Chapter: Through Britcham
27-29, Street 75,
Sangkat Srah Chak, Khan Daun Penh,
- +855 (0) 12 323 121
The British Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (BritCham Cambodia) was founded as the British Business Association of Cambodia in 1995 by Senaka Fernando MBE. In 2013, it was officially registered as a Chamber of Commerce with the Cambodian government. The Chamber is also a founding member of the European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia.
In accordance with the Chamber's Constitution, BritCham 'aims is to provide a forum for British Business people having an interest in Cambodia to meet together in a spirit of friendship and cooperation for mutual benefit and with a view to fostering good commercial and social relations with our Cambodian counterparts and the community at large.' The Chamber is not however, exclusive to British Business people. We welcome all individuals with an interest in the UK and Cambodia. The Chamber currently has 134 corporate and individual UK, international and national members.
The objectives of the Chamber are focused around:
1. Assisting our members in building their business networks
2. Connecting our members to each other
3. Creating business opportunities for our members and supporting their businesses
4. Helping our members to grow their business.
In order to fulfill this, the core activities of the Chamber are:
- Membership: supporting our current members and encouraging new members to join. We have an online Membership Directory where full details of our members and businesses can be found.
- Events: organising business-focused events that give our members an opportunity to network and that tackle topical issues facing the business community. We also look to organise social events that bring the British community and friends together.
- Trade promotion: Working in partnership with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the British Embassy in Cambodia, we promote bilateral trade and investment between the UK and Cambodia.
- Business Services: In 2015, the Chamber signed an agreement with UKTI and the British Embassy to launch the 'Overseas Business Network Initiative' (OBNi) in Cambodia. The initiative aims to provide advice and assistance on behalf of UKTI to UK companies doing and seeking to do business in Cambodia.
- Policy engagement: With a view to ensuring an enabling environment to do business in Cambodia, our Business Groups are member-driven and tackle topical issues affecting the business community. They also provide a forum for our members to engage with each other.
- Regional connectivity: We facilitate our members with a channel to a strong network of British Chambers in Southeast Asia (BiSEA). We further utilise this network to reach out to UK companies in the region doing and seeking to do business in Cambodia.
- Website and digital monthly Newsletter: These are useful channels to find out more about the Chamber's activities and that of its members. You will find our online membership directory on our website where you can find useful business contacts, as well as being a repository for information on doing business in Cambodia. The site is highly interactive, giving members the opportunity post announcements.
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Mr. Martin MCCARTHY
Martin McCarthy was born in December 1961; he was educated in the Marist and Jesuit catholic schools tradition. He went on to undertake his university degree education where he completed his double Masters and PhD in Architecture and Structural Engineering. He worked as an Architect in the UK for a number of years in different private practices before he set up his own in 1990. In 1994 he was asked to join ELF Oil UK Limited to create a Development and Construction department for them. This led to development of the Property Services Division of Elf and then on to creating a similar functions for ELF Aquitaine in Europe. After the merger with TOTAL in 2000 he moved to Paris to create a Purchasing function for Europe, then similar functions in the African and Asia Pacific Divisions of TOTAL. This was to lead to several assignments in Africa and then to his first post of Managing Director at TOTAL Zambia Ltd in late 2003. His following posting was that of CEO and Country manager for the two Total businesses in Pakistan, where he developed a network of 200 service stations and doubled the business over a 3 year period. He moved then to Paris for a major re-organization project for the HQ of the Sales and Marketing division for 18 months and then on to Cambodia as MD and Country Manager to bring the affiliate back to profitability. He moved then to the job of MD for Fiji, Tonga and PNG, with an overview of supply to the South Pacific Islands. He brought all the projects of investment for the islands to completion, restarted the businesses in Tonga, which had largely been abandoned due to difficulties in the country. He then launched the development of the network in Papua New Guinea where the first station was opened by the Total Group Chairman. He left Total after this and a short posting in Laos to become Chairman of LMMJM Investments LTD, which is the holding company for all of their family businesses in Cambodia. There are a number of service stations, Hotels and Resorts and various developments under way in Organic farming. He is very happily married to Leakhena, and looks forward to many more years together. Given their varied origins, it is truly an international affair.
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