Some larger banks have severely restricted credit given to the property sector. but also growing rapidly. up from 5. Aggregate bank sector lending for personal consumption was 5. versus 11. ii) Microﬁnance: Agricultural focus Key for agricultural lending Cambodia has an important and rapidly growing microﬁnance industry with total sector loans reaching US$648MM in 2010 (Figure 53). went into liquidation in March 2011. up 59% yoy.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Banks’ property exposure still remains extensive The heady loan growth of the mid to late 2000s and the resultant 2009 slowdown was driven in part by property speculation. where the capital requirements are lower. With the many large projects in various stages of completion. they have either more than sufﬁcient capital.
3% in 2010. and demonstrates clearly the higher the degree of risk in extending microﬁnance loans compared to the rest of the banking system in adverse economic conditions. Microﬁnance will continue to be extremely important in Cambodia in allowing the agricultural sector access to credit.8% by 2009 (Figure 66). where there was not a major increase in NPLs during the global ﬁnancial crisis. ALCEDA bank by far dominates the sector. Agricultural loans were actually much larger in 2010 in absolute terms in the microﬁnance sector (42% of US$648MM. or US$272MM) than the banking sector (7% of US $3. at 42% of the total in 2010 (Figure 67). it is still well above mid-2000s average. Although this ﬁgure has declined to 1. or US$219MM). loan growth (US$ MM) 700 467 233 0 June 2011 90% 68% 45% 23% 2005 2006 Loans 2007 2008 2009 % growth 2010 0% Source: Cambodia Microﬁnance Association ACLEDA the largest player in microﬁnance As shown in Figure 64.4% in 2008 to 2. The loans of the main microﬁnance institutions (excluding ACLEDA) are shown in Figure 65. Figure 64: ACLEDA ‘small’ loans are 34% of microﬁnance ACLEDA ‘Small Loans’ Other Microﬁnance 34% 66% Source: Cambodian Microﬁnance Association Cambodia Capital Research 56 . agricultural loans are by far the largest category of loans. for microﬁnance.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 63: Aggregate microﬁnance loans.134MM. with its ‘small loans’ portfolio comprising 34% of total microﬁnance loans. In contrast to what we have seen in the banking sector. Agricultural loans the largest for the sector Also in contrast to the main banking system. microﬁnance NPLs did spike in the crisis from just 0.
2010 2% 42% Agriculture Trade. 2010 (US$MM) Prasac Amret Sathapana HKL Credit AMK Vision Fund TPC Seilanithih SAMIC 0 28 55 83 June 2011 110 Source: Cambodian Microﬁnance Association (excludes ACLEDA’s ‘smaller loans’) Figure 66: Microﬁnance NPLs 3.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 65: Largest microﬁnance companies by loans.0% 2. Commerce Services Transportation Construction Household Others 11% 3% 4% 9% 29% Source: Cambodian Microﬁnance Association Cambodia Capital Research 57 .8% 0% 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Source: Cambodian Microﬁnance Association Figure 67: Microﬁnance loans by sector.3% 1.5% 0.
a ﬁgure which we would expect to rise given the increasing popularity of insurance and overall economic growth. as shown in Figure 69.0 10. Figure 68: Gross insurance premiums in Cambodia 30.9MM in 2010 (Figure 68). However. the trend in growth is strong.7MM in 2002 to US$24.8 0 2007 Fire Auto 2008 Personal Accident Health & Safety 2009 Other Source: MEF Insurance Division The long term picture for growth looks strong for the sector.3 1.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 iii) Insurance: Room for long term growth The insurance industry is relatively small in Cambodia. Another driver for the industry will be the current lack of compulsory third party insurance and the fact that it is expected to be introduced soon by government.0 22. Meanwhile claims have been falling in recent years.0 7.5 0 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 90% 68% 45% 23% 0% -23% Insurance Gross Premiums (US$ MM) (LS) Source: MEF Insurance Division Growth (%) (RS) Figure 69: Gross claims 3.5 15. Cambodia Capital Research 58 .5 0. with the country having the lowest insurance density to GDP in the region (Figure 70). with industry gross premiums more than quintupling from just US$4. as would be expected with much of the population still engaged in subsistence farming.41 MM 2.
motor (23%). For comparison.3% 1. to enter the life insurance business.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Industry growth is also protected by the fact that Cambodian citizens and Cambodia-based businesses must purchase all insurance domestically and cannot buy any insurance abroad. Existing insurers that are public limited companies are already required to have a minimum US$7MM in capital.2% 0. Cambodia Capital Research 59 . they will be required to have an additional US$7MM in capital. One of the main reasons behind the law was to help develop a domestic industry. This is mainly because of the considerable capital requirement to enter the segment in Cambodia.7% 1. with key categories comprising ﬁre (31%). Given this. health and safety (15%) and personal accident insurance (8%) representing nearly 75% of industry premiums.6% 0% Malaysia Singapore Thailand Brunei Indonesia Philippines Cambodia Source: MEF Insurance Division Figure 71 shows industry premiums written for 2009. the level of claims in 2009 were 34% ﬁre. which so far appears to have been effective. 7% personal accident and 9% health and safety as shown in Figure 68. 42% motor. Figure 70: Insurance density to GDP (2008) 2. for example. that this 2009 proportion of claims cannot be considered indicative and the shifts can be volatile. however. We note. Figure 71: Distribution of gross premium by sector (2009) Fire Auto Health & Safety Personal Accident Engineering Marine Other 16% 2% 6% 8% 14% 23% 31% Source: MEF Insurance Division No life insurance as capital requirement a barrier to entry There is also no life insurance currently offered in the market. the massive ﬁre claims in 2007 (Figure 69). infrastructure and new property development should be very good for the industry.
there is little incentive for domestic players to enter the industry. Forte had a market share of 29%. Figure 72: Market Share by ﬁrm (2009) 0% 10% 17% Forte Asia Inﬁnity Campu Caminco Cam-VN 29% 20% 23% Source: MEF Insurance Division Cambodia Capital Research 60 . 20%. and have sufﬁcient ﬁnancial ﬂexibility to take a long term view on the market. There are ﬁve large competitors. the high upfront costs. Inﬁnity. However. and one small operator. and the 4-5 year period life insurance businesses can require before generating a proﬁt. we believe that there may be the possibility of a large foreign player entering the life insurance business within the next few years. and Cambodia Vietnam insurance commanded less than a percent of the market. Asia Insurance. Campu 17%. Five competitors all with signiﬁcant market share The industry comprises 6 insurance ﬁrms and 1 reinsurance ﬁrm (Figure 72) and is a direct market with no real broker presence.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Add to this the lack of domestic expertise in the sector. 10%. that could easily meet the capital requirements. Caminco. given the currently low potential commissions. 23%. all with signiﬁcant market shares as of 2009.
However. in terms of both physical and ﬁnancial capital. tobacco. The country has an ample supply of natural resources and labour. the country was exporting very little formally (although there is clearly informal trafﬁc in agricultural goods across the borders with its neighbors). cashews. geography: Well suited for agriculture Varied climate and high percentage of arable land Cambodia’s climate and geography are well suited to further agricultural development. With high demand and soaring prices for most agricultural commodities currently. It also has mountainous regions. and Cambodia is now a net exporter. There are also issues of limited processing capacity. Sustainable growth sector that is key to balancing economy Agriculture in Cambodia represents the livelihood of the majority the country. coffee. i) Climate. that although relatively sparsely vegetated. cassava. but ofﬁcial exports have begun to increase in the last ﬁve years for many products. even these loans are not sufﬁcient for the agriculture sector to take advantage of the current demand. much of this subsistence farming. mung and soya beans. using over 80% of agricultural land. in addition to its key rice crop. Unmilled production has risen 185% since 1993. with 70% of the population subsistence farmers. Figure 74 shows the main type of vegetation by area.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Agriculture: Untapped potential • Livelihood of the majority of the population: Agriculture represents the livelihood of 70% of the population. sugarcane. This situation is gradually improving. with lowland rice making up the majority the country. coffee). are speciﬁcally suited for cultivation of some crops (eg. the Cambodian government and multilateral institutions like the World Bank and ADB. rubber. The country has a large. while milled rice exports are small but rapidly growing • Supply side constraints: The main constraints in the sector are limited education on and adoption of modern farming methods and a lack of ﬁnancial and physical capital. Gradual improvement is being made in all of these areas. heavily vegetated alluvial plain that runs from the northwest to the southeast (the light green area in Figure 73) and is the rice growing heartland. and access to capital to purchase equipment and fertilizer. Cambodia already cultivates. a need for improved irrigation and transport infrastructure. soybean. cotton and corn maize. that is slowing Cambodia’s progress in becoming a major exporter of agricultural products. but lacks the modern farming methods. it is mainly supply side issues. with loans to the agricultural sector rising from both the banking system. We believe that a gradual shift of these workers to modern agricultural methods in the formal sector is key for the development of the country • Abundant natural resources: The country has a high percentage of arable land and a varied geography that allows for the cultivation of a variety of crops • Rice is the key crop: Rice is Cambodia’s key crop. Cambodia Capital Research 61 . but it is still relatively limited. Modern farming is beginning to develop. Until recently.
Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Figure 75 shows arable land as a percentage of total land versus the region. Only Vietnam. Cambodia sees more than adequate rainfall to drive agriculture. Figure 73: Cambodian agricultural geography (% vegetated land) 0-60% >60% Water Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Figure 74: Major farming systems Lowland Rice Sparse (forest) Treecrop Mixed Upland intensive mix Source: FAO Cambodia Capital Research 62 . with the monsoon season running from roughly May to November each year. with 30% had a higher ratio than Cambodia at 24%. with 32% and Thailand.
and rain fed upland rice 2% (Figure 76).Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 75: Percentage of arable land to total land 40. There are an estimated 2. and 2) a dry season crop. 1) a longer wet season crop. Floating Rice Rainfed Upland Dry Season Irrigated 2% 4% 86% Source: Food security atlas Cambodia Capital Research 63 . with planting from May-July and a harvest in December. at 86%.0% 10.0% 0% 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 June 2011 2006 2007 Cambodia Malaysia Source: World Bank Thailand Myanmar Vietnam Laos Indonesia ii) Rice: The key crop Rice is the main staple of the Cambodia diet. Cambodia has two main rice crops per year (versus three in Thailand and between two and three in Vietnam). The lowland wet season rice production represents the majority of rice production.7MM hectares of land currently dedicated to rice farming in Cambodia.0% 20. and is the key crop cultivated in Cambodia. with planting in November and a January-February harvest.0% 30. Figure 76: Rice cultivation by type 8% Lowland Wet Season Deepwater. with dry season irrigated rice 8%. comprising over 80% of agricultural land. deepwater rice 4%.
We note that there is signiﬁcant informal cash-based cross border trade of unmilled rice with Vietnam and Thailand which could put the actual ﬁgure much higher.750 0 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Production (Rough Rice) Source: USDA Consumption (Milled Rice) Milled rice exports still small. With milled rice consumption rising only 160% in the same period the country has begun to generate a surplus of unmilled rice and started to export. The government currently targets one millions tonnes of milled rice exports by 2015.800.000 tonnes to 6. exports (US$MM) 500 375 250 125 0 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Exports Source: USDA Imports Cambodia Capital Research 64 . in contrast. These exports became material around 2003 (Figure 78).Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Unmilled rice production rises 185% since 1993 Unmilled rice production in Cambodia has risen 185% since 1993. but that the current timeline may be a bit aggressive.250 3. remain tiny. We outline further the constraints that currently limit Cambodian agriculture at the end of this section. Figure 78: Cambodia unmilled rice imports.500 1. Figure 77: Cambodia rice production. although they are growing very rapidly. but growth targets aggressive Milled rice exports.000 5. and by 2008. consumption (‘000 tonnes) 7. from 2.000 tonnes as of 2008 (Figure 77). from 15k tonnes in 2009 to 100k tonnes in 2010.381.We believe that Cambodia will eventually hit this target. the USDA estimated that 400MM tonnes of unmilled rice were ofﬁcially exported.
