BANGKOK, 30 April 2011 – The majority of Thai businesspeople in Cambodia have not been affected by the Thai-Cambodian border clashes, according to the Minister of Commerce.
Ms Pornthiva Nakasai said she had checked with the Thai commercial counselor attached to the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh and found that Thai business activities were carrying on normally despite a series of artillery exchanges at the Thai-Cambodian border.
According to the minister, most of the Thai businesses in the neighboring country are located opposite the northeastern Thai provinces of Sa Kaeo and Trat while the clashes usually take place in Surin and Buri Ram.
Nevertheless, Ms Pornthiva has assigned the commercial counselor to monitor the situation very closely in order to make ready assistance for the private sector once it is requested.
The minister also asked the provincial offices of Internal Trade and Commerce in Surin, Si Sa Ket and nearby provinces to see to it that there would be no profiteering in the areas during such an unusual situation. She said profiteers could face a prison term of up to seven months and/or a fine of not more than 140,000 baht.
Ms Pornthiva added that the ASEAN Economic Community establishment in 2015 should not get affected from the Thai-Cambodian border clashes.