Economy and commerce

Moody’s sees ‘solid growth prospects’ for Cambodia

Moody’s Investors Service says Cambodia has strong fiscal buffers to counter disruptions to trade and growth arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement released in Singapore Friday, the US credit rating agency said slowdowns in China, the EU and the US would deter Cambodia’s growth ...

Khmer Times staff

Vietnam and Mekong peers pay economic price despite low virus tolls

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam have detected far fewer coronavirus cases than their more advanced Southeast Asian neighbors, but their economies are taking a beating all the same, potentially forcing a rethink of their development models down the road. Analysts at Maybank Kim Eng expect the ...

DYLAN LOH

‘Cambodia’s agricultural sector is in dire need of revitalisation’

n this time of uncertainty, one thing about Covid-19 is clear. This pandemic will lead to a sharp and unprecedented decline in Cambodian economic productivity. And the industrial and service sectors will be the hardest hit.  In response to the pandemic and to the economic crisis ...

NITH KOSAL/Future Forum Asia

Thai Airways crash lands into bankruptcy court

Thai Airways International (THAI) is headed for bankruptcy court to pave the way for a much-needed rehabilitation for the octogenarian, near moribund national carrier, which in its glory days operated under the smug “Smooth as Silk” logo. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha’s Cabinet approved the plan ...

PETER JANSSEN

Cambodia pushes for FTA talks with potential partners

The Cambodian government is pushing for free-trade agreement (FTA) talks with potential partners while seeking Russia’s help for a Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) free trade agreement, local media reported. The Cambodian Ministry of Commerce’s Secretary of State Tek Reth Kamrong said during her recent meeting with Russian Ambassador to Cambodia ...

Vietnam’s Economy to Grow Fastest in Southeast Asia Despite COVID-19: ADB

According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Vietnam’s economy has shown strong growth in 2019, as a result of high domestic demand, a strong manufacturing and processing industry, and high Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The second outbreak of COVID-19 in March started a new phase in the fight against the pandemic, severely ...

Do Thanh Ha

On the lookout for the silver lining: supporting e-commerce in Laos

13 to 16 April was Pi Mai, the Lao national holiday that welcomes in the Buddhist new year. Usually characterised by festive gatherings, water fights and the consumption of large quantities of Beer Lao, this year it was quiet and subdued, as the country of seven million entered ...

Tamara Failor, Nicola Nixon

Vietnam, Despite Low Coronavirus Caseload, Will Take Months to Recover Economically

Vietnam has reported few new coronavirus cases every day since mid-April. Now schools are reopening, smaller restaurants are back in business and traffic jams are forming again in the financial center, Ho Chi Minh City, as commuters head to work.  The Southeast Asian country has controlled its coronavirus caseload at ...

Ralph Jennings

The Thai economy: COVID-19, poverty, and social protection

The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has touched people from all walks of life. Across Thailand, children have been home from school, employees have been working from home, and business owners have struggled to remain viable. All of us have been learning to conduct our daily lives. ...

KIATIPONG ARIYAPRUCHYAARVIND NAIRJUDY YANGHARRY EDMUND MOROZ

Five million workers, 84.8% of companies affected by COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam: GSO

The General Statistics Office (GSO) of Vietnam said on Friday an estimated five million workers and nearly 85 percent of companies in the country were negatively affected by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the first quarter of 2020. Turbulence was observed in the Vietnamese labor market in Q1 2020 and ...

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