CPI data to resume this week

September 9, 2008 at 3:50 am 1 comment

The Phnom Penh Post – September 05, 2008

Written by Thet Sambath and Chun Sophal

Opposition blasts government  claim of lower inflation rate



A Phnom Penh rice trader Sunday. The price of staples skyrocketed in recent months, prompting the government to suspend the publication of inflation figures.

MINISTRY of Planning officials announced a decrease in Cambodia’s inflation rate to 22 percent in advance of official Consumer Price Index numbers expected later this week.

The government suspended monthly CPI reports in early February in a move widely seen as an effort to obscure spiralling consumer costs ahead of the July national polls.

“The ministry has completed the Consumer Price Index and inflation was at 22 percent in July and August,” Minister of Planning Chhay Than told the Post  Sunday.

“These figures show that inflation has gone down compared to the same period last year,” he said.

The minister said the drop was explained in part by falling petrol prices.

However, Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian Son Chhay dismissed the government’s inflation assessment.

“I think the ministry shouldn’t release statistics for politically motivated reasons. The election is over, so they should give us the real numbers,” he said.

He said the figure of 22 percent doesn’t correspond to actual market costs for goods, which he says have gone up no less than 30 percent over the past six months.

The National Bank of Cambodia said last month that inflation for the first half of the year rose to 25.1 percent.

San Sithan, director general of the Ministry of Planning, told the Post Sunday the government will adopt a new model for calculating the CPI some time near the end of the year.

“It will be in place by the end of this year,” he said, adding that there would be only minor differences between the two.

“We are seeing a decrease in inflation because petrol prices have dropped, and that has driven down the price of other goods and services,” San Sithan said.

Inflation in January 2008 – the last month government data was available – stood at more than 18 percent.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. settha  |  September 3, 2009 at 3:09 am

    i want to find consumer price index


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