Cambodia has experienced drastic change since the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1991. Twenty-five years later, Cambodia is a lower middle income country with consistently high GDP growth rates with concomitant improvements in human security as measured by the HDI. The question that Cambodia confronts today is a seemingly simple but in fact a remarkably complex one: Whither Cambodia? From housing to industrialization to agriculture, how are the diverse sectors of Cambodian society and the Cambodian economy likely to develop over the next two decades? As a relatively small country in a region of growing, global geopolitical and economic importance – how will Cambodia respond to various global trends (e.g., the continued rise of China, climate change, digitalization, etc)? Will Cambodia in 2040 be a middle income state with growing prosperity or will it have stagnated at its current lower middle income level or indeed dropped back to the status of a low income state?
In partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Future Forum has worked with Cambodian authors to address these important questions through the production of an edited volume examining 28 different areas of socio-economic development, ranging from monetary policy to the fourth industrial revolution to ecological diplomacy. This will be the first book that brings together a collection of experts, utilizing a single methodology, in order to set out the various potential scenarios that Cambodia is likely to confront two decades from now. Employing a shared, foresighting model each author will examine their particular area of expertise in order to illustrate the potential paths that Cambodia could follow.
This book will be released in three volumes: Economic Development, Society, and Governance and Foreign Relations. The first volume was successfully launched in Januray 2020. You can find a link to it below.