Cambodia and Thailand have discussed the possibility to reopen major international border gates to lift the economic deadlock caused by measures to restrict travels to prevent the COVID-19 spread.
The discussion took place at the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok on June 30 afternoon between Cambodian delegation led by H.E. Ouk Sorphorn, Cambodian Ambassador to Thailand and Thai business delegation led by Mr. Chanitr Charnchainarong, Chairman of Thailand-Cambodia Business Council.
According to the Royal Embassy of Cambodia, the two sides have planned to propose to the governments of the two countries to reopen the Poipet-Khlong Luek international border gate between Banteay Meanchey province (Cambodia) and Sa Kaeo province (Thailand) for Cambodian tourists seeking medical services in Thailand and Thai businessmen to enter for investment in Cambodia with limitation of number of entries per day.
The two sides also planned to request the reopening of other international border checkpoints including O’ Smach (Oddar Meanchey)-Chong Jom (Surin), Daung (Battambang)-Ban Laem (Chanthaburi), and Cham Yeam (Koh Kong)-Hat Lek (Trat) in order to promote bilateral tourism and trade flows and restore the economy of the two countries.
Data from the Thai Ministry of Commerce shows that bilateral trade between both neighbouring Kingdoms reached US$3.1 billion in the first four months of this year, up 18.3 percent compared to the same period last year.
Of the total trade value, Cambodia exported US$687 million worth of products to Thailand, up 106 percent, and imported US$2.4 billion worth of goods from Thailand, up 5.6 percent.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press