3MM sq. reaching 160k hectares in 2010 (Figure 80). at just US$30MM in 2009 (Figure 79). Tobacco 2009 Figure 80: Land for rubber cultivation (‘000 hectares) 200 150 100 50 0 2007 2008 2009 2010 Source: Department of Cambodian Rubber Timber industry hit by unsustainable deforestation The timber industry has been important for Cambodia in the past. and regional producers expressing more interest in Cambodia as a production base. km in 2007 (Figure 81). Cambodia Capital Research 65 . and beverages/tobacco. but unsustainable deforestation has hurt the long term potential with forested land declining from 12. rubber and timber are Cambodia’s largest exports. and rubber exports were US$147MM in 2009 (Figure 79).Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 iii) Rubber and timber: Important exports Rubber industry continues to expand After garments/textiles. km in 1994 to just 10. Wood product exports were far lower in value terms compared to rubber. animal/vegetable products (including rice). we expect that the rubber industry will continue to expand. With rubber a key product of ASEAN. Figure 79: Key exports (excluding Textiles and Animal/Vegetable products) US$MM 225 169 113 56 0 Rubber 2006 Source: National Bank of Cambodia 2007 Wood Products 2008 Beverages.0MM sq. Land dedicated to rubber cultivation has increased steadily over the last several years driven by rising global prices.
500 0 June 2011 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Source:World Bank iv) Other crops: Showing potential on smaller scale Cultivation of other crops show promise Figure 82 shows land under cultivation for other key crops. with maize and cassava showing the strongest growth. ESCAP 2004 Cassava 2005 2006 Mung Bean 2007 Soya 2008 Cambodia Capital Research 66 . Figure 82: Cultivated land by crop (‘000 hectares) 160 128 96 64 32 0 2002 2003 Maize Source: MAFF. Figure 83 gives a basic overview of some of Cambodia’s key crops apart from rice.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 81: Forested land (‘000 sq km) 14.000 10.000 3.500 7. and mung bean and soya in decline as of the most recently available 2008 statistics.
Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 83: Crops cultivated in Cambodia Crop Cassava June 2011 Detail Production is estimated at 3. Cambodia exports cassava mainly to Vietnam and Thailand (the world’s leading starch exporter) currently. is highly suitable for coffee production. Seladamex. the large inland ﬁsheries in the country have seen a decline due to lower water levels along the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. The product is used mainly for starch. which is the main export market for the nut. spices and fruits Cashews Coffee Corn (Maize) Sugarcane Cotton Tobacco Specialty agriculture Source: Cambodia Capital Research v) Fishery and livestock production ﬂattening Fishery growth ﬂat due to low water levels Compared to the rapid growth seen in rice and some other crops. In recent years. the source of much inland ﬁshing (Figure 84). vanilla and other specialty herbs. was exporting cotton and cotton seeds as of mid 2010 Farmers have been shifting back towards tobacco as prices rise and Vietnam reintroduced duty free quotas in late 2010 after a one year pause Cambodia produces the globally recognised ‘Kampot Pepper’. with domestic consumption limited Coffee production is still low. As infrastructure and improved agricultural methods reach this more remote area. the growth in livestock and ﬁsheries production in Cambodia has been reasonably ﬂat to downward trending. Fish and seafood are a key ingredient in the Cambodian diet. comprising as much of 80% of domestic protein consumption.8MM tons for 2010 (cultivated hectares in 2008 was 160k). but at least one company. but Chinese FDI and interest in importing the product has been strong in the sector recently Cashew nut cultivation is mainly concentrated in provinces bordering Vietnam. and has become increasingly important over the last several years (see Figure 76). feed producers in Thailand and Vietnam import maize from Cambodia Sugar producers from both Thailand and Vietnam have operations in Cambodia to grow sugarcane There is still limited cotton production in Cambodia (it was a major crop prior to the 1970s). Cambodia Capital Research 67 . there is the possibility for increased coffee production longer term A key ingredient in animal feed production. but also in energy production. but the northeastern mountainous climate. however. for example in Mondulkiri province.
and 9 are planned in Laos. Laos has agreed to postpone work on the ﬁrst major dam Xayaburi. but that rice will likely be the main focus for some time to come. leaving Cambodia limited inﬂuence in the outcome. Fortunately. There is demand from Thailand and Vietnam for bovine imports. Most livestock production currently small scale There is little in the way of modern livestock farming. ESCAP Aquaculture Planned dams may exacerbate the problem Potentially exacerbating these current problems. Poultry represents far and away the majority of livestock production (Figure 85). We believe that there is large long term potential for expansion into the country by the large agricultural companies in Thailand. the dams could further lower water levels and reduce ﬁshing stocks. until further studies are conducted on the potential environmental effects of the dams. but informal exports likely much higher.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 84: Fisheries production (‘000 tonnes) 600 480 360 240 120 0 2004 2005 2006 Marine Fisheries 2007 June 2011 2008 Inland Fisheries Source: MAFF. long term. ESCAP 2005 2006 Poultry 2007 Swine 2008 Cambodia Capital Research 68 . and as with rice. Figure 85: Livestock production (MM head) 25 20 15 10 5 0 2004 Bovine Source: MAFF. However. Only two of the dams are in Cambodia. with many small farmers raising and selling chickens to supplement rice farming incomes. recorded exports are low. are 11 planned dams on the lower Mekong that could lower water levels further. but more importantly disrupt ﬁsh migration and reproduction patterns. and most production is small scale by individual farms.
Low rice yield an indicator of less productive methods A lack of modern farming methods is demonstrated by Cambodia’s low rice yield versus the region. but it still far from completely solved. which has probably truncated growth in the sector over the last few years. fertilizer and machinery. with limited or no land title.8% 2.0% as of 2008 versus neighbors like Thailand (2. Vietnam (4. Rice millers’ access to capital improving.3% in 2000 (Figure 86).3% 0% 2000 2001 2002 2003 Thailand 2004 2005 Vietnam 2006 2007 Laos 2008 Cambodia Source: US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers have limited access to capital Part of the problem is that farmers have a limited access to capital.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 v) Constraints: Limited physical and ﬁnancial capital Several constraints truncate growth in the sector Although agricultural production of rice and many other crops is clearly showing improvement. and allow ﬁnancial institutions to see collateral and be more willing to lend. although these issues continue to weigh on the sector.0% 3. to increase the effective size of the farms. Lending by both microﬁnance and development ﬁnance institutions has bridged the gap on this issue to some degree. possibly through government intervention or cooperatives. given that the rice yield was a meager 1. but also rice millers that face a lack of access to capital. tonne/hectare 5.1%). they have all improved over the last decade. small farms and little other collateral. there are still major constraints on the sector. Figure 86: Rice yield. banks simply cannot lend to many farmers and still maintain basic lending requirements. The issues include a lack of access to breeding-seed stock and fertilizer and limited interest by many farmers in developing their land thoroughly given that many do not have ofﬁcial title to the land they farm. However. and ensure that farmers have clear title to their land. This would encourage and allow for the purchase of better seed. at just 2.3%) and Laos (3. This includes a lack of access to both physical and ﬁnancial capital.5% 1. With demand from local millers lows. especially given rapidly rising global demand and prices for agricultural goods. The solution will likely have to come from increased economies of scale in the sector. the incentive is still high for farmers to sell their unmilled rice to Cambodia Capital Research 69 . which makes expansion or refurbishment difﬁcult. but still limited It is not just farmers.6%).
Although these actions will take at least 3-5 years to complete.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Thailand and Vietnam. it would still represent a 10-fold increase in milled rice exports from the current level. We believe that downstream development (ie. Road and bridge infrastructure in the more remote provinces is still limited. The heavily reliance currently on trucking for transportation for goods in Cambodia keeps costs high. major forward motion on all these issues has already taken place. Cambodia Capital Research 70 . once ﬁnished they could help facilitate major growth in the development of Cambodia’s agriculture exports. storage and warehousing facilities need modernizing and the two main ports need expansion. which have huge demand for the product. Agricultural ofﬁcials have reported that it would take 30-40 modern rice mills to reach the one million tonne target. Nevertheless. On the upside. multilateral institutions. The government. but it is still at a relatively low level when compared against the government’s one million tonne target. road. mills) will help drive farming efﬁciency and agricultural development. Transport infrastructure a key constraint medium term Another key current impediment to growing both rice and other agricultural exports is the current limits of rail. related logistics and port infrastructure. and improved roads and the option of rail transport will materially lower the cost of agricultural exports. roads and bridges are being developed. where there are only about 5 major rice mills currently. even if Cambodia only reaches half this target in the allotted time. and the port expansions are currently underway. the railway system has only recently begun its ﬁrst refurbishment in about 40 years. mainly using older technology. banks and microﬁnance institutions have been increasing the credit available to domestic millers. the railway is being rebuilt.
8 0 2007 Textile Exports (LS) 2008 Nominal GDP (LS) 2009 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Textile Exports/GDP (RS) Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance Cambodia Capital Research 71 . and 24% of GDP • Over concentration: We believe that there is an over concentration in the sector.0 8. 88).3 5. while textile exports accounted for 60% of total exports. In contrast to agriculture. the garments/textiles manufacturing industry is the most important single sector for the Cambodian economy. and 24% of GDP (Figures 87. The sector represented 60% of 2009 exports. and currently it is a point of structural instability in the economy. which together comprise the bulk of the Cambodian textile industry’s customers (Figure 89). we do not necessarily see this sector as key to sustainable long term growth. 63% of 2009 total manufacturing output.5 2. and the country’s membership in the WTO allows it quota free exports to other WTO members. representing 63% of total manufacturing (2009). We believe that agitation for higher wages would be the result of rising food prices Economy heavily geared to garment sector After agriculture. but ended quickly. Eventual diversiﬁcation is key to reducing the country’s exposure to the manufacturing base decisions and demand swings of the global apparel ﬁrms • Further labour disputes remain a risk: Labour disputes erupted in the garment sector in September 2010 following the establishment of a new minimum wage. The sector is almost wholly reliant on the fate of the global clothing retailers. however.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Garments: Over concentration • Second most important sector after agriculture: Garment/textile manufacturing is the most important single sector for Cambodia after agriculture. even compared to other countries historically following a similar textiles-led growth path. Figure 87:Textile exports to GDP 11. especially in the United States (which represented 69% of garment exports from Cambodia for 9M/10) and the European Union (25%). The country’s least developed nation status allows it duty free exports to the EU.
but in the short to medium term it leaves the country highly exposed to the vagaries of this single industry. We expect that Cambodia could also follow this path longer term. Beyond just the overexposure to global clothing demand. Figure 89: Cambodia textile export destinations (9M/10) US EU Other 16% 25% 59% Source: CamControl Comparison with Thailand/Vietnam shows over concentration Countries like Thailand and Vietnam both began their industrial expansion with a heavy component of garment/textiles manufacturing and then diversiﬁed their economic base over time. Cambodia Capital Research 72 . is the fact that the global clothing retailers are notoriously ﬁckle in shifting between countries in terms of placing manufacturing orders.500 1.000 3.750 2. and this is mainly based on wage rates. We believe that the garment/textiles manufacturing sector will remain a large part of the economy in the medium term and investors in Cambodia should be well aware of the disproportionate effect that downturns in global clothing retailing can have on the domestic economy. a decline in the fortunes of the global apparel retailers will mean a major hit to GDP in Cambodia.250 0 2007 Total Exports (US$MM) Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance 2008 Textiles Exports (US$MM) 2009 June 2011 100% 75% 50% 25% 0% Textiles/Total (%) As we have seen in 2009.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 88:Textiles/Garments as a % of exports 5.
