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Overview of Capital Gains Tax in Cambodia
Overview of Capital Gains Tax in Cambodia
June 7, 2022, 5:44 a.m.
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What is the Capital Gains Tax in Cambodia?The Capital Gains Tax (CGT) in Cambodia is a flat 20% rate from selling a capital asset. Contrary to what most people perceive. The Capital Gains Tax in Cambodia is not exactly new; businesses in the Kingdom have always paid capital gains. The material difference now is that it applies to individuals, especially those looking to sell immovable property a.k.a. real estate.The CGT was introduced into law through Prakas 346 from the Ministry of Economy and Finance back in April 2020 and was originally intended to be implemented a few months later in July 2020.Due to COVID-19, the law was delayed to January 2021 to reduce the pandemic’s impact on the real estate market. The implementation of the Capital Gains Tax in Cambodia was further delayed to January 2022 as the country saw its first major local community outbreak in Q1 2021. As of February 2022, the Capital Gains Tax has been delayed to 2024.Who has to pay Capital Gains Tax in Cambodia?Capital Gains Tax in Cambodia applies to both resident taxpayers and non-resident taxpayers. Taxpayers are obligated to pay their Capital Gains Tax within 3 months of realising their gains.Resident taxpayers are defined as physical persons who meet one or more of the Kingdom’s residential criteria.Non-resident taxpayers are defined as either legal entities or physical persons who are not considered residents.How is “Capital” defined in Capital Gains Tax?Capital Gains Tax covers capital gained from selling: Immovable Properties, Leases, Investment/Financial Assets, Good (Licenses & Branding), Intellectual Property, and Foreign Currency.That may sound all-encompassing, but much like other tax laws, there are exemptions to Capital Gains Tax, especially when it comes to immovable property a.k.a. Real estate:The principal residence of the taxpayer - in the event that the taxpayer (or their spouse) has more than one place of residence, only one of them can be exempted from the CGTTransfer of immovable properties between family members as stated in the regulations around Registration TaxAssets of the Cambodian governmentImmovable properties a.k.a. Real estate properties sold for public purposes based on Cambodia’s Expropriation LawsAssets of foreign embassies/consulatesAssets of international organizations or cooperation agencies of foreign governmentsHow is Capital Gains Tax calculated in Cambodia?Capital Gains Tax in Cambodia is a flat 20% rate on gains made after selling a capital asset. At face value, that is a significant portion of sales proceeds but there are 2 methods taxpayers can use that allow for a bit more consideration to their expenses:Actual Expense Deduction MethodThis method takes the sales proceeds and subtracts the expenses the seller made on that property to get the actual Capital Gains Tax to be paid. These deductibles can be the purchase cost, consulting fees, registration tax, commissions, and even advertising. These actual expenses are deducted from the sales proceeds and 20% of the difference will be the Capital Gains Tax to be paid.This method is beneficial for property sellers who spent a lot on overhead/operational costs and who might be looking at more humble margins.Example:Mrs. Phan is looking to sell her home for $250,000 that she originally bought for $100,000 a couple of years ago. She was diligent to keep essential documents detailing her expenses in the acquisition/renovation of her property, which is the following:Registration Tax: $4,000Loan interest: $3,000Loan administrative fee: $500Renovation: $35,000Now that we have the relevant values, let’s do a sample calculation: Actual Expenses Deduction MethodSale Price$250,000 Actual Expenses (Deductibles)Original Price$100,000Registration Tax$4,000Loan interest$3,000Loan administrative fee$500Renovation$35,000TOTAL EXPENSES$142,500 Capital Gains TaxSale Price$250,000Total Expenses$142,500Capital Gains (Sales Price - Total Expenses)$107,500Capital Gains Tax (20%)$21,500 Ms. Phan will have to pay $21,500 in Capital Gains Tax once she sells her property via the Actual Expenses Deduction Method.There are more applicable deductibles so we strongly suggest you keep tabs on the expenses you made for your property if you are planning to sell in the future.Determination Based Deduction MethodThis method takes 80% of the sales proceeds and subtracts it from the entire sales value. The result will be the Capital Gains and 20% of it will be the Capital Gains Tax to be paid. This method is highly beneficial for property owners who bought low and are planning to sell high.Example:Mrs. Phan is aware there’s another way of calculating Capital Gains Tax. And being a discerning homeowner, she explored the other method of getting the capital gains tax for her $100,000 property she plans to sell for $250,000.Determination Based Deduction MethodSale Price$250,00080% of Sale Price$200,000Capital Gain (Sale Price - 80%)$50,000  Capital Gains TaxCapital Gain$50,000Capital Gain Tax (20%)$10,000 Mrs. Phan will have to pay $10,000 in Capital Gains Tax once she sells her property via the Determination Based Deduction Method.It’s quite obvious which method Mrs. Phan will be using and that’s intended as taxpayers in Cambodia are free to choose which method of Capital Gains Tax calculation to use for their tax obligation. As mentioned above, the Capital Gains Tax is planned to finally be implemented in January 2022. This creates a third method of Capital Gains Tax: selling your property before January 2022 so you don’t have to pay this tax!Kidding aside, we highly recommend that you keep any relevant expenses related to your property and do your due diligence in finding the method that gives you the best tax rate.Looking to buy OR sell property? Click hereArticle by:
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Legal aspects of co-owned buildings
June 6, 2022, 5:07 p.m.
