Cambodia Hires Beltway Lobby Group to Boost Ailing International Reputation

The hire is a clear recognition by Cambodia’s government that it needs to repair its ties to the U.S. But will it work?

Last week, Radio Free Asia reported that Cambodia’s government had hired a Washington-based lobbying firm to arrest the government’s deteriorating reputation in the United States.

According to the report from the U.S.-funded broadcaster, the government signed a contract with the firm Qorvis Communications that will see it paid $69,300 a month to “provide strategic communications and media relations services in support of increasing public awareness along with travel and tourism for the Kingdom of Cambodia.”

The contract was signed by Chum Sounry, Cambodia’s Ambassador to the U.S., on September 15, the report stated, citing a filing that records the registration of agents who represent foreign governments in Washington.

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