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Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival 2018

Have you ever joined Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival previous years? If ever, what were your best experiences and if never, will you participate this year?

Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival, formerly called CJCC Festival, is conducted once a year taking around three days and four nights in cooperation with Embassy of Japan in Cambodia,  Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center, and Japan Foundation Asia Center. It is the biggest event which was conducted to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of CJCC.
It is the combination of CJCC festival and Japan week festival of the Embassy of Japan in the purpose to introduce Japanese traditional and modern culture in Cambodia and promote cultural exchange between the two nations. During these three days, there are various kinds of events including culture related program, Japanese language related seminar, exhibition, and special shows, etc. There were around 21,000 people estimated to join in the event last year.

SEE ALSO: How to Register Your Business Online in Cambodia

So, this year, Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival 2018, will be held on February 22-25, 2018 at Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center. The theme of #KizunaFestival2018 is “Beat of Japan”.
The 7th Kizuna Festival, and also The 65th Anniversary of of Diplomatic Relations between Japan & Cambodia.
Take a look at some photos preparing for the event:





The various cultural events and exhibitions will be organized during the festival as in the following:

  • Performances (by Japanese and Cambodian Artists)
  • Japanese and Cambodian Cultural Related Events (Ikebana, Origami & Calligraphy)
  • Japan-Cambodia Quiz Game
  • BATIC-HOLIC Concert
  • CJCC-Japanese Speech Contest
  • Japanese & Khmer Martial Art
  • Yukata Contest in Cambodia 2018
  •  #IAmOriginal Station with POPUP: Mini Concert
  • Let’s Cook Khmer Food and Dessert (Num Kreab and Num Kruok)
  • Let’s Cook Japanese Food and Dessert (Onigiri, Sushi Roll & Chocolate Mochi)
  • Experiencing Yukata Wearing Session
  • Match Flag Project
  • Worldship Orchestra Concert with Angkor Youth Orchestra
  • Udon Master Class by Marugame Udon
  • Japanese Movie Show (A Tale of Samurai Cooking, ROBO-G, Nobody to Watch Over Me, Always-Sunset on Third Street-3 & THERMAE ROMAE)
  • Study Tour Culture and Education Exchange Program
  • Cosplay Show
  •  Study-in-Japan Information Corner 
  • Workshop, Exhibition, Lectures, and Others

If you need to know the detailed program, please check it out here.

Watch: Highlighted video of Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival 2017



Let's go to experience Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival 2018 together. Hope to see you at the event! For more details, check out the official Facebook page.

Let's Experience Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival 2018

Cambodian Stunt Team
A group photo after Jailbreak movie training on May 21, 2016. Source: Cambodian Stunt Team's Facebook Page
Cambodia has become a part of film spot interested by the foreign filmmakers?. If you used to watch 'TRANSFORMERS 3 : Dark side of the moon', you would notice that part of the movie was shot at Angkor temple. Not only this foreign movie but also other ones such as Lara Croft : Tomb Raider, Almayer's Folly, Same Same But Different, The Sea Wall, City of Ghosts, Holy Lola, Two Brothers, R Point etc., according to The Cambodia Film Commission.
Recently, the number of local films have been produced more and more, and in those there is also action movie category, and I think that the action films gaining more popular nationwide among other categories but it still faced some challenges on finding the stunt team to support.

SEE ALSO: The Cambodian Action Movie 'Jailbreak' You Should Watch

Seeing this opportunity, a group of Bokator team has created a professional Bokator stunt team, Cambodian Stunt Team, whose already filmed in several movies in Cambodia. They come from many Bokator training schools  - with the main purpose is very simple, they just want to change and improve action film in Cambodia.

Let’s have a look how good they are. You can watch the video below:



Are you interested in joining their team or hiring for your project? Please keep in touch with them on the official Facebook page.

The First Martial Arts Stunt Team In Cambodia

SunFair

Are you looking for a place or a space to sell your used materials? Do you want to buy second-hand materials? Do you want to make donation through giving away of your used stuff to the community?