15 0. We expect that strong food price inﬂation would be the trigger to see further unrest in the garment manufacturing sector. 1980-1990 0. Thailand in the 1980s had an average garments/textiles to total exports ratio of 15% from 1980-1990 (the ﬁgure dropped continuously following this period as the economy diversiﬁed into other sectors) and Vietnam saw textiles/garments comprise an average 24.15 0.23 0.08 0 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Source: General Statistics Ofﬁce of Vietnam Garment wage dispute in September 2010 The garment industry in Cambodia most recently saw a wage dispute in September 2010.23 0. The strike was partly in reaction to the setting of the minimum wage rate for sector at US $61/month. which comprises the majority of the consumption basket for the average Cambodian garment/textiles worker.30 0. As ﬁgures 90 and 91 show. Although inﬂation has been relatively benign in Cambodia (apart from a short term spike in 2008). global commodities and food prices have been soaring. the Cambodian concentration of garment/textiles to total GDP at 60% still looks extreme if compared to its neighbors going through similar comparable periods in their long term economic growth cycles. Cambodia Capital Research 73 . Figure 90: Thailand textile exports as % of total exports. 1995-2009 0. The strike ended peacefully with workers returning to the factories.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 However. with unions striking for just under a week.6% of exports from 1995 to 2009. The unions had been agitating for US$93.08 0 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 Source: Bank of Thailand Figure 91:Vietnam textile exports as % of total exports. The main issue for workers agitating for higher wages will be rising foods costs.30 0.
likely making the smaller cities less costly in labour terms versus Cambodia. However. As shown in Figure 92. and higher wage China. it would make Cambodia less competitive versus Vietnam. the ofﬁcial rate for the Vietnamese Dong to the US$ has depreciated more than 6%.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Cambodia maintains low wage advantage This is important because the key competitive advantages for Cambodia continue to be a mix of low wage rates coupled with a capable workforce. at US $43/month. However. Cambodia currently ranks in the middle of the pack at US $61/month between lowest-regional-wages-in-the-industry Bangladesh. The most recently reported wage ﬁgures from Vietnam we have are from late 2010. ranging from US$63/month in smaller cities to US$93/month in larger ones. however. between US$117-US$147 in the coastal cities. even taking into account the devaluation. Figure 92: Regional minimum wage for garment workers (US$/month) China Coastal Cities (Low) China Coastal Cities (High) Cambodia (Actual) Cambodia (Union Target) Vietnam (Low) Vietnam (High) Bangladesh 0 Source: Cambodia Capital Research 38 75 113 150 Cambodia Capital Research 74 . Cambodia still offers far less expensive labour than the larger cities in Vietnam. although still leaving it competitive versus China. if the union’s target of US$93/month were to be achieved. Since these ﬁgures were issued.
500 1.2MM in 1995 to 2. making it the third largest single sector of the Cambodian economy. and accounted for 14.5MM as of 2010 • Room for further development: So far tourism has been heavily focussed on Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (the site of Angkor Wat) but there is a new frontier for development in the virtually untouched islands off Sihanoukville in the medium term. the tourism industry is the third largest single sector of the economy. but this appears to be offset by the increased volume as total tourism receipts have risen Strong long term trend in tourist arrivals After agriculture and garments/textiles. Annual arrivals have risen from just 0. and for other destinations over the longer term • Regional arrivals increasingly important: Regional arrivals are an increasing proportion of the total.000 500 0 1995 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010E 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% Tourism Receipts US$MM (LS) Source: Cambodia Ministry of Tourism Tourism Receipts ot GDP (%) (RS) Cambodia Capital Research 75 . the location of the World Heritage Site Angkor Wat. and as road infrastructure gradually improves they will be more easily accessed by tourists (Figure 94).4% of GDP in 2009 (Figure 93).000 1.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Tourism: Shift to regional arrivals • Tourism is third largest sector of economy: Tourism receipts represented 14.4% of 2009 GDP. this has led to a decline in revenue/arrival/day in real terms. the capital Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Figure 93: Cambodia tourism receipts and tourism receipts/GDP 2. including other ancient temples and potential eco-tourism sites. especially from Vietnam. The industry is still concentrated mainly in two cities so far. Other areas of the country also have potential. Korea and China. However.
as shown in Figure 91.7 0. Sihanoukville has its own airport (although no major airlines yet ﬂy there) but it still needs to build up more ﬁve star accommodation before major airlines will open routes there. mainly tourist arrivals Beach town near port and commercial facilities Beach lined coast.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Sihanoukville the most promising new location The most promising location for further development in the short to medium term is Sihanoukville. but we expect this to happen in the next few years. Beyond the three key cities there are also other areas ripe for tourism development in the longer run.9 0 60% 38% 15% -8% 1995 1998 2001 2004 2007 % growth (RS) 2010 -30% Arrivals (LS) Source: Cambodia Ministry of Tourism Cambodia Capital Research 76 .6 1. limited facilities but development potential Over 20 untouched islands could be developed More than 20 other islands along Cambodia’s coast Several Cambodian provinces have Angkor-era ruins Eco-tourism can be developed in the northern provinces Figure 95: Cambodia international tourist arrivals (MM) 2. Figure 94: Main destinations in Cambodia Destination Phnom Penh Siem Reap Sihanoukville Greater Sihanoukville Sihanoukville area islands Other Islands Other historical sites Eco-tourism sites Source: Cambodia Capital Research Details Capital city. where development is just starting. mix of business and tourist arrivals Angkor Wat is key attraction. virtually untouched islands. and the surrounding.
128 18.6% 148.015.795 6.119 3. with arrival growth averaging 19.5% 2.168 4.1% 84.539 6.9% 72.9% 11) Laos 23. it will be able to gain share from other regional markets. We expect that economic development will only continue to drive up this number as more areas of the country are more easily accessible by tourists.8% 113.4% 3) China 161.9% 5) US 137.5% 151.6% 197.465 5.973 7.806 7.437 4.161.577 1.2% 2) Korean 329.020 5.353 7.909 16.933 2. Figure 96: Cambodia arrivals by country and as percentage of total arrivals (‘000) 1) Vietnam 2007 125.5% 103.8MM to Vietnam).517 4.5% 7) UK 84.973 8.7% 161.8% 163.000 3.9% 106.229 3.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Surge in arrivals over last decade Tourist arrivals have surged more than tenfold in Cambodia from just 0.508.8% 93.3% 94.7% 2010 466.957 4. 23.125.6% 145.9% 102.0% 9) Australia 83.1% 146.286 5.6% 289.525 12.442 6.7% 91.6% 98.093 4.8% 146.7% 84.079 6.590 5.0% 4) Japan 158.005 5.1% 146.8% 97.9% 105.695 18.1% 96. we expect that as Cambodia’s reputation as a destination continues to improve.598 3.060 1.6MM to Malaysia and 3.311 2.4% 2.702 11.516 9.949 4.5MM in 2010.5% 2009 316.103 4.286 6.202 14.8% 6) France 90.837 4. Given the high number of tourist arrivals we see for other Southeast Asian nations (14.6% 63.9% 60.725 9.2% 8) Thailand 101.0% 83.581 3.3% per year from 1995-2010 (Figure 95).9% 2.9% 266.018 4.2MM in 1995 as Cambodian began to stabilise politically to over 2.6% 109.067 4.806 7.181 4.5% 163.1MM arrivals to Thailand in 2009.1% Total Arrivals % growth 2.298 16.482 6.277 3.2% 10) Taiwan 118.285 4.180 5.0% Source: Cambodian Ministry of Tourism Cambodia Capital Research 77 .5% 2008 209.
the Mekong region countries have a lower GDP per capita compared to the other countries topping Cambodia’s arrivals (though this gap will narrow in the longer-term).’ Figure 97: Average real revenue per arrival per day US$ 85 68 51 34 17 0 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Source: Cambodia Ministry of Tourism Cambodia Capital Research 78 . For more detail on the Cambodian tourism industry. we may see some short term slow down in arrivals from neighbouring nations.9% of arrivals in 2010. 2011 report: ‘Short-term hurdles.5% of arrivals in 2006 to 24. Therefore.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Shift towards regional arrivals There has been a key shift of late in the composition of arrivals towards ASEAN nations. Arrivals from the country’s three neighbours Thailand. and this could lower the average spending per tourist. we may no longer be able to take the arrival growth rate as corresponding to the growth of tourist receipts. However. We believe that this could mean that arrival ﬁgures could become more cushioned to the downside. Historically Cambodia had been weighted (especially in revenue terms) to tourist arrivals from more distant locations including the US. as it has been for the last few years. long-term opportunities. tourists from far abroad may choose to reduce their budgets and travel more locally. and political conﬂict with Thailand. leading to rising aggregate tourism receipts. Declining real revenue per arrival per day over last few years On the downside. we may see the volume growth offset the lower receipt per average arrival. Europe and Japan. please see our January 5. especially due to a surge in arrivals from Vietnam and Laos over the past few years (Figure 96). Vietnam and Laos alone have increased from just 9. We note that with the current economic difﬁculty in Vietnam. As shown in Figure 97. but there has seen a signiﬁcant decline in the ﬁgure to below US$60/ day in 2010. real revenue per arrival per day had been maintained above US$70/day from 2001 to 2007. but we expect that the secular long term trend is for an increase from the Mekong region. This is because in economic downturns. if Mekong arrivals continue to increase at a rapid rate.
Cambodia Capital Research 79 .000 Extremely fragmented power industry Cambodia’s energy industry is still extremely fragmented and currently has no country-wide power grid. given comparably limited development. 2009 (kWh) Malaysia Thailand Vietnam Indonesia Cambodia Myanmar 0 Source: ASEAN 1. although there are possible large reserves both on and offshore which are in the early stages of exploration • Water supply reliable in Phnom Penh. Thailand per capita energy consumption was over 20x this ﬁgure and Malaysia over 35x (Figure 98).Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Energy and Utilities: Powering Up • Signiﬁcant expansion in electricity production by 2016: Cambodia’s installed power capacity is estimated to rise by fourfold from 2011 to 2016.000 2. the state owned utility Electricite Du Cambodge (EDC). less so in provinces: The Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority now supplies water to 100% of the city. with even the largest single player. but rural rates of water supply and cleanliness still need dramatic improvement i) Electricity Production: Defragmenting Electricity consumption second lowest in the region Cambodia’s total energy consumption was 1. Among the major ASEAN nations. supplying just 8. Cambodia ranks second lowest with 94 kWh annual consumption per capita in 2009. Figure 98: Per capita energy consumption. The electricity supplied by EDC has actually declined signiﬁcantly in absolute terms since the early-2000s (Figure 101). understandably very low versus the region in both absolute and per capita terms.1% of the energy generated in 2009. with an accompanying major expansion towards a national grid • Large oil and gas potential: The country is wholly reliant on oil imports currently.000 4.000 3.235MM kWh in 2009.
which supplied 7% of Cambodia’s energy in 2009. Figure 99: Cambodia’s existing and planned electricity grid by 2016 to Laos to Thailand Banteay Meanchay Preah Vihear Stung Treng Ratanakiri Siem Reap Battambang Kompong Thom Pursat Battambang Hydro Kratie Mondulkiri Kompong Chhang Osom Phnom Penh Koh Kong Kompong Speu Kompong Cham Prey Veng Takhmau to Vietnam City. especially along the borders. Town Kirirom Takeo Svay Rieng Power Plant 115 KV Existing (2011) Kamchay SHV Thermal Sihanoukville Kompot to Vietnam to Vietnam 230 KV Existing (2011) 115 KV Planned 230 KV Planned Source: Electricity Authority of Cambodia (EAC) Figure 100:Total 2009 electricity supply by generating system 9% Phnom Penh Banteay Meanchey Kampong Cham Imports from Vietnam Imports from Thailand Isolated Systems 67% 5% 7% 1% 11% Source: EAC Cambodia Capital Research 80 .Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Given this lack of country-wide electricity distribution. indicating just how limited energy use is outside this single city. and Thailand. Generation from Phnom Penh still dominates total electricity supply. parts of Cambodia. are still very dependent on electricity imports from Vietnam. which supplied 5% (Figure 100). with demand clearly still concentrated heavily in the capital. at 67% of the total.
