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Printing home employee in Cambodia. Picture by ILO Asia-Pacific, taken on 12 December 2017. Licensed below CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have lengthy been thought-about an important driver to financial development for growing economies. SMEs stimulate job creation all through the nation. Migration of employment to neighboring international locations and the unemployment fee has considerably decreased attributable to a rising variety of SMEs, which consequently ends in poverty discount.

Like different growing international locations, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are a vital a part of the Cambodian financial system, contributing to each financial and social growth. They play an vital function in: (i) creating jobs (ii) producing revenue for low-income individuals and susceptible populations, and (iii) fostering financial development, social stability, and contributing to the expansion of a dynamic personal sector.

Statistically, the 2018 Annual Report of the Ministry of Business and Handicraft, newly-named Ministry of Business, Science, Know-how and Innovation, indicated that SMEs play a big function in contributing to Cambodia’s financial system as they account for 70% of employment, 99.8% of corporations and 58% of GDP.

As the event of SMEs is critical to the strong and resilient financial development of Cambodia, the Royal Authorities of Cambodia (RGC) has proven its dedication to help personal sector-led development and has launched a collection of insurance policies targeting SME growth. One amongst them was the institution of the SME Sub-Committee in 2004 as the important thing physique to arrange SME growth methods. The important thing output of the SME Sub-Committee was the SME Improvement Framework permitted by the Council of Ministers on 29 July 2005, and formally launched by the federal government on 21 February 2006. The SME Improvement Framework goals to “create a conducive enterprise atmosphere, which can result in a aggressive SME sector contributing to the creation of high quality employment and enhance the vary of products and companies obtainable to the individuals of Cambodia.”

Earlier than 2005 there was no collective definition of SMEs in Cambodia between the Nationwide Institute of Statistics (NIS) and the Ministry of Business and Handicraft (previously often known as the Ministry of Business, Mines and Vitality). Not till July 2005, when the Authorities of Cambodia SME Sub-Committee was established, was a definition formally offered to remove confusion. However, the definition of SMEs in Cambodia is completely different from another ASEAN international locations by way of the principle indicators. As an illustration, the Philippines makes use of solely mounted belongings as a criterion for distinguishing enterprises by dimension. Indonesia makes use of belongings and annual gross sales, whereas Vietnam defines SMEs by variety of workers and the overall worth of the enterprise’s capital. In Lao PDR, micro enterprises are these using 5 workers or much less.

In Cambodia, there are 4 classes of enterprises, particularly micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and enormous enterprises. The micro enterprises are unsystematic and dominate the SME sector.The SME Improvement Framework, developed by the SME Sub-Committee of the Personal Sector Steering Committee, classifies SMEs in response to the variety of their workers (based mostly on equal full-time workers) and the dimensions of their belongings. SME Sub-committee classifications are offered in Determine 1.

Determine 1: SME Definition

Classification

Authorities definition

Staff

Belongings

Micro

10 workers

Lower than USD 50,000

Small

11-50 workers

USD 50,000-250,000

Medium

51-100 workers

USD 250,000-500,000

Giant

over 100 workers

Over USD 500,000

Supply: SME Improvement Framework (29 July 2005).

Primarily based on the 2017 Annual Report of the newly-named Ministry of Business, Science, Know-how and Innovation, the numbers of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and enormous enterprises totaled 15,707 and 1,522 respectively. The micro-enterprises with a lot of workers lower than 10 amounted to 139,933. It is very important be aware that employment of girls in SMEs outnumbered employment of males in all classes of dimension. Ladies’s companies are concentrated in a smaller variety of industrial sectors.

In Cambodia, the SMEs are categorized into three major sectors:

  1. the manufacturing sector, together with agricultural processing, manufacturing and mining
  2. the service sector,
  3. the buying and selling sector, together with wholesale and retail.

SMEs are largely native funding and domestic-consumption oriented. Giant enterprises or heavy industries are a typical kind of overseas funding which serves primarily for export actions.Corporations in exporting sectors are largely medium and enormous scale enterprises and contain in textile and attire; and footwear manufacturing. Whereas micro and small scale enterprises primarily contain in meals processing sectors. In 2017, MSMEs generated round a million jobs​ whereas massive enterprises generated near that of MSMEs.

In keeping with SMEs and Manufacturing Sectors Statistic of the Ministry of Business and Handicraft, the next determine compares a share of sectors in manufacturing trade of all of the institutions that embrace micro enterprises, SMEs and enormous enterprises. In 2016, most manufacturing trade is concentrated in meals, beverage and tobacco manufacturing accounted for 80.39%.​

In 2014, the Ministry of Business and Handicrafts was handed the only duty for registration of small and medium enterprises. In 2018, the overall variety of registered SMEs rose to 155,745. The Ministry of Business and Handicrafts commits to strengthen and develop SMEs concerning official registration and correct monetary recording. By 2025, 80% and 95% of small and medium enterprises respectively are anticipated to be registered formally and 50% and 70% of small and medium enterprises respectively ought to have correct accounting data and steadiness sheets. The determine beneath illustrates a share of formally registered companies with correct steadiness sheets in 2010 and future projections.

