RCEP, FTAs create more favourable trade opportunities for investors in Cambodia


The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade pact and bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) have provided more favorable trade and investment opportunities for investors in Cambodia, a senior commerce ministry official said.

In addition to the RCEP, the world’s largest free trade deal, Cambodia has bilateral FTAs with China and South Korea.

The RCEP comprises 15 Asia-Pacific countries including the 10 ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and their five trading partners, namely China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Speaking at a business forum between Cambodia and south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region held in Phnom Penh, Cambodian Ministry of Commerce Secretary of State Chhuon Dara urged investors and exporters to maximize the benefit from these free trade pacts.

“With these free trade agreements together with Cambodia’s favorable new investment law, investors and exporters will benefit a lot because their made-in-Cambodia products will be exported to China, South Korea and other RCEP member countries with preferential tariffs,” he told the forum attended by some 200 Cambodian and Chinese business executives.

Meanwhile, Dara said China is a huge market and a key importer of Cambodia’s agricultural products.

Cambodia Chamber of Commerce’s vice president Lim Heng said the RCEP, the Cambodia-China FTA, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) mechanism have provided tremendous opportunities for the socioeconomic development in Cambodia and other participating countries.—Xinhua