World Bank: Japan Looks ‘Very Promising’ for Parts

AKP Phnom Penh, June 01, 2020 —

The World Bank says Cambodia should diversify away from garment exports by further promoting shipments of electronic and vehicle parts and accessories to Japan.

In its biannual update for Cambodia released Friday, the bank said Cambodia’s garment, footwear and travel goods exports grew only 7.5 percent in the three months to March, down from 17.7 percent a year earlier.

In 2019, growth in exports of garment, footwear and travel goods slowed to 13.6 percent, down from 17.7 percent a year earlier.

Exports of these items to the EU including Britain fell 0.5 percent — the first decline since the global financial crisis in 2008-09. But the contraction was offset by rising exports to the United States.

After the American and European markets, the bank said Cambodia’s next two largest export markets were Japan (US$1.05 billion) and Britain (US$945 million) in 2019.

While the two markets each captured about US$800 million in garment exports, “the Japanese market seems very promising for Cambodia’s exports of electronic and vehicle parts and accessories,” the bank said.

Cambodia’s exports of electronics and motor vehicle parts and accessories to Japan rose to US$77.8 million last year, up from US$39.4 million in 2018.

“This should be further promoted in order (to) diversify beyond garments,” the bank said.

By Sao Da