Determine 3: Share of formally registered enterprises (%)

Dimension/kind of enterprises

Formally registered

Enterprises with steadiness sheets

2010

2020

2025

2010

2020

2025

Small enterprises

37

70

80

4

30

50

Medium enterprises

72

80

90

24

50

70

Giant enterprises

93

100

100

66

100

100

Supply: Cambodia Industrial Improvement Coverage 2015–2025

Challenges

Regardless of a rising variety of registered SMEs, there are various challenges going through entrepreneurs and authorities within the growth agenda for SMEs. Challenges listed in Cambodia’s Industrial Improvement Coverage 2015–2025 and different research embrace:

  • Entry to finance continues to be troublesome. In Cambodia, round 66% of enterprises said that entry to finance continues to be difficult and the principle problem of MSMEs is the entry to working capital. Whereas entry to monetary companies has grown shortly lately, nearly a 3rd of individuals don’t use formal monetary companies.
  • Technical information and abilities are scarce. The restricted human capital reminiscent of educated and expert employees, technicians and engineers discourages the nation from absorbing and using trendy expertise for industrial growth. Coping with a scarcity of employees, low productiveness, abilities mismatch and rising wages poses an excellent problem to Cambodia’s additional growth.
  • Insufficient help and facilitation from related establishments hinders growth and fails to handle rising issues confronted by SMEs. A monitoring mechanism must be launched with a purpose to exert further strain on the accountable establishments and authorities businesses to take measures and enhance the enterprise atmosphere for SMEs.
  • Competitors by way of regional and worldwide market growth is rising by way of transition in industrial revolution and globalization. Doing enterprise in Cambodia is comparatively pricey, from beginning to working and shutting a enterprise. Insufficient electrical energy provide places Cambodia at a aggressive drawback in comparison with neighboring international locations.
  • Informality of MSMEs, particularly micro enterprises. As addressed earlier, micro enterprises are largely family-owned companies and function informally, making it troublesome for the federal government to gather taxes and design and implement help insurance policies to assist MSMEs transfer up the worth chain.

The RGC continues to help the promotion and growth of SMEs and entrepreneurship by setting a significant deal with SMEs in its key insurance policies lined within the Rectangular Technique (Section IV). The federal government goals at supporting SMEs concerning productive actions, respectable job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourages the formalization and development of those enterprises, together with by way of entry to monetary companies. All these targets had been set in Objective 8 of the Cambodian Sustainable Improvement Objective Framework 2016-2030 (CSDGs). With the intention to develop an environment friendly framework for SMEs, the federal government presents a gorgeous tax incentive to SMEs that register voluntarily. In January 2019, the nation’s tax physique issued a notification on the implementation of Sub-decree No. 124 ANKr.BK, which units up tax incentives for SMEs in chosen industries.

SME coverage and alternative

In Cambodia, there is no such thing as a particular legislation to manage SME. Nevertheless, the federal government introduced a business authorized framework for the interval of 2005–2010 below the Ministry of Business, Mines and Vitality (MIME) and arrange a Sub-Committee to the SMEs. At present, the Ministry of Business, Science, Know-how and Innovation (beforehand often known as Ministry of Business and Handicraft) is in command of coverage implementation for SMEs. The SME authorized framework has its major deal with regulatory and authorized devices, particularly concerning enterprise registration, entry to finance in addition to SME help actions. This initiative was undertaken to cut back the variety of casual SMEs and the tax incentive has been thought-about one other in-line mechanism to attain this goal. The SMEs need to register their enterprise formally and observe obligatory laws reminiscent of correct bookkeeping with a purpose to profit from the tax incentive.

The tax incentive has been positioned as an encouragement to convey SMEs right into a authorized atmosphere. The Common Division of Taxation (GDT) of the Ministry of Financial system and Finance has enacted Sub-Decree No. 17 ANKr.BK (“Sub-Decree 17”) to incentivize the SMEs as taxpayers within the following manner:

(1) A two-year exemption from tax on revenue for voluntary registration throughout 2017 and 2018

(2) An annual 1% minimal tax (and month-to-month prepayments) throughout this exemption interval.

Furthermore, Sub-Decree No. 124 ANKr.BK, efficient from 2 October 2018, goals at incentivizing the SMEs in six precedence sectors, starting from agro-agricultural merchandise to IT companies, and people situated within the SME Cluster Zones together with enterprises within the means of growing Cluster Zones. The incentives embrace an exemption from tax on revenue for 3 years for newly registered enterprises and for 5 years if further necessities are fulfilled. An exemption from the month-to-month 1% pre-payment of tax on revenue and annual minimal tax in the course of the tax on revenue exemption interval can be relevant.

The Sub-Decree No. 124 ANKr.BK applies to SMEs that are outlined within the regulation based mostly on their annual turnover and variety of workers. Usually, the SMEs are decided by lower than 100 workers and fewer than USD 500,000 in estimated annual turnover. Beneath the present tax (self-assessed or actual) regime, taxpayers are categorized into small, medium, and enormous taxpayers.The kind of taxpayers on this categorization are completely different from the final definition of SMEs in Cambodia as talked about above. To help the implementation of Sub-Decree 124 amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Financial system and Finance issued Prakas No. 159 dated 17 February 2020 setting out steering, situations and procedures to request the tax incentive.The newly established authorities company, SME Financial institution of Cambodia, is anticipated to play a crucial function in selling SMEs. Its institution was permitted on 17 Could 2019. The SME Financial institution was formally launched in early 2020 with preliminary capital of $100 million to offer financing for SMEs. In keeping with a press launch issued by the Ministry of Financial system and Finance, the financial institution is enterprise an “SMEs co-financing mission” in a three way partnership with 23 business banks, two specialised banks and 7 microfinance establishments (MFIs).

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