Khmer Post Asia Close

Cambodia-Korea Free Trade Agreement Law promulgated

Thong Sotha​​   On February 3, 2022 - 9:19 am​   In Economics  
Cambodia-Korea Free Trade Agreement Law promulgated Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Xinhua

His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, King of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has signed into law the ratification of the Free Trade Agreement between Cambodia and South Korea on January 29, 2022, after it was cleared by the National Assembly and Senate.

The promulgation of the Law on the Approval of the Free Trade Agreement between Cambodia and South Korea paves the way for Cambodia and South Korea to fully implement free trade between them.

A free trade agreement between Cambodia and South Korea was discussed and drafted by the two countries’ expert working group in 2021. The agreement was officially signed via video by the Minister of Commerce of Cambodia Pan Sorasak and the Minister of Commerce of the Republic of Korea, YEO Han-Koo on October 26, 2021.

The agreement will boost exports, increase gross domestic product and increase employment opportunities, and help speed up the recovery of the two economies affected by Covid-19 by expanding trade liberalization markets in addition to the ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Agreement (AKFTA) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP).

The agreement will further boost Cambodia’s exports to the Republic of Korea, such as garments and textiles, footwear, bags, spare parts, electronics, rubber and agricultural products.

The Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, has strongly expressed his belief that this free trade agreement will be a major driving force in boosting trade and investment flows between Cambodia and the Republic of Korea.

In addition to the Free Trade Agreement with the Republic of Korea, Cambodia also has free trade with China and with economic partners in all areas of the RCEP. Free trade agreements with China and RCEP partners have already entered into force.

Hun Sen once considers the establishment of these free trade as helping the Cambodian economy and expand the market for Cambodian products. Khmer Times