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1st Cambodia Inclusive Business Forum

The Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts, supported by UN-ESCAP and iBAN, held the 1st Inclusive Business Forum for Cambodia on 7 August 2019.

The event provided an overview of the international IB discussion, provides summary results of the IB landscape study for Cambodia, discussed IB cases through a business panel, shared experiences in IB financing, and presented the framework for promoting a better enabling environment for Inclusive Business in Cambodia (the IBeeC strategy).

It was attended by 120 participants from businesses and their associations, government, impact investors, IB facilitators and development partners. More information on the forum can be found attached.

The Forum was supported by the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN), a global program implemented by GIZ and financed by the Government of Germany and the European Commission.

Link to

  • agenda (short / detailed)
  • participants’ list
  • presentation on IB and IBeeC
  • background information on IB in Cambodia
  • speeches
  • Forum summary

Workshop on IB in Agrobusiness

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry (MAFF), in cooperation with the Ministry of  Industry and Handicrafts (MoIH), and supported by UN-ESCAP and iBAN, organized an Inclusive Business workshop for agribusinesses in Forum. The event was held on 6 August 2019.

The workshop provided an overview of the international IB discussion, gave summary results of the IB landscape study for Cambodia, and shared IB cases in agribusiness through a business panel. It made recommendation for promoting inclusive agrobusinesses as part of the proposed government strategy for a better enabling environment for Inclusive Business in Cambodia (the IBeeC strategy).

The event was attended by 40 participants from businesses and their associations, government, IB facilitators and development partners in the sector. More information on the IB agribusiness workshop can be found attached.

The workshop was supported by the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN), a global program implemented by GIZ and financed by the Government of Germany and the European Commission.

Link to

  • Workshop agenda
  • participants’ list
  • Presentation on IB and IBeeC, with focus on agrobusiness
  • background information on IB in Cambodia
  • speeches
  • Forum summary

Seminar on Inclusive Business in North-West Cambodia

The Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts (MoIH), supported by the German agency for development cooperation (GIZ) is organizing a seminar on Inclusive Business in North West Cambodia. The event is held on 5 August 2019 in Siem Reap.

The seminar will provide an overview of the international IB discussion, give an update of the proposed framework for promoting a better enabling environment for Inclusive Business in Cambodia (the IBeeC strategy), and share examples of IB investments in the Battambag, Siem Reap and ___ regions.

The event will be attended by 50 participants from businesses and their associations, government, IB facilitators and development partners. More information on the IB seminar can be found attached.

Link to

  • Seminar agenda
  • participants’ list
  • Presentation on IB and IBeeC
  • background information on IB in Cambodia
  • speeches
  • Seminar summary

IBeeC and Inclusive Business in Cambodia

The Royal Government of Cambodia embarked on a strategy for creating a better enabling environment for Inclusive Business (IB) in Cambodia (IBeeC). The strategy was prepared under the leadership of the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (MoIH), and makes 8 recommendation for policy support for more and deeper Inclusive Business investments:

  1. Establishing IB focal points inv various government ministries, a steering committee for IB, and an official endorsement of the IB strategy through the Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC) of Cambodia;
  2. Outreach and awareness raising activities, especially through business associations;
  3. Setting up a transparent and voluntary IB accreditation system in partnership with various government agencies and business associations, with IB awards;
  4. Creating a technical assistance facility for business coaching and policy work;
  5. Exploring tax incentives for IB through the new investment law;
  6. Setting up a risk reduction facility for IB investors, to speed up impact investing in companies with IB business lines;
  7. Considering priority procurement for accredited IB companies and social enterprises; and
  8. Establishing a monitoring system reporting on the dedicated private sector contribution to development for the B40, and the social dimensions of the international Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A summary of the IBeeC strategy can be viewed here (attach the IB summary)

Inclusive Businesses are commercially viable core private sector business lines that create scaled up innovative and systemic solutions to the relevant problems of the poor and low-income people (the bottom 40% income groups and other disadvantaged people).

The strategy formulation was supported by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) (link to ESCAP) and the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) (link to the iBAN website) a global development program implemented by the German development cooperation agency GIZ, and financed by the government of Germany and the European Union.  Various development partners showed initial interest in supporting the IBeeC strategy.

IB landscape study for Cambodia

In 2019/2020 ESCAP and iBAN financed a landscape study (we will link once the study is out) on IB in Cambodia, featuring examples of companies in Cambodia that implement IB activities, initiatives, and models.  The study found that by 2022 IB companies will – among others,

  • Create around 100,000 new well-paid income opportunities for the B40
  • Serve around 70,000 poor and low-income households through housing and municipal services (including water and electricity)
  • Provide insurance to 600,000 poor and low-income persons
  • Provide healthcare services to 20,000 poor and low-income persons, and
  • Provide 10,000 job placement and skills training services.

These estimates are based on interviews and the analysis of business plans conducted during the IB study, and represent only illustrative numbers.

The initial results of the landscape study, and the policy recommendations are discussed in 3 events, i.e. 1) the 1st Cambodia Inclusive Business Forum (7 August 2019) (link to the ESCAP webpage on the event), 2) the IB workshop on agribusiness organized by the Ministry of ((link to the MAFF IB webpage), and 3) the the seminar on IB in North-West Cambodia, organized by GIZ. (link to GIZ website). A brief publication prepared for those workshops (please upload the ESCAP/iBAN - MISTI brochure) summarizes the findings.

For more information on Inclusive Business in Cambodia, please contact the IB unit in MISTI through ____