Oppo FTW

For a company that has basically been selling smartphone for just over five years, Oppo’s meteoric rise has been something to behold. They have gone from an obscure, little-known Chinese electronics manufacturer to China’s largest seller of phones and 5th in the entire World. The combination of an excellent product offering and a well-targeted price-pointContinue reading “Oppo FTW”


iCare Benefits has been a client of AWS since 2017. Our entire system infrastructure across all  operating countries is hosted on Amazon servers and our entire staff uses its cloud to run our business. I am not surprised that they lead the worldwide cloud market. They have a stellar team in South East Asia.


iCare Benefits currently has operations in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and hopefully soon in Myanmar. Through iCare, we have had the chance to meet local Ministers, Secretaries of State and other Government officials who have confidentially discussed their countries potential over-reliance on China. These officials were quick to highlight that the Belt-and-Road initiative is a double-edgedContinue reading “China-trap”


I have not always understood, or even agreed, with Sam Rainsy’s actions and inactions in the past when dealing with the CNRP and Cambodia’s political class in general. However his recent take on Project Syndicate detailing how Chinese companies are using China’s leverage over the Cambodian Government to bypass Trump’s tariff is spot-on. It notContinue reading “Re-routing”

A non-level Playing Field

Earlier this month, the Southeast Asia Globe came out with a great investigation on the grey auto market in Cambodia and its effect on traditional, water-level auto importers. The article, to me, showed a glimpse of the larger picture of doing business in Cambodia and the difficulty by foreign companies, like ours, to play byContinue reading “A non-level Playing Field”