Tuesday 26 February 2019
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), in partnership with the SET programme at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and supported by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, host a workshop on prospects for Cambodia’s economic transformation in Phnom Penh on 26 February 2019.
Cambodia has achieved 7% per annum growth over the last decade, which has spurred job creation in garments, tourism and agriculture. However, the economy faces challenges of diversification and further economic transformation, especially in the face of major challenges in sectors such as garments.
This half-day event explores these issues and discusses: (i) what are the constraints preventing progress towards economic transformation and job creation; (ii) what are the most promising sectors for policy-makers to focus on; and (iii) which sectors and/or constraints are most worthy of further analysis by the SET programme during 2019?
08.30 – 09.00: Arrival and registration
09.00 – 09.20: Welcome and introduction to the SET programme
Dr Chhem Rethy, Executive Director, CDRI
Dr Dirk Willem te Velde, SET Director and Head of IEDG, ODI
09.20 – 9.50: Keynote: Economic transformation in Cambodia: prospects and challenges
HE Dr Phan Phalla, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Economics and Finance, Royal Government of Cambodia
9.50 – 10.10: Economic transformation in Cambodia: key issues and possible approaches
Presentation by the ODI/SET team
10.10 – 10.30: Cambodia’s economy and constraints to economic transformation
Dr Ouch Chandarany, Head of Economics Unit, CDRI
10.30 – 10.45: Coffee break
10.45 – 12.00: Discussion on next steps and best areas of focus for new analysis
Moderator: Dr Chhem Rethy, Executive Director, CDRI
12.00 – 14.00: Lunch
Photo: A motorcycle ‘taxi’ driver transports a trader and dry goods to the Phnom Penh market. World Bank. License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.