However. least developed region.4%. power is supplied both from Thailand and from Battambang Hydro.600 1. the most sparsely populated. As the country expanded generating capacity to accommodate rapid growth.5% of 2009 domestic production. as shown by the blue lines on the map. However. while there is also energy supplied from Vietnam. Kamchay and SHV Thermal service the south. Three power plants. This industry structure has kept the energy tariff in Cambodia the second highest in the region. and consumers cannot be guaranteed consistency or quality of service. at between 0. the grid is expected to be expanded to link the northwest and the Southeast. domestic energy production from 2003 to 2008 grew 130% from 636MM kWh to 1. Kirirom. the grid will still not reach Northeast. IPPs account for nearly 90% of domestic power production Figure 101 shows domestic electricity production and therefore excludes imports from Thailand and Vietnam. We note that even after this expansion. Outside these small systems. with only Singapore having higher prices (Figure 102). by 2016.200 800 400 0 2003 IPPs Source: EAC 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Consolidated licenses Electricity Du Cambodge Cambodia Capital Research 81 .10-0. with a major contraction in supply from both the IPPs and EDC. In the Northwest. Figure 101: Electricity sent out by supplier (MM kWh) 1. The IPPs are generally very small and high in number. while producers with consolidated licenses produced 3.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Signiﬁcant extension of grid expected by 2016 Cambodia’s planned power grid as of end-2011 is shown by the green lines in the map in Figure 99. meaning that the industry is not taking advantage of economics of scale. there is power to Stung Treng supplied by Laos. Independent power producers accounted for 88. domestic generation declined signiﬁcantly in the 2009 recession. the country mainly depends on small scale independent power producers for energy. paving the way for further investment in generating capacity.18 US cents/kWh. and in the Northeast.484MM kWH. with much of the energy going to Phnom Penh.
Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 102: Residential electricity tariff. or 61%. Figure 103: Electricity sent out by type of generation (MM kWh) 1.3%. 100% of which is imported. generating capacity is expected to rise 300% by 2016.11 High 0.17 June 2011 0. Under current plans.4% of domestic energy generation in Cambodia in 2009. while hydropower generated 3. Figure 100 shows the total electricity supply by type of generation. for its energy needs.06 Low Source: ASEAN 0.200 800 400 0 2003 Hydropower 2004 Diesel/HFO 2005 2006 2007 Coal 2008 2009 Wood. capacity rose 200% from 2003 to 2010). Cambodia Capital Research 82 . other bio mass Steam (Burn HFO) Source: EAC Planned projects to boost generating capacity by 300% by 2016 We expect that this reliance on heavy fuel oil as the key energy source may change signiﬁcantly over the next ﬁve years.8% and coal just 2.600 1. given plans currently underway to diversify into hydroelectric and coal power.22 Heavy fuel oil main power source Domestic generation of electricity is mainly done through burning heavy fuel oil. from 583 MW currently to around 2400 MW (for comparison.527 MW expected capacity growth. Of the total 1. Heavy fuel oil accounted for 93. 927 MW. is estimated to come from hydro electric projects and 600 MW from new coal power generating projects (Figure 105). 2011 (US cents/kwh) Singapore Cambodia Indonesia Malaysia Philippines Laos Thailand Vietnam Brunei Myanmar 0 0. which leaves the country heavily dependent on oil.
as it would likely be heavily polluting due to the low quality.073 Annual Energy Generated (Gwh) Sihanoukville (Coal power) 700 MW Plant (Coal Power) Total probable projects (Coal power) Existing (Hydro power) Committed projects (Hydro power) Total probable projects (Hydro power) Total increase in capacity Source: EAC Low quality coal in Cambodia There is coal in Cambodia. there have been delays Cambodia Capital Research 83 .875 1. and would likely need to be mixed with imported coal to raise the average caloriﬁc value before it can be readily used in power generation. they pose a serious environmental risk as we mentioned in our agriculture section. other bio mass Coal Steam (Burn HFO) Source: EAC Figure 105: Planned and potential hydroelectricity and coal projects by 2016 Project # Capacity (MW) 1 1 2 3 4 7 200 400 600 205 722 927 1.500 1. we expect that imported coal will still be used to a large degree in the new coal-ﬁred plants. but it is unclear to what extent it can be used for cost-effective and efﬁcient domestic power generation. and a large proportion of the protein in the Cambodian diet consisting of ﬁsh. With much of the population existing on subsistence agriculture. Cambodian coal is relatively low quality with a low thermal value.527 539 2.250 625 0 June 2011 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Hydropower Diesel/HFO Wood. On net.534 3. On the upside. disruption of the river environment is a signiﬁcant issue for the country.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 104: Installed capacity (MW) 2. The other issue in using the local coal is environmental. Dams pose environmental risk Although the planned hydroelectric dams will massively increase baseload generation capacity in the country.
and there is no domestic production. and CNOOC’s Block F. it would greatly cut oil import demand and boost GDP. Potential reserves of 2. and the actual resources may prove Cambodia Capital Research 84 . but importantly. exploration has only commenced in earnest in the last decade.000BN cubic feet of gas. this has been divided into six blocks (A to F) and awarded to various international oil companies (Figures 106. 1) Chevron-Moeco-GS Caltex holds Block A.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 recently in the construction of a major dam. to allow time for further study on potential environmental damage. hydro and coal power generation should help alleviate this oil import dependence over the next ﬁve years. 2) China Petrotech held Block D. 108). with estimates of 500MM bbls of oil and 3. if even half of the currently estimated reserves were brought into production. Cambodia also has the possibility of domestic oil production. However.000MM bbls of oil and 10. With the average duration of sunshine at 6-9 hours/day. ii) Oil and Gas: Offshore and onshore potential Wholly reliant on imports currently. Xayaburi. Offshore potential.7BN bbls of oil.496BN cubic feet of gas reserves. especially around the southern part of the Tonle Sap lake. However.000BN cubic feet of gas. as the country has potential offshore and onshore oil reserves. As noted above. and this source is not yet very cost effective.5BN cubic feet gas Potential reserves estimates have been released for only three of the blocks. Studies have suggested that there are signiﬁcant potential oil deposits in Cambodia’s offshore territory. There is also some capacity for wind energy generation. The government is currently attempting to promote the development of these resources. with 227MM bbls of oil and 496BN cubic feet of gas. production is at least ﬁve years away. although the sector is not without promise over the very long term.727MM bbls of oil and 13. This would be a total 2. the available information is summarized in Figure 106. However. Given that most of the current electricity supplied is generated by heavy fuel oil. with 2. even on a aggressive timeline. but may have oil reserves Oil in Cambodia is 100% imported currently. and only four producing test wells have been developed in recent years. this has left the country with little ﬂexibility in terms of energy production. 13. planned in Laos. Biomass energy consumption could be considered very high given that many subsistence farmers burn a large amount of wood and other plant sources. but limited visibility so far Publicly available information regarding development in the upstream oil industry is limited. these estimates are subject to criticism by some. Nonetheless. Initial inroads into renewable energy We believe that the total supply of energy from renewable sources will remain a tiny proportion of the total energy generated in Cambodia in the medium term. Biogas and biofuel development are also undertaken in Cambodia on a small scale. there is capacity for solar energy. but installed capacity is low. the mountainous area of the southwest and the coastal regions.
SPC (33.5%). Kuwait Energy (30%). Moeco (30%). Note: Oil. JHL (10%) CNOOC Source: EIC.0%).000 n/a n/a 496 n/a 10. with oil documented in four test wells drilled by Chevron in Block A.3%) Polytec (100%) China Petrotech (100%) Medco (60%). This block has been targeted as the most promising of the Cambodia offshore areas. one in the early 1970s by Elf. Figure 106: Cambodian Offshore Oil Block Details Offshore Block A B C D E F BBLs (MM) 500 n/a n/a 227 n/a 2. There is also limited transparency on the expected quality of the reserves. However. The prime minister has pressed Chevron to develop the ﬁeld and start pumping oil by 2012. given that the ﬁnd was only a single well. there are estimated to be signiﬁcant potential oil and gas reserves in an offshore block that is jointly claimed by Thailand and Cambodia.000 Companies Involved Chevron(55%).5%) Petrovietnam (100%) JOGMEC (100%) Source: EIC Joint claims area very promising. Meanwhile. and occurred 5 years ago.000 Gas (BN cubic feet) 3. CNPA (40. Resourceful Petroleum (33. (Historically. Only conclusive ﬁnd was Chevron well in Block A in 2005 The only decisive recent ﬁnd so far in this area was publicly reported in January 2005.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 to be much lower. and nine wells drilled in the mid 1990s by British and Japanese oil exploration companies). possibly by 50% or more. or risk losing its concession.3%). JHL (7. Cambodia Capital Research 85 . there were two previous waves of drilling. but political wrangling between the two countries over the area continues. this deadline may prove overly aggressive. GS Caltex (15%) PTTEP (33.3%). the recent deterioration in bilateral ties between the countries related to the border conﬂict will surely not assist negotiation on the oil issue. gas ﬁgures are estimates only Figure 107: Cambodian Key Onshore Oil Block Details Key Onshore Blocks Block III Block XII Block XV Block XVII Companies Involved Total (100%) Medco (52. with the time from the initial oil discovery to the start of extraction taking on average 5-10 years. but politics a hurdle In addition to blocks A-F.
0% JHL7. Cambodian National Petroleum Authority regulates industry The oil and gas industry is regulated under the Petroleum Regulations Act. but there is still no reliable documented proof of this. To the upside.Onshore and Offshore Oil Blocks Until the political issues are resolved. There were reports of ‘oil seeps’ in the area as early as a 1958 Chinese study (which was followed up in 2002). onshore oil development poses serious environmental risks. The country has been divided into 19 onshore blocks. the area is still in the very early days of exploration and production would at best be ﬁve years away. the countries signed a 2001 memorandum of understanding with the aim to eventually undertake joint development of the area. For the joint claims area with Thailand. let alone a move to full production in the joint claims area. the Cambodian National Petroleum Authority (CNPA) was established as the industry regulator. Similar to the development of hydropower.5% CNPA 40.5% claims area. even though the CNPA 40% latter looks potentially more promising at this stage. In 1998. 109). to administer the six offshore blocks and the 19 onshore blocks. we do not expect to even see a ramp up JOGMEC Block XVII in exploration and testing.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 108: Offshore Oil Blocks June 2011 Figure 109: Key Onshore Oil Blocks Block E Block F Block D Block C Block A Sihanoukville Block XVII (JOGMEC) Block XII (Medco 52. however there are four main blocks located nearest to the basin currently expected to have the highest potential for signiﬁcant oil ﬁnds (Figures 107. the costs to do seismic studies of the area will apparently be moderate given the terrain. and acts an inspector both of the ﬁnancial and physical capital in the industry. We believe that we are more likely to see Cambodia’s wholly Block before the joint owned blocks start producing XII Medco 52. JHL 7.5% Onshore oil potential around Tonle Sap basin The onshore region with the most potential is the Tonle Sap river basin. given that the expected location of the oil is around the Tonle Sap river basin. However. The CNPA handles all petroleum related bidding and contracts.5%) Block XV (Petrovietnam) Block III (Total) Block B Source: EIC 2. originally promulgated in 1991. Cambodia Capital Research 86 Block XV Pe Block III and XXVI TOTAL . There have been some initial studies of the area (including an airborne gravity and magnetic survey by the Japan National Oil Corporation in the 1990s) that have shown evidence that the geology there has a reasonable chance of having oil. but then amended in 1998 in 1999.