What you are looking for, now you can do it. Join the first flea market, SunFair, in Cambodia on August 7, 2016 (every Sunday) from 8:00 am to 12 pm at Olympic Stadium.
SunFair is a modified flea market where you can enjoy selling or buying many kinds of goods. The goods include used stuff sold with reasonable prices, Khmer products, Organic vegetable/fruits, and it also includes education such as First aid help (CPR), Right way of brushing the teeth, Japanese 5S implementation, and along with the entertainment such as Khmer traditional music, Various musical instrument played by different groups of students, and Children playground etc.
Original term: Flea Market (or swap meet) is a type of bazaar that rents space to people who want to sell or barter merchandise. Used goods, low-quality items, and high-quality items such as collectibles and antiques are commonly sold. - Wikipedia

SEE ALSO: The Top 10 Cambodian Websites

The event is organized by Mottainai Club Cambodia, and the income will go to: 5% for Akihge Project, 5% for Kantha Bopha Hospital, 25%  for Eang Foundation, 25% for Olympic Stadium committee, and the left for organizers.


SunFair Poster
Are you ready to clean up your used stuff? Let's join this first ever flea market in Phnom Penh in order to get some profit and have a chance to contribute to the community.

SunFair - The First Flea Market in Cambodia

Top 10 Cambodian Websites

With the increasing number of internet users year by year especially on mobile phones, Cambodian presently are willing to know more about the world through online medias beside relying on the traditional ways, televisions, and radios. So, the website is playing more important role in delivering this kind of news to them.

You will ask for what are the top 10 websites in Cambodia?

If you want to find the 10 most popular websites in Cambodia, the top 4 go to foreign sites (#1 Facebook, #2 Youtube, #3 Google, #4 Google.com.kh - domain name in Khmer). Here, I would like to share only the list consists of top 10 websites that belong to Cambodian companies, collected data from Alexa (rank), SimilarWeb (traffic overview), Google PageSpeed (page speed for website), and Facebook (number of fans).

Note: All the websites are available in Khmer language and in news portal (8 sites mostly focus on entertainment,  1 site converts from the paper-based news, and another one specifies on health news).

The Top 10 Most Viewed Cambodian Websites

1. Sabay.com.kh

[Screenshot] Sabay Digital

Sabay Digital Corporation is a leading digital media and entertainment group in Cambodia which formerly known as CIDC Information Technology was formed in 2007. Of course, young Cambodian will know this company by brand name 'Sabay' on its entertainment contents (Sabay News and Sabay Leng or Sabay Games, I could say that). Most traffic sources come from sharing on social medias, I think this reason why recently Sabay News portal has extended the channel to spread news on different categories using Facebook pages (Sabay News Entertainment, Sabay News Technology, Sabay News Social, and Sabay News Sport).

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 2 million on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 75.92%, Vietnam 17.64%, USA 1.99%, Thailand 0.93%, and South Korea 0.70% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 41.82%, Direct 35.82%, Referrals 12.79%, and Search 9.06%
  • Page speed: 40/100 on mobile and 57/100 on desktop (tested on Sabay News, May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 698K (# of likes, May 2016)

2. Khmerload.com

Screenshot of Khmerload

Khmerload was established in late 2011 by  a group of young Cambodians who believe in the role of Information Technology in advancing the society. For me, I think this website firstly gained popularity through spreading the hot sexy news, so-called 'Bekthlay' in Khmer language, on social media, Facebook. Since the visitors and popularity had gained enough, it gets the stand for business oriented such today.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 3.8 million on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 75.20%, Vietnam 20.02%, Hong Kong 1.12%, Canada 0.85%, and USA 0.82% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 43.77%, Direct 35.69%, Referrals 13.84%, and Search 5.06%
  • Page speed: 55/100 on mobile and 63/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 886K (# of likes, May 2016, the page was verified by Facebook)

SEE: Mobile Phones and Internet in Cambodia 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

3. Freshnewsasia.com

Screenshot of Fresh News

Fresh News was founded in May 2012 by a group of the expert from news and IT sectors. The initial idea was to send the most breaking news to people by the smart devices, and then the company introduced the first version of Android app in May 2014, and later they have been launched web version in early of 2015. Most of the contents focus on social issues.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 400.80K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 72.06%, Vietnam 20.43%, USA 2.62%, French 1.00%, and South Korea 0.93% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 60.75%, Direct 31.77%, Referrals 4.46%, and Search 2.71%
  • Page speed: 63/100 on mobile and 51/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 551K (# of likes, May 2016)

4. Kohsantepheapdaily.com.kh

Screenshot of Koh Santepheap Daily

Koh Santepheap Daily is an online news portal of Koh Santepheap Newspaper which is one of the popular Cambodian newspapers for a decade ago. The contents focus on breaking, national, world, sport and business updates featured from its newspaper.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 761.90K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 70.65%, Vietnam 18.87%, Australia 2.68%, French 2.46%, and USA 2.20% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 63.90%, Direct 19.78%, Referrals 11.70%, and Search 3.93%)
  • Page speed: 56/100 on mobile, and 70/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 1,241K (# of likes, May 2016 , the page was verified by Facebook)

