Cambodia, Asia’s Tiger Cub
While we praise the rapid growth of Asian manufacturing powerhouses, we often lose focus on countries such as Cambodia. As a whole, this country is facing an uphill battle, against corruption, child labor, and widespread poverty.
Arguably the largest contributor to the Khmer economy, tourism has been fuelling local communities with a breath of fresh air. Angkor Wat, the world’s largest temple complex, is a sight to see – not only for its architectural grandeur, but for the opportunities it creates for the local population. For instance, APSARA, the national authority responsible for the ” Kingdom of Wonder” , hires countless workers to maintain, restore, and beautify the site.
That being said, relative to its neighbors, Cambodia is falling behind. The key issue plaguing the country is infrastructure, or the lack thereof. Telecommunication networks are poor, electricity grids scarce, and highways inexistant. Although Cambodia has much to offer in terms of agriculture and arts and crafts, the challenge of transportation is still too great of a barrier to overcome.
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