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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cambodia expects 7% growth in 2011: premier

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said the country's economy would grow by about seven per cent in 2011 despite the agricultural damage caused by unusually heavy flooding.

Cambodia's deadliest floods in over a decade, triggered by heavy rains in August and September, killed at least 247 people and destroyed nearly one tenth of the nation's rice paddies.

"I would like to confirm that although the agricultural sector growth is at zero per cent, Cambodia's economic growth rate will be around seven per cent this year," Hun Sen said during a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh.

He said the economy was boosted by an increase in garment exports and international tourist arrivals and a resurgent construction industry.

The International Monetary Fund last week projected that Cambodia's economic growth in 2011 would fall slightly below six per cent as a result of the floods, down from an earlier forecast of 6.7 per cent.

The global body said it expected Cambodia's gross domestic product growth to reach 7.25 per cent in 2012.

Written off as a failed state after the devastating 1975-1979 Khmer Rouge regime and several decades of civil war, Cambodia has used garment and footwear exports and tourism to help improve its economy.

The country enjoyed several years of double-digit economic growth before being hit hard by the global financial crisis which began in 2007.

But like much of Asia, Cambodia has bounced back and achieved 5.9 per cent growth in 2010, according to Hun Sen.

Cambodia remains one of the world's poorest countries, with around 30 per cent of its 14 million people living on less than US$! (S$1.3) a day.

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