Economic history of industrialization in Cambodia


The industrialization which started in 1953 had been completely disrupted by the chronic civil war and closed-door policy of successive communism/socialism regimes. Since 1993 Cambodia has embraced a market economy heavily dependent on foreign capital and foreign markets. As a result, the economy has experienced high economic growth rate yet with low linkage to domestic economy. The government’s Rice Export Policy introduced in 2010 to diversify its economy, maximize its value added and job creation was highly evaluated to bring those benefits under the environment of weak governance. Whether similar kind of such a policy for other sectors is successful remains to be seen.


Chhair, S.; Ung, L. Economic history of industrialization in Cambodia. UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland (2013) 34 pp. ISBN 978-92-9230-711-0 [WIDER Working Paper No. 2013/134]

Economic history of industrialization in Cambodia

Published 1 January 2013