Can striking oil turn Cambodia’s economy around?

In a Facebook post, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen described the country’s first few drops of oil as “a blessing for Cambodia” and “an important first step”.

The project, which started pumping oil at the end of December, had been 15 years in the making and had suffered several false starts.

Hun Sen said oil production would be a boon for Cambodia’s economy from 2021 onwards and that revenues from the sector would be used to improve education and health.

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