W Australia rolls out carpet for Cambodian business migrants

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Robert, Bruno and Leo answering questions during a Q and A session at the seminar.

A dramatic breakthrough for the Cambodian business community happened on April 21 when the Western Australian State Nominations Officer attended a one-day seminar in Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel, organized by Australian Migration Agents Pty Ltd (AMA).

Mr Bruno Delfante – the manager of the Business Migration Centre at the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) of the Western Australian government – during the seminar outlined business possibilities for business owners and investors in Cambodia.

“We’re always open and we always welcome new business migrants to Western Australia,” said Mr Delfante.

Joining Mr Bruno Delfante was Mr Robert Chelliah, an Australian Registered Agent with the Australian Migration Agent Registration Authority (MARA), who is also the CEO of AMA. Residing in Phnom Penh, he has more than 27 years of experience as a registered migration professional

“This is the first time AMA is hosting a seminar on Australian Business Resident Visa in Cambodia supported by the Cambodian Chambers of Commerce. The seminar is organised for the Cambodian business community to provide them with an opportunity to hear directly from the visiting Senior Government Officer from Western Australia,” said Mr Chelliah.

Mr Chelliah commenced his private practice as a migration agent in 1990 and is, without question, one of the industry’s most prominent migration practitioners. He is considered an industry expert in migration law, policy and procedure, stemming from his vast experience in handling complex cases.

Participants at the seminar organised by Australian Migration Agents (AMA).

Assisting Mr Delfante in interviewing all business visa nomination applications and providing provisional approval from the Western Australia State Government nomination for those found to be eligible, was Leo Yu, a business migration officer with the Western Australia state government’s Small Business Development Corporation.

“In Western Australia, we have no restrictions on the type of business you want to transact in the state. This means that if you have a business in Cambodia and want to do something different in Western Australia, we welcome that,” said Mr Yu.

“We have business migrants who maybe did property development in their home country but came over to Perth – the capital of Western Australia – and wanted to start a restaurant, that’s okay,” Mr Yu told the AMA-organised seminar.

“But in some states in Australia they have limitations and restrictions on what type of business you can run. In Western Australia, there are no restrictions as long as it is a legally qualified business,” he pointed out.

Oknha Lim Heng, vice-president of the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce, praised AMA for organising the seminar and said it was very useful for potential investors and those planning to do business in Australia and also live there.

“We hope that there will be good cooperation between Cambodia and Western Australia. The Cambodia Chamber of Commerce has close ties with its counterparts in Australia and we do hope those links can be further strengthened,” he added.

Attended by over 200 businessmen from across the country, the seminar was clearly a successful one despite being it being the first one held.

Speaking after the event, Mr Chelliah commented: “We are very happy to have been able to reach out to so many business owners and investors across the country. We will continue to promote this effort and with me living in Phnom Penh, Cambodians will now have access to an Australian Registered Agent and their fear of getting short-changed by a broker can be put at ease”.

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