15 Aug 2019
Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak on Tuesday met with the Malaysian ambassador in Phnom Penh to consider the establishment of several factories in Cambodia to manufacture bicycle components.
Minister Sorasak and newly-appointed Malaysian ambassador Eldeen Husaini Bin Mohd Hashim agreed that working together to build bike parts manufacturing facilities will help bolster the countries’ trade relation.
The bicycle components produced at the factories would be used to supply local manufacturers, it was suggested during the meeting.
“At the meeting, the discussion centred on working together to build bike parts manufacturing facilities to feed local supply chains,” Mr Sorasak said in a press release after the meeting.
Last year, the Kingdom exported 1.52 million bicycles to the European Union, worth a combined $331 million, according to a World Bank report released in May.
In 2017, the Kingdom became the largest bicycle supplier to the EU, overtaking Taiwan.
Bicycles need to be comprised of a minimum of 40 percent local components to qualify for duty-free status in the EU, although goods from other Asean nations can count as local materials, according to the ministry.
Cambodia currently manufactures some of the components used in bicycles but it also imports them from countries in the region.
Commerce Ministry spokesman Seang Thay said having more bike parts factories in the Kingdom will help reduce costs for bicycle manufacturers and
improve the supply chain.