Bangladesh and Cambodia has announced a plan of signing an agreement to introduce direct flights from Dhaka to Combodia's capital Phnom Penh as an initiative to boost trade volume and tourism, Khemer Times reported.
Cambodian Foreign Ministry said the Kingdom of Cambodia and Bangladesh are satisfied with the increasing trend in bilateral trade and investment and are willing to expand efforts to maintain the upward shift, in a press release issued on March 3.
"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 added.
The plan was developed during the first meeting of Bangladesh-Cambodia Joint Commission in Dhaka on February 27, 2020.
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.
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.