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Cambodia punches above its weight in attracting FDI

Cambodia, a lesser-known FDI location in Southeast Asia, must compete against the likes of Singapore and Vietnam to attract inward investment. Despite stiff competition, it has managed to win more than its fair share of greenfield projects.

Asia Pacific-based companies top the list for Cambodian investment

GlobalData’s FDI projects database shows that between 2019 and 2021, FDI into Cambodia has been driven, almost exclusively, by companies based in Asia-Pacific, North America, and western Europe. In 2021, Cambodia received no inward investment from the Middle East, Africa, eastern Europe or Latin America. Asia-Pacific was the top source market for investment accounting for 11 out of the 15 FDI projects, North America invested in three projects and western Europe, one.

Singapore replaced China (which held the top position in both 2019 and 2020) as the leading investing country in 2021, accounting for six projects, or 40% of Cambodia’s inward FDI. China dropped to joint second, alongside the US, recording three projects, respectively. Myanmar, Hong Kong and the Netherlands made up the remaining investments.

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