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Thalias Newsletter October 2016

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Welcome to the October edition of our newsletter, we hope you’ll find plenty to entertain and inform here. I hope you also all enjoyed Pchum Ben, Cambodia’s biggest festival of remembrance for our ancestors. October is a busy month, with much to commemorate and contemplate, from Pchum Ben, to King’s Father Day, October 23rd this year is the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, and a few days later we celebrate King’s Coronation Day.

Festivals and ceremonies are often a time to reflect on the future as much as the past, and you’ll find some interesting notes below on the recent survey carried out by the EU-ASEAN Business Council and their feelings about how the EU and ASEAN nations can work together. In brief, the future looks bright for all involved provided we can continue to talk and grow together, as with so many things in life.

I wish you interesting reading.


Arnaud Darc, CEO Thalias
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Bienvenue to Good France Cambodia

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France and Cambodia have a shared history that goes back 150 years to 1867 when King Norodom asked France, which was then an Empire under Napoleon (that awkward phase in between Republics), to establish the Kingdom as a protectorate in order to protect it from the appetites of its neighbours. The relationship was, inevitably, an uneasy one particularly after France made Cambodia a colony 20 years later. Resistance grew, and King Norodom Sihanouk, installed by the French on account of his presumed pliability, firmly cemented his position in Khmer hearts when he secured independence in 1957. 

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Gala Dinner coming up 

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It’s time to get out cocktail dresses and smart suits for a nostalgic evening of glamour and creativity at the annual Gala Dinner of the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie France Cambodge (CCIFC), which will be held on Tuesday, October 11 at Sofitel Phookethra Hotel. 

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Happy Pchum Ben!

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In case you haven’t come across this before, and are wondering why you can’t get your usual breakfast and coffee, welcome to Cambodia’s Ancestors’ Day, one of the biggest celebrations and commemorations in the Kingdom. Pchum Ben is a 15-day long festival, attended by virtually everyone in Cambodia, that is intended to allow the souls of all those who have passed away to enter into a peaceful journey in the cycle of life and death, including reincarnation.

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