Tuesday, June 17th , 2014
Trade and Investment Opportunities between
Cambodia and Washington State
Tuesday June 17th, 2014
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
$15 Members and Students | $25 Non-Members
Join the Trade Alliance to welcome Ambassador Todd and his delegation of business executives from Cambodia to Greater Seattle. The group is exploring opportunities and partnerships in the areas of agriculture, food processing, IT, construction, energy and logistics, amongst others.
According to a recent World Bank report, Cambodia’s economy is forecast to grow at 7.2 percent in 2014 due to robust growth of the garment and tourism sectors, sustained growth in the agricultural sector, and the continued global recovery. An ASEAN member, Cambodia’s inflation is projected to remain in single digits over the short term.
Washington state exports to Cambodia have surged in recent years, growing 70% from 2011 – 2013. Top exports include transportation equipment, beverages and tobacco products, agricultural products, and food manufacturers.
The Royal Government of Cambodia is focusing on the following priority areas to drive continued growth and development:
1. Development of human resources;
2. Continued investment in transport infrastructure in order to develop a vibrant logistics system that ensures connectivity within the country and with other countries in the region and rest of the world;
3. Further development of and increasing the value added in agriculture;
4. Increasing investment in skilled and unskilled manufacturing sectors; and
4. Strengthening governance and capacity of public institutions in order to improve the efficiency of public service delivery and the investment climate.
Join the Trade Development Alliance to learn more about Cambodia’s strategic direction and connect with representatives from key industries.
Ambassador William “Bill” E. Todd was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia on March 29, 2012 by the U.S. Senate. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Coordinating Director of Development and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. From 2008 to 2010, Ambassador Todd was the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam.
Ambassador Todd has also served in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the U.S. Department of State. He has been a career member of the Senior Service for more than 15 years. Ambassador Todd holds a B.S. from Longwood College.
His Excellency Chanthol Sun was named Cambodia’s Minister of Commerce in October 2013. Prior to joining the Ministry of Commerce, he was Senior Minister and Vice Chairman of the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), focusing on agribusiness investments.
From 2004 to 2008 he served as Minister of Public Works and Transport, and in 2003 he was elected as a Member of the National Assembly. In 2001 Sun Chanthol was named Deputy Secretary General of FUNCINPEC in charge of international affairs. From 1999 to 2003, he acted as the Economic and Finance Advisor to Prince Ranariddh, who was then President of the National Assembly. Throughout the 1980s Sun Chanthol worked for General Electric Company (GE), where he held various senior executive positions in management and finance, including GE Country Manager for Thailand.
Sun Chanthol received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The American University. He later earned his Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and also completed an Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Sun Chanthol holds dual U.S. and Cambodian citizenship and speaks Khmer and English.
Registration: The cost for this program is $15 for members and students, and $25 for non-members. Refunds may not be made after Monday, June 16th, 2014.