The Ministry of Foreign Affairs with its Bangladeshi counterpart, announced plans of signing an agreement to grant the introduction of direct flights from Dakha to Phnom Penh to boost trade volume and tourism.
In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Cambodian Foreign Ministry said the Kingdom and Bangladesh are satisfied with the increasing trend in bilateral trade and investment and are willing to expend more efforts to maintain the upward shift.
“Both sides stressed the need to lock in the Air Services Agreement to pave way for direct air linkages and boost connectivity and people-to-people ties between the two nations,” it said.
The plan was developed during the first meeting of Cambodia-Bangladesh Joint Commission in Dhaka on February 27.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said trade volume between Cambodia and Bangladesh in the first half of 2019 reached $7.8 million.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak yesterday welcomed the direct air linkages saying it will bolster tourism and investment in the Kingdom.
According to the ministry, the number of Bangladeshi tourists visiting Cambodia rose dramatically from 3,206 in 2018 to 7,081 the following year.
“The linkages will generate more benefits for both nations as it will lead to a dramatic rise in both tourism and investment opportunities. Fostering links between Cambodia and its neighbouring country is a good move,” said Mr Sopheak.
Cambodia Association of Travel Agents president Chhay Sivlin yesterday said Bangladesh has expressed its interest in the Kingdom’s tourism sites, especially those listed under UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
“Bangladeshi people are interested in visiting Siem Reap, as well as the coastal areas and eco-tourism sites in the Kingdom. These constitute a great leverage for development in the tourism sector,” she said, adding Cambodia would have to promote and invest in halal food production to urge more Bangladeshi tourists to visit.