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Accelerating Cambodia’s Tech Ecosystem: OCIC Group’s Strategic Initiatives in Europe

by Surya Narayan
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In a significant development for Cambodia’s burgeoning tech scene, the OCIC Group’s recent visit to Europe, specifically to Paris’ prestigious tech institutions, heralds a new era of innovation and digital transformation for the nation. The visit, aligned with the official trip of His Excellency Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Dr. Hun Manet to Paris, underscores a concerted effort to enhance Cambodia-France relations, particularly in the tech and startup sectors.

OCIC Group Thierry Tea and Amrbine Kateb with Meas Sophie and Eddy Richauvet of ShopRunBack, Hin Wisal of Platform Impact and French Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia’s Chairman Soreasmey Ke Bin.

Station F and School 42, both brainchildren of the renowned French entrepreneur Xavier Niel, were key highlights of OCIC Group’s tour. Station F, the largest startup incubator in Europe, and School 42, a pioneering coding school, represent the pinnacle of France’s commitment to fostering technological innovation and education. The visit provided OCIC Group with valuable insights into the operations and success of these institutions, setting a benchmark for Cambodia’s digital aspirations.

Sophie Viger, Hin Wisal, Thierry Tea, HE DPM Sun Chantol, HE Cham Nimol, Neak Okhna Kith Meng

The engagement in Paris was not just observational but also saw tangible outcomes, notably the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Platform Impact to establish a coding school in Koh Pich, Phnom Penh. This initiative, inspired by School 42’s model, aims to democratize access to tech education in Cambodia, with a special focus on inclusivity and diversity, particularly for young women and underprivileged youth.

The proposed coding school, part of the larger Connexion project in Koh Pich, is poised to be a landmark development in Cambodia’s education sector. Connexion aims to blend community, innovation, and education within a bioclimatic design, minimizing reliance on artificial cooling and lighting. This approach not only highlights OCIC’s commitment to sustainable development but also marks a significant step towards repurposing urban spaces for educational purposes.

Ambrine Kateb, Thierry Tea, Wisal Hin with Mr Olivier Crouzet, Head of Innovation and Learning, School 42 Paris.

In addition to the educational initiatives, the OCIC Group’s visit served to strengthen business ties and explore collaborative opportunities with French counterparts. The fruitful discussions with French business leaders and entrepreneurs promise a robust partnership framework that could serve as a catalyst for Cambodia’s startup ecosystem.

OCIC Group’s Vice President, Thierry Tea, emphasized the strategic importance of this visit, stating that education and technology are pivotal for Cambodia to navigate the future digital economy. The insights gained from institutions like Station F and School 42 are instrumental in refining OCIC’s approach towards innovation and tech education in Cambodia.

Connexion, Koh Pich Phnom Penh

The initiatives undertaken by the OCIC Group, in collaboration with French tech institutions, signal a promising trajectory for Cambodia’s tech ecosystem. With a focus on inclusive education and sustainable development, these efforts are set to empower the Cambodian youth with the skills and knowledge required to thrive in the fast-evolving global digital landscape. As Cambodia continues to cultivate its startup ecosystem, the foundational work by entities like the OCIC Group will be crucial in positioning the nation as an innovation hub in the ASEAN region and beyond.

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