SEE: Inflation rate in Cambodia 2020

5. Khmeread.com

Screenshot of Khmeread

Khmeread is a website that created by a youth team who has experienced in IT, reporter,  and translation fields with the aim to disseminate general knowledge. The contents focus on society, sport,  entertainment, lifestyle, health, and technology. For me, I think most of the news quoting from foreign websites.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 415.70K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 67.67%, Vietnam 25.35%, USA 1.73%, South Korea 1.01%, and French 0.96% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 91.70%, Direct 5.99%, Referrals 1.29%, and Search 0.83%
  • Page speed: 66/100 on mobile and 79/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 72K (# of likes, May 2016)

6. Khmerscoop.com

Screenshot of Khmerscoop

Khmerscoop is a new website that focuses on health, successful path, social & lifestyle, and entertainment but some contents get from foreign websites and Sabay News.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 81.80K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 68.07%, Vietnam 22.42%, USA 3.96%, French 1.92%, and India 1.30% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 91.70%, Direct 5.99%, Referrals 1.29%, and Search 0.83%
  • Page speed: 50/100 on mobile and 60/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 82K (# of likes, May 2016)

SEE: How to Register Your Business Online in Cambodia

7. Health.com.kh

Screenshot of Health

Health is a popular online health website in Cambodia that created and run by a group of from-abroad-educated Cambodian doctors with high commitment to make Cambodian healthier and help medical field better than today. The contents focus on the woman, man and child's health, sexual health, general disease, first aid, health recovery, and medicines.  

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 221.70K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 76.20%, Vietnam 17.26%, USA 1.46%, South Korea 1.09%, and France 0.92% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 87.56%, Search 5.51%, Direct 5.07%, and Referrals 1.67% 
  • Page speed: 33/100 on mobile and 9/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 237K (# of likes, May 2016)

8. Khmer-note.com

Screenshot of KhmerNote

Khmer-Note is an online news which was founded on September 9, 2012, focusing on national news, knowledge, entertainment, technology, sport, and social life.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 141.40K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 70.45%, Vietnam 22.65%, USA 1.98%, Philippines 0.55%, and South Korea 0.52% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 88.17%, Direct 9.22%, Referrals 1.37%, and Search 1.05% 
  • Page speed: 72/100 on mobile and 54/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 697K (# of likes, May 2016)

9. Khmer-press.com

Screenshot of Khmer-press

Khmer-press is an online news portal that was founded on August 9, 2014, with the contents focusing on knowledge, social life, health, love, technology, and sport.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 156.20K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 70.64%, Vietnam 24.37%, USA 0.90%, Thailand 0.55%, and France 0.46% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 88.17%, Direct 9.22%, Referrals 1.37%, and Search 1.05% 
  • Page speed: 48/100 on mobile and 42/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 441K (# of likes, May 2016)

SEE: 100 Best Quotes from Brilliant Business Leaders [Infographic]

10. Vow-news.com

Screenshot of Vow-news

Village of Wonder is an online news website providing knowledge about health, technology, education, architecture, and celebrity. The contents, some get from foreign websites and Sabay News.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 168.60K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 68.66%, Vietnam 21.74%, France 4.03%, USA 2.43%, and Philippines 1.31% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 87.16%, Direct 5.64%, Search 3.68%, and Referrals 3.38% 
  • Page speed: 54/100 on mobile and 63/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 128K (# of likes, May 2016)
If you wish to read these websites in English or other languages, you can use Google Translate for help.

In conclusion, most visitors of all the top 10 websites above come from Cambodia and Vietnam through social media, Facebook is the main source. I hope that the list of websites with some data statistics will be a useful guide for one of your clues on the digital marketing strategy.

Do you know other top websites in Cambodia / top sites in Cambodia? If so, please share it in the comments.

The Top 10 Cambodian Websites

Online Business Registration in Cambodia

Starting on January 4, 2016, every businessman and trade companies that have established their headquarters, branches, representative offices, affiliates or agents based in the Kingdom of Cambodia are obligated to register their businesses through the Ministry of Commerce’s automated business registration system from anywhere via this website: businessregistration.moc.gov.kh.


The Commerce Ministry also announced to all 42,000 companies that currently registered to do business in Cambodia would be required to re-register online before March 31 or pay a fine.

