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Towards a Private Sector-Led Growth Strategy for Cambodia

A channel mapping exercise was conducted for six distinct products/commodities: rice, garments, cotton/textiles, motorcycles, tobacco and canned milk. In addition to channel mapping, a customs clearance roadmap showing the complexity of the existing customs clearance procedure was also presented. Furthermore, taking into account the focus placed on determining the impact of high administrative costs associated with conducting business in Cambodia, an itemized list of undocumented fees imposed on enterprises operating in Cambodia was compiled.

Benchmarking yields and input usage rates in Cambodia and Vietnam showed that, with the exception of soybeans, yields in Cambodia are uncompetitive when compared against its nearest competing market. Lower yields were mainly a result of Cambodian farmers using less of the necessary inputs. Excessive undocumented fees (informal payments) inhibit the proper application of inputs.