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Cambodia Among Best Low-Income Performers for Logistics

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Trade logistics, a key element in trade development

PHNOM PENH, March 28: (Khmer Times) – A new World Bank report shows that Cambodia is among the top ten low-income performers in terms of improving trade logistics, although its timeliness has deteriorated.
The Logistics Performance and Indicators released at the end of last week shows that Cambodia’s overall score rose from 2.56 points in 2012 to 2.74 points this year.
“Cambodia, a country showing steady improvement in the rank since 2007, now stands 96th,” the report said.
For customs, Cambodia’s score climbed from 2.30 points in 2012 to 2.67 points in the latest survey. In other areas, the county’s scores improved from 2.20 to 2.58 for infrastructure, from 2.61 to 2.83 for international shipments, from 2.50 to 2.67 for logistics competence and from 2.77 to 2.92 for tracking and tracing.
But for timeliness, the report said Cambodia’s score dropped from 2.95 points in 2012 to 2.75 points this year. It was also down from 3.05 points in 2007.
In a statement, the World Bank said the general trend was that low-performing countries were improving their overall scores faster than high-performing countries.
“In low-income countries, the biggest gains typically come from improvements to infrastructure and basic border management. This might mean reforming a customs agency, but, increasingly, it means improving efficiency in other agencies present at the border, including those responsible for sanitary and phyto-sanitary controls,” the statement said.

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