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Like any other business enterprise, real estate development is governed by a legal framework. These set of laws and regulations, though complicated, ensure operations and activities related to the sector are done legally without ill effects on people and the environment.  Co-owned buildings are covered by most existing real estate laws in Cambodia but there are a few regulations exclusive to this type of property. Developers can be heavily penalised if they don’t follow these regulations in the Kingdom.We will guide you on the legal frameworks of co-owned buildings. Additionally, you will learn what is required if you are a developer in Cambodia.Keep in mind that you can browse hundreds of co-owned buildings on our site and you should always consult with a qualified legal team if you have doubts.What is a co-owned building?When people say “condominium” they are usually referring to a co-owned residential building. Under a co-ownership arrangement in Cambodia, several owners live in the same building. A co-owned building consists of units that are exclusively owned, with common areas whose use and benefits are shared among the co-owners.There are several types of co-owned buildings:Detached buildingsSemi-detached buildingsAttached housesIn the past, foreigners weren’t allowed to buy condos in Cambodia. In 2010, however, the law changed. Anything from the first floor and up can be owned by a foreigner. Also, foreigner ownership cannot exceed 70% in a single building.Find out more about buying a condo in Cambodia as a foreigner.Legal aspects for developers:Project licenceBefore work begins, a developer is required to obtain a project licence from the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MEF).This requirement was set forth in Prakas 965 and there are two types of licences:Type 1 licence is for developers who finance their projects by themselves. Type 2 license is issued to developers who raise money from their buyers.Holders of a Type 1 licence can only sell units within the development once the project is complete. Developers having a Type 2 licence can pre-sell, but only after obtaining a construction permit and a project permit from the MEF.Developers must make a deposit of 2% of the total value of the project into an account with the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC). This measure is meant to protect investors and their money in the event the project is not completed.The government has the right to revoke the licence if the developer fails to finish the project on time or if the developer fails to follow the legal obligations required under the law.Construction permitsSave for a few exemptions, a construction permit is required for any construction work or development in Cambodia.Applicants must complete forms and submit them to the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC). Supporting documents must also be filed at the commune, district and municipal levels. All submissions must be made in Khmer.The application must bear the signature of the landowner and a licensed project designer or architect.The authority to issue construction permits mostly falls within the jurisdiction of municipal or provincial officials. For big projects like airports and seaports, it is the National Committee of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction that issues the necessary permits.Under Cambodian law, a construction permit is only issued if the applicant follows or is compliant with the master plan, land use plan, and other governing rules and regulations.Other relevant permits in CambodiaIn addition to the permits mentioned above, there are others that will be required throughout the process of development:A site opening permit is required to open a building site. This is issued by the MLMUPC. The ground cannot be broken before obtaining this permit.A site closing permit is required once the construction is finished. This is a key component in the process. A certificate of compliance is also required before the project is considered finished. Keeping to codeIt’s important to follow the letter of the law when it comes to real estate in Cambodia. If problems occur, court cases can be long and painful affairs. It’s important to do all your research before beginning the process. Realestate.com.kh urges everyone to enlist the help of qualified legal professionals.Note: This is a general guide and does not constitute definitive legal advice. Always do your own research and invest at your own risk.Looking for property investments in Cambodia? Let us help!
Home Security in Cambodia
Home Security in Cambodia
June 6, 2022, 5:04 p.m.
