Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Thai goods lose edge, Koh Kong officials say

Thai goods lose edge, Koh Kong officials say

Thai goods lose edge, Koh Kong officials say

KOH KONG
Koh Kong provincial officials said Wednesday that improved road linkages and expanded regional trade has reduced the province’s reliance on Thailand for goods and commodities, although most products consumed locally are still produced across the border.

Dom Yuk Hean, deputy governor of Koh Kong province said consumer goods and construction materials can be trucked in from Phnom Penh if necessary since the upgrade of National Road 48 in 2008.

“In the past, we were 100 percent reliant on consumer goods and construction materials from Thailand because of poor road linkage from Phnom Penh to here,” he said. “But since the launch of National Road 48 last year, we have reduced our reliance on Thai products, and some goods are now being trucked in from Phnom Penh,” he said.

Silim Favit, deputy director of the Koh Kong provincial department of commerce, said increased regional trade had eliminated the total reliance on Thailand experienced in the recent past, although he acknowledged Thai goods still dominated. “Now products from Vietnam, China, Korea and Malaysia are available in the province’s markets,” he said.

Total Thai-Cambodian trade in the first seven months of 2009 dropped 31.7 percent to US$913.58 million, figures collated by Thai customs showed from $1.34 billion during the same period last year.

The recent flare-up in political tension between the governments of Thailand prompted speculation about possible trade bans and border closures, though neither side seems intent on pursuing such measures.

MOST VIEWED

  • WHO: Covid in Cambodia goes into new phase

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia said that Cambodia has reached a new phase of the pandemic with “decreasing case numbers, high vaccination coverage and a more transmissible circulating variant threatening a hidden surge”. In a press release on September 6, the WHO said that

  • Purging Sihanoukville’s past with a new masterplan

    Amid illicit activities, haphazard development and abandoned projects, the coastal city of Sihanouk province needs a reset to move forward. A new masterplan might be the answer to shake off its seemingly mucky image to become the Shenzhen of the south Gun toting, shootouts, police

  • 'Pursue your goals, reach out to me': Young diplomat tapped as envoy to South Korea

    Chring Botum Rangsay was a secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being designated as the new Cambodian ambassador to South Korea. According to her official CV published on the foreign ministry’s website, she started her first government

  • Chinese may be first in tourism revival: PM

    Cambodia's tourism industry is gearing up to roll out the red carpet for Chinese travellers after Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 17 indicated that the Kingdom could soon throw open its doors to international holidaymakers vaccinated against Covid-19 – starting with guests from China. Cambodia Chinese

  • School reopening ‘offers model for other sectors’

    World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said school reopening process should be used as a role model for reopening other sectors currently mothballed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Li strongly supports the government’s decision to reopen schools, saying it is a decision

  • Tourism concerns laid bare

    To ensure the success of plans to reopen the tourism market for international visitors, Cambodia must pay utmost attention to two primary determinants – the ongoing paradigm shift in domestic tourism services towards the ‘new normal’, and the factors influencing choices of destinations among foreign holidaymakers.