has 32 gas service stations.has 25 gas service stations. which have terminal facilities at the port. has 184 gas service stations. has 38 gas service stations. mainly by Sokimex and Tela. Total with about 10% of the market. fuel oil. gasoline. sells liqueﬁed petroleum gas.400 KTOE) Diesel Gasoline Kerosene LPG Fuel Oil Jet Fuel 1% 5% 12% 13% 48% 21% Source: Ministry of Mines Industry and Energy Cambodia Capital Research 87 . estimated as high as 20-30% of imports. the second largest player is Tela. liquiﬁed petroleum gas and oil lubricants Six gas service stations. 2006 (Total: 1. produces liquiﬁed natural gas. supplies high speed diesel. and sells petrol and engine oils. sells road fuels. distributes jet fuel at Siem Reap airport. It also sells fuel to inland industrial customers. power diesel. with this channel comprising between 60%-75% of Cambodia’s oil imports. 2) via Vietnam through the Mekong River delta to Phnom Penh. across the Thai and Vietnamese borders with Cambodia.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Five ﬁrms in retail oil industry The retail oil industry in Cambodia is an oligopoly with ﬁve ﬁrms. There is also a substantial informal sector. Figure 110: Overview of players on downstream oil industry Company Sokimex Details Estimated market share of about 30%. fuel oil and lubricant to industrial sector.000 ton ships. and wholesales to dealers and oil companies at Ream Oil Terminal Tela Caltex Total Cambodge PTT Source: Companies Oil imported mainly from neighbouring countries Oil is imported to Cambodia through two main channels. Figure 111: Oil imports by type. 1) the country’s only deepwater seaport at Sihanoukville. Company has its own jetty able to accommodate 46. kerosene and oil lubricants Estimated 15% market share. supplies jet fuel to military and government aircraft. Estimated 10% market share. commanding a 15% share. which we estimate has a 30% share. The other three players are foreign operators. The market leader is domestically owned operator Sokimex. Caltex. and Thailand’s PTT with a small market share (Figure 110). industrial and aviation fuels. A large proportion of the imports are sourced from reﬁneries in Thailand. and 5 storage terminals Estimated market share of 25%-30%. which has an approximate 25%-30% of the market. especially gasoline.
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There are currently no up to date statistics on petroleum import volumes, but as a basic indicator the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy estimated that in 2006, the country imported 1,400 kilo tonnes of oil equivalent. The split by product is shown in Figure 111, with the key categories comprising diesel (48% of fuel related imports), LPG (21%), gasoline (13%) and fuel oil (12%). First study on developing reﬁnery capacity Although there is currently no oil reﬁning capacity in Cambodia, the country recently took some early steps towards developing this industry over the longer term. In mid-June 2011, The Cambodian National Petroleum Authority (CNPA) announced that Cambodian Petrochemical Company and the China National Automation Control System Corporation will conduct a feasibility study for an oil reﬁnery in Kampot province. Initial estimates are for a US $600MM reﬁnery with a 5MM tonne annual capacity.
iii) Water utilities: Urban success, rural challenge
Phnom Penh fully covered by PPWSA The capital city has reliable and clean water provided by the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA). The state-owned enterprise has gone from supplying water just 10 hours a day with high levels of non-revenue water 15 years ago to 24 hours/day supply and nearly 100% revenue recovery currently. The company has also been noted globally as a model to emulate for other developing markets. PPWSA is also one of the three SEOs planned to be listed on the Stock Exchange of Cambodia. Clean rural water supply still remains an issue While water supply in Phnom Penh has been a great success story, there is still dramatic need for improvement in the provision of clean water supply in the rural areas. The World Health Organisation/UNICEF estimates that overall water supply coverage was 64% in urban areas in Cambodia and just 35% in rural areas, while urban sanitation coverage was 53%, but in rural areas a very low 8%. Provincial areas generally have good access to surface river water, but there is still limited availability of safe, clean piped or well water. National policy developed, foreign donors providing funding A National Policy on Water Supply and Sanitation was issued in 2004 by the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy and the Ministry of Rural Development (with the latter responsible for the provision of rural drinking water), which targets universal access to safe water and sanitation for Cambodians by 2025. Several projects targeting improved rural sanitation and water supply are being undertaken, with funding from the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and others.
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Mining, Materials: Early days
• Mineral extraction currently limited to construction materials: Current mineral extraction of any scale in Cambodia is limited to construction materials including cement, gravel, sand and stone • Potential for metallic mineral wealth, but high risk: Historical surveys suggest the potential for large mineral wealth including precious metals and gems. However, there are high risks of exploration including undetonated ordnance and mineﬁelds, minimal infrastructure and a long rainy season • Very early days for modern exploration: Large scale exploration has been undertaken only in the last ﬁve years, especially with investment from Chinese, Korean,Thai, and Australian (including four ASX-listed companies) interests All extraction so far limited to non-precious metals Large scale mineral extraction in Cambodia is still limited to the building materials shown in Figure 112; cement, gravel, sand, stone, and salt. However, the promise of potential future extraction is far greater, as shown in Figure 115, which outlines the potential mineral deposits by province, as reported by the General Department of Mineral Resources. Potential deposits include gold, bauxite, gems, silica, lignite, iron ore, coal, phosphate and antimony. Figure 112: Mineral commodity production in Cambodia
Mineral Commodity (metric tons) Cement Gravel Laterite (blocks) Salt Sand, construction material Stone: Basic material Stone: Limestone Source: USGS 2005 n/a 22,500 n/a n/a 763,900 1,079,400 n/a 2006 n/a 45,625 n/a 59,000 2,043,500 676,832 n/a 2007 86,990 36,250 312,718 76,651 329,028 2008 772,029 37,500 454,750 78,000 6,581,500 2009 774,305 41,875 631,000 N/A 14,035,790 2,819,817 1,000,000
1,433,086 2,039,336 1,000,000 1,000,000
Periodic exploration on a small scale since the 1970s In the early 1970s, there had been some mineral exploration of Cambodia, and reports of deposits. However, with some degree of civil war running from 1970 to 1998, along with the limited infrastructure of country, there was no real possibility for modern exploration. The country was also heavily landmined during this period, making the exploration process risky for prospectors. However, some foreign ﬁrms were undergoing some exploration by the early 1990s, even prior to the true end of the Cambodian civil war around 1997.
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Large scale modern exploration only in last ﬁve years The early entrants, however, were small scale operations, while micro-scale domestic artisanal miners were also perpetually present, often in teams as small as one or two. Modern exploration methods have really only been introduced very recently. As shown in Figure 113, mining investment has only ramped up in the last ﬁve years; prior to this investment had been at its maximum about US$2MM per year, but since 2005 has been above US$50MM per year, and reached a peak of over US$100MM in 2007. So it is only very recently that extensive modern exploration has begun in earnest in Cambodia. Figure 113: Mining investment (US$MM) as % of total Industry investment
112 75 37 0 10% 8% 5% 3% 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 0%
Mining investment (US$MM) (LS) Source: Cambodia Ministry of Economy and Finance
as % of total industry investment (RS)
Figure 114: Mineral exploration/extraction in Cambodia
Material Metallic Minerals Non Metallic Minerals Gemstones Coal Detail Currently at least 63 ﬁrms, both domestic and foreign (with China, Korea, and Australia particularly heavy investors) undertaking exploration for gold, copper, iron, bauxite, antimony and chromium in several provinces across the country At least six ﬁrms (including joint ventures with Thailand) involved in building materials extraction including cement/limestone, all located in Kampot province, as well as one ﬁrm extracting granite in Kratie province Three ﬁrms are exploring for gemstones in Ratanakiri province and Pailin City 5 companies focussed on the coal industry, concentrated in Oddar Meanchey, Svay Rieng, Stung Treng and Kratie province
Source: MIME General Department of Mineral Resources, USGS
Growing interest in mineral exploration Figure 114 gives an overview of the scope of mining exploration currently undertaken in Cambodia, as compiled from the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy (MIME) and USGS (these lists may not be exhaustive, but we believe they cover the major operators). There is especially growing interest in metallic minerals exploration, with 63 ﬁrms now reported as licensed by MIME. The non-metallic and industrial mineral sector is mainly focussed on cement, limestone and granite, with Thai investment prominent; production levels are shown in Figure 112. There are three ﬁrms reportedly undertaking gemstone exploration and the coal industry has at least 5 major players. Cambodia Capital Research
ASX-listed ﬁrms mainly focussed on gold exploration For investors looking to gain exposure to Cambodian mining. and thus are not pure Cambodia/Indochina plays.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Most ﬁrms are still in the early exploration phase Other than the construction materials segment. widely available estimates on the potential reserves for the precious metals. 3) OZ Minerals and Southern Gold already have extensive mining operations already in the production stage in Australia. the company’s only operations are in the country. mainly focussed on gold. all of the ﬁrms are still early in the exploration phase and extraction is at least ﬁve years away in a best case scenario. 2) Indochine Mining is a play on both Cambodia and Laos mining. Mondulkiri and Rattanakiri. with the company holding tenements in both countries. but also have reasonably large scale exploration activities in Cambodia. There are no public. there are four Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) listed companies undertaking exploration in Cambodia currently. with their tenements centred in the mountainous North Eastern provinces of Kratie. 1) Brighton Mining is a pure play on Cambodia mining. although ﬁrms are beginning to report small potential ﬁnds. Figure 115: Key mineral resource deposits of Cambodia by province Oddar Meanchay Preah Vihear Bantay Meanchey Limestone Phosphate Gems Gold Iron Ore Ratanakiri Stung Treng Coal Iron Ore Gold Siem Reap Lignite Battambang Bauxite Pailin Gems Gems Limestone Kampong Thom Gold Mondolkiri Kratie Lignite Bauxite Gems Gold Pursat Antimony Chrome Kampong Chhnang Kampong Cham Gold Koh Kong Silica Gems Kampong Speu Phnom Penh Kandal Prey Veng Svay Rieng Kampot Limestone Takeo Gems Sihanoukville Phosphate Lignite Source: General Department of Mineral Resources Source: Cambodian General Department of Mineral Resources Cambodia Capital Research 91 .
