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13th ASEM summit in Phnom Penh: Strengthening Multilateralism For Shared Growth

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In November this year, Cambodia will for the fist time host the Asia-Europe Meeting, a gathering of leaders from leaders of 51 member states from across both regions as well as the EU and the Asian Secretariat. The 13th ASEM Summit will be held under the theme of “Strengthening Multilateralism for Shared Growth”.

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Journey up the Mekong: Chhlong and Le Relais de Chhlong

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Perched along the east side of the Mekong just 30km south of Kratie, Chhlong is a small, sleepy, leafy town that once served as a busy trading port under France’s colonial rule. Traces of that trading past can still be found among the town’s dusty, mango and palm tree-lined lanes where, in among the shops and homes, can be found a row of colonial buildings whose splendour has long since passed. That is not the case though for the former Governor’s mansion further down the river, which has been painstakingly restored to its former glory, and reopened as a hotel as Le Relais de Chhlong.

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Food Tourism the Ticket to the Future

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Over the last two decades, the role of food and gastronomy in tourism has taken on an increasingly important role. This makes inherent sense as through the act of eating a tourist literally consumes the local heritage he or she has travelled to enjoy. We spend more time eating, and thinking about eating, when we travel than we do almost any other activity, and we spend a significant amount of our budget on it too (globally, around 30% of tourism expenditure goes on food). Moreover, we’re far more likely while travelling to splurge out on expensive dinners we wouldn’t enjoy at home, or try exotic new foods we may not even find at home.

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Cambodia’s Economic Engine Fuelling Investment Growth

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As Cambodia’s economic growth continues to set the pace in the Southeast Asian region, its government has responded with a series of moves towards liberalising trade and investment that have made the country not just an exciting but also a highly attractive destination for foreign investors. The kind of growth Cambodia is seeing is worth talking about, which is why Thalias’ CEO Arnaud Darc was invited to speak during a panel discussion on Developing Business in Cambodia hosted by the French Chamber in Singapore in collaboration with the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore on 14 January.

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