Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - The Kingdom sits at 138 in the ease of doing business index

The Kingdom sits at 138 in the ease of doing business index

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The Doing Business 2019 report puts the cost of dealing with construction permits at 3.3 per cent of warehouse value for next year, lower than the 5.3 per cent recorder for this year. Heng Chivoan

The Kingdom sits at 138 in the ease of doing business index

Cambodia has slipped three notches in the ease of doing business index, sitting at 138 out of 190 countries, said the Doing Business 2019 report released by the World Bank on Wednesday. The Kingdom was ranked at 135 this year.

This is the third year in a row that Cambodia has slipped in the annual ranking. Last year, the Kingdom sat at 131 – down from 127 out of 190 countries in 2016.

The report shows that Cambodia has not made any positive reforms over the past years. It also indicates that starting a business in Cambodia remains a challenge.

Completing all the necessary steps to legally start a business in Cambodia takes 99 days on average, the report said.

On the upside

Cambodia performed slightly better on the cost of dealing with construction permits, with the report putting it at 3.3 per cent of warehouse value for next year. The figure is lower than the 5.3 per cent recorded for this year.

“Cambodia made dealing with construction permits less costly by reducing the fees to obtain a permit,” the report said.

The Doing Business 2019 report ranks Cambodia behind most of its fellow Asean member states, except Laos and Myanmar which ranked at 154 and 171, respectively.

Within Asean, Singapore was placed second out of the 190 countries, followed by Malaysia (15), Thailand (27), Brunei Darussalam (55), Vietnam (69) and Indonesia (73).

Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC) senior adviser Mey Kalyan said yesterday that the new ranking could be used as a benchmark to see how Cambodia has progressed compared with other countries.

He said it could also be used as a reflection of what the Kingdom is up to now and which areas it needs to improve.

“In any case, we need to work harder to improve our investment environment and strengthen our competitiveness,” he said.

Kalyan said Cambodia needed to reduce lengthy and complicated steps in obtaining permits and slash the cost of starting a business.

“Digitalisation is the new way to improve our system. Automation makes administrative work less complicated and is effective in preventing informal charges to [prospective business owners],” he said.

Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) vice-president Lim Heng said yesterday that the process of doing business in the Kingdom had improved compared to the past.

“I think our investment environment keeps improving. As businesses, we appreciate this progress,” he said, adding that Cambodia has been lucrative for foreign investors from China, Japan and Korea.

The report also put Cambodia’s overall score at 54.8 – an increase from this year’s 54.47.

“We are improving and others are also improving. The slip in the ranking is likely due to other countries having progressed faster,” Heng said.

MOST VIEWED

  • First deportees of the year touch down in Cambodia

    Twenty-five Cambodian-Americans landed in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, marking the first such deportations of the year. “On Wednesday, US law enforcement authorities deported 25 Cambodian nationals that immigration judges determined had no legal basis to remain in the US,” said Arend Zwartjes, spokesperson for the US

  • Qatar Airways to connect Doha and Siem Reap town

    Qatar Airways Company QCSC has announced a new route connecting Qatar’s capital Doha with Siem Reap, a move hailed by local officials as a significant step to boost tourist numbers. A Qatar Airways representative, speaking at the Kuwait Aviation Show, announced on Thursday that

  • Sokha defence denies Tech’s claims

    ON DAY two of Kem Sokha’s treason trial, lawyers for the government said the defence had raised questions in an attempt to allow their client to make a public statement and a conclusion to the case, something his legal team denied. Ky Tech, a

  • Cambodian general visits Myanmar to enhance national defence cooperation

    Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) commander-in-chief Vong Pisen is now in Myanmar leading a delegation that aims to improve ties, particularly in national defence, with the fellow Asean member. The timing of Pisen’s four-day visit to the Southeast Asian neighbour is highly symbolic, with

  • Sokha’s treason trial begins

    The treason trial of Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha began at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday with the presentation of a two-minute video clip. The footage, which was the basis of the charge against him, was dismissed by

  • Probe underway after wreckage of drone with Chinese characters found

    Air Force Command spokesman Prak Sokha said on Sunday that investigations are underway regarding the wreckage of a drone that was recovered in Koh Kong province’s Koh Sdech commune in Kiri Sakor district. The wreckage has been taken to the capital for further examination,