On Wednesday night, the American-Cambodian Business Council (also known as AmCham Cambodia) hosted a reception to introduce myself and my Embassy colleagues to the AmCham community. All of us at the Embassy appreciated the warm welcome from an organization that I believe is playing a valuable role in Cambodia’s ongoing economic and commercial development. Having the opportunity to meet members of an organization that is at the vanguard of economic and commercial engagement in Cambodia is hugely important to our work.
Cambodia’s economy has been one of the fastest growing in the world over the past decade, and Cambodia continues to reform and improve its business and foreign investment climate. U.S. economic and commercial engagement in Cambodia has played, and continues to play, an important role in the country’s economic growth. AmCham encourages much needed investment in Cambodia and provides Cambodian entrepreneurs with a template for developing successful and efficient business methods, corporate social responsibility, and ethical commercial practices. As President Calvin Coolidge once said, “The business of America is business.” Here in Cambodia, I’ll modify that statement to say, “The business of the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is business!” Please tell us where and how we can help.