Ms. Chan Phallyka is a Policy Program Coordinator at Cambodia Development Center.
Several weeks ago, on 11th February 2019, the European Commission (EC) has launched formal procedure of temporary withdrawal of the “Everything but Arms” (EBA) scheme from the Kingdom of Cambodia. With the EBA assistance, Cambodia’s products have been exempted from tariffs to the EU market, making EU the largest market for Cambodia’s exports. Since the EBA has played a significant role in Cambodia’s development, the suspension of the scheme leads to a serious discussion over the concerns and negative impacts for Cambodia. More and more people in the country and those who may find themselves relevant to the case are now talking about the EBA. Furthermore, various papers and articles about the impacts of the EBA withdrawal from Cambodia are extensively published and shared via social media more than ever before. However, what EBA actually is, and how it works still remains unclear to some people. Below is a brief about it.