As the president of Japanese Business Association of Cambodia (JBAC) 2018, I would like to express my appreciation and respect for the efforts and cooperation of Secretariats, Board members, and Each member who has worked hard for JBAC.

The other day, as the representative of JBAC, I had the honor to participate in the 25th anniversary memorial ceremony of Mr.Takata Haruyuki (Police officer of Okayama prefecture at that time), who worked as a civilian police officer of The United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) in May 1993. He was murdered by an armed group while participating on a UN peacekeeping mission for the first General Election in Cambodia.

As the number of members continues to increase, in order for JBAC to also “face the challenges in the next stage” and evolve, we will closely share useful information by communicating timely information using Facebook and other means and creating opportunities to further enhance communication. We will also address various issues faced by companies entering the market and steadily carry out concrete measures to improve the investment and business environments with an aim to promote new growth and expansion.

We would like to recompense for the achievement of Japanese citizens who had devoted their lives to help the peace and development of this country today. I as well as all of the board members will do my best to pass this baton not to make our senior’s efforts waste.
The company number of JBAC was only 10 in 1992, but after registering with the Ministry of Commerce, the Averaged every year, there are nearly 30 companies have increased for five years from 2012. There are more than 250 companies including regular and associate members now, however it has expanded just a single-digit growth in 2017, I expect that this trend continues in 2018 also. In recent years, JBAC has been rapidly expanding, but reached plateau toward a next leap forward.

Regarding to the period of consolidating the structure of the JBAC. In 2018, we reorganize clerical work such as the role of the committee, secretariat and we also strengthened to start the negotiations between the Cambodian government and related organizations in order to cooperate with other countries’ business associations, so JBAC is trying to sustain and deliver high performance of work.

The sixth Cambodian general election is held in this year. This is six times election counting from line of duty death of Mr.Takata. This year election is scheduled in July. When we review the past history, we experienced various types of unstable conditions including large or small not only first election but also every general election held in every 5 years.
The improvement of the business environment is the one purpose of our activities, especially in the first half of 2018 of the general election, we have already collaborated with each Japanese organizations as well as the Embassy of Japan to send all of them the information about safety and security.

If foreign countries, which are feeling of suspicion about not only the election results but also the proceeding of this election, change economic support policy, there might be occurred a big influence on Japanese companies and business environment as well.

Based on these circumstances, the policy for the first half of 2018 I would like to show you 5 points as mentioned below:

• To restructure system in order to expand and strengthen the role of the secretariat toward sustainable JBAC.
• Safety and crisis management awareness activities = Safety is the foundation of commercial activities.
• To consider of improvement Cambodia- Japan Public-Private Sector Meeting style in order to make this conference become more efficient.
• To Provide seminar for raising membership value, lecture meetings, E-mail magazine etc., for information exchange and opportunities of networking between internal and external members.
• The Public-Private partnerships including the Embassy of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) are the center of our business association activities.
In the second half of 2018, JBAC is preparing to respond the flexibility business environment by constructing a relationship as a counterpart with the new Cambodian government after the general election.
Last but not least, I would like thank to all of our members and I am looking forward to your continuous supports.

Norimasa YAMAZAKI, Chairman of Japanese Business Association of Cambodia for FY2018