Uber Steers Closer to Cambodia With Meeting

Representatives of ride-for-hire app Uber met with a government minister this week, the second ministerial meeting in Cambodia for the U.S.-based firm this year.

Transport Minister Sun Chanthol sat down with the three company representatives on Tuesday in Phnom Penh, according to the Transport Ministry’s Facebook page.

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Three representatives for US ride-hailing mobile app company Uber—Valentin Vermersch, Ben Brooks and Sam Bool—meet with Transport Minister Sun Chanthol on Tuesday in Phnom Penh, in a photograph posted to the Transport Ministry’s Facebook page.

Ken Ratha, deputy director of the ministry’s cabinet, said the ministry was interested in Uber and would look for ways to support the company.

Uber representatives also met with the commerce minister in January.

The ride-hailing company serves more than 570 cities, including 23 in Southeast Asia.

However, Uber lost more than $1.2 billion in the first half of last year and has come under fire for its unjust treatment of its drivers.

If Uber were to enter the Cambodian market, it would be joining homegrown tuk-tuk hailing apps including Go Tuk Tuk, EZGo and Exnet Taxi, which charge based on distance traveled rather than the traditional haggle.

Exnet Taxi founder Daluch Hor said Exnet has about 600 drivers and 2,000 users, and is studying how to add a digital payment option.

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