Fees involved not transparent. Generally. as both MIME and the Council for Development of Cambodia are involved in granting mineral resource licenses. The law has been criticised as leaving signiﬁcant gaps in interpretation.‘ However. but no reﬁning capacity Yet another issue is that all mineral resource wealth once extracted is to be consumed in Cambodia. although the key legislation is in place. still left from several decades of civil war. As with other sectors. However. We expect that this law will be amended as the industry matures. But it is unclear why such development would occur in advance of evidence of mines coming close to extraction. compared to other countries. it appears that MIME issues an opinion on a given project and after it passes through preliminary and exploration stages then it is passed to the CDC for the granting of the license. while displacement a problem Also. although the legislation states that private land owners should be compensated for any disturbance to their land from mining concessions. This makes exploration in Cambodia a far more risky venture than it would be. Resources to be consumed locally. the 2001 Law on the Management and Extraction of Mineral Resources. Other risks. but remains opaque The legal framework for mineral extraction in Cambodia is not completely clear. This is another issue with the laws. This is an issue given that the raw materials must clearly be processed and there is no reﬁning capacity in Cambodia currently. Additionally. comprising two laws. and the 1996 Law on Environment Protection and Natural Resources Management.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Generally supportive framework for foreign investment The government has established a generally supportive framework for foreign mining investment. and do not require a local partner. not public information. Cambodia Capital Research 92 . the exact extent of all the fees and duties collected from mining companies are not yet transparent. it is not completely clear which ‘competent institution’ holds sway. in Thailand. for example. First is an article that states that mineral resource licenses are to be granted by a ‘competent institution. which are also faced by Cambodia’s neighbours. Unusually high risks in Cambodian mining In addition to the opaque regulatory environment. However. there are also other major risks to the industry in Cambodia. limiting both exploration and extraction. are a long wet season. it is currently illegal to export mineral wealth from the country. foreign investors in the mining sector face a somewhat loose and untested regulatory regime. even with these advantages. The government also applies exemptions on customs duties for the mining sector. which maintain that information related to mineral concessions is to remain private. Legal regime established. There have been reports of displacement of citizens and lack of access to land by the local population as the mining ﬁrms set up concessions. The key risk is that there is still a large amount of undetonated ordnance and heavily mined areas all across the country. many average Cambodians do not possess land titles. given the extended timeline before we can expect signiﬁcant extraction. there is a window to develop this capacity. foreign companies can own 100% of their investment.
but details are still unclear Many major developments to be completed by 2015 Although much of the country’s infrastructure was left in disrepair following nearly 40 years of civil war. China. Both domestic and international transport plans underway There are several large scale transport plans that guide transport development in Cambodia. increasingly. expected to be completed by 2014. including multilateral initiatives for the Greater Mekong Subregion. and most of the major infrastructure projects are supported by international funding. as well as country funding from South Korea. These include funding from multilateral institutions including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. Foreign funding of transport projects have been crucial Government spending on infrastructure remains low versus the region. while a new major airport is planned for Siem Reap. Cambodia Capital Research 93 . bridges and railway.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Transport Infrastructure: Connecting • Major infrastructure improvements by 2016: Cambodia is currently undergoing a major push to rebuild and refurbish its infrastructure. Thailand. Cambodia has now begun to rebuild its roads. with the combined effect of the new changes beginning to have a sizeable effect on the economy by that time. Cambodia also plays a key role in regional transport development plans. Domestically the sector is overseen by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport as well as the Ministry of Rural Development for the more remote provincial areas. major progress is expected to be achieved by 2016 • Road and rail upgrades already underway: The government is 5 years into its 15 year road and bridge improvement plan. Plans have also been announced for a new Siem Reap airport. Vietnam. China. and is set to be completed by 2012 • Seaports set for expansion. Malaysia and Japan (through the Japan International Cooperation Agency and Japan Bank for International Cooperation) and. plans for new Siem Reap airport: Both the Sihanoukville deepwater seaport and the Phnom Penh river port are undergoing signiﬁcant expansions. Multiple road development and bridge projects are being undertaken and a revamp of the railway system has already opened its ﬁrst leg. and a rail line running from Singapore to Kunming. and is currently implementing its master plan for waterborne transport. both through domestic initiatives and as part of regional projects. with major extensions into the provinces to be completed by 2015. from Chinese policy banks. The government is broadly on track with a countrywide road development plan covering the period from 2006-2020. The country's two main ports are also undergoing major expansions. both domestic and regional. A major rail refurbishment has already completed its ﬁrst phase. Although the projects have varied timelines we expect to see a very different Cambodia in terms of transport infrastructure by 2015.
948 km. but still not every province. Royal Toll Railway Roads and Bridges: Pushing towards the economic periphery Modern roads now reach each of the major regions of Cambodia. with examples of current developments. Provincial roads are another 6. of which more than 4.615 km.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 116: Cambodia transport infrastructure June 2011 Thailand Laos 56 Preah Vihear 68 67 Poipet Sisophon Ratanakiri Stung Treng 78 Phase 4 57B 66 Siem Reap Battambang 57 59 6 64 7 Kampong Tom 76 5 Pursat 71 Mondulkiri Phase 3 11 73 Koh Kong Phnom Penh 48 4 Phase 1 Phase 2 3 Vietnam 2 1 Sihanoukville Kampot City International Airport Major National Road Minor National Road Railway Source: Ministry of Public Works and Transport. where limited road development adds immensely to transportation time and cost. Cambodia Capital Research 94 . where new bridges will cut travel times signiﬁcantly. and the minor national roads another 2. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport are undertaking rehabilitation of 30. There are currently several areas where travel routes are very indirect.391 km of road between 2006 and 2020. and limits the development of these more remote areas. The major national roads in Figure 113 comprise a total 2.052 km.643 km.000 km have already been completed. Figures 116 and 117 give detail on the major road systems in the country. while rural roads total 18.
while national roads 57B and 59 along the border with Thailand are now under construction Southwest Northwest Northeast 127 km of National Road 76 in Mondulkiri province have been refurbished. with some lines used for small scale cement and oil transport. Figure 118: Planned phases of Toll Royal Railway rehabilitation Rail Line Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Timeline/detail Rehabilitation of 118 km Kampot to Phnom Penh. a joint venture between Toll Railway of Australia and Cambodia's Royal Group began a project to refurbish the railway in 2009. helping link the area with Phnom Penh National road 57 is almost complete. and is in need of road improvements June 2011 Examples of current development The US$131MM Neak Leoung bridge on National Road 1 is currently being built. Road development here is key for further agricultural development and market access This largely mountainous region bordering on Vietnam could be viewed as the most remote in the c o u n t r y. Battambang. leading to rising trafﬁc. and citizens in the provinces using makeshift carriages for short haul journeys. COD February 2012 Construction of 48 km Sisophon to Poipet. a n d i s t h e l e a s t populated. it is expected that Cambodia should have its major rail lines up and running by 2012. COD mid-2011 Rehabilitation of 338 km Phnom Penh to Sisophon. Access to neighbouring Ratanakiri province is limited by a dirt road. Figure 118 shows the timeline for the completion of the additional sections. However. with all major roads leading to this center Road development in this region is important to improve and expand links between Sihanoukville Port and Phnom Penh This an important rice growing region and contains the second largest city in Cambodia. COD January 2012 Source: Royal Toll Railway Cambodia Capital Research 95 . as it contains the capital city Phnom Penh. but the Prime Minister has announced plans to build a major road linking the two provinces Source: Cambodia Capital Research Rail: First line now open. commercial operation date (COD) October 2010 Rehabilitation of 146 km Sihanoukville Port to Kampot. allowing for quicker transport of goods to Vietnam US$46MM Chinese-funded extension of Road 41 (not shown in Figure 113) on the Southwest coast. and is currently handling freight. more on the way There had been only limited use of Cambodia’s aging railway system since the 1970s until recently.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 117: Road and bridge development by region Region Southeast Detail This region has the most extensive road system. and the ﬁrst section was completed in October 2010.
we will see increased private sector involvement in both hard and soft infrastructure projects. but no international ﬂights yet land there. which will expand its capacity 150%. and do not yet appear to be reaching capacity. Both ports are facing some capacity restraints. and this had restricted its expansion. with a new container terminal port 30 km outside of the city. which until recently was thought to have a monopoly on the operation of airports in Cambodia. a river port on the Tonle Sap. Cambodia Capital Research 96 . The current Toll Royal railway project is one of the ﬁrst major projects to test this new law. the country will still need to use secondary ports in Singapore and Vietnam (which can handle 75k and 150k dwt ships. but are undergoing expansions. However. it has recently begun an expansion. This is expected to change as the city develops its 5 star hotel supply further. There are also several small domestic airports in the second tier cities.217k tonnes shipped in 2010). Infrastructure concessions laws Cambodia passed a Law on Concessions in 2007 which allows for government organisations to enter into concessions with private organisations for various types of infrastructure projects. and increasing the capacity of ships it can handle to 20k dead weight tonnes (dwt) from 10k dwt. This law is fundamental to private sector participation in the infrastructure sector.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Airports: Second airport for Siem Reap? There are two large international airports operating Cambodia. We believe that in the medium term. in the major cities. and a seaport. but it appears that SCA will no longer maintain a monopoly if this new airport is open. Neither of the airports is currently planning major expansions. The Sihanoukville Autonomous Port is also expanding by 300k tonnes (versus 2. Ports: Expansions will help ease current limitations Cambodia has two major ports. Phnom Penh Port is centred in the middle of the capital city Phnom Penh. Sihanoukville Autonomous Port. improved local government credit worthiness and continued evolution of the legal system and enforcement of laws. although the expansion will help the ports accommodate larger ships. Both are run by the Societe Concessionaire de L’Aerport with parent Vinci. However. the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port. There is also a third international airport in Sihanoukville which is operating. to 200k twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs). Korean developers in conjunction with the Cambodian government have announced that they planning to develop a US$1BN new airport for Siem Reap. subject to improved liquidity in capital markets. from the current 80k TEUs. Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. respectively) to access international markets. However.The situation is still unclear.
Media. while competition is rife in towns at the borders with Thailand and Vietnam. compared to just 40k ﬁxed line subscribers. Technology 97 .7MM cellular subscribers as of end 2010.0 2. We expect to see minimal investment in traditional copper wire technology.5 0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 65% 49% 33% 16% 0% Penetration Rate (RS) Subscribers (reported) (LS) Source: Cambodia Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) Cambodia Capital Research *TMET: Telecoms. but there have been only limited signs of consolidation to date • Diverse media sector: The media sector is diverse with multiple television channels. and had only minimal ﬁxed line development.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 TMET*: Energetic competition • Intense competition continues in wireless telecoms: The wireless telecoms market is still undergoing a period of intense competition with over 9 operators in a market that will likely only accommodate 3-4 players long term. Entertainment. ﬁbre optics developing Wireless telecoms dominate the Cambodian market. with ﬁxed line investment concentrated in ﬁbre optic networks. Cambodia was still in the early days of rebuilding its economy.0 7.2% penetration (Figure 119). with 35k of this ﬁgure serviced by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia. as casinos vie to attract foreign gamblers (it is illegal for Cambodians to gamble) i) Telecoms: Sustained intense competition Telecoms mainly wireless. competition in other centres: Nagaworld holds a gaming monopoly within a 200 km radius of Phnom Penh. with estimates of 8. Where other markets in the region had some major development of ﬁxed line telephony in the 1980s and 1990s before the mid 1990s mobile revolution. or 61. radio stations and newspapers with varying political views tolerated to some degree • Gaming monopoly in Phnom Penh. Figure 119: Mobile telephone reported subscribers.5 5. penetration rate (MM) 10.
and the other smaller operators. Smart Mobile/Star Cell. which may not represent sustainable cash ﬂow for the operators. Hello and Mfone. qb and Excell) have an aggregate negative 100k subscribers. with a generation of ‘SIMhoppers’ able to get a free SIM and use up promotional minutes on one network and then move on to the next. Cambodia Capital Research 98 .7MM subscribers as of end 2010. For Hello (Axiata) and Metfone (Thaicom). With 99% of the market still prepaid subscribers and with both voice and data prepaid services available. we have only two sources: 1) Ministry of Post and Telecommunications reported ﬁgures. Generally. which clearly can’t be the case. release any detail on revenue or proﬁtability. New entrants used promotion such as free SIMs and low pricing plans to draw subscribers. Figure 120: Top 4 Mobile operators reported subscribers. subscribers are reported in their respective parent’s quarterly releases (Figure 120).3 2. What had been a cozy oligopoly up until about 2008 became intensely competitive with several new entrants driving the total number of operators up to nine. and the combined subscribers reported individually by just the top 4 players (before taking into account the other 4 smaller players) already a total 8. which show market subscribers at 8.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Mobile Telecoms: Competition remains intense The mobile telephone sector has experienced aggressive price competition since 2009 as new entrants with arguably irrational competitive practices attempted to attract subscribers. This market was good for customers. This would imply that the remaining players (Beeline. 2010 (MM) Metfone (Viettel) CamGSM (Mobitel) Hello (Axiata) Mfone (Thaicom) 0 1. there are low barriers to users switching between networks.5 3. However.8 5.8MM subscribers. and 2) subscriber numbers as reported by the operators to the press for market leaders Mobitel and Viettel. it was not good for the mobile telephone companies which have faced pressure on revenue and margins. Some discrepancy between sources in reported subscribers There is a clear mismatch between the statistics reported by the MPTC.0 Source: Cambodia Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Reported subscribers in some cases based on distributed SIMs Reported subscriber numbers for Cambodia in some cases appear to be based simply on the SIM cards distributed. Only 2 of the 8 operators.
