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What does ‘digital’ mean for Cambodia?

What does ‘digital’ mean for Cambodia? Posted on March 13, 2019Leave a comment

If you’ve been around Phnom Penh’s busiest boulevards, you must have stumbled upon billboards that say the city is hosting its first, grandest event of all time for digital and tech inclined people, entrepreneurs, and investors. “Digital Cambodia”.

In the late 1990s, Cambodians started to flock into the wider web, struggling with Khmer language on both reading and writing. Numerous initiatives like e-government projects and launching Khmer web portals were the starting points.

These days, if you sit down with some bright, young Cambodians, sipping iced coffee, they will tell you their determination and struggle with their dream tech startups.

The generation of ‘playing Facebook’ is still here, and learning how to be more mature. Or probably never will.

However, talking about all things digital, what does it really mean for a charming country like Cambodia?

Forget the remark that Phnom Penh is a Silicon Valley of the East. This capital city may not be the second Shenzhen.

If there’s any new, global trend, Cambodia will wholeheartedly embrace with open arms and heart. The Web 2.0 is an old synonym. This country has been quite known for its Cloggers. E-government. We hear it and live with it. Industrial revolution 4.0? That’s the frequently mentioned keyword today. Not so sure about tomorrow.

Jack Ma is in Cambodia: paying a visit to Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Jack Ma is a new household name among young Cambodian entrepreneurs who seek inspirations through his quotes of successes and failures. His visit to Cambodia coincides with the Digital Cambodia event this 2019. He might make a surprise visit there. Maybe.

The past 20 years have laid the foundation of Cambodia today in term of digital technology-driven society and economy. The infrastructure, the literacy, the mindset (technological and entrepreneurial), have come a long way.

Now we’re here, in 2019. Going digital also reminds us that the electricity is essential for all.

Fast forward to 2029, the Cambodian kids would be coding ‘Hello, World!’ with ease thanks to donated Arduino(s) and Raspberry Pi(s).

Whether it’s blockchain, smart city, internet of things, or whatever, the backbone of the digital infrastructure is having more than enough electricity power for individuals, small businesses, and the growing number of skyscrapers is.

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