Cambodian PM Hun Sen attending the Asia Europe Summit at Ulan Bator, Mongolia in July 2016. Wikimedia Commons.

Khmer Times-Oct 15, 2018

On October 4 George Edgar, the EU Ambassador to Cambodia, extolled the virtues of trade preferences granted to the Kingdom in the Everything but Arms (EBA) scheme, telling the Club of Cambodian Journalists that the European Union is a key economic partner in Cambodia, with preferential access to European markets a key element of the country’s robust growth in recent years. On October 5, in a complete turnaround, a sledgehammer came down on Cambodia with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom writing in the European Commission’s official blog that she and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini had notified Cambodia that the EU was launching the process for the withdrawal of its EBA preferences.

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First published in: Khmer Times