7MM. but the three leaders in the industry are Viettel. with some removing subscribers after 2 months of inactivity (conservative) and others retaining inactive subscribers indeﬁnitely. Star Cell and Smart Mobile.68MM in a single month from 2. Adjusting Viettel ﬁgures after December 2010 surge If we were to assume that the MPTC ﬁgure of total market subscribers is correct. suggesting that another round of heavy price competition may just be starting.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Deﬁning a subscriber in Cambodia We believe that part of the discrepancy may be related to Viettel’s reported subscribers. but we had seen two recent indicators that seem upbeat. recently Hello has introduced a very low price on-network promotion. at 8.52MM as of end-December 2010. which has complementary ﬁbre network) and CFOCN (Figure 121). This may have been the number of SIMs distributed. between two of the smaller operators. we arrive at a total 7. Currently in the market mobile operators vary in their deﬁnition of subscriber. We note that this rough estimate relies heavily on the idea that the MPTC adjusts its ﬁgures for active subscribers. Ezecom (which recently acquired Telcotech. 1) the communications CPI has ﬁnally moved out of deﬂation for the ﬁrst time at least a year. and 2) the ﬁrst merger in the sector had been announced. eventually we expect to see the Cambodia wireless market consolidate to a similar structure to other regional markets. holder of the America Asia Gateway license. but this may not happen until well into 2012. which will ease competitive pressures at least marginally. However. which support between 2-5 major operators. We expect that we will see either M&A in the sector. which grew by a dramatic 1. However. However.84MM as of end-November 2010 to 4. Some industry players would set the active subscriber base lower than our 7. and adjust the Viettel reported number down by the 1. or the exit of several operators. Fibre roll out continues There are currently several ﬁrms rolling out ﬁbre networks in Cambodia.2MM ﬁgure. and estimate active SIMs at only 6MM.68MM subscribers reportedly gained in December (as there is limited proof that these are long-term active subs). especially cellular towers. and ﬁbre to the home is increasingly available in the Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. with the 336k subs on average for the 5 remaining players. We believe that the very rapid increase in Viettel’s reported subscribers puts them well towards the aggressive end of the scale. Cambodia Capital Research 99 . which is not guaranteed. we are not convinced that these should be considered active subscribers until a several month track record for a given subscriber has been established. Fibre optic networks now reach to most of the larger cities and towns.2MM subscribers for the top 4 players. Price competition may be heating up again It is difﬁcult to gauge whether the market has permanently exited a period of destructive competition. The competition has also driven operators to outsource operating expenses.
900 km countrywide network including GEPON. we do estimate that the shift will be gradual in Cambodia. As with telecoms. they would show a breakout year in 2010. with additional 3. with browsing enabled handsets much more accessible in price terms compared to computers for the average citizen.5G and beyond and the much faster speed of service that this entails. these ﬁgures may be somewhat exaggerated. home computer penetration will remain low and we expect that internet user growth through this medium will be truncated. Mekong Net and Online have smaller scale ﬁbre networks well below 3.000 km planned over the next year 16. in-line with the global trend. Cambodia Capital Research 100 . with penetration jumping from 2% to 12% and users rising nearly sixfold to over 173k.000 km each Figure 122: Internet subscribers (‘000). penetration rate (%) 200 150 100 50 0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 15% 11% 8% 4% 0% Subscribers (LS) Penetration Rate (RS) Source: Cambodia Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) Internet penetration will be driven by wireless Internet penetration saw a dramatic surge in 2010. Growth is much more likely to be a wireless story in Cambodia.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 121: Fibre optic network operators in Cambodia Operator Ezecom/Telcotech Viettel CFOCN Other Source: Companies.000 km countrywide network leased by telecom operators and ISPs including Ezecom and Mfone Telecom Cambodia. and will account for a rising proportion of wireless telecom revenue. We expect that data demand through wireless devices will be increasingly signiﬁcant. Data growth will be driven by network upgrades to 3. but even adjusted downward by 50%. as internet tariffs declined and ﬁbre optic network access continued to expand (Figure 122). However. With the majority of the population still engaged in subsistence farming with at best intermittent access to electricity. with voice service still to comprise the dominant proportion of revenue for the next several years.000 km countrywide network 4. MPTC Details of network June 2011 4. metro ﬁbre.
Battambang. There are also two pay TV operators who install satellite dishes at hotels. Pursat and Sihanoukville through network of provincial government stations Privately owned. the Phnom Penh Post and the Cambodia Daily. Broadcasts nationwide. Bokor and Siem Reap. also broadcasts to Rattanakiri. and their editorial policy tends to reﬂect the political leanings of the backer. Figure 123: Main television station in Cambodia Television Station National Television of Cambodia (TVK) Royal Cambodia Armed Forces Television (TV5) Cambodia Television (CTV9) Apsara Television (TV11) Bayon Television (TV27) Phnom Penh Television (TV3) Details The original Cambodian television station. broadcasts nationwide Owned by Phnom Penh city and private investors. and Kampuchea Thmei Daily. but less than 20 have a regular reliable issuance (Figure 124). coverage in Phnom Penh. comedies. but the two strongest competitors are the leading paper Rasmei Kampuchea (Light of Cambodia) which started publishing in 1993. 17 operate out of the capital. Most of the stations provide locally produced content. 100% privately owned. has been broadcasting since 2002. High ratings in Phnom Penh. Achieves one of the highest ratings in Phnom Penh. including drama. There are 7 major Khmer language newspapers. restaurants and higher end apartments and offer access to international television stations. competing with CTN. conservative station that broadcasts to Phnom Penh and surrounding provinces Owned by the ruling Cambodia People’s Party. music and game shows (Figure 123). Battambang. was re-established in 1979. Launched in 1992. Cambodia Cable Television and Phnom Penh Municipal Cable Television. but the Rasmei Kampuchea reportedly has the highest.000. There is some question as to the accuracy of reported circulation numbers. Television is also Phnom Penhcentric. broadcasted from 1966 until 1975. at 18. competing with TV5 Cambodia Television Network (CTN) Source: Respective stations Active press with 20 regular newspapers There are myriad registered newspapers in Cambodia. Thai-Cambodian owned. Cambodia Capital Research 101 . with only 3 of the 7 major television stations providing country wide coverage. Of 25 major radio stations. and began color broadcasts in 1986. but it tends to be mainly concentrated in Phnom Penh. broadcasts within 150km of base station Founded in 1996. Also published are Chinese language papers and two English language daily papers.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 ii) Media and advertising: Strong competitive landscape Reasonably wide spectrum of television and radio content There is a reasonably wide range of both radio and television content in Cambodia. Generally the newspapers are backed by one political faction.
and telecommunications.3MM) Beverages Telecommunications Other 17% 14% 68% Source: Indochina Research iii) Gaming: Phnom Penh monopoly. focuses on business and politics CPP focussed paper Published by Sam Rainsy Party Leisure based paper Summary of weekly press stories from the NGO Open Forum of Cambodia Advertising heavy on beverages and telecoms Figure 125 shows advertising ﬁgures for Q1/10. we would arrive at a full year estimate close to US$90MM. Siem Reap.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 124: Major Khmer language newspapers in Cambodia Newspaper Rasmei Kampuchea (Light of Cambodia) Kampuchea Thmei Daily Koh Santepheap (Island of Peace) Daily Moneaksekar (Conscience) Khmer Pracheaprey (Popular Magazine) Kanychok Sangkhum (The Mirror) Source: Respective newspapers Details June 2011 Leading daily in Cambodia. to permit gambling in certain provinces. and is concentrated therefore in Phnom Penh (with one casino. as reported by Indochina Research. these are the the most recently publicly reported data and they do give us a basic indicator of the size of the market. Although admitted this data is dated. and several towns on the borders with Thailand and Vietnam. in which countries gaming is illegal (Figure 126). if we were to extrapolate from the Q1/10 and add a 5% rise qoq to account for the general improvement in economy in 2010. rural competition Cambodians are not allowed to gamble or enter gambling establishments. Ad-spend is heavily weighted to beverages. The government does have the ability however. Figure 125: Advertising by sector. since the introduction of the 1996 Gambling Suppression Law.000 Second most popular paper. at 14% and 17% of the total spending. respectively. holding a monopoly in the city). Cambodia Capital Research 102 . Q1/10 (total US$20. Nagaworld. This has meant that the gambling industry is set up to cater mainly to foreigners. estimated circulation of 18.
HK). the government undertook a major crackdown on gaming machines in the capital. leaving Nagaworld the only gaming venue in the city. there were many new entrants into gaming cities on the border such as Bavet. lasting until 2035. This has paid off in 2010. on the border with Vietnam and Poipet on the border with Thailand. but they do not dominate commerce the way they do in the gambling-focussed border towns. some entertainment establishments had featured gaming machines. the intense competitive situation lies in stark contract to NagaWorld’s monopoly in the capital city. that gives it a monopoly on casino operations within 200 km of Phnom Penh. earlier in the decade. Cambodia Capital Research 103 .Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Nagaworld monopoly within 200 km radius of Phnom Penh Nagaworld has held a license since 1995. We expect to see closures and consolidation continue in the gambling sector outside of Phnom Penh. In the boom period leading up to the late 2008 bust. hit by the economic downturn. many of which have been driven out of business.World Casino Directory Strong competition in gaming outside of Phnom Penh Outside of Phnom Penh in the cities where gaming is permitted. and invested more in expanding its public ﬂoor and gaming stations. However. Nagaworld had a difﬁcult 2009. with the onset of 2008 ﬁnancial crisis. and therefore were not in breach of Naga’s agreement. Figure 126: Major gambling centres in Cambodia City/town Phnom Penh Sihanoukville Poipet Detail Nagaworld holds casino monopoly with 200km of Phnom Penh At least two major casinos in the coastal tourist resort town At eight least major casinos and other smaller gaming operations with mainly Thai customer base given location at the Thai border At least ten casinos in this town on the Vietnamese border. This has been reﬂected in the share price of NagaWorld (3918. driven by the strategy shift as well as a rebound in tourist arrivals. after a decline of 39% in 2009. with revenues growing 28%. but could not be considered full casinos. However. The company in 2009 shifted away from a reliance on the low margin junket business. servicing customers mainly from Vietnam Bavet Source: Cambodia Capital Research. the reduction in both customers and gambling revenue per customer hit the less competitive casinos. but also because of a major revamp of its strategy. Larger cities such as Siem Reap and Sihanoukville also have gaming businesses. However. by February 2009.
This sector has remained remarkably steady as a proportion of the economy for the last decade. similar to its neighbours. Figure 127: Cambodia manufacturing GDP by segment 1. Cambodia will be able to diversify its manufacturing base over time. we have begun to see foreign businesses outside the garments/textiles/footwear sectors become increasingly interested in basing new operations in the country. In recent years. Figure 92) is an indicator for relative wage competitiveness in other industries. a lack of infrastructure may have dissuaded manufacturers from locating in Cambodia. there is continued incremental progress.700 1. which represented 63% of total manufacturing in Cambodia in 2009 (Figure 127). We expect that.275 850 425 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Food & Beverages & Tobacco Wood Paper & Publishing Other Manufacturing Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance Textile Apparel Footwear Rubber Manufacturing If we can assume the wage rate for the garment industry (as shown in the Garments section. Cambodia Capital Research 104 .Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Manufacturing: Hints of diversiﬁcation • Non-garment related manufacturing small but growing: Although the non-garment/textiles manufacturing sector as a proportion of total manufacturing is still low. but just enough progress has been made that foreign companies are now starting to see the growing opportunity in the country. inexpensive labour and concessionary export market access may remain a very attractive factor for international manufacturers looking for a new base of operations. with foreign ﬁrms increasingly interested in establishing operations in Cambodia • Special economic zones to support manufacturing growth: Cambodia has established 21 special economic zones in several different provinces to encourage manufacturing development. Even ﬁve years ago. especially by foreign investors Initial signs of manufacturing moving beyond textiles Manufacturing is still concentrated heavily in the garments/textiles and footwear sectors.
