It is time for the United States to start investing in Cambodia

It is time for the United States to start investing in Cambodia to compete with China’s increasing investment in Cambodia.

China tops the list of investors in Cambodia, which mostly focus on agriculture, mining and dams. Bilateral trade between Cambodia and China reached $498 million in the first quarter of this year, a 216 per cent rise from $157.5 million in the corresponding period last year, according to statistics available from the Council for Development of Cambodia.

This is the news service from Xinhua.

Recently, a group of U.S. investors from the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council on Thursday visited Cambodia to observe investment opportunities and to boost trade and investment ties between U.S. and ASEAN member countries.
The firms are in the businesses of oil and gas, manufacturing industries, automobile, financial industry, technologies, telecommunications and health.

“The visit will be a good opportunity for the U.S. investors to learn about Cambodia’s potentials and it will also build stronger economic and trade relations between the U.S. and ASEAN member countries,” said Frances Zwenig, the Counselor of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council in the news service of Xinhua.

During the first half of this year, the Council for the Development of Cambodia had reported that the U.S. investment projects in Cambodia was 142 million U.S. dollars, compared to the only 34.5 million U.S. dollars at the same period last year.

On the trade side, the two countries’ bilateral trade was around one billion U.S. dollars in the first half of this year, mostly Cambodia’s garment exports to the United States, according to the record of the Commerce Ministry.

Meanwhile, Hun Sen said Cambodia’s economic growth was currently supported by garment industry, tourism, agriculture and real estate, and the government had been encouraging foreign investors to put their ventures in extractive industries including mining, oil and gas in order to boost the economic growth.

The premier also asked the U.S. investors to consider investing in agriculture by setting up processing plants of rice, corn, cassava and rubber.

The delegation’s visit to Cambodia was made just two weeks after the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank) and Cambodia Chamber of Commerce inked deal on trade loan guarantees to boost trade between the two countries.

Under the agreement, Exim Bank will provide loan guarantees to underwrite the risk of nonpayment of medium- and long-term loans extended by commercial banks to Cambodian buyers of U.S. goods and services.

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