Wed, 03 Dec 2008
Phnom Phen (ANTARA News) - Some 25 Cambodian businessmen have expressed interest in establishing business contacts with Indonesians among other things in the industry and tourism sectors.

The Cambodian businessmen expressed their wish to cooperate with Indonesian businessmen during a "Business Matching" function, in Phnom Phen on Tuesday.

Harry Warganegara, chairman of the Indonesian Young Businessmen Association (HIPMI), who also attended the event said that the Cambodian businessmen were interested in cooperation in hotel business and tourism industry.

In addition, they also wish to purchase construction materials and handicraft products from Indonesia, Harry said.

Meanwhile, South Korean builder living in Cambodia, JW Kim of Young Shim Trading Co., said Cambodia has been importing cement from Thailand.

"Indonesian cement is of course good, but it is a question whether the price is competitive or not?" Kim said when attending the Indonesian Trade dan Tourism Promotion in the Cambodian capital city.

PT Bosowa`s production manager, Iwan Zulkarnaen said South Korean businessmen working in the Cambodian infrastructure sector, had showed a great interest in construction and building materials from Indonesia.

"We will give competitive price so that Indonesian products can get a wider market in Cambodia," Iwan said.

In the meantime, Lily Suliani Haryati, head of marketing extension for Asia, Australia and New Zealand at the National Agency for Export Development (BPEN) reminded Indonesian businessmen who wish to penetrate Cambodia`s market to select products for export to that country.

Lily said that Indonesian Batik clothes are currently traded in Cambodia at low prices, but the Batik clothes came from Malaysia.

This happened because there is no direct flight from Indonesia to Cambodia, she noted, adding that the quality of Cambodian garments are now getting better.

Cambodia and Indonesia are part of the ten ASEAN member countries, which comprised Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Singapore, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. (*)



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