What is the ease of doing business rank in Cambodia?
The World Bank currently ranks Cambodia 180 out of 189 countries on the ease of starting a business, and estimated in its most recent Doing Business 2016 report that it takes an average of three to four weeks to register a company with the government.
The new system as a way to make Cambodia more attractive to investors, eliminating face-to-face interactions between government officials and businesspeople and reducing the role of the brokers who previously guided applicants through the complex registration process. I am confident that Cambodia would be able to significantly improve on that score with its revamped registration process, which now takes only about an hour. It can allow a company to be created at any place with Internet, and the registrants can print the documents themselves, Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol said on The Cambodia Daily.
Fee via this online registraion?
It costs 1,720,000 riel (about $430) which companies can pay via ACLEDA bank's online payment or the online payment couldn’t function properly, customers are still able to pay the public service fee at ACELEDA BANK, CANADIA BANK, and FOREIGN TRADE BANK. Find more about the Business Registration Fee here.

SEE ALSO: Inflation rate in Cambodia 2020

How to use the system?
You can follow this video instruction below for online registration (Khmer language):



Watch the instruction in English version below:



Are you still unclear about this new system?  For more information, please contact Business Registration Department of Ministry of Commerce located at Lot 19-61, MOC Road (113B Road), turn in from Russian Blvd, Phum Teuk Thla, Sangkat Teuk Thla, Khan Sen Sok, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia (see on Google Maps) or call to 023 866 050.

SEE ALSO: Intellectual Property in Cambodia

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How to Register Your Business Online in Cambodia

GoGoCambodia Campaign
Phnom Penh: A new campaign called GoGoCambodia was announced to start implementing on the afternoon of 02 January 2016 at AEON Mall with the presence of a group of youth, successful entrepreneurs, national championships, popular football players and celebrities, and hundreds of others.
GoGoCambodia is a national campaign, initiated by a group of youth members of You & I, aiming to mobilize Cambodian pride in various sectors from education to national defense, and translate the will to a platform whereby every single Cambodian can show his/her individual pride as a Cambodian and a Cambodia’s pride at large to the international community.

SEE ALSO: Cambodia Book Fair 2015

GoGoCambodia adopts the perspective that if anyone could accomplish a task which is useful for developing and promoting national pride, others may also do well. The campaign urges all Cambodian next generations believe that the country is the best choice for their future.

Check out this video below!

GoGoCambodia
ដល់ពេលដែលយើងម្នាក់ៗ ប្រាប់ទៅកាន់ពិភពលោកទាំងមូលថា "យើងមានមោទនភាពជាខ្មែរ"#GoGoCambodiaអរគុណចំពោះម្ចាស់រូបទាំងអស់ និងភ្លេង។
Posted by GoGoCambodia on Saturday, January 2, 2016

Keep in touch with the campaign on its official Facebook page.

Cambodia to the World via GoGoCambodia

4th Cambodia Book Fair
Main entrance of 4th Cambodia Book Fair (Hun Yuthkun / AKP).
In an effort to participate in promoting book publishing and reading in Cambodia, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts through the National Library of Cambodia are partnering with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, and the Cambodian Librarians and Documentalists Association, and the support from many other stakeholders including Sipar, Room to Read, SVA, IBBY, French Institute of Cambodia, HSL RUPP and PUC Library has annually organized the Cambodia Book Fair.


The 4th Cambodia Book Fair will take place on 11-13 December 2015 at the National Library of Cambodia with the theme of this year is “Read me today, succeed tomorrow”.

Purposes of the Fair
To raise awareness about availability of books in Khmer or other foreign languages, particularly books about Cambodia and children books.
  • To support Cambodian authors/writers and illustrators
  • To promote the publishing industry in Cambodia
  • To foster a passion for writing among the young generation
  • To nurture a love and a habit of reading among the Cambodian population across ages

SEE ALSO: Public Holidays in Cambodia 2016

Who should attend?
The book fair brings together the following groups of stakeholders in Cambodia:
  • Publishers/Book stores;
  • Organizations promoting literacy and education overall
  • Authors/writers/illustrators
  • Librarians/archivists/information specialists
  • Scholars/researchers/teachers
  • Students/parents/children
  • Government officials
  • General public
Will you join next year? Keep in touch with them on the official Facebook page!

Cambodia Book Fair 2015

Screenshot: Cambodia's Satellite Imagery on Google Earth Engine

Since Google started working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and TIME, it has released more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space, compiled for the first time into an interactive time-lapse experience. It believes this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public.

