September 29, 2014
An economic survey of Cambodia released in September showed the country has fewer businesses per capita than Japan, Vietnam and Laos, though the number is rising.
The 2014 Cambodia Intercensal Economic Survey, carried out by the Cambodian government with help from the Japanese government and JICA, showed Cambodia has 514,278 businesses and 35 per 1000 people. Japan, in comparison, has 45.4 per 1,000 people, Vietnam 58.2 and Laos 37.4.
Phnom Penh has the greatest number of businesses, 19.2 percent of the total. The area with the greatest concentration of businesses is the plains area in the south of the country, representing 44 percent.
The provinces with the least number of businesses per capita were Otdar Meanchey (21.8 per 1000 people), Svay Rient(25.1), Prey Veng (25.5), Preah Vihear (26.1) and Kampot (26.9).
The results of the survey will be used for formulating policies of the central and local governments, for academic research in universities and research institutes and for management strategy and market research in the private sector.
*The contents of this story is a summary of a press release published by the JICA Cambodia office. For the original story, please see below.