Is there such a thing as a ‘green’ SEZ in Cambodia?

By definition, special economic zones are not green. Yet Cambodia, now overrun by foreign-financed SEZs, is trying to rewrite the concept. Success remains elusive.

Svay Rieng, a town in south-eastern Cambodia, is both a gateway to Vietnam and for more than a decade now a hotbed of Cambodian industrial development. But a lack of compliance with environmental and labour regulations has raised tensions with local communities.

The region is home to almost a dozen industrial parks, many of them the direct result of Cambodia’s growing integration with Chinese industry.

A new and more hopeful precedent was set last November, when Qilu (Cambodia) Special Economic Zone Co Ltd signed a US$1 billion strategic cooperation deal with a Chinese industrial park developer to set up a “green” special economic zone (SEZ) in the province.

In full: https://chinadialogue.net/en/cities/is-there-such-a-thing-as-a-green-sez-in-cambodia/

© 2021, All rights reserved.