Foreign Affairs Office of Beijing Municipal Government

[Overview] Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia and also the political, economic, cultural, religious and transportation center of the country. Located at the confluence of the Mekong River, the Tonlé Sap River and the Bassac River, the city covers an area of 678.46 square kilometers and has a resident population of about 1.6 million.

[Politics] Phnom Penh is governed by the city council and the municipal administration, and the city is divided into 14 districts. The City Council was established in May 2009 and the councilors are elected by citizens. The municipal administration has one governor, one first vice governor and five vice governors. The incumbent Governor Khuong Sreng took office in June 2017.

[Economy] The major industries of Phnom Penh include agriculture, construction, tourism and light industry.

[Culture and Education] Royal University of Phnom Penh is the largest and oldest institution of higher education in Cambodia.

[Relations with Beijing] Beijing and Phnom Penh officially became sister cities on May 21, 2018, when China and Cambodia celebrated the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. The two cities have had fruitful exchanges and cooperation in such areas as economy and trade and municipal management.

Investment and Trade: Beijing Enterprises Group Company Limited, Beijing Urban Construction Group and Beijing Tong Ren Tang all have cooperation projects in Phnom Penh. The China-Cambodia Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, developed and operated by Beijing Enterprises Group Company Limited, is a comprehensive special economic zone approved by the Cambodian government and is expected to become a new landmark in the country once completed.

Municipal Administration: In September 2019, Phnom Penh sent representatives to participate in the Belt and Road municipal administration training program for sister cities in Beijing. During the program, participants observed Beijing's latest achievements in urban planning and construction and shared their experience and practices in urban planning, construction and management.