In December 2005, Cambodia issued Sub-Decree No. 147 and 148, which established special economic zones (SEZs), as well as the Cambodian SEZ Board (CSEZB) to regulate the SEZs. The SEZs include both general industrial zones and export processing zones and have free trade areas, service areas, residential areas, and tourist areas.
During the laws' formation, Locus Founder & CEO Jean-Paul Gauthier analyzed the legislation against international best practices for SEZs. His work was done while working for the World Bank - IFC Foreign Investment Advisory Service (FIAS).