I think that Cambodia would need to learn from its neighboring country, Thailand. Back in the 1940s or 1950s, Thailand was still very poor country as in Cambodia today. However, with the emphasis and persistence in providing adequate education to all of the Thai citizens, Thailand has become the middle income country since 1980s and its citizen has enjoyed high level of economic development, stability and prosperity. In fact, beside China, Thai companies have been investing heavily in Cambodia to create many medium and large businesses in Cambodia. Many of the unskilled Cambodians and Burmese are now ending up in Thailand as either seasonal or permanent unskilled workers in Thailand by fulfilling many of the jobs in Thailand.
As long as Cambodian government cannot or is unwilling to provide the adequate education to its citizens, Cambodian people will continue to suffer from the economic disadvantages in their country.
One of the quicker solutions is by opening the country to all of the foreign investments in Cambodia. This will immediately provide a “boost” in the Cambodian economy while working to develop their citizens through the provision of the adequate education in their citizens.
It is interesting news. I will translate Eng to Korean.
With the continuing dictatorship that is embracing Cambodia via China’s aid supported by Hun Sen and the CCP the poverty level in Cambodia will rise. You only have to look at the rise in construction taking place in Cambodia that is fueled by fly in fly out workers from China. Until the economic countries driving growth take a stand against Cambodia and place embargoes on Cambodia like was done to South Africa in the eighties the level of education along with prosperity will continue to fall.
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