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Home and business security is of high importance for residential or business owners in Cambodia. Taking precaution for protection and crime prevention requires attention from the right providers in order to ensure that every property of yours is confidently secured.Ms. Sim Kalyan, the general manager of Global Security Solutions (GSS), joined Realestate.com.kh to talk about professtional home and business security. There are generally a few guidelines that deal with predictable risks and precautions for home security in Cambodia.What are the risks concerning home security in Cambodia, and business security?Kalyan says that most of the problems that home and business owners experience are theft, burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping, and fires. She explains that the armed robbers focus on the entrance of the house or areas near the house, while kidnapping could happen at home or elsewhere in order to get a ransom. These can cause injures or can even be deadly.How do you protect your home or business?Kalyan cited that the best solution for these risks is to find a professional private security company to help monitor the residential and business areas. These companies will then provide methods to protect your property. Another solution is to contact the police because they are trained specifically in the field of security and protection.Kalyan also provided two main key points which you can personally check:External Monitoring:Kalyan explained that external monitoring refers to the external aspects of housing such as location – whether it’s an unsafe area, there are reports of robberies, or there are pickpocket boys around. We can also inspect whether or not there are lights on the road. Another factor to check is whether or not the fence is strong enough or high enough.In terms of the home itself, she said that we must inspect the strength of the doors and windows on all levels. She also cautions to be careful with the veranda area.Internal Monitoring:Kalyan said internal monitoring means paying attention to people in the home such as helpers and drivers. This means a clear and thorough review of their backgrounds. We need to be clear who they are or what they are about before allowing them to live in the house. You should even be aware of people like postmen or cable fixers.Another thing Kalyan mentioned is that you need to have is a list of emergency contact numbers. It should be posted on the wall or somewhere where it’s convenient to find.Kalyan also discussed home security tips for all budget types. According to her, there are 2 types of solutions that deal with predictable risks and security precautions in Cambodia. One is suited to a smaller budget - the other is more comprehensive, but also more expensive.1.  Cheaper Home Security Solution for those on a Tight Budget:Ms. Kalyan cited that normal middle class families or small businesses can choose this solution. She mentioned some major points to check out:Door, Fence, Key and Window:You must check whether the door of the house and other entry points are secure or not. There should at least be a fence to keep the inside of the property safe. You can use long broken bottles placed on the fence to strengthen it. And it's best to use double steel bars if you have a bit more money and want a better defense. This action will also prevent the fence from being stolen.Steel Bars:You also need to thoroughly inspect all aspects of the outer doors, the lock quality, and the bars of the windows and doors to ensure your home’s safety. Kalyan warns about a possible fire though. It is important to enforce the windows, but it is also important to ensure that you have a backup exit point to yourself in case a fire breaks out. You want to keep people out of your house - but you don’t want to trap you and your family inside in the case of an emergency.Use Motion Sensor Lights:You can also use motion sensor lights that activate when they detect movement outside of the house. You can place these at the entrance, the exits, and on the fence.Other Affordable Home Security Solutions:Kaliyan explains that there are other options to secure your house such as building secret passages.She also introduced ideas like placing a cardboard image of a person close to the windows, leaving your lights on while you’re not home, using a pillow to give the illusion of people sleeping, placing objects that will sound when drawers or desks are being moved, asking for the assistance of neighbors, and not letting people know when you bring home a valuable or expensive product.2. More-Expensive Home Security solutions:Kaliyan said that whatever solution is chosen, what matters most are the “external monitoring and internal monitoring”. But there are more convenient solutions for those with more resources.  These home security solutions include:Electronic Entrance and Fence:You can install electrical wires on your fence in addition to steel bars so that anyone who attempts to touch it will get shocked.Use Light Motion Sensor:You can use “light motion sensors” to protect your home round the clock. However, you need to do a perimeter check to find potential areas where burglars can pass through such as trees.Hiring Home Security Guards and  Installing a Security Camera:You can hire security guards from an agency for your home and build a central monitoring station in the compound. They can keep watch of the camera feed and inspect the house. In case someone jumped your fence and tried to enter, they can take action immediately.Intrusion alarm:Intrusion alarms are also called sirens. In case someone climbs or jumps your fence, the device will ring and alert