Sa Kaeo Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is ready for the setting up of an industrial estate, given that a new permanent border checkpoint in Ban Nong Ian – out of four such locales currently – plus accelerated infrastructure development will help bolster our cross-border trade with Cambodia.
Currently, Sa Kaeo has the highest border trade value of any provinces with Cambodia because it is located near the major Khmer economic city of Banteay Meanchey, which serves as an export transfer point en route to Phnom Penh.
We at KResearch project that the value of cross-border exports from Sa Kaeo to Cambodia during 2016 will reach perhaps THB61.2-63.0 billion, increasing 0.2-3.2 percent, versus the 2.6 percent growth reported for 2015. Although such figures would represent minimal growth, Sa Kaeo has bright prospects as our important cross-border export base in the future.
Since Sa Kaeo is located in proximity to many agricultural raw material sources in Cambodia, as well as other potential export markets, i.e., Laos and Vietnam, KResearch is of the view that Sa Kaeo SEZ is an ideal location for beverage industry operations, particularly non-alcoholic drinks, given a large and thriving Cambodian market. It is also suitable for agro-processing since producers can take advantage of relatively cheap raw materials sourced from Cambodia.
There are ample investment opportunities for warehousing and distribution service providers in Sa Kaeo SEZ, as well, because demand for logistics services will likely expand in line with the bourgeoning border trade there.