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About this time last year I was talking to a foreign expert advising on the opening.
Will it open on time?
He frowned, sucked his teeth, looked long into his beer, considered the geckos catching flying-ants on the ceiling, and gave me his considered reply.
"With any luck, no."
My friend's problem was this: The ASX has something like a thousand pages of regulations, the South Korean Exchange has something similar, but the people he'd been advising had yet to crack into triple figures. "There's a reason for all those regulations."
But the opening has been put off many times already, and there's pressure to get on with it.
First three listings will be Telecom Cambodia, Sihanoukville Autonomous Port and Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority. All pretty sound.
Except Telecom Cambodia, which has never had an independent audit.
And the Port, which only brought its accounting procedures into line with regulations last year.
But Telecom's been audited by PWC since 1997.
The problem is the accounting, you see. It's also called transparency. It means that big foreign institutional investors won't be willing to put cash in unless they trust the books.
If the big institutions don't come in, that leaves the market for the little fish.
"It's very hard to write about that which is beautiful and pleasant and good. There's no friction in it. There's no trouble. You have to have trouble. Somebody's got to get in trouble, or nobody wants to read it."
Paul Bowles said that, and he ought to know - the characters in his books get in enough trouble to last the rest of us our whole lives through. Remember the professor of languages who gets his tongue cut out by Moroccan villagers and spends his days trying to ask visting tourists for help? "Ugh um un unkpunk lungkpunk, hunk unkh!" And they think he's the village idiot and give him a dirham.
Deborah at first resents and mistrusts Amanda, then comes to rely on her, until we learn Amanda's secret. It's as melodramatic as anything Bowles could have imagined.
Deborah is well drawn and believable, and there's a host of lesser characters - the children from the home, Kyle the male lead, and even a special guest appearance from a Swedish (sic) doctor who runs a hospital in Siem Reap. (He doesn't play the cello).