people nearby.Magnetic Door Contact or Magnetic Door Break:You can install a “magnetic door contact” or “magnetic door break” on both doors and windows of your house. When someone attempts to break in using the door or window, it will signal your smartphone. Other similar alarms include motion sensors and photo beam protectors.Safe Control:For those who have a lot of money, it’s not necessary to use locks. Using “Safe Control” may be the best option because it requires you to either use a card or fingerprint to open.Beware of Dogs:Whether you choose the cheaper option or the more expensive one, you can always hang a sign that says “beware of dogs”. This will give you good results.Kalyan also talked about safety in Cambodia on a larger perspective.What qualifications should security companies have?Kalyan said that the history of the security company's management should be reviewed, especially the Managing Director’s. Check for experience and if they have a clear policy for the staff, such as if their salaries regularly paid or if the security guard’s salary is good enough. This is crucial because you must have a guard that is loyal to their company above all else. Try to also look for information on whether the services are good enough from past customer.Also check whether the security company’s registered and licensed in the ministry. There are more than 200 security companies in the country and some of them don’t have licenses.What safety precautions should we take in Cambodia?There’s always a risk of pickpockets or thieves. Kalyan advised not wear a lot of jewelry when going outside, using a small bag and putting it inside shirts in order to avoid pickpockets.In terms of robbery protection, bodyguards can be an option for those who can afford them.Alternatively, walking with two or more people lowers the risk of robbery. But we should also be careful in crowded places. There can be a possible kidnapping because of neglect. Knowing where to sit or where to look around also helps.In case thieves are following you, it’s recommend not to go home. It’s better to go to crowded areas or places like hospitals or police stations. The daily commute should include scouting areas in case of emergency.Kalyan also mentioned that it’s better not to go home when you’re out past midnight night. If you really need to go home, inform your family.Do not set up a password on your phone so that if you are in an accident, the first on scene can still contact your close friends or family. Should I use insurance even when I already have security systems?A security company will guarantee limited payment in case something happens. Choosing insurance is a good safety net for any damages that could occur.Kalyan said that those who have plenty of high-valued objects should use insurance services. Also, doing a consultation with an expert insurance firm or consultant is advisable before you decide to purchase a home or business.When using insurance, You only need to pay a fixed monthly amount  to get compensation for what has been lost. Insurance service is the best choice for property owners who want to eliminate risks on their property asset.Other factors to consider:Kalyan added that if you know you’re being watched all time, you shouldn’t leave the workplace with a consistent schedule. Leave early sometimes and sometimes late. We should not drive only one route. By doing this, the thief will not know exactly what time you leave and which  route you take.In addition, there are three strategies: run, fight, and hide. These three strategies can enable us to escape from danger. But we also have to be responsible to know when to use each method.Read more about home security in Cambodia tips on Realestate.com.kh!
Sky Tree Condominium: More Than Just A Residence
Sky Tree Condominium: More Than Just A Residence
June 6, 2022, 5:04 p.m.
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Located in Russey Keo district of Phnom Penh City, Sky Tree Condominium is a freehold mixed-use development project developed to respond to the needs and lifestyles of modern people. A luxury residence project, Sky Tree offers luxury condominiums, serviced apartments with full hotel management services, and comprehensive amenities for a premier and convenient lifestyle. In order to know more details of the project, Realestate.com.kh interviewed A.Ganesan, assistant to CEO at Sky Tree showroom.Mr. Ganesan said: “Sky Tree Condominium, developed by J&L Development, is more than just a residence and is suitable for both living and investment. With over 20 years of local experience. The developer wants people to enjoy a great and diverse environment with comfortable life”He added: “the project is in the development zone with the price of land increasing about 10% annually. The developer asserts that when you buy a residential home in this project, the value of a home can increase up to 20%.”Sky Tree targets local buyers and buyers from Asia and Europe. 40% of the total complex will be dedicated to exclusive public facilities such as rooftop gardens, a helipad, a medical clinic, a sky bar, gym, spa, international retail outlets, car parking, business facilities, and much more.Built with Singaporean standards, Sky Tree project will be a high-rise complex with a total of 1,104 residential units. These units will range from one to three bedrooms. The unit size will start anywhere from 61.75 square meters to 140.93 square meters. They also sell Studio units for a starting price of only $ 55,611.For more information, visit the Sky tree Project Office directly or visit Realestate.com.kh
Property Management Considerations for Investors
Property Management Considerations for Investors
June 6, 2022, 5:04 p.m.