Built from millions of satellite images and trillions of pixels, you can explore this global, zoomable time-lapse map as part of TIME's new Timelapse project. View stunning phenomena such as the sprouting of Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands, the retreat of Alaska’s Columbia Glacier, the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon and urban growth in Las Vegas from 1984 to 2012, according to a post on the official blog. That is why I make a tour about "Cambodia's Timelapse 1984-2012 Tour on Google Earth Engine". Please check it out as the following:


Visit the global timelapse video shows changes to our planet visible from Landsat satellite imagery?

Back to the Google Earth Engine, do you know it?
Google Earth Engine is a platform for petabyte-scale scientific analysis and visualization of geospatial datasets, both for public benefit and for business and government users.
Earth Engine stores satellite imagery, organizes it, and makes it available for the first time for global-scale data mining. The public data archive includes historical earth imagery going back more than forty years, and new imagery is collected every day. Earth Engine also provides APIs in JavaScript and Python, as well as other tools, to enable the analysis of large datasets.

How is Earth Engine different from Google Earth?

Earth Engine and Google Earth serve different purposes. Google Earth enables you to travel and learn about the world through a virtual globe. You can view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and much more. Earth Engine, on the other hand, is a tool for analyzing geospatial information. Although Earth Engine has a data catalog, not everything available in Google Earth is available for analysis in the Earth Engine catalog. Similarly, much of the data in Earth Engine is not currently available for visualization in Google Earth.

This video introduces Earth Engine and demonstrates how it is being used to address planetary challenges. Visit more on Google Earth Engine's website!

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Cambodia's Timelapse 1984-2012 on Google Earth Engine

According to a 2015 research study by the Open Institute and the Asia Foundation collected in September 2015 shows that Cambodia’s phone market is already saturated, with over 94% of Cambodians claiming to own their own phone, and more than 99% being reachable through some sort of phone. The proportion of citizens using more than one phone was only 13.1% while one Cambodian in four uses more than one operator. These numbers are similar to those reported in previous years.

The results show that 63.3% of Cambodians own phones with Khmer script capability. The use of such phones is more common among men (67.6%) than women (49%) and more common in urban areas (67%) than rural (61.7%).

Some 39.5% of users were found to have at least one smartphone. The ability of phones to display Khmer is more common in smartphones (78%) than in dumb phones (56.3%). The capability of smartphones users’ ability to display Khmer improved with the education level of their owner.


It was found that almost a third of Cambodians have access to the Internet and Facebook and that most of the people in this group have their own Facebook accounts. Smartphones are by far the most common means of accessing Facebook; only 3% of users access the social media site solely through computers while 80% access it exclusively through phones.

Internet/Facebook use has risen to become in 2015 the second most important channel for Cambodians to access information—trailing the only TV (30% vs 24%)—having surpassed radio (20%) and continuing to gain market share yearly.

To increase the rate of adoption, the development of better text-prediction and input methods for Khmer script in phones is recommended.

Mobile Phones and Internet in Cambodia 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Inflation Rate in Cambodia 2020
Cambodia: Inflation Rate 2002 - 2020
This statistic shows the inflation rate in Cambodia from 2002 to 2015, with projections up until 2020.

Inflation as measured by the consumer price index reflects the annual percentage change in the cost to the average consumer of acquiring a basket of goods and services that may be fixed or changed at specified intervals, such as yearly ~ World Bank.
The inflation rate in Cambodia was recorded at 3.5 percent in 2015. It averaged 5.3 percent from 2002 until 2015, in May of 2008 as a small, open economy, Cambodia is particularly sensitive to price developments in the world economy, and due to its total dependence on externally-supplied energy sources, the hike in the global oil price in the previous year and this year was having an impact on Cambodian inflation performance. Surging international food prices had also driven local prices to rise, pushing Cambodia's inflation rate to a peak of 25 percent ,and a record low of -0.7 percent in 2009. The projected average inflation rate amounted to about 3.2 percent in 2020. Check out the interactive chart here!

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Inflation rate in Cambodia 2020

Smartphone Apps in Cambodia

Smartphones have become a necessity nowadays. Android is the biggest and most used Operating System in the world. The open platform of Android means that anyone can get access to it and design apps for different purposes. The apps of different kinds have caused a great change in the way we behave in our personal lives. Add to it the number of online marketplaces which have recently emerged in Cambodia. People are busy in their daily lives and don’t have much spare time to run daily errands or visit shops. Online shopping takes care of that.  Apart from online shopping, Android has also changed lives of people of Cambodia through the following ways:
Get Internet Access 24/7
Internet is the need of the hour. From our social media to bank accounts, everything is now on internet. Smartphones and the arrival of 4G internet means that people have access to blazing fast internet in their pockets at all times. This means that you are connected to the world 24/7. This is a great chance for the ecommerce industry to prosper as customers can easily go online on websites like Littlefashion or Kaymu Cambodia and shop on the go.

