Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar and Vietnam are going to be the newer members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2015. One of the impacts of this integration is it will be easier for people to find work in other member countries, similar to the European Union. The claimed objective of ASEAN is to narrow the development gap and speed up economic integration.
However, I was talking to some of my Cambodian friends about how they feel about ASEAN and quite a few of them are worried about increased competition for jobs with members from other countries. The educational system and graduation rates in Cambodia on all levels is far behind other member countries.
Cambodia will experience even more changes in the next few years, particularly with the results that people are waiting for of the recent national elections and the ASEAN integration.