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Economy

Cambodia making a play for more factories

Workers polish watch bezels by hand in Nihon Seimitsu's Bavet factory. The high ceiling ensures enough air flow to forgo air conditioning.

There are growing expectations that the Southern Economic Corridor, which cuts through the lower part of the Indochinese Peninsula, will soon buzz with activity. The corridor is a highway linking Bangkok with Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City. It also stretches west from Bangkok, to Dawei, Myanmar, a city that opens to the Indian Ocean.

     Thanks in part to the ASEAN Economic Community, which officially kicked off in December, factories are beginning to sprout up in Cambodia, the corridor's biggest beneficiary.

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