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Property management deals with cleaning, security, insurance, and accounting. It’s important in Cambodia because there’s a lack of regulation in the country in terms of those specific elements of property development. This lack of regulation presents uncertainty, and uncertainty means risk – an important consideration for investors. This is what Simon Griffiths, General Manager for asset management company Metro Global, told the attendees of the Cambodia Real Estate Show. In his presentation, Griffiths uses this as basis to talk about regulatory framework and the practical considerations for property management in the Cambodian market. Metro Global, a company based out of Singapore, originating from Australia. Our first two projects would be The Bridge and The Peak. Dangers in the Legal Framework Griffiths zeroes in on the topic of the 2009 Sub-decree on the Management and Use of Co-owned Buildings. He explains that the sub-decree excerpt states that “in order to manage the co-owned building, the co-owners shall establish a management board or an executive committee as agreed among themselves following the prescribed internal regulations.” It also states that “for the co-owned building composed of at least 5 (five) co-owners, there should be a co-owned-building management organization through the establishment of a Management Board or an executive commission in charge of the co-owned building.” But he explains that the sub-decree doesn’t go into much detail of things like how to form the said management board for the co-owned building nor are the respective roles for this management board discussed. Griffiths says, “In terms of the regulatory framework for property management, there’s a sub-decree in 2009. This sub-decree, it’s good, but it doesn’t cover much. I’m happy it’s there but it covers more of the use of the co-owned space and that actually, co-owners have to pay a service charge. But it says very, very little. “ He warns, “There’s huge holes which, in the wrong circumstances, could severely affect a co-owned building.” Practical Considerations for Investors Despite these limitations in the legal framework for property management, Griffiths says that you can also limit the risks by looking into the developer’s reputation, the property management agent’s reputation, the property management budget, building regulations, internal regulations, service charge the property management registration and structure, and the sinking fund. Checking out these factors first will help you to stay away from the potential harm brought by the shortcoming of the country’s legal framework. With a developer, for example, asking for their financial and development plans will show you how far off they are into the process and what their current state of mind is. Griffiths explains that developers who wish to do more business in the country will definitely take care of their reputation. And part of taking care of this reputation is by including property management in their plans. Griffiths concluded by saying, “I would say that there are a lot of ethical and moral companies out there. There are a lot of people who want to do things in the right way. But it’s always good to know the worst case scenario and be cautious and have knowledge about it.” Find out the best real estate news on Realestate.com.kh
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Co-working Office Space Gaining Popularity in Cambodia
Co-working Office Space Gaining Popularity in Cambodia
June 6, 2022, 5:04 p.m.
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The concept of a co-working office space has been around for quite some time and is finally increasing  in popularity in Cambodia to satisfy the country’s short-term rental space demand. Most of co-working spaces offered are foreign companies that have progressed tremendously in just a span of a few years. Those shared spaces have become very popular among individual or groups of entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses. Co-working space is a new trend entailing a shared working environment, often similar to an office. Unlike in a typical office environment, these co-working spaces are usually not occupied by the same organization or company. There has been an increase in working space of this type both in Phnom Penh City and Siem Reap province. Some of the co-working spaces in Phnom Penh are Impact Hub Phnom Penh, Small world, Colap and a lot more. Meanwhile, Siem Reap has The 1961 Co-working & Art Space, and Angkor Hub.  Although co-working is still quite a new concept in Cambodia which begun in 2015, Olivia Hough, Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Impact Hub, stresses it has proven very popular for two years, saying: “we have expanded three times. It is likely to continue to grow as a trend as the startup scene continues to grow in Cambodia. We wanted to support and enable Cambodians to start their own social businesses.” Ms. Olivia explains Co-working is like an open plan office, with the difference that anyone can join. Our community at Impact Hub is made up of techies, creatives, NGO workers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, or writers, etc. It's very diverse, meaning you can work in a quiet environment with fast internet and like-minded people for a membership fee. It's also a great place to network and meet new people. Meanwhile, Mr. Ham Kimhoun, training director of Wecreate Cambodia, said: “Although new a  trend, co-working space is the office for everyone who is working long-distance, individuals, or small groups of people. Co-working office space offers a special and flexible environment as usually they include training, networking, referrals, and a venue for open discussions.” In fact, Co-working spaces in Cambodia are offering a good opportunity for Cambodians to meet people from different fields, allowing them to learn and exchange different business ideas.  Siem Reap, a multi-national melting pot, offers great opportunities for co-working spaces with a lot of encouragement and motivation. Mr. Loven Lamon, managing director of The 1961 Co-working and Art Space based in Siem Reap, said: “There is great potential for co-working office space in the Cambodian market. And Siem Reap comes second after Phnom Penh since it has many tourists, foreigners and young people in the area. with The 1961, members are also able to access more services and facilities such as meeting rooms, private skype rooms, and other wide range of rooms that can be used as needed.”  