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NGO Says Clothing Giants Shirked Workers

A local legal aid NGO said yesterday that American retail giant Wal-Mart and Swedish clothing brand H&M have failed to take responsibility for a shuttered supplier factory in Phnom Penh that owes its workers up to $200,000 in unpaid severance payments. The Community Legal Education Center ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Corruption? Not on foreign projects: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen lashed out at unnamed critics yesterday, saying there was no corruption in large-scale development projects backed by foreign aid. “[For example] as for the Neak Leung bridge or Kizuna bridge Japan runs its bids in Tokyo. Therefore, only Japanese companies have the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013011560783/National/corruption-not-on-foreign-projects-pm.html

Loan agreement inked for Cambodia’s first garment training school

The Garment Manufacturer’s Association in Cambodia (GMAC) signed a $3.5 million loan agreement with French international development agency Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) yesterday to build Cambodia’s first garment sector training school. The school will train Cambodia’s unskilled garment workers and other Cambodians who wish to ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012120460070/Business/loan-agreement-inked-for-cambodias-first-garment-training-school.html

Cambodia plans 3.1 bln USD for national expenses next year: minister

Cambodia planned to allocate 3. 1 billion U.S. dollars, in equivalent to 19.8 percent of the country’s GDP, for national expenses in 2013, a 12.9 percent rise year-on-year, finance minister Keat Chhon said Friday. Speaking to reporters after a meeting at the National Assembly, the minister ...

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A factory’s fainting crisis

In a single factory that supplies some of the biggest international brands, faintings occurred every day for five years, a new investigation by the Cambodian Legal Education Centre has found. Until just weeks ago, when the management installed new fans, three to four garments workers were ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012110759624/National-news/a-factorys-fainting-crisis.html

Government Allocates More Than $3 Billion in 2013 Budget

The government has allocated more than $3 billion for total government spending in 2013, an increase of 19.2 percent on the $2.6 billion the government planned to spend in 2012, according to a statement issued by the Council of Ministers on Friday. The statement did not ...

Index Shows Little Progress in Gender Equity

Cambodia has made almost no progress over the past six years when it comes to gender equality, and is still the lowest-ranked country in the region, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2012 Gender Gap Index. Ranked 103 out of 135 countries surveyed, Cambodia placed last ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/index-shows-little-progress-in-gender-equality-4777/

Ministry of Labor Launches Anti-Fainting Campaign

The Ministry of Labor on Sunday launched an educational campaign aimed at preventing further mass faintings in garment factories, a ministry official said yesterday. Meng Hong, director of the ministry’s inspection and legal affairs department, said that the campaign would target more than 30,000 garment workers ...

Workers given lesson in how not to faint

Education garment workers and their bosses on how to avoiding fainting is the latest strategy the Ministry of Labor is using to address a problem that has plagued the industry in the past two years, a ministry official said yesterday. Labor Ministry Secretary of State Oum Mean said he ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100959175/National-news/workers-given-lesson-in-how-not-to-faint.html

Education ushers women into workforce

Gender inequality in education is still palpable in Cambodia, causing women to be undervalued in the workplace and their potential to be untapped, the Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs said during the celebration of the United Nations International Day of the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100859160/Business/education-to-empower-new-generation-of-women-leaders.html

Civil engineering students on the rise

Students finishing their secondary education this year are carefully looking at market demand to decide what to study to ensure solid future earnings. Many educators say the recent growth of the construction sector in Cambodia is encouraging parents and students to enroll at the universities of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/Real-Estate/civil-engineering-students-on-the-rise.html

Gov't and Donors Set New Reform Targets

The new list of reforms approved by the government at a high-level meeting with its foreign donors on Wednesday offer a mixed bag of targets, with some sectors, such as education, given more ambitious goals than before, while others had their ambitions scaled back and old goals ...

Hunters and Hunted

Unable to effectively police the Cardamoms alone, the Cambodian government partners itself with several international NGOs. The forests directly north of Highway 48 arc patrolled with the help of Wildlife Alliance. Beginning in 2002 with two ranger stations, Wildlife Alliance now operates six outposts in the ...

Social Work to shape Kingdom

Social work, long-established in developed countries but unheard-of in Cambodia, could be set to change the face of child protection in the country as interest in the field grows. Last week, a hundred potential social workers from around the country came to Phnom Penh for an ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012092558885/Lifestyle/social-work-to-change-cambodia.html

Training needed for tourist industry

Representatives of Cambodia’s booming tourism industry yesterday called on the Asian Development Bank to provide funding for workforce training in the sector. During the meeting at