22.11.2017 - Article
Ambassador Dr. Ingo-Heinz Karsten 
Ambassador Dr. Ingo-Heinz Karsten © Soeren Stache/dpa

Dear visitor,

I would like to welcome you to the website of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany as a virtual guest and hope you will find what you are looking for and a lot more helpful information and hints regarding your stay in Cambodia.

The Kingdom of Cambodia and the Federal Republic of Germany are closely connected by deep bilateral cooperation in all aspects of politics, economics, culture and social life. Both countries look back to 50 years of existing diplomatic relations in November 2017. Cambodia itself is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and inspires with its hospitable inhabitants and rich cultural heritage. To preserve this ancient culture for posterity, Germany supports Cambodia with scientific knowledge and financial aid to reconstruct and conserve the temple of Angkor classified as World Cultural Heritage since 1992.

At the same time the historical traces left by Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror during the seventies of last century are still visible all over the country. In this regard Germany supports the Cambodian justice in coming to terms with the committed crimes against humanity against the Cambodian population with the help of the specially convened Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

In spite of the economic progress, Cambodia is still one of the least developed countries in the world. To overcome this status, Germany as one of the biggest financial donors supports the local operatives of GIZ and KfW with the economic and social development of the country in cooperation with the German Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. In this regard, Germany attaches great importance to working towards a fair and well-balanced participation by the population in the economic development.

I will endeavor to deepen the friendly relationship between Germany and Cambodia as the German Ambassador and strengthen the cooperation in the economic and cultural fields. Cambodia is in the complicated political situation of attempting a dialogue between the ruling Cambodian People Party (CPP) and the oppositional Cambodia Nation Rescue Party (CNRP). But I am confident that Cambodia will continue its path to democracy.

Of particular importance for me is the support of German citizens in Cambodia, both those who settled down and those who are just visiting for a temporary journey of discovery. Seeing a continuous increase in the number of tourists, over 100.000 German visitors spend their holidays in this beautiful and exotic country.

A competent, experienced and energetic team at the German Embassy in Phnom Penh is looking forward to give advice in all matters of legal and consular concerns and to support you in emergencies. You can get in contact with us by filling in the contact form for any further questions or requests. We are grateful for any suggestions or comment.


Dr. Ingo Karsten


Phnom Penh, in January 2017

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