PENH, CAMBODIA – Media
OutReach – 18 December 2020 – There are multiple ways companies can achieve their
environment, social and governance (ESG) responsibilities. Investing in sports
development is one approach as it contributes to youth development, education,
and health, sectors in Cambodia that Chairman Neak Oknha Chen Zhi (陈志公爵) and Prince Group strongly believe in.
The benefits of sports
development in countries like Cambodia are well documented. Countries with a
healthy sporting culture generally see over time reduced healthcare costs and improved
social cohesion. A strong believer in the potential of Cambodia, Chen Zhi participates
in any opportunity that can help raise Cambodia’s international standing, such
as sports development.
The profile of any sport in a country, however,
depends greatly on the achievements of the national side. Prince Group, one of the largest corporate conglomerates in Cambodia,
has realized this and plays a vital part in the development of Cambodian sports
by supporting the men’s volleyball team.
Volleyball is a sport that Cambodians are beginning
to love. Last year, Cambodia narrowly beat arch-rival Vietnam 110–109 after a
two-hour match at the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. The team eventually
came fifth, a huge improvement compared to previous tournaments, but it was the
first time in a long while that Cambodian sportspersons had won a game at a
team sport on such a grand stage.
When the country hosts the 2023 SEA Games for the
first time, expectations will be high for sportspersons to win further
accolades. It will be a tournament that will also bring a significant boost to
tourism. Last year when the SEA Games was held in the Philippines, more than
750,000 visitors came to the Philippines in December, with a significant
proportion arriving to witness the 2019 SEA Games.
and Prince Group contribute to Cambodia’s Volleyball Team’s SEA Games effort
Ahead of the 2019 SEA Games,
Prince Group, led by its Cambodian Chairman Chen Zhi, contributed US$500,000 to
the local volleyball federation to support training and competition preparation
activities. In July 2019, Prince Group also facilitated a visit to Fujian in
China where 21 Cambodian players underwent an intensive two-month training
program. Prince Group contributed approximately US$100,000 and also sponsored
the team for visits to competitions in Thailand.
But improving sporting performance is a long-run
effort. To this end, Prince Group has helped hire an experienced volleyball
coach from China to train the Cambodian national team for five years.
“The Cambodian volleyball team has a lot of
potential and the country has a lot of talent with the necessary physical
qualities required to be competitive,” says the coach of the Cambodian
volleyball team. “It is important for these players to participate in
high-quality tournaments so they can challenge themselves and strive to do
better and make their country proud.”
Group joins global brands in supporting local sports development
By investing in Cambodia’s sporting development in
this manner, Chen Zhi and
Prince Group are leading a path traversed by a number of leading businesses
around the world. For countries like Cambodia, local sports need the support of
Apart from investing in sports,
Prince Group has also lived up to its ESG responsibilities in other fields. It
has made several large-scale donations to help in the fight against the
pandemic and assist flood victims in Cambodia. In early December, Chen Zhi and
Prince Group donated US$3,000,000 to Prime Minister Hun Sen to help Cambodia
purchase 1 million COVID-19 vaccines.
key advocates and proponents of Cambodia’s development, Chen Zhi and
Prince Group are grateful for the chance to play such an important role in the
journey of the Cambodian volleyball team to the 2023 SEA Games, and hope to
contribute towards more aspects of Cambodian society beyond just sports for
many years to come.
About Neak Oknha Chen Zhi
Neak Oknha Chen Zhi of Cambodia is the chairman of
Prince Group, short for Prince Holding Group (PHG). As chairman, Chen Zhi has
turned PHG into a leading conglomerate in Cambodia that adheres to
international standards, invests in the future of the Kingdom and is committed
to sustainable business practices.
In Cambodia Chen Zhi has expanded PHG’s business
operations to encompass various sectors, such as real estate development,
banking, finance and tourism. Aside from his business activities, Chen
Zhi actively engages in helping Cambodian communities with his
About Prince Holding Group
Prince Holding Group (PHG), better known as Prince Group, is one of
the largest corporate conglomerates in Cambodia, with businesses spanning
across multiple industries, including real estate development, banking,
finance, aviation, tourism, logistics, technology, food and beverages, and
lifestyle sectors. PHG adheres to its mission of “Building a Better
Life”, and the Group’s philosophy espouses the values of “Commitment,
Responsibility, Respect, Generosity and Innovation”.