The expo where there were 153 Thai booths and 25 Cambodian booths with the participation of 78 companies, displaying a variety of products ranging from consumer goods, foodstuffs, drinks, construction materials, household utensils, leather-made products, school stationeries and cosmetics and preside over by Mr. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce and Thai Deputy Prime Minister Trairong Suwankiri were hosted after the Preah Vihear’s border dispute flare up by gun and arteries exchange from February 04 to 07.
The number of the visitors down around 50 percent if compare to previous expo, exhibitors said.
“As I remember, the previous Thai expo had attracted so crowded visitors but this year not so many’, said a Thai exhibitor.
The exhibitors said the only one reason for the drop is the border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand near Preah Vihear temple, especially the recent deadly clashes.
When the exhibitor express about the drop, Ms. Jiranan Wongmongkol, director of the Thai embassy’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office in Phnom Penh said yes it drop, but is slight drop with at least 10,000 visitors a day.
She added that Thai are going to host another expo from 19 to 22 May this year. It is another bigger expo in Phnom Penh to promote and boost the bilateral trade with Cambodia, but she said she hope the border conflict between the two countries will be resolved soon.
Cambodia and Thailand have had border conflict just a week after Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple was enlisted as World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008.
Bilateral trades between Cambodia and Thailand mounted to 2.54 billion U.S. dollars in 2010, up 54 percent from 1.65 billion dollars in a year earlier.