Uber made its service debut in Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh on Friday.
Brooks Entwistle, Uber’s Asia Pacific chief business officer said that the launch of the ride-sharing technology in Phnom Penh signified its ongoing momentum across Southeast Asia.
Uber had hailed Cambodia as having “some of the most modern transport policies in Asia — policies that make the most of the sharing economy” with the “potential to lead other countries in the region in responding to new technology and new opportunities”.
Pheng Sovicheano, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), said the ministry had been working with Uber for six months to explore new “shared mobility” transport systems such as ridesharing.
The launch of Uber demonstrates how government and industry can work together to take advantage of new technology, he said.
Uber and the ministry also signed a memorandum of understanding for closer collaboration on using new technology and “shared mobility” policies to serve Cambodia’s cities and its people.
Phnom Penh has joined the more than 600 cities around the world where Uber is available, while Cambodia becomes the 78th country. Initially, riders would be able to request rides on “uberX”, which would offer both private cars and taxis.