Post-EBA, Cambodia Needs to Jettison its ‘Double Standard’ Narrative

Harping on the EU’s ‘unfair’ withdrawal of trade preferences will do nothing to address the serious challenges facing the country.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

First, it was the queen who was the fairest of them all. Then, it was Snow White. The result was that Snow White became the object of the queen’s hatred.

What lesson can we draw from this famous fairy-tale for Cambodia after the loss of approximately 20 percent of its tariff-free exports to the European market, which it enjoyed under the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme?

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