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VideoJune 6, 2024

Cambodia Economic Update June 2024: Export Revival and Trade Shifts

Cambodia’s economic activity picked up in the first quarter of 2024, driven by a revival of services and goods exports, and despite subdued domestic demand, according to the World Bank's Cambodia Economic Update, released today.

Economic growth is expected to improve marginally to 5.8% in 2024, up from 5.6% in 2023, and should further strengthen by 6.1% in 2025 and 6.4% in 2026 as revival in garment, travel goods, and footwear exports and tourism propel the ongoing recovery.

International tourist arrivals continued to improve in the first quarter to 84% of pre-pandemic levels. Exports of garments, travel goods, and footwear rebounded, while non-garment exports, especially of agricultural commodities, remained resilient. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region has emerged as Cambodia's second largest export market after the United States. Rising foreign investment in manufacturing and agriculture also contributed to the recovery.

Inflation declined to zero in March as food prices decelerated, while the current account recorded an unprecedented surplus in 2023 as the trade deficit narrowed and tourism receipts rose.

Construction activity remains subdued, however, as the property market correction continues. As a result, domestic credit growth has slowed significantly, weighing on private consumption and domestic revenue collection.