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Flash Report on the Cambodian Economy - Sept 09

Flash Report on the Cambodian Economy - Sept 09

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Published by Saravorn
ISSN 1810-6358

viTüasßanbNþúHbNþal nig RsavRCavedIm,IGPivDÆn_kmCDRI—Cambodia’s Leading Independent Development Policy Research Institute

r)aykarN_fµI²sþIBIesdækic©kmFlash Report on the Cambodian Economy kBaØa 2009 ¼
September 2009

saMg c½nÞhgS ¼ Saing Chan Hang pan; dalIs ¼ Phann Dalis b:un dUrINa ¼ Pon Dorina

bkERbeday³ yU siT§IriT§ nig v:a vNѳ

PñMeBj kmPhnom Penh, Cambodia
TO SUBSCRIBE, PLEASE CONTACT: Office Address: #56, Street 315, Tuol Kork, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Posta
ISSN 1810-6358

viTüasßanbNþúHbNþal nig RsavRCavedIm,IGPivDÆn_kmCDRI—Cambodia’s Leading Independent Development Policy Research Institute

r)aykarN_fµI²sþIBIesdækic©kmFlash Report on the Cambodian Economy kBaØa 2009 ¼
September 2009

saMg c½nÞhgS ¼ Saing Chan Hang pan; dalIs ¼ Phann Dalis b:un dUrINa ¼ Pon Dorina

bkERbeday³ yU siT§IriT§ nig v:a vNѳ

PñMeBj kmPhnom Penh, Cambodia
TO SUBSCRIBE, PLEASE CONTACT: Office Address: #56, Street 315, Tuol Kork, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Posta

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viTüasßanbNþúHbNþal nig RsavRCavedIm,IGPivDÆn_km< úCa
CDRI—Cambodia’s Leading IndependentDevelopment Policy Research Institute
r)aykarN_fµI²sþIBIesdækic©km<úCa
 
Flash Report on the Cambodian Economy
 
kBaØa 2009 
¼
 
September 2009
saMg c½nÞhgS 
 
 ¼
 
Saing Chan Hang
 
pan; dalIs ¼
 
Phann Dalis
 
b:un dUrINa ¼
 
Pon Dorina
 
bkERbeday³
yU siT§Iri T§ nig v:a vNѳ
 
MeBj km<úCa
 
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
TO SUBSCRIBE, PLEASE CONTACT:
 Office Address:
#56, Street 315, Tuol Kork, Phnom Penh, Cambodia,
Postal Address:
CDRI, PO Box 622 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
 Tel:
(855-23) 881-384/881-701/881-916/883-603
Fax:
(855-23) 880-734
 E-mail:
pubs@cdri.forum.org.kh.
Web site:
http://www.cdri.org.kh
ISSN 1810-6358
 
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Highlights
This report highlights some of the key economicindicators for Cambodia and its main trading partners.Fixed asset investment approvals for the servicesector declined to nil in the second quarter of 2009.This was the second quarter in which no projectapproval was sought, the other being the fourthquarter of 2004.In July, total visitor arrivals to Cambodia rose 16 percent, after falls in the previous three consecutivemonths. Holiday arrivals increased by 21 percentand business arrivals by 5.4 percent, but were offset by a fall of 72 percent in other arrivals.Phnom Penh construction approvals plummeted by66 percent from the previous month, to USD9.3 min May. Flat construction fell by 76 percent toUSD2.5 m, while villa and house constructionincreased from USD1.3 m to USD2.9 m.In June, liquidity rose by 9.1 percent from the samemonth last year. Net foreign assets increased 11 percent and private sector credit 10 percent.Government deposits were up by 7.1 percent andother liabilities 16 percent. In June, the 12-monthinterest rate on riel loans remained unchanged at21.92 percent, while the rate on dollar loans rose to17.22 percent from 15.97 percent in the previousmonth.In August, the riel traded higher against the USdollar, at 4150.3, an appreciation of 0.8 percentcompared with the preceding month. Against theThai baht, the riel was up 0.4 percent, trading atKHR122.4/baht, and against the Vietnamese dong,it rose 0.7 percent, to KHR23.4 per 100 dong.Cambodia’s total exports decreased sharply in June, by 87 percent from the previous month, falling toUSD29.1 m. The decline was due mainly to a dropof 94 percent in garment exports. Fish exportsdecreased by 2.9 percent, while rubber rose 65 percent. Imports of cement shrank by 27 percent, of steel 1.4 percent and of petroleum products 2.3 percent, while cigarette imports doubled.The current budget deficit worsened from KHR20.5 bn in the previous month to KHR144.4 bn in July.This stemmed from a fall of 7.3 percent in domestictax collection and of 2.6 percent in import andexport tax revenue, partially offset by a rise of 1.3 percent in non-tax revenue. Current spending rose by 23 percent. Spending on social subsidies was up
 
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 by 60 percent, while spending on wages fell by 11 percent.In July, overall prices declined by 3.9 percent year on year, less than the decline of 4.9 percent in the previous month. The price of food and non-alcoholic beverages fell by 3.3 percent, of housingand utilities 10.7 percent, of transport 17.4 percent,of communications 10.7 percent and of recreationand culture 1.3 percent. However, the price of clothing and footwear was up 4.5 percent,household operations 5.3 percent, health care 8.0 percent and education 13.8 percent.Diesel fuel rose by 19 percent from the precedingmonth, selling at KHR3913.0/
in August. Gasolinedeclined by 9.3 percent, to KHR3405.3/
. The rice price rose in Kompong Speu (16 percent), while itwas down in Kampot (7.7 percent) and Svay Rieng(3.7 percent). The price of fish rose in Battambang(4.0 percent), Kompong Cham (5.1 percent) andSvay Rieng (8.3 percent), but fell in Kompong Speu(8.3 percent) and Kampot (6.3 percent). The price of  pork was down in Kampot (5.6 percent), but up inKompong Speu (3.1 percent).In July, the export prices of rice and rubber in Thaimarkets rose slightly, while maize was down. Ricerose by 7.6 percent and rubber by 0.3 percent, butthe price of maize decreased by 18 percent,compared to the previous month. This trend wasreversed for rice in Vietnamese markets, where ricesold for USD411.0/tonne, a fall of 7.8 percent fromthe previous month. However, the price of rubber climbed 2.2 percent and of cashews 2.4 percent.In July, inflation was down in all selected countriesexcept in Singapore. The rate decreased to -2.1 percent in the USA, -2.2 percent in Japan -0.6 percent in Euro zone, -1.8 percent in China, -1.5 inHong Kong, 1.6 in S. Korea (1.6 percent), -2.4 inMalaysia -4.4 percent in Thailand, while inflationremained unchanged in Singapore (-0.5).In August, the Korean won appreciated by 1.8 percent against the US dollar, the euro by 1.3 percent, the Singapore dollar by 0.5 percent and theThai baht by 0.1 percent. However, the Japaneseyen and Hong Kong dollar were lower against theUS dollar; the yen depreciating by 0.4 percent andthe Hong Kong dollar by 0.01 percent, comparedwith the preceding month.
In August crude oil sold at US cents 71.9/
, anincrease of 10 percent from the previous month.Gasoline was US cents 49.9/
, a rise of 11 percent;and diesel was US cents 49.6/
, a rise of 13 percent.
 

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