1- How many Malaysian nationals live and work in Cambodia? For tourism, how many Malaysian visit Cambodia annually? How does 2011 and 2012 compare with 2013?
There are approximately over 1,000 Malaysians living in Cambodia and registered with the Embassy although we believe the number is higher. As for tourism, in 2012, 116,764 Malaysian visited Cambodia compared with 109,929 in 2011. The 2012 statistics represented 13.4 per cent growth of inbound tourists from Malaysia to Cambodia. As of 2013, we believe the number of Malaysians visiting Cambodia will increase as Cambodia has become a popular tourist destination for Malaysians.
2- What are the major sectors in Cambodia that the Malaysian business community participate in?
Malaysian companies have invested mostly in finance, tourism, manufacturing and trade. However, since the Official Visit of The Honorable Prime Minister of Malaysia to Cambodia in May 2010, there has been increasing interest in investment opportunities in agriculture, especially in rice and rubber, as well as strong interest in construction. There are many Malaysian companies that have excelled in agriculture and construction back home and are now looking to break into the Cambodian market.
3- What is the value of trade and investment between Cambodia and Malaysia?
In 2012, total trade between Malaysia and Cambodia was recorded at $372.6 million. The amount represented an increase of 15 per cent compared with 2011 when the total trade was recorded at $322.8 million. Cambodian exports to Malaysia is still small. However, 2012 statistics showed that Cambodia had increased its exports to Malaysia 95 per cent with total amount of $126.9 million compared with $66 million in 2011. From January to June 2013, total trade between the two countries amounted to $183.5 million compared with $166 million for the corresponding period of 2012.
Total investment, meanwhile, had been valued at $2.61 billion from 1994 to 2012 from 122 approved projects.
4- What is the state of bilateral relations and cooperation between Cambodia and Malaysia?
Bilateral relations between Malaysia and Cambodia remain strong and cordial. Both countries continue to engage in every aspect of the relations especially under the auspices of ASEAN.
5- For the development of human resources sector, how has the Malaysian government offered assistance to Cambodian authorities and students?
Malaysian government has initiated a special technical program called Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) and Cambodia has been part of the program since 1991. The program covers short-term and medium-term technical training for Cambodian government officials. In addition to the program, MTCP has established collaboration with other technical assistance organisations such as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) to provide specialised training for Cambodian officials.
From 1991 to July 2013, a total of 1,234 Cambodian government officials had attended various programs under MTCP and its joint collaboration with other international agencies.