Manufacturing policy and regulation

Fleeing factory owners to pay

The Ministry of Labor is preparing to enact regulations that would provide some amount of monetary relief to workers left in the lurch by factory owners who flee the country. The widespread practice has led to a number of months-long protests as more and more factory ...

Mom Kunthear

Garment factory owners warn of falling productivity

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) claims falling productivity levels and rising infrastructure costs in the Kingdom’s garment sector could put the country at a disadvantage with its neighbouring competitors.   ...

Bun Sengkong and Yesenia Amaro

Pressure mounts on garment industry

Falling productivity and rising infrastructure costs are putting Cambodia’s garment industry at a disadvantage as it tries to compete with rivals Vietnam, Bangladesh and Myanmar, a leading union said yesterday.   ...

May Kunmakara

Surge in new product standards as tariffs fall

A recent surge in the development of national standards for manufactured goods and food products is creating more opportunities for local products in regional markets, a government official said yesterday. ...

Cheng Sokhorng

Footwear kicks in as factory exports surge 17 percent

The total value of exports from the garment, footwear and other factories rose 17 percent year on year to $7.1 billion last year, according to a report from Ministry of Industry and Handicraft released yesterday.   ...

Sok Chan

New report spotlights hidden workforce behind global brands

Global brands rely on a hidden workforce within their supply chains to avoid responsibility for poor working conditions and abuse, according to a new report from the International Trade Union Confederation. ...

Aria Danaparamita

Manufacturers seek help to upgrade products for export to ASEAN

Local manufacturers are calling for government support to help them make their products meet quality standards set by other members of ASEAN – standards they say will be the major barrier to access the regional market as the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) kicks off at ...

Sok Chan

Prime minister warns ‘bad officials’ over building violations

Days after City Hall ordered NagaWorld casino to halt its expansion because it was damaging Phnom Penh’s beauty, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday warned “bad officials” to stop allowing construction projects to damage the country’s aesthetic allure. ...

Kang Sothear

Siam cement moving to expand in Cambodia

Thailand’s largest industrial conglomerate and the majority shareholder in Kampot Cement, Siam Cement Group (SCG), is expanding production capacity and diversifying its product line to tap opportunities in Cambodia’s “booming” construction industry, its president and CEO Kan Trakulhoon told Khmer Times late last week. ...

May Kunmakara

H&M to step up monitoring of local suppliers

H&M and global union federation IndustriALL on Tuesday signed off on a deal aimed at improving conditions for the 1.6 million workers at the 1,900 factories around the world filling orders for the Swedish clothing giant that will include a new oversight committee in Cambodia. ...

Zsombor Peter

Raids net apparel knock-offs

Investigations are continuing after Siem Reap’s economic police conducted four raids last Saturday on shops selling knock-offs of products from US-based outdoor apparel and equipment brand The North Face, police sources said yesterday.The raids were conducted on four stores – Cambodia Outlet, Duty Free Outlet, ...

Ananth Baliga and Thik Kaliyann

Global brands welcome wage rise

Major global brands that source from Cambodia welcome the recent rise in the basic minimum wage for the country’s more than 700,000 garment workers, representatives of three brands told Khmer Times yesterday. They have no plans to shift sourcing to other countries where wages are ...

May Kunmakara

Meeting on gas prices postponed again

The planned meeting of representatives from eight leading gas-station chains and government officials to discuss a formula for setting a range for retail gasoline prices was postponed yesterday until tomorrow, officials at the Commerce Ministry said. ...

Sum Manet

Tien Tien workers find jobs, seek pay

About 90 per cent of workers from the Tien Tien factory in Kandal province, whose Chinese owner disappeared leaving some $30,000 in unpaid wages last month, have found new jobs according to staff and union officials. ...

Mom Kunthear

Garment sector training institute breaks ground

Employing some 700,000 Cambodians, the garment sector is the country’s largest private employer. But move above the factory floor and you will find mostly foreigners, from countries such as China, Singapore, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. ...

Peter Ford and Kang Sothear

Union Law worries garment sector investors from Hong Kong

A visiting delegation from the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, which handles tens of billions of dollars in regional investment, says it raised concerns about the low threshold for forming unions in a pending new law during meetings with government officials Monday. ...

Zsombor Peter

ILO hopes to inform wage talks with new quarterly bulletin

In the inaugural issue of its bulletin on Cambodia’s $5.8-billion garment industry, the International Labor Organization said Thursday that business remained strong on the back of rising exports despite a 28-percent hike to the sector’s minimum wage in January. ...

Zsombor Peter

Gov’t launches industrial policy

Prime Minister Hun Sen said the Council of Ministers would review and pass the Industrial Development Policy 2015-2025 today, setting out a roadmap that aims to boost investment and broaden the Kingdom’s manufacturing base. The policy framework will consist of four pillars: attracting FDI to ...

Chan Muyhong and Hor Kimsay

Brands, international unions press Cambodian government on labor issues

Representatives from some of the world’s largest fashion brands and the leader of one of the world’s biggest union organizations met this week with Cambodian officials and local clothing manufacturers to demand better treatment and improve workplace safety for the country’s estimated 600,000 garment workers. Garment ...

Robert Carmichael

Factory shutters in shame

The Zongtex Garment factory off Phnom Penh’s Russian Boulevard looks like a nondescript residential compound, hidden down a dead-end road. There are no signs suggesting that it supplied to some of the world’s leading high street names – and the US military. Taiwanese-owned Zongtex Garment Manufacturing ...

Daniel Pye, Alice Cuddy and Chhay Channyda

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