PHNOM PENH, Oct 8 (Bernama) -- The World Bank has maintained Cambodia's economic growth at 6.6 percent this year, the same as its May forecast, according to its East Asia and Pacific Economic Data Monitor released Monday.
In its May's report, the bank said Cambodia has been one of the
fastest growing countries in the world over the past 10 years,
experiencing average annual growth of over 8 percent since 2000.
The country's economy is relying on four main pillars -- garment
export, tourism, agriculture and construction, Xinhua news agency
The WB's projection is 0.1 percentage point higher than that of
the Asian Development Bank and International Monetary Fund, which
forecast the country's gross domestic product (GDP) at 6.5 percent this
However, all the forecasts are lower than the 6.9 percent growth
projection by the government based on increases in garment export,
tourism and construction.
According to official figures, during the first seven months of
this year the country exported garment products in equivalent to
US$2.51 billion, a 8 percent rise compared with the same period last
From January to August this year, Cambodia attracted some 2.33
million foreign tourists (up 24 percent) and US$1.53 billion investment
in construction projects (74 percent increase) over the same
corresponding period in 2011.