Relations between Cambodia and New Zealand look set to strengthen into the future, thanks to the launch of two new associations and the signing of an airways agreement.
New Zealand’s ambassador to Cambodia, Reuben Levermore, landed in the kingdom from his Thai base to announce the launch of New Zealand Cambodia Business Association and New Zealand Alumni Association Cambodia. The aim of the groups is to support the growing number of Kiwi business people and entrepreneurs setting up shop in Cambodia and to develop trade and business relations between the two countries.
“We are very excited about the new associations,” Levermore says. “ASEAN is New Zealand’s third largest trading partner. However, at the moment our trade with Cambodia is modest but there is a lot of potential in Cambodia, and New Zealand companies will show more interest as it continues to grow. We want to support this.”
Another move that will help strengthen ties as well as boost tourist numbers is the signing of an air-services agreement. Although the move will not mean a direct flight from New Zealand to Cambodia, the agreement has forged links between Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines and Silk Air. “This means people in New Zealand can now buy a ticket with Phnom Penh or Siem Reap as their final destination,” he adds. “It is all these small steps that we hope will make a big change, and we are excited about this.”