Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - 2030 innovation roadmap to make headway on key economic visions

2030 innovation roadmap to make headway on key economic visions

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The e-commerce market will continue to grow at a rapid rate into 2030, and maintain a vital role in economic growth as the Kingdom vies to emerge as an ‘upper-middle income’ country by then. Hong Menea

2030 innovation roadmap to make headway on key economic visions

The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has launched the five-pillared Cambodia Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmap for 2030, in a bid to create an ecosystem of knowledge management, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, designed to be inclusive, sustainable and conducive to the relevant economic sectors and set the stage for fresh investment prospects.

The government has pinpointed science, technology and innovation (STI) as the key elements to pave the way for Cambodia to achieve its broader ambitious vision of becoming an “upper-middle income” country by 2030 and a “high-income” economy by 2050, as defined by the World Bank.

Minister of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation Cham Prasidh described STI as the backbone of success in the country’s development process, saying that the government has embraced and integrated them into this “pivotal” roadmap that will allow the Kingdom to enter a “new era of vibrant civilisation”.

“I am staunchly committed to promoting STI in order to achieve sustainable economic growth and an inclusive environment for the Cambodian motherland,” he said.

The Cambodia Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmap for 2030 is designed around five pillars, the first of which aims to strengthen governance frameworks and operationalisation relating to STI, and recognises the ministry as the agency in charge of coordinating the implementation of pertinent policies.

The second is targeted at increasing the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) university students by at least 50 per cent and building STI human resources.

The third is geared towards investing one per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in scientific research to improve – among other dimensions – its scope, scale, validity, credibility, quality, usefulness, efficiency, competence and reach.

The fourth centres on reinforcing cooperation and communication networks among stakeholders.

And the fifth is earmarked to help fashion an ecosystem that creates an environment conducive to innovation, which attracts investment in STI-related fields, promotes technology transfer, and enhances companies’ absorptive capacities – their abilities to identify, integrate and exploit viable new external knowledge to commercial ends.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said in the roadmap that strengthening technological capacity and stimulating innovation achievements are the key decisive factors in realising the RGC’s determination to become an “upper-middle income” country by 2030 and a “high-income” economy by 2050.

For fiscal year 2022 – corresponding to the period from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, the World Bank defines an “upper-middle income” country as one with gross national income (GNI) per capita from $4,096-12,695, and “high-income” economies as those with a GNI per capita of $12,696 or more, as calculated by the bank’s Atlas method.

The World Bank recognises Cambodia as a “lower middle income” country, one rank below the “upper-middle income” designation, with GNI per capita of $1,480 for fiscal year 2020 – the 12-month period ended June 30, 2020.

“Lower middle-income” economies that year were those with a GNI per capita from $1,026 and $3,995. That range has been revised to $1,046-4,095 for fiscal year 2022.

The prime minister added that the STI ecosystem will play an indispensable role in shifting the course of economic development from traditional growth-oriented models to a more inclusive and sustainable pattern.

The STI community will help create an environment and accelerate the structural transformation that is needed to provide prosperity, security, safety, socio-economic development and a better quality of life in the Kingdom, he said.

“The Cambodia Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmap for 2030 is an important and up-to-date asset that orients not only economic recovery but also structural transformation and diversification, and steers the economy towards greater productivity.

“In this sense, the roadmap will be a catalyst for the economic transformation from a labour-intensive economy to a skills-based one, giving rise to an innovation-based nation geared for development,” Hun Sen said.

Super App Technology Plc founder Path Chamnan told The Post that STI-collaboration is essential in the development and operation of his company, as well as the effective management of production and supply chain operations, to ensure a faster time to market.

He explained that his firm “operates a platform for express delivery services, against a backdrop of people looking to sell merchandise on social media, where sellers and buyers need to be connected”.

“And in collecting cash for clients, our company works with banking partners, as an example of leveraging the technology and innovation ecosystem,” Chamnan said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,

  • Cambodia's poverty cut in half from 2009 to 2019: World Bank report

    A report published by the World Bank on November 28 states that Cambodia’s national poverty rate fell by almost half between 2009 and 2019, but the Covid-19 pandemic recently reversed some of the poverty reduction progress. Cambodia’s poverty rate dropped from 33.8 to 17.8 per cent over the 10