[Related: Internet Users in Cambodia Q2 2015]


Find Places in an Instant
Google Maps have revolutionized the way we travel. Whenever we want to travel to a new place, we log onto Google Maps and see which the shortest route to the destination is. We can also see the traffic burden and easily get to one place to another. GPS in our android phones also help us in this process by giving us a live guide of the route.

Get Fit!
Apps like Google Fit, Samsung S Health, and MyFitnessPal allow users to record their calories, see the calories burnt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Smartphones have GPS and location tracking ability with which we can determine our daily caloric intake and keep a record of our dietary habits. Not only is this a motivation to stay healthy but it also allows users to stay fit. The road to a healthy lifestyle starts with such Android apps.

Weather Updates on Your Fingertips
One of the best uses of smartphones is to get access to instant weather changes. Your smartphone can instantly alert you of any changes in the weather. Any chance of rain or bad weather you may encounter can easily be known with updates directly on your phone. This means you can travel with complete peace of mind and make arrangements according to the weather.

Become a Part of the Global Village
With access to blazing fast internet on your fingertips, you can get updates from any corner of the world. You can easily communicate with your relatives and friends in different parts of the world. This also means that cellular network companies in Cambodia are increasingly under threat of lower profits as customers are using smartphone communication apps like Facebook Messenger, Line, WhatsApp and Viber.

These are some of the major positive changes Android has made to the way people spend their lives in Cambodia. With the growth of ecommerce and the arrival of online marketplaces like ECamShopping, you can be sure that the lifestyles of Cambodians will change even more in the coming few years.

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5 Ways Smartphones Changed Our Lives in Cambodia

Free Basics by Facebook Available in Cambodia
[Screenshot of FreeBasics in Khmer]

[Cambodia at A Glance] The total population in Cambodia was last recorded at 15.33 million people in 2014 reported by the World Bank. The internet subscriptions increased from 3.86 million in 2013 to over 6.2 million in 2015 (1). The below chart illustrates the growth figures:

Internet Subscriber in Cambodia 2015

And the number of mobile phone subscribers had over 21 million (21,692,144 subscribers) at the 2nd quarter of 2015 (2) - the increasing leads Cambodia became the first country in the world with more mobile phones than fixed-line phones (3). The below chart illustrates the figures:
Mobile Phone Subscribers in Cambodia 2015

With the use of smartphones and internet home use surging, Khmer youth are increasingly using social media. The most used social platform is by no doubt Facebook with 1.2 million users in 2014 (4). The below graph which is illustrated by StatCounter Global Stats about Top 7 Social Media Sites in Cambodia from Jan 2014 to Oct 2015 (All platforms: Desktop, Mobile, Tablet, Console), Facebook is really the most popular social media in the Kingdom of Cambodia.


By seeing that, in a post yesterday (in Khmer languge), Smart Axiata in cooperation with Facebook want all Cambodians to explore the magic of Internet which provides you access to basic Internet resources, FREE OF CHARGE.


Free Basics empowers you to discover and access lots of information out of diverse topics:
  • Study
  • Business
  • Health
  • Entertainment 
If you are new to the world of Internet, THIS is for you! To use, simply download the “Free Basics by Facebook” Android App or go to www.freebasics.com from your phone, exclusively for Smart subscribers.
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Intellectual property is a vital asset for many firms doing business in Cambodia. Whether it is to distinguish goods from competitors’, protect the fruits of research investment, or maintain the confidentiality of financial plans, IP considerations surface in virtually all industries.


Cambodia’s 2004 accession to the World Trade Organization prompted the adoption of several laws regulating intellectual property rights. While it will be a number of years before Cambodia comes into full WTO compliance, investors can take advantage of this developing regulatory framework and seek out protection for their inventions, trademarks, industrial designs, and other creative products.

Although the laws are still in the early stages of development, relatively efficient procedures for registering and enforcing important IP rights are in place. Ignoring or postponing registering IP assets
can be very costly in the end.

