Einzeltitel - Auslandsbüro Kambodscha
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Cambodian and German stakeholders overall rated German-Cambodian relations to be
balanced, perceived them as generally positive, and to have development potential on the
political, economic and cultural levels, even though the political level is perceived as the most
challenging. The cooperative development partnership continues to be a solid foundation to
further enhance relations.
German and Cambodian stakeholders share interests and values to deepen economic and
socio-cultural relations; but some differ in their perceptions as to the development potential
of political relations, particularly when it comes to Cambodia’s democratization process.
Germany and Cambodia share common values and a political vision for international politics:
Both are committed to a rules-based international order, multilateralism, and ASEAN
integration. That common interest and vision could be a means to improve political relations.
German and Cambodian stakeholders perceive a strong developmental potential in economic
relations but there is some scepticism on the German side whether this can be achieved
because of three main limiting factors: The Cambodian market size, available human
resources and a lack of infrastructure. Hence, economic relations still lack investments and
are mainly focused on trade relations. However, this could change in the future as more German
initiatives are made to enhance economic relations. Cambodians appear to like German
products and there exists a strong demand for German technology and knowledge transfer.
On the level of socio-cultural relations, German and Cambodian stakeholders widely share
the perception that education is the most promising area for future development. Cambodian
stakeholders especially demand greater German support for technical and vocational
There exists future cooperation potential with universities, research institutions, and
development agencies to extend educational exchange programs bringing more Cambodians
to Germany and vice versa. The same is true for cultural projects that build and promote
Dr. Raimund Weiß
Mr. Robert Hör