Mr. Loven added that The 1961 was converted in 2014 from a hotel to a co-working space. This was because they saw this growing trend, noticing many of business ideas from young people and didn’t have sufficient resource to rent an office space. Regarding rental price, Olivia said price for full-time membership is $60 a month, and part time (access to the space three times a week) $35. Members can also choose to have their own fixed desk with a locker for $150. For Mr. Loven, the price depends on the need of members: if a member needs to use the place for a day is $5, three-days $10, one week $20 and one month $100. This is the price for low season but it can go up during the high season. However, this price is still cheaper than working in their own office, or coffee shop, which won’t offer high internet speed and flexible environment. Co-working space is not a 100% real estate commitment, but it is a place where people can first prepare their business before they’re ready to occupy the actual office building for establishing the company. So, co-working space prepares the real estate market to accept actual business, according to Mr. Loven. Co-working spaces is not just a shared office, is more of a new community of like minded entrepreneurs and young business people. It offers a great opportunity to learn and grow connections. As the startup environment is not likely to stop any time soon, we can only foresee a further increase of co-working spaces.  Looking for office for rent in Cambodia? Find it on Realestate.com.kh!
Economic Growth Prospects In Cambodia: The Gateway to ASEAN Region
Economic Growth Prospects In Cambodia: The Gateway to ASEAN Region
June 6, 2022, 5:04 p.m.
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In order to get the best insight into the future of Cambodian market, one needs to examine its complexities by looking at past trials and victories, current events, and the outside factors that contribute to its growth. This is exactly what Dr. Sok Siphana, founder and managing partner of Sok Siphana & Associates, said during his presentation at the Cambodia Real Estate Show. Where does Cambodia stand? Siphana explains that Cambodia has progressed significantly in the last two decades, backing up his claim with data gathered by ASEAN and the AmCham of Singapore. It is thanks to Cambodia’s economic progress that not only has the country been listed as one of the “Olympians of Growth” joining the ranks of China, Laos, India, and Vietnam but also listed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as one of the new “Tiger Economies In Asia” and declared a lower-middle income economy by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). For Siphana, trade which is growing by leaps and bounds is one of the key drivers of the country’s economy. In fact, Cambodia is an active trading partner of ASEAN as well as of other major markets like the EU and the US – focusing on exporting finished goods directly to the market and importing raw materials for industrial sector. In 2015, the export volume worldwide amounted to $8.5 billion and the import volume a whopping $10.6 billion. He explains that the increasing trading volume was due to growth in agriculture, manufacturing, and construction boom that Cambodia was experiencing.“For 20-something years, we have managed to come from a war-torn country with nothing to being an Olympian of Growth. So, we must say that we are doing very well,” Siphana said.He also attributes the growth to the accession of Cambodia to the WTO, explaining that in 2004 Cambodia joined the WTO and that is when the country opened up the whole economy and the effect of this economic liberalization took place. And that explains why we are now doing so well.But the question remains. With everything happening now, will Cambodia remain a growing economy?how are world events going to affect the Cambodian economy?Siphana paints a backdrop using world events to portray changes that may occur in Cambodia in the near future.He explains Donald Trump’s victory will cause divisions as a result of his “Make America Great Again” movement and that America’s gain may be at the detriment of others. The relation between the US and North Korea does not see any positive sign at all. A threat of a nuclear war is getting everyone unsettled. A glimmer of hope, however, lies in increased Chinese investments – especially with the Belt and Road Initiative underway. Siphana assures that while Cambodia is not exactly in tranquil waters because of some regional issues, this isn’t enough to cause an egress in the economy. Nonetheless, he explains that on the issues of the South China Sea, the willingness of President Duterte to open a dialogue with China has resulted in less tension at the ASEAN summit, showing the possibility of more stable waters to sail.Interest in ASEAN remains high with some people still wanting to invest in this potential association. In this context, Siphana praises Cambodia’s economic performance and potential, saying: “for Cambodia we’re not doing so bad. There’s still some serious investors very keen to invest in the country. We still have a very strong attraction in terms of people who come to invest in ASEAN. And people in ASEAN invest in Cambodia.” Still, some of Cambodia’s biggest investors so far come from China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, and the U.S.What policies are being developed to strengthen Cambodia’s economy?The vision of the Royal Government of Cambodia is to create a modernized industrial make-up for the country, a make-up that focuses on being a skills-driven industry rather than a labor-intensive one.With this aim, Cambodia needs to strengthen its linkages with the regional and global value chains and deepen its integration into regional production networks by developing clusters of interconnected manufacturing production. Furthermore, Cambodia needs to strengthen the competitiveness and productivity of its domestic industries by moving toward modernizing technology and knowledge based industries.Trade, one of the biggest industries in the country, has thus far shifted from focusing on wood products and textile towards industry and technology, paving the way to a steady progression toward diversification, according to Siphana.He concludes by saying there is a tendency to look at Cambodia as just a small market, but clarifies that owing to Cambodia’s openness to international investment, even though we are a small market, we are nonetheless now a gateway to ASEAN which is a bigger market.  For up to date news and information, visit our news section at Realestate.com.kh now!