What is Intellectual Property?
Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions; literary and artistic works; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. IP is divided into two categories:

1. Industrial Property includes patents for inventions, trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications.

2. Copyright covers literary works (such as novels, poems and plays), films, music, artistic works (e.g., drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures) and architectural design. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and broadcasters in their radio and television programs.
What Are the Benefit Of IP?
In the increasingly knowledge-driven economy, intellectual property (IP) is a key consideration in day-to-day business decisions. New products, brands and creative designs appear almost daily on the market and are the result of continuous human innovation and creativity. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often the driving force behind such innovations. Their innovative and creative capacity, however, is not always fully exploited as many SMEs are not aware of the intellectual property system or the protection it can provide for their inventions, brands, and designs.

If left unprotected, a good invention or creation may be lost to larger competitors that are in a better position to commercialize the product or service at a more affordable price, leaving the original inventor or creator without any financial benefit or reward. Adequate protection of a company's intellectual property is a crucial step in deterring potential infringement and in turning ideas into business assets with a real market value. Taking full advantage of the IP system enables companies to profit from their innovative capacity and creativity, which encourages and helps fund further innovation.

Please find out more details about both IPs' categories as the following:

1.1 Trademarks
In February 2002, the Law Concerning Marks, Trade Names, and Acts of Unfair Competition (Trademark Law) entered into force, although registration of trademarks was possible prior to that time.

The Trademark Law is quite comprehensive in its scope, as it covers the protection of trademarks and service marks, when an objection to registration may be made, and the prior given when there has been a previous registration in another country, among other things. The protection given to trademark owners is also defined, as well as their right to assign, transfer, and license their trademarks. Civil remedies, as well as administrative remedies, are made available under the law.

Mark means any visible sign capable of distinguishing the goods (trademark) or service (service mark) of an enterprise.
Trademark Official Fees
1.2 Patents
Cambodia’s Law on Patents, Utility Models and Industrial Designs provides a set of exclusive rights to an inventor or his assignee for a fixed period in exchange for disclosure of an invention, utility model or industrial design. Enacted in 2003 to comply with Cambodia’s WTO obligations, A 2006 Prakas detailing procedures supplemented the Law. Although the Law is relatively new and untested, it specifically provides that any international Intellectual Property treaty to which Cambodia is a party7, will trump the national legislation in case of conflict. While Cambodia is not a party to the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Law provides a procedure for registering foreign applications in Cambodia.

The Official Fees of Patent Registration
1.3 Utility Models
A utility model certificate, known elsewhere as a petty patent, differs from a patent in its term (7 years instead of a patent’s 20) and lacks the inventive-step requirement. Thus, a utility model means any invention that is new and industrially applicable, and is or relates to a product or process. They are less significant technological advances, and therefore are granted a shorter term of exclusivity.

Although the Law concerning utility model certificates passed in 2003, few utility model applications have been filed. Currently the government has not issued a utility model certificate. This guide will provide a straightforward and comprehensive overview of the matter. Almost all the provisions are identical to the patent articles. Although the law is relatively new and untested, it specifically provides that any international Intellectual Property treaty to which Cambodia is a party10, will trump the national legislation in case of conflict. While Cambodia is not a party to the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Law provides a procedure for registering foreign applications in Cambodia.

The Official Fees of Utility Model Certificates
1.4 Industrial Designs
Cambodia’s Law on Patents, Utility Models and Industrial Designs provides a set of exclusive rights to a designer or his assignee for a fixed period in exchange for disclosure of their industrial design. Enacted in 2003 to comply with Cambodia’s WTO obligations, the Ministry supplemented the law in 2006 by a Prakas detailing procedures12. Although the Law is relatively new and untested, it specifically provides that any international Intellectual Property treaty to which Cambodia is a party13 will trump the national legislation in case of conflict.


The Official Fees of Industrial Design
1.5 Geographical Indications
Under the international context, a geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products that corresponds to a specific location, where the quality or reputation of the goods is essentially attributable to its place of origin. Examples of well-known geographical indications include Champagne, Florida Oranges, and Prosciutto di Parma. With a registered GI, regional producers should be better able to distinguish and market their goods from the competition.

Since early 2009, GIs are registrable with the Ministry of Commerce under an interim regulation (Prakas on the Procedures for the Registration and Protection of Geographical Indication Marks dated May 18th, 2009), as the National Assembly considers a full GI law to comply with its WTO obligations.

As part of the registration procedure, the group of producers must submit a Book of Specifications detailing the geographical area, production conditions, and qualification process for the products. Both domestic and foreign GIs can be registered. The initial term of protection is for ten years, renewable indefinitely.

