Cambodia is a country in South East Asia, approximately three quarters of the size of the UK and with a population of 15 million.
It is bordered by Thailand on the west, Laos to the North and Vietnam to the East. It is predominantly a Buddhist country.
Cambodia has come through tremendous turmoil, starting in the 1970s with the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime and the legacy this regime left behind.
Cambodia is a particularly poor country with a significant unemployment rate.
The major economic challenge for Cambodia over the next decade will be fashioning an economic environment in which the private sector can create enough jobs to handle Cambodia’s demographic imbalance. More than 50% of the population is less than 25 years old – compared to around 25% in UK – and these youths will need a means of earning in order to support themselves.
The population lacks education and productive skills, particularly in the poverty-ridden countryside, which suffers from an almost total lack of basic infrastructure.