Manufacturing policy and regulation

PM gives call to manufacture high-quality local products

Prime Minister Hun Manet yesterday called for the production of high-quality local products to meet domestic demand and help reduce imports, stressing that the government is striving to stabilize prices and reduce production costs to boost farmers’ income. ...

Chea Vanyuth

Associations welcome minimum wage hike

Associations in the footwear and travel goods sector welcomed the hike in the minimum wage for workers in 2024, saying that this will ensure the sector’s competitiveness and enhance the workers’ living standards. ...

Chea Vanyuth

GFT minimum wage hike focuses on sustainability

The government has confirmed continuing minimum wage hikes for workers in the garment, footwear, and travel goods (GFT) sector, adhering to the sustainability of the sector and competitiveness in the market. ...

Chea Vanyuth

Minimum wage negotiations for factory workers continue

The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MLVT) and the National Council of Minimum Wage launched their second round of negotiations on Monday to review the monthly minimum wage for workers in the garment, footwear, and travel goods (GFT) sector for 2024. ...

Yatt Malai

Hun Manet lays out policies to improve garment workers’ living standard

Cambodia’s new Prime Minister, Hun Manet, met with 18,000 garment workers at Khan Por Sen Chey to share government policies on improving the living standards of garment workers. ...

Rov Hongseng

New sub-decree tightens regulations on garment industry sub-contractors

Cambodia will prepare a sub-decree improving existing labour mechanisms by adding detailed procedures, permanent management mechanisms, responsibilities for relevant companies, especially sub-subcontractors, as Cambodia seeks to ensure the prevention of the use of forced labour. ...

Van Socheata

Improve labour conditions or face fines

In a push to improve conditions for workers, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has issued a warning to establishments nationwide. The ministry will take legal action against any enterprise that is negligent or refuses to improve working conditions. Enterprises must ensure the safety, ...

Hang Punreay

Capital, businesses find ways to move factories to suburbs

The Phnom Penh Municipal Hall has been holding discussions with the Cambodia Trucking Association (CAMTA) and major businesses to find an efficient way of relocating factories and warehouses to the outskirts of Phnom Penh. ...

Lay Samean

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

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