Sihanoukville Investment Prospects Growing Steadily in 2017, data suggests
Sihanoukville Investment Prospects Growing Steadily in 2017, data suggests
June 6, 2022, 5:04 p.m.
Realestate.com.khTV
Kicking off the 1st quarter of the year, the 2017 Real Estate & Construction Forum gathered property experts and enthusiasts from all over Cambodia and the world to achieve a common purpose. To advance in their knowledge of the industry. As such, speakers like Tom O’Sullivan – CEO of Realestate.com.kh – came out to talk about matters of grave importance. And one of those is the rapid growth and potential of Sihanoukville.Sihanoukville Investment prospects appear to be growing steadily in 2017. But what is so special about Sihanoukville and why should people start taking it seriously? Realestate.com.kh gives you the lowdown from Tom O’Sullivan himself.Why is everybody suddenly moving to Sihanoukville and considering Sihanoukville Investment?For one, O’Sullivan said that initial steps of the proposed master plan are already being completed. He mentioned that there’s actually a plan to conserve Sihanoukville’s natural resources and although this is giving difficulties for some businesses, ultimately it will benefit Sihanoukville. New developments and international names already include D’Seaview, Blue Bay, Royal Bayview, Sunshine Bay, Novotel, Marriott, Grand Mercure, Alila, and the Six Senses.Casinos are also making their way to Sihanoukville, granting multiple licenses to build and operate in this area. O’Sullivan mentioned that these developments build the confidence of investors and developers.He also added that infrastructures such as highways, roads, and port expansions are driving additional interest for other businesses because they not only aid travelers but connect other areas to Sihanoukville to either access its beaches or the SSEZ which employ thousands upon thousands of employees.Find out more about Sihanoukville Investment in our comprehensive location profile!Have these changes been visible to the consumers?In an attempt to look at the situation from another angle, O’Sullivan explains that Realestate.com.kh also conducted its own research to get a better understanding of the perceptions of the consumers.Around 5,000 people took part in the survey, which O’Sullivan says is a testament to the continued interest in properties in the country. The survey also showed that around 73% of the survey respondents are interested in buying in the next six months, and the majority estimates a budget of $50,000.With over a million people surfing the Realestate.com.kh site yearly, analytics have revealed that while Phnom Penh remains the most popular area for property seekers; However, taking 2nd place for the most searched area is Sihanoukville province.This is substantiated by inquiries from their customer base which O’Sullivan says grew to 25% in 2017, from 10% last year. He stated that most of those inquiries are from customers wishing to buy in Sihanoukville, especially for land. Most of these are Chinese investors. O’Sullivan quoted Juwai.com, a famous Chinese property portal, which suggests that 57% of Chinese consumers actually plan to purchase properties in countries in which they’re traveling to.So, will Sihanoukville overtake Phnom Penh?To realize the magnitude of the market slowly shifting towards the Sihanouk province, O’Sullivan first explains that the Phnom Penh market still enjoys a great property climate. In fact, the consumer sentiment survey shows that Phnom Penh is still the "first choice for those interested in purchasing a property" – leading at 65%, whereas Sihanoukville is at 2nd place with 15%.All in all, Sihanoukville has an attractive property market not because it’s safer for investment than in Phnom Penh. It is an attractive market because it is continuously building itself with its own character, with both a tourism and industrial focus, setting it apart from both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Thinking of investing in Sihanoukville? Look at the latest developments in Cambodia's premier resort town now!