About half a million establishments in Cambodia as of March 1, 2011 released the preliminary results of the Economic Census of Cambodia (EC 2011) released by H.E. Chay Than on August 8th in Phnom Penh. The final results of EC 2011 will be released in March 2012 at the national level and the dissemination at sub-national level will not be completed until June 2012. H.E. Chhay Than, Senior Minister of Planning and Chairman of national Census Committee of 2011, said that Cambodia has 503, 008 establishments and the number of establishments per 1,000 persons is 34.6 establishments. As compared with other countries, Japan has 602 millions establishments with 48.4; Indonesia has 22.7 with 102.3; and Laos has 209 thousands with 37.4 respectively. “Among these four countries, Cambodia has relatively fewer establishments for its population size even though the establishment in the country is rising,” he stressed. The biggest province in terms of the number of establishments was Phnom Penh, which has 95,467 establishments which is equal to 19% of the total number in Cambodia followed by Kampong Cham (55,903 or 11.1%), Kandal ( 40,359 or 8%), Battambang (33,982 or 6.8%), Siem Reap (32,034 or 6.4%). These five provinces are located in plain areas or on the lakeside of Tonle Sap Lake, occupying more than 50% of the total number of establishments in Cambodia, he emphasized.