Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone(SSEZ), is an overseas economic and trade cooperation zone, co-operated by Jiangsu Taihu Cambodia International Economic Cooperation Investment Co., Ltd and Cambodia International Investment Development Group Co., Ltd.
It has a total plan area of 11.13 square kilometers and the plan of 5.28 square kilometers initial area will be total investment with textile & clothing, machinery &electronics and light industry products as the leading industries. It will be an integration of EPZ, trade zone and living zone. As soon as built, SSEZ can hold over 300 factories and has a total employee of 80-100 thousand.
SSEZ is located in Sihanoukville, the only international port city in Cambodia, 3 km from the Sihanoukville airport and 12 km from the Sihanoukville international deepwater port, close to NO.4 highway, and only 210 km from Phnom Penh.
As an important cooperation project between Cambodia and China, SSEZ attracts high attention from the both leaders and all levels of government department. On the 13th of December 2010, under witness of both Chinese and Cambodian premier, the two countries signed the agreement of SSEZ of China and Cambodia. On the 28th of February 2012, first working meeting was held by DBCC of China and Cambodia in Phnom Penh, and both government departments reached a consensus, "to cooperate closely and build the SSEZ as the successful sample of Chinese overseas economic and trade cooperation zones". On the 13th of June, prime minister Hun Sen, together with the standing committee of CCCPC political bureau and the central discipline inspection commission He Guoqiang, inaugurated SSEZ to provide the powerful political security for the better and faster development.
Under the support of the two governments, SSEZ has been developing rapidly. At present, in the 3 square kilometer area has almost finished，and all the infrastructure such as roads, electricity, water, communication, sewage disposal and flat ground. Twenty plants has been constructed; the relevant production and living facilities are improved, and "one-stop" service of the relevant administrative departments in Cambodia has been led in to provide much more efficient and convenient services for the enterprises in the SSEZ.
More than twenty enterprises, including garment, footwear, bags, steel structure, electronic equipment and so on, have settled down. Among these there are 16 Chinese-invested enterprises, 7 third-country enterprises, and 1 Sino-Cambodia joint enterprise. Now 15 of them are in operation, and 6000 employees are working in the zone.
SSEZ under construction is aim at creating an international model park with superior investment environment, a listed company with full of energy, and a new industrial strategic town with good ecological environment. It is believed that in the near future, SSEZ will become the successful model of China's overseas trade and economic cooperation zone, and the symbol of friendship for generations between Cambodia and China.