Despite positive report, too soon to tell with Cambodia’s economic recovery

Garment factories like this supplier in Kandal provided a central pillar for Cambodia's economic growth before the pandemic, December 2018. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A newly released report from the Asia Development Bank (ADB) forecasting growth for the Cambodian economy is providing only cold comfort as its authors acknowledge their study had been conducted before the sweeping lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takhmao.

Industry 4.0 could threaten Cambodia’s garment and tourism sectors, says new ADB report

The garment workers leave from a factory in Phnom Penh, April 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The economic impact of the pandemic on Cambodia’s garment sector and tourism industry may only be the first blow to these economic engines.