Delegation Off To Tokyo to Boost Exports

A 19-member trade delegation has left for Japan to seek more business opportunities with Japa­nese investors and learn more about Japanese trade, Commerce Ministry officials said Monday.

The 12-day visit to Tokyo, spon­sored by the Japan External Trade Organization, will include visits to Japanese factories and discussions with officials and manufacturers on trade issues.

Mao Thora, deputy cabinet di­rec­tor at Cambodia’s Commerce Ministry, said the main priority is to try to boost exports to Japan.

Japanese companies have yet to establish a significant presence in Cambodia. Exports in 1997 totaled about $2.8 million, according to the Ministry of Commerce. The main export to Japan is footwear, followed by timber, garments, frozen shrimp, and ses­a­me seeds.

The delegation is composed of government officials and representatives of the Phnom Penh Chamber of Commerce and the  garment industry.


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