Construction workers lay concrete on the eighth floor of the Bassac Lane site in Phnom Penh. (Andy Ball)

Brief: Garment Exports Surge, Cement Imports Plunge

The Cambodian economy is expected to expand 4.5% this year as exports to the U.S. surged but construction approvals and cement imports plunged, the World Bank said in its latest economic update.

Rice fields and irrigation canals outside Siem Reap city on October 31, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Rice Exports Drop 23 Percent Amid Pandemic

In the first eight months of the year, Cambodian rice exports are tracking 23 percent below the same period last year, though non-rice exports have more than doubled in that time.