Unpacking the RCEP Agreement, Public-Private Dialogue 2: The RCEP Rules of Origin and What They Mean for Cambodia

8:30 am
 – 11:00 am

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) marks the establishment of a free trade agreement amongst 15 states. RCEP will create new business opportunities and change the shape of trade in the region.

ERIA’s Capacity Building Programme is organising a series of five Public-Private Dialogues, ‘Unpacking the RCEP Agreement’. Dialogue 2 will discuss the Rules of Origin that determines which goods originate from RCEP member countries, so can benefit from preferential tariff treatment. As RCEP consolidates ROO by making it easier for exporters to cumulate and rely on a single proof of origin, it will also facilitates the cross-border trade and speeds up delivery amongst RCEP countries.

The Dialogue will bring together business, government, and international trade experts to share their perspectives. If you are in Cambodia, glean insights together with our distinguished panel of speakers on how to maximise the benefits from e-commerce.

Date and Time:

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 8.30 AM – 11.00 AM (UTC+7; Jakarta, Indonesia time)


Online (link to the meeting room to be provided after registration)

Agenda (as of 27 January 2022)


8:30 – 9:00

9:00 – 9:10
Opening Remarks:

H.E. Sok Sopheak, Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce

Mr. Jeremy Gross, Director of Capacity Building, ERIA

9:10 – 09:40
Session 1: Setting the scene: The RCEP YY provisions

Moderator: Mr. Sven Callebaut, International Trade and E-Trade Adviser


  • Ms. Deborah Elms, Founder and CEO, Asian Trade Centre
  • Mr UN Chantha, Director of Export Import Department, Ministry of Commerce

Q&A with the audience.

This session will provide a precise description of what the RCEP provisions are and whether Cambodia’s legal and regulatory system is fit-for-purpose.

09:40 – 10:30
Session 2: Private sector perspectives on opportunities for Cambodia in RCEP

Moderator: Mr. Sven Callebaut, International Trade Consultant, CBP, ERIA


  • Speaker 1 (Cambodian business)
  • Mr Clint O’Connel, Partner and Head of Tax and Customs, DFDL
  • Speaker 3 (AusCham Cambodia)
  • Mr Robin Flint, First Secretary, Australian Embassy in Cambodia (currently seconded to MoC Cambodia)

Q&A with the audience. This session will enable different business interests to assess their level of preparedness and understanding of how the RCEP agreement could be a game changer in their industry.

Session 3: Summary of discussions and key items of a continued Public-Private Dialogue on The RCEP Rules of Origin and What They Mean for Cambodia

By: HE SOK Siphana, Senior Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia

Q&A with the audience.

10:45 – 11:00
Closing remarks by ERIA