Vietnam or Sihanoukville The other SEZs are mainly concentrated on the borders. A large part of the funding is being provided by the Japanese government. but it is key as it lies adjacent to the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port. Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville expected to be the largest The two largest zones are expected to be the Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville economic zones. and the latter is expected to soon start. 2 in Bavet and 1 each in Takeo. Cambodia Capital Research 105 . The zones are effectively large industrial estates. Cambodia’s only deepwater seaport. the SEZs also have independent power supplies. with 58 factory lots fully accounted for. and the second phase beginning in February 2011. the government has established 22 Special Economic Zones (SEZ). 2) customs (full duty exemption on raw materials and equipment) and 3) VAT (0% to pay). a manufacturer of electronic components. Both China’s Beijing Autoworks and Southern Korea’s Hyundai are locating car assembly plants in Cambodia. RM Asia is also currently assembling Ford vehicles in the country. Activity at the Phnom Penh SEZ is well underway. or near Sihanoukville. 6 of which have started operations. 1) tax (up to 9 years tax exempt and no export tax). The establishment of Special Economic Zones In an effort to further encourage this growing foreign participation in the manufacturing sector in Cambodia. including small motors. with the government providing incentives to operate out of these areas with privileges in the areas of. Kampot and Kampong Cham) and 5 near Thailand (1 in Bantaey Meanchey province and 4 in Koh Kong province). With the cost of electricity still high in Cambodia compared to the region. with 6 in total (in addition to the Sihanoukville SEZ) to take advantage of the close proximity to the port and the potential for industrial expansion there.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Auto and electronic component manufacturers arrive Announcements of foreign ﬁrms basing manufacturing in Cambodia continue to trickle in over the past year. Meanwhile. The remaining SEZ is in Kandal province. Japan’s Minebea. with 8 adjacent to Vietnam (3 in Svay Rieng province. the former has already begun selling cars to the local market. The Sihanoukville SEZ is still under development. Other SEZs focussed near Thailand. with the ﬁrst Phase complete. broke ground on a new factory in May 2011 in the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone. or are positioned near the Thai or Vietnamese border to source less costly power from these countries.
including local licensees of Thailand’s Minor Group (Swensen’s. Khmer Breweries. it is occurring. quick service restaurants. brand name clothing and electronic goods. Quick service restaurants a ‘luxury good’ The rise of the quick service restaurant (QSR) had tended to be a sign of a developing upper middle class consumer base in Southeast Asia. Supermarkets. Cambodia Capital Research 106 . riding the development of a new urban consumer class Traditional retail still dominates With 70% of the country still subsistence farmers.8 litres/year.9 in Thailand. consumer electronics and auto sales all seeing rapid expansion. The massive shift to modern retail seen in neighbouring countries like Thailand and Malaysia over last twenty years is only at the inception stages in Cambodia. minimarts and shopping malls appearing Phnom Penh now sports a series of smaller shopping complexes. Beer market competition intensifying The beer and spirits industry appears to have signiﬁcant room for growth in Cambodia.6 in Laos. these restaurants tend to be a viewed as luxury consumption and status signalling that is accessible to a much wider market than other large ticket items such as vehicles. Pizza Company) and KFC. There is also growing international development in the sector. and one is planned for Sihanoukville. Development outside of Phnom Penh is still limited. a major new domestic entrant is expected to hit the market this year. including a recently announced transaction by Hong Kong Land. with a level of capacity sufﬁcient to challenge the incumbents. although some players are beginning to gain critical mass. We would characterise the modern retail market as still highly fragmented. versus 31. modern retail is only in the very initial stages and has large room for expansion • Luxury end of market growing: The luxury end of the market appears to be growing along with the increased fortunes of wealthy Cambodians. backed by local conglomerate Chip Mong Group. 19. However.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Consumer: First signs of modern retail • Traditional retail still dominant: Cambodian retail is still dominated by traditional wet markets and small family run outlets. including wet markets and mainly small family operated retail outlets for distribution. Given the generally high prices of QSR compared to local meals. alcoholic beverages. producer of the Tiger Beer brand). but just this year a modern mall has opened in Battambang. luxury clothing. with Phnom Penh the heart of the change. There are currently two main beer producers Cambrew (partnered with Carlsberg). However. with most established only in the last decade. Both local and foreign brands have been expanding in the country. We note that illegal imports and smuggling are also still a large part of this market. with small shopping malls. with per capita consumption of alcohol at just 11. and Cambodia Brewery (partnered with Singapore’s Asia Paciﬁc Brewery. the bulk of retail in Cambodia is still very traditional.
the second largest spirits distiller in the world. where they now distribute their products through local distributor Vimpex. some large foreign brands have begun to establish a presence in the country. The newly developing middle class is also driving an active used car market. Growth in the property market has also helped drive a considerable expansion of the electronic goods sector.000 units. Automotive sales shift from foreign to domestic buyers The new motor vehicle sales market in Cambodia is estimated at about 2. What was at the start of the 2000s mainly a market for foreign businesses and NGOs. Coca Cola. Luxury clothing brand ﬂagship stores appearing in the capital Some luxury clothing brands have opened ﬂagship branches in Phnom Penh. Cambodia Capital Research 107 . for example.500-3. In non-alcoholic beverages. Nissan (500 units) and Ford (400 units). bought a majority stake of Cambodia Beverage Company in 2004.000/year.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Attwood leads spirits market. there were almost no such outlets in the capital just ﬁve years ago. including Mango and Axara. Although this is only on a very small scale compared to other regional capitals including Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. Electronics goods widely available Electronics goods are reasonable widely available through local distributors including many smaller family owned shops. has now shifted towards a customer base more of wealthy Cambodia citizens over the last few years. Coke enters non-alcoholic space The spirits market is dominated by Attwood Industry. with unit sales around 20. with major players including Toyota (the company targets 600 units sales for 2011). A challenge may come from India’s United Spirits. Larger electronics companies are also beginning to take a more direct interest in the country. which is planning to open domestic operations in Cambodia. which has a 70% market share and imports Johnnie Walker and Hennesey. with Japan’s Panasonic opening it ﬁrst representative ofﬁce in Cambodia in January 2011.
many major projects were either put on hold or cancelled as funding dried up during the crisis. but has shown some signs of stabilisation in 2011 • Oversupply still an issue: Although demand appears to be recovering in 2011. The US$ value of Phnom Penh housing approvals was nearly halved from 2008 to 2009. but a more bearish scenario could see further price declines. and the ﬁrst Grade A commercial ofﬁce building in the capital. with modern housing and retail outlets in the second tier cities like Battambang only just starting to be developed Market ﬂattening after 2009-2010 dip The property market in Cambodia is still recovering very slowly from an unsustainable boom that lasted roughly from 2003 to 2008. Canadia Tower. was only completed in 2009. It appears that a best case scenario for the property sector would involve ﬂat prices. rising from just US$500/sq m to US$5.000 according to the most recent estimates by the National Valuers Association of Cambodia. Prime land prices down to US$4k/sq m from US$5k peak Prime land Phnom Penh prices shown in Figure 128 are indicative of just how rapid and severe the boom was. However. with especially South Korean investors taking a large bet on the development of major new ofﬁce and residential properties. the property market declined abruptly in 2009 and 2010. However. and appear to have been spared the oversupply of the capital city. mainly of hotels and guest houses catering to tourists. and declining to around US$4. Reasonable probability of ﬂattening prices The reduction in oncoming supply may have been a blessing in disguise as the market is now suffering from a glut in nearly every category and sale and rental prices have declined signiﬁcantly from the mid-2008 peak. Other major provincial cities like Battambang are still in the early stages of developing their property markets. booming investment began to peak by 2007.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Property: Oversupplied • Flattening after unsustainable boom: After a major foreign and domestic-lending driven boom from 2005-2008. but there was also extensive building in Siem Reap. driven by a wave of foreign investment and a lack of other investment alternatives for domestic capital.000/sq m at the peak of the boom in mid 2008. and eked out only a small gain in 2010 yoy. Large investment boom peaked in 2007 Prior to this boom. (Figure 129). even taking into account this reduction. This was mainly concentrated in Phnom Penh. Cambodia Capital Research 108 . the new supply expected to come online over the next two three years is still large and it is questionable whether corresponding demand will be sufﬁcient. there had been little in the way of high rise buildings in the capital. as the boom turned to bust. However. signiﬁcant new supply continues to come on market in Phnom Penh leading to an expected ﬂattening of land and houses prices and apartment and retail rentals • Development outside Phnom Penh still limited: The property market outside of Phnom Penh is still in the early stages of growth.
500 4.000 0 2008 # project approvals (LS) 2009 2010 Value US$MM (RS) 400 300 200 100 0 Source: Cambodia Department of Land Management.000 6.750 1.375 0 2003 2008 2009 June 2011 2010 Source: Cambodia Department of Land Management.000 4.Overview of the Cambodian Economy Figure 128: Phnom Penh prime land price (US$MM) 5. Urban Planning and Construction Figure 129: Phnom Penh housing project approvals 8.000 2. Urban Planning and Construction Figure 130: Ofﬁce Rental Price per sq m 40 30 20 10 0 Q3/09 High Source: National Valuer’s Association of Cambodia Low Q3/10 Cambodia Capital Research 109 .125 2.
given the recent falls seen for the construction industry in Phnom Penh. With no collateral. growth in this segment of the market is especially limited by the upfront cost of mechanical and electrical equipment installation (especially as relates to air conditioning). no credit bureau and only a small housing stock. However. Rural housing market still in early stages of development In the provinces away from Phnom Penh. but constrained by high electricity/land cost There are now three modern shopping centres in Phnom Penh. the US$7MM. Ofﬁce occupancy rates have reportedly declined from around 80% at the peak of the boom to around the 66% currently. An example is Battambang. given the high cost of land. completed in 2011. the housing market is still in the very early stages of development.800 2. further conﬁrming that oversupply remains an issue. according to the latest ﬁgures reported to the press by the National Valuer’s Association.Overview of the Cambodian Economy June 2011 Ofﬁce and apartment rentals still declining as of late 2010 Ofﬁce rental prices and Class A apartment rental prices continued to decline in Q3/10 (Figures 130 and 131). Figure 131: Class A apartment prices monthly rental 2. to 1.184 residences valued at US$221MM from 1. or 2-3 story shophouses. Cambodia Capital Research 110 . Mahatep City.77% yoy for 9M/10. In many cases in the capital. is only expected to see it ﬁrst major housing development. these shophouses have been combined to create larger retail space. Flat growth in rural home construction as 2010 Provincial housing growth has remained relatively ﬂat as of the latest ﬁgures. Limited availability of parking in the city centre is also an issue. any modern form of provincial housing is very much in its early stages. limited access to mortgage ﬁnancing. 126 house. which although being the second largest city in the country. However. but the majority of retail space is still mainly limited to stalls in traditional markets.100 1. we could view the lack of decline in the ﬁgures as a positive. and there is little indication that prices have seen a signiﬁcant rebound in the six months since. one that is unlikely to be relieved soon. with 70% of the population still surviving on subsistence agriculture.102 residences worth US$219MM over 9M/09. Homes approved for construction outside of Phnom Penh rose rose only 0.400 700 0 Q4/09 High Source: National Valuer’s Association of Cambodia Low Q3/10 Retail developing.
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