Koh Kong To Become Site Of Trade Zone Site

The governments of Cambodia and Thailand have selected Koh Kong province as a site for a border export zone, which could bolster trade relations for both countries and develop the border areas as commercial hubs.

Sok Siphana, secretary of state for the Ministry of Commerce, said that officials from both countries have chosen the southern province of Koh Kong, along with Poipet, for the trade and export zone. Development could begin early in 2002.

“The two locations are a priority for border development be­tween both countries,” he said.

The export zone in Koh Kong will be located in Neang Kok village, Bak-Klong commune, Mon­dul Seima district, with factories slated to be constructed on 280 hectares of land about 6 km from the Thai border, said Pich Han, third deputy governor of Koh Kong province.

Minister of Commerce Cham Prasidh, as well as officials from the Ministry of Urbanization and Construction and the Koh Kong Authority, are working to resolve any issues with the owners of land where the factories will be built, Pich Han said.

Koh Kong was the best possible choice for an export zone because it has adequate electricity to run factories, a working seaport and reliable roads for the transport of goods.

It also has a population of 120,000, which could provide enough labor for small- or medium-sized industries, Pich Han said. He said 20,000 laborers are currently waiting to work in the future factories.

Pich Han said the Council De­ve­lopment Center is already planning to set up a custom and taxes office, and the Koh Kong Au­thority wants to build a fish cannery at the site.

“If we have a canned fish factory, it will be possible to buy fish from our fishermen,” he said.

Pich Han predicted that Koh Kong will eventually be the major trade zone in Cambodia, with enough infrastructure and ability to handle trade paperwork that there will be “no need to go to Phnom Penh.”


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