Event Info:

  • Tue 17 December, 2019
  • 16:00
  • Online
  • EuroCham Event


Agriculture is one of the key pillars of the Cambodian economy, but does it create opportunities for European investors? Join this webinar to find out.

Cambodia has experienced two decades of strong economic growth. An average GDP growth rate of 7.7% from 1995-2017 places it as the 6th fastest growing economy in the world, and this growth is expected to continue.

In this context, agriculture has a key role in the country. In 2018, 76.6% of the population were still living in the countryside. The sector accounted for approximately 23.5% of GDP in 2018 and 27% of the Cambodian labour force was engaged in agricultural activities. Agriculture is crucial to the livelihoods of most households in the countryside, as well as to the nation’s food security.

Today, the sector remains at the core of Cambodia’s development strategy, with plans to modernise the sector through increased use of agri-inputs, mechanisation and irrigation. At the same time, the country wants to boost its agro-processing capacity to compete with neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam.

These trends will have profound implications for the sector, and create challenges and opportunities for prospective investors. Join this webinar to learn more.


  • 16:00 to 16:05: EuroCham at Glance and key facts about Cambodia – Tom Hesketh
  • 16:05 to 16:10: Introduction to the agricultural sector and Opportunities & Trends – Tom Hesketh
  • 16:10 to 16:35: Successful case studies – Eugene Kraamwinkel and Sopha Soeng
  • 16:35 to 16:45: Q&A – Eugene Kraamwinkel and Sopha Soeng 

Webinar Details:

Date: 17 December 2019 (Tuesday)
Time: 16:00pm - 16:45pm (GMT 9am - 9:45am)
Registration: FREE

Moderator & Speakers

Mr. Tom Hesketh, Business Services Manager at EuroCham Cambodia

Tom is the Business Services Manager at EuroCham where he manages the services team in the implementation of short-term consulting projects, aimed at assisting European SMEs establish business operations in Cambodia. Prior to joining EuroCham, Tom was a consultant at Emerging Markets Consulting (EMC) Singapore a Singapore headquartered firm specialized in providing advisory services within the CLMV countries. Before this, Tom worked as a Business Management Graduate Scheme entrant for BT Group Plc., and at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals as a Regulatory Strategist at the firms UK headquarters.

Ms. Sopha Soeng, General Manager at Sela Pepper

Experienced General Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the food production industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Management, Customer Service, Sales, and Business Development. Strong sales professional with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in Business Administration and Management, General from Pannasastra University. Sopha has been working for Sela Pepper since 2015. She is currently the General Manager of the company.

Mr. Eugene Kraamwinkel, CEO of Grandis Timber and Vice Chairman of EuroCham Agri-Biz Committee

Eugene has worked in the forestry industry for over 20 years with experience ranging from silviculture, agroforestry, environmental management and social responsibility. He was leading the due diligence processes for a forestry company to double their afforested land, whilst selling unproductive entities. He also has experience in north American hardwood (Populus deltoides) and several other Pinus, Eucalyptus and Acacia species production from nursery to harvesting. Eugene is CEO of Grandis Timber since 2017.