Tentmaker Reports

Cambodia Report

Entrepreneurial Missions Index


General Information


15,135,169 (63rd most populous country in the world)



Tourism, garments, construction, rice milling, fishing, wood and wood products, rubber cement, gem mining, textiles

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the World Factbook project 4, conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). For more detailed information about Cambodia, visit https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/kh.html.

Business Information

The World Bank ranks Cambodia as 134 out of 183 economies in terms of ease of doing business. The country ranks as 0 (of 183) in terms of ease of starting a business.

It requires 0 procedures, takes 0 days, and costs N/A% of income per capita to start a business in Cambodia.

In order to start a business in Cambodia, one must follow these procedures:

  1. Deposit the legally required initial capital in a bank and obtain deposit evidence
  2. Check the uniqueness of the company name
  3. Have an abstract of the company organization documents (bylaws, memorandum, and articles of association) published in a recognized public newspaper
  4. Incorporate the company with the Commercial Register, maintained at the Office of the Clerk of the Commercial Court
  5. Make a company seal
  6. Have registration documents stamped and approved by Phnom Penh Tax Department
  7. Register the company for VAT and patent at the Real Regime Tax Office
  8. Notify the Ministry of Labor of the start of operations and hiring of employees
  9. Receive inspection from the Labor Inspector

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the Doing Business project 3, conducted by the World Bank. For more detailed information about starting a business in Cambodia, visit http://www.doingbusiness.org/.



Cambodia Economic Freedom

The annual survey Economic Freedom of the World is an indicator produced by the Fraser Institute, a libertarian think tank which attempts to measure the degree of economic freedom in the world's nations. Economic Freedom of the World index has been more widely used than any other measure of economic freedom, because of its coverage of a longer time period

Their measure of economic freedom is based on that the following standards:

  • Personal choice rather than collective choice,
  • Voluntary exchange coordinated by markets rather than allocation via the political process,
  • Freedom to enter and compete in markets, and
  • Protection of persons and their property from aggression by others.

A state will rate high when it focuses on protection of people and their property from the actions of aggressors, enforcement of contracts, and provision of the limited set of public goods like roads, flood control projects, and money of stable value and little else, but a country’s rating on the EFW summary index will fall as government expenditures increase and regulations expand.   


Cambodia Summary


1 World Economic Forum

2 Free the World
Gwartney, James and Robert Lawson with Herbert Grubel, Jakob de Haan, Jan-Egbert Sturm, and Eelco Zandberg (2009). Economic Freedom of the World: 2009 Annual Report. Vancouver, BC: The Fraser Institute. Data retrieved from www.freetheworld.com.

3 World Bank Data

4 World Factbook Project

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