Food, Beverage and Tobacco
By the early 1980s agro-industry food processing activities, predominantly rice milling, had started taking place under the cooperative sector. By the mid 1980s a host of small private enterprises providing basic manufactured goods, such as fish sauce, had emerged to meet growing domestic demand. Nationalised SMEs were sold or leased to the private sector from late 1989, and in 1991 the government introduced a full-scale privatisation programme. Macro-economic stability had been largely achieved by the late 1990s and basic infrastructure and institutions had been rebuilt providing the platform for growth of SMEs. According to Cambodian Ministry of Industry Mines and Energy, 81% of industrial SMEs were involved in food, beverage and tobacco industries in 2005.
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