IMPORTED cigarette lighters may become a thing of the past with a US$2 million lighter factory planned for Phnom Penh.
China's Xinhai company intends to launch the plant to replace imported lighters, said Ith Praing, secretary of state at the Ministry of Commerce.
He said that the factory would fill demand for millions of lighters each year. "Every family needs a lighter. When the factory is ready, we can replace imported lighters," he said
"People need lighters because electricity is not available," said another government official. Most lighters are imported from Vietnam and cost about 500 riels each.