24 September, 2009

German community organizes Cambodia’s First Oktaberfests

In an effort to raise awareness of German businesses in Cambodia, the local German business community is organizing its first ever Oktberfests in Phnom Penh next month.

Thought the traditional German beer-drinking festival, which is being held at the Cambodian Hotel o Oct 9 and 10, will server mainly Asian-brewed larger, it will present a German-style beer garden authentic bratwurst, arm wrestling contest and schnapps, as well as a band from Munich, according to Tassilo Brizer, vice president of the German business group Arbeiskreis Deutsche Wirtschaft...

“German businesses came a bit late,” Mr Brinzer said, attributing part of that delay to strict rules for foreign investment imposed by the German government.

While a number of German companies have already opened offices in Cambodia including Bayer AG, DHL, Flow Forwarding and Siemends AG Mr Brinzer said that Bangkok’s more-established ADW chapter keeps an eye on Cambodia, waiting for a good time to invest.

We think we have a good market for that, he said. “There is a positive expectation for Cambodia’s economy in the future”. He said that German products are common in Cambodia, though consumers are not always of that.

German Ambassador Frank Mann said that technology companies are a particular strength of the German economy and will expand in Cambodia as its economy diversifies.

Mr. Brinzer said he hoped that the event will become an annual affair and that it will draw Cambodians as well as foreigners, noting that the appeal for the traditional festival is international.

“There are Oktobeststs everywhere: there’s on in Vietnam, there’s one in China. There Oktoberfests worldwide, and we are adding one more.”


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