Thus far, there have been two registered GIs in Cambodia – Kampot Pepper and Palm Sugar from Kampong Speu. They were both registered in April, 2010.

2. Copyrights
Cambodia’s Law on Copyright and Related Rights provides protection for original works of authorship. Enacted in 2003 to comply with Cambodia’s WTO obligations, the government modeled the Law on general copyright principles common to many other jurisdictions. While the Law has been in effect for several years now, it is largely untested and copyright infringement is rife.

The Official Fees of Copyrights & Related Right Certificates
2.1 Authorship
The author is the person, or persons, who create a work. All economic and moral rights automatically vest in the initial author or authors. The Law presumes that the person or persons in whose name the work is created and disclosed are the authors, unless there is evidence to the contrary. A collaborative work is the product of the joint efforts of two or more natural persons, the co-authors. Co-authors can only exercise their rights with the unanimous and written consent of all other co-authors. In case of disagreement, they must petition a court for resolution. A work made by an author within the scope of employment, unless contracted otherwise, is considered to have been transferred to the employer. Anonymous and pseudonymous authors have the same rights as named authors. However, unless such an author makes known her identity and demonstrates she is the author, the publisher or original discloser of the work will represent her. The representative can enforce the author’s moral and economic rights, but must have in their possession an agreement identifying the author.

For audio-visual works, the law presumes that the co-authors are the director, the author of scenario, author of the adaptation, author of the spoken text, author of the musical composition, and the author of the graphic arts for animations.

2.2 Economic Rights
The author enjoys the exclusive economic rights to their work, subject to certain limitations. The core of the economic right is the exclusive right to exploit the work by authorizing the reproduction, communication to the public, and the creation of derivative works. 

2.3 Moral Rights
Authors also enjoy certain moral rights, which are perpetual, inalienable, undistrainable, and imprescriptible. Although the author cannot sell or transfer moral rights during his lifetime, they rights pass to the heirs on the author’s death. There are three specific moral rights. First, the author has the exclusive right to decide the manner and timing of the work’s disclosure, as well as the principle to govern this disclosure. Second, the author has the right to be publicly credited with the work and title. Third, the author has the right to oppose all forms of distortion, mutilation or modification of the content of the work that would be prejudicial to their honor or reputation.

2.4 Performance Rights
The Law contains special provisions for a performer’s rights. A performer is any artist, dancer, musician, singer, or other person who gives a performance.

Other two categories that have not been included in the both IPs:
Trade Secrets
The Law typically defines a trade secret as any commercially valuable information that is not known, nor readily ascertainable, and is subject to reasonable efforts to maintain its secrecy. Cambodia has no law specific to trade secrets, though a draft is under consideration. Nevertheless, provisions in a variety of laws impose duties of confidentiality and penalties for divulgence ofcommercial secrets.

Non-disclosure agreements are often used to maintain the confidentiality of information that needs to be shared, with an employee or contractor for example. Such agreements are contracts like any other, and would be enforceable under the Contract Law (1988).

The Law on Commercial Enterprises (2005) prohibits the unauthorized publication of a firm’s financial statements. It also requires the Ministry of Commerce to maintain the confidentiality of most company documents in its records. The Law on Audit (2000) also imposes a duty of confidentiality on government auditors.

The Law on Banking and Financial Institutions (1999) prohibits certain people from disclosing any confidential information in accounting or administrative documents. The Law provides for criminal penalties of up to five (05) years imprisonment and $60,000 in fines. As in virtually every country, the Law on the Bar (1995) requires lawyers to maintain client confidences.

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Finally,the promulgated PenalCode (2010) contains several provisions on point.It is important to note that only part of this new code is currently in force, the rest coming into effect in 2011. Under the code, any person who holds, because of their position, profession, function or mission, confidential information, and divulges such information, is subject to criminal prosecution. The Law also criminalizes intercepting mail, tapping into telephone calls, and hacking computer networks.

Right of Publicity
The right of publicity allows an individual to prohibit or control the use of his identity for commercial purposes. This would prohibit, for instance, placing on a product’s package a photograph of someone without his or her permission. There is no law in Cambodia specifically on point, nor are any drafts currently under consideration.

The unauthorized use of someone’s identity for commercial purposes may be considered a form of unfair competition, in violation of “honest practice”. However, to the author’s knowledge, this has never been tested in a Cambodian court of law.

Perhaps the only legal provision treating the right of publicity is Article 26 of the Law on Copyright and Related Rights (2003), which prohibits unauthorized biographies.

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