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Economic Update 

Cambodia's economy continued to post solid growth in the first quarter of 2012. Tourist numbers surged, new garment factories opened, agricultural production expanded, and construction activity picked up. Cambodia hosted the ASEAN Summit, China's President, and EU Trade Commissioner, while President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton announced plans to visit the Kingdom later this year.


GDP and Inflation

The World Bank, IMF and ADB's 2012 GDP growth projections range from 6.5-6.6%, slightly below the 6.8-7.0% estimate for 2011. The mild deceleration reflects concerns that the worsening European debt crisis and sluggishness of the US economy will curtail export demand. ADB predicts 2012 industrial activity to grow by 11.4%, services by 5.3% and agriculture by 3.8%. The IMF and World Bank have favorably rerated Cambodia's debt distress risk from moderate to low. Inflation has also eased, with the consumer price index increasing 5.8% in January and 5.4% in February, both well behind 2011's peak of 7.1% in July. ADB expects 5% inflation for 2012 and 2013.


Tourism Surge

The tourism sector extended 2011's strong growth trend with visitors rising 26.8% in the first two months of 2012 to over 670,000. Vietnamese, South Korean and Chinese tourists led the parade. Two thirds of the Kingdom's visitors heading for the heritage hub of Siem Reap, where Park Hyatt announced their new 107-room hotel will open in Q1 2013. Meanwhile Sokha Hotels held a soft opening of their Bokor Mountain casino resort in late March, bringing a colonial era hill station back to life.


Increased Export Market Access and Diversification

Buoyant garment and rice exports, along with vibrant textile and construction imports, drove 1Q port revenues at Sihanoukville up 22% y-o-y to US$ 8.3 million. The number of garment factories in Cambodia increased from 270 to 320 over the past year as increasing costs in China converged with improving export market access. 1Q garment exports rose 15%, powered by sales to the EU which offers Cambodia duty-free and quota-free access under the Everything But Arms initiative. In agriculture, Cambodia made its first direct shipment of rice to China. Rubber planters, having expanded their land under cultivation by 17% last year, secured a new market in China's Yunnan Province.

In manufacturing, Cambodia is growing beyond garments. RM Asia began assembling Ford SUVs in Sihanoukville, coinciding with news that vehicle imports surged 40% in value in 1Q 2012. Japan's Nidec Group announced it will build an electronics plant in the border town of Poi Pet, creating 5,000 jobs. Malaysia's FTSB SAP Global JV signed a MOU to build a $100 million water treatment plant serving three southwestern provinces in Cambodia. Cambodia's first life insurance company and first credit bureau opened their doors. Internet penetration more than doubled in 2011 and local Facebook users reached 491,000.


Launch of First IPO on CSX

Cambodia's bourse attracted high investor interest for its first listing in mid-April. The book-building phase for the Phnom Penh Water Supply's initial public offering was oversubscribed by 17 times, and the shares were priced at the top end of the range. PPWS soared 60% above the IPO price in the first few days before correcting, but still held up well above the subscription price, unlike Facebook.


Strengthening International Ties

With Cambodia holding the ASEAN chair for 2012, regional and world leaders visited Phnom Penh in Q1 to cement international ties and promote regional economic integration goals. China and Cambodia vowed during a March visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to raise bilateral trade to US$ 5 billion by 2017, with cooperation agreements signed to widen two national roads, build a bridge in Kandal province and improve irrigation infrastructure. European trade commissioner Karel De Gucht also held talks in the capital to boost EU ties.



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The courtesy call of Mr. Patrick J McGovern, IDG Founder & Chairman to Deputy Prime Minister, Minister, Office of the council of Ministers, H.E. Sok An

The courtesy call of Mr. Patrick J McGovern, IDG Founder & Chairman to Senior Minister, Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications, H.E. So Khun

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