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Canada-Cambodia relations

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Bilateral relations

Canada’s bilateral relationship with Cambodia has spanned many decades, dating to the Indochina conflict, when Canada participated in the International Control Commission established in 1954. Canada is also a party to the Paris Peace Accords of 1991, which ended decades of conflict. Canada-Cambodia relations encompass the full range of political, economic, development and regional-security issues, as well as a promising commercial relations program.

Canada’s relations with Cambodia are managed by the Embassy of Canada to Thailand, in Bangkok. Bilateral political and commercial relations are conducted through the Office of the Embassy of Canada to Cambodia, in Phnom Penh. Consular services for Canadians in Cambodia, including limited passport and citizenship services, are also available through the Office.

Cambodia’s representation in Canada is managed by the Cambodian mission to the United Nations in New York City, New York.

Trade relations

Bilateral merchandise trade has grown consistently and was valued at more than $1.82 billion in 2021. Cambodia benefits from Canada’s Market Access Initiative for least developed countries, which allows qualifying states quota-free and duty-free access to the Canadian market. Canada is one of Cambodia’s top export destinations.

Canada’s merchandise exports to Cambodia were valued at $38.5 million in 2021, with key sectors being motor vehicles and parts, fur skins and artificial fur, and machinery. Merchandise imports from Cambodia reached $1.78 billion in 2021.

Canadian direct investment in Cambodia totalled $1.3 billion in 2021.

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Operations

Canada and Cambodia cooperate on a variety of issues. This cooperation has been particularly productive in areas such as the international effort to ban anti-personnel mines and the training of border officials in interview techniques and detecting document fraud. Ongoing challenges include addressing issues of human rights, corruption, press freedom and the trafficking and exploitation of women and children in Cambodia.

Partnerships and organizations

To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Cambodia work closely in multilateral fora, such as:

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