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Cambodia’s economy is growing rapidly and liberal trade and investment policies have been introduced to promote trade and foreign investment.

The GDP has grown at around seven percent over the past decade and the country’s economic growth is expected to remain robust in the coming years.

Cambodia offers potential business opportunities in several sectors such as logistics, tourism infrastructure and resorts, architecture, construction, engineering services, energy, finance and insurance, agribusiness, food processing, garments, household goods and appliances, pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and equipment, and more.

On the occasion of this breakfast talk, we will be honoured to welcome H. E. Mr Sok Chenda Sophea, Minister attached to the Prime Minister and Secretary-General of the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) and H. E. Mrs Eva Nguyen Binh, Ambassador of France to Cambodia.

 

Programme

Opening Speech – H.E. Mrs Eva Nguyen Binh, Ambassador of France to Cambodia

Cambodia as an Attractive and Competitive Investment Destination – H.E. Mr Sok Chenda Sophea, Minister attache to the Prime Minister and Secretary General of the Council for Development in Cambodia

Presentation of the French economic system in Cambodia – M. Philippe Baudry Economic Counsellor at the French Embassy

Panel discussion with:

  • Mr Alain Brun, CEO, Cambodia Airport
  • Mr Soreasmey Kebin, Founder, Confluences Consulting (Start-up ecosystem)
  • Mr Guillaume Perdon, CEO BRED Bank Cambodge & Laos
  • Mr Guillaume Massin, Partner, Managing Director, DFDL Cambodia
  • Mr Michel Cassagnes, Managing Director, Archetype Cambodia

Q&A Session

Join and listen to experts of the Cambodian market who will provide you with all the information needed to tackle this fast-growing market: Economic trends, legal & taxation, business opportunities, business tips and experience sharing!

 

About the speakers

H.E. Mr Sok Chenda Sophea – Minister attached to the Prime Minister, Secretary-General of the Council for The Development of Cambodia

H.E Mr Sok Chenda Sophea is the Secretary-General of the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), the highest decision-making level of the Royal Government for private and public sector investment which is chaired by the Prime Minister of Cambodia and composed of senior ministers from related government agencies. H. E. Mr Sok Chenda Sophea is also a Vice-Chairman of the Supreme National Economic Council and previously held the position of Under Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism from 1993 to 1997. Before joining the Royal Government of Cambodia, H. E. Mr Sok Chenda Sophea was working for private companies in France where he graduated from the Faculty of Economic Sciences – Aix en Provence.

 

H.E. Mrs Eva Nguyen Binh – Ambassador of France to Cambodia

H.E. Mrs Eva Nguyen Binh started her career in 1994 at the department of the Americas as desk officer at the French ministry of foreign affairs. After 14 years working in various embassies as First secretary (India, Portugal) and departments of the ministry of foreign affairs, Mrs. Eva Nguyen Binh joined Michelin’s public affairs department. She was appointed Counsellor for cooperation and cultural action at the Embassy of France in Vietnam in 2013 before joining the French Embassy in Cambodia as Ambassador in June 2017.

 

Mr Philippe Baudry – Counsellor for Economics affairs for Cambodia and Laos

Mr Philippe Baudry holds a degree in public law from Université Paris II-Assas, a bachelor in Political Sciences from “Sciences-Po” Paris and was a trainee of the National School of Administration (ENA) from 1985 to 1987. Former auditor at the French National Audit Office “Cour des Comptes” in Paris, Philippe Baudry became more familiar with emerging markets from 1994 when he was Head of the “Emerging countries macroeconomic studies” division of the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. Since then, he worked in Moscow, Morocco as Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs before being appointed Senior Advisor for Development in Beijing and member of the AIIB board of directors from 2015 to 2018. Philippe Baudry is Counsellor for Economics affairs for Cambodia and Laos since 2018.

 

Mr Guillaume Perdon – Region Head – BRED Group in South-East Asia (Cambodia, Myanmar & Lao PDR)

Treasurer of EuroCham

Mr Guillaume Perdon is the Region Head of BRED Group in South-East Asia (Cambodia, Myanmar & Lao PDR). He has been being the CEO of the lao JV of Bred Group, Banque Franco-Lao Ltd, since its inception in 2010. He is today running the establishment of BRED Bank in Cambodia. Previously Guillaume Perdon held a variety of management positions (CFO, Risk Director and Managing Director) in the banking industry in Western Africa. He is graduated from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Clermont-Ferrand. He has been elected Vice President of the European Chamber of Commerce in Lao since 2012. He is also French Foreign Trade Advisor since 2008

 

Mr Michel Cassagnes – Managing Director – Archetype Cambodia and Country Representative of the Council of Tall Building and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

Chairman of the EuroCham Real Estate and Construction Committee

Mr Michel Cassagnes, Architect & Managing Director of Archetype Cambodia & Lao, has more than 18 years’ experience in the region. Michel Cassagnes is actively involved in the construction industry in Cambodia through various EuroCham Committees – Real Estate & Construction and Green Biz – with a focus on green buildings.

 

Mr Alain Brun – CEO – Cambodia Airport

Vice-Chairman of CCIFC

Mr Alain Brun began his career in trade press where he developed several international magazines in Europe. In 1998 he became sales director of a Chinese marketing consulting company based in Shanghai before joining a textile group as general manager in Bangkok. Alain was then export director for the group in charge of the sales development for Asia and the Middle-East.

He has joined the Vinci group in March 2011 to manage Artisans Angkor, a social enterprise managed by VINCI Airports in partnership with the Cambodian government to perpetuate and foster the development of Khmer crafts. In 2015 he was appointed Business Development Director of Vinci Airport Singapore which identifies potential airports projects and partners to optimize management of existing airport infrastructure, facility extensions and new Airports constructions in the Asian-Pacific market.

Since August 2019, he is CEO of Cambodia Airport serving the capital city of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. In 2018, the number of passengers going through Cambodia’s international airports totalled nearly 10.5 million. All 3 platforms serve 55+ destinations and welcome 700 regular flights per week with 2000 employees

 

Mr Soreasmey Kebin – founder – Confluences Consulting

Of joint French and Cambodian heritage, Mr Soreasmey Kebin was born and raised in Lyon where he completed separate Masters in International Management and Defence & International Security before taking the decision in 2002 to join his father in Cambodia. Relying on the experience gained through developing a diverse range of brand distribution, media, IT, marketing and communications companies, Soreasmey founded Confluences in 2014 with the aim of using his knowledge to provide support to other local and foreign companies seeking to establish or expand in Cambodia and its neighbouring countries. Beyond his own enterprises, he has also worked as a political consultant and has a long-standing engagement with the French Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Cambodia (CCIFC), of which he is currently serving a second term as Vice-president. He is the co-President of French Tech Cambodia and Vice-President of the Cambodian MMA Federation. From 2010 to 2017, he was the founding President of Anvaya, an organisation created to bring together Cambodian returnees

 

Mr Guillaume Massin – Partner & Managing Director – DFDL Cambodia

CCIFC Chairman

Mr Guillaume Massin is Partner and Managing Director at DFDL Cambodia and Deputy Head of the Regional Real Estate Practice Group. His practice covers Property, Corporate and Commercial, Criminal Law and Procedures, and Technical Assistance consultancy. Guillaume is the team leader on a number of major real estate and agriculture-related projects in Cambodia. He has played an important role in landmark deals, has advised international groups on land use rights and construction permits, has assisted banks and private equity funds, and has supervised the acquisition and structuring of hotel and resort projects including negotiations with the Royal Government of Cambodia. He has also worked on land development projects for factories in Special Economic Zones.

 

 

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