Cambodia’s Garment, Footwear, Travel Goods Export Up 20 Percent In Q1

Cambodia’s Garment, Footwear, Travel Goods Export Up 20 Percent In Q1

PHNOM PENH, Apr 13 (NNN-AKP) – Cambodia exported 2,941 million U.S. dollars worth of garment, footwear and travel products (GFTs) to international markets, in the first quarter of 2024, up 20 percent from 2,449 million dollars over the same period last year, said a report released by the Ministry of Commerce, yesterday.

Apparel and textiles accounted for 2,167 million dollars, during the Jan-Mar period this year, marking an increase of 23 percent from 1,759 million dollars, over the same period last year, the report said.

Footwear represented 346.3 million dollars, up 6.9 percent from 323.7 million dollars, while travel goods absorbed 427.9 million dollars, up 16.6 percent from 366.7 million dollars, the report added.

Speaking at a press conference on Cambodia’s economic outlook for 2024, Poullang Doung, Asian Development Bank-Cambodia’s senior economics officer, said, the GFT sector will partly contribute to Cambodia’s economic growth this year, which was projected at 5.8 percent.

He said, the outlook for the GFT exports is “positive” and that, the GFT exports have gained momentum since the last quarter of 2023.

The GFT industry is the biggest foreign exchange earner for the country.

The sector currently consists of roughly 1,680 factories and branches, employing some 918,000 workers, mostly female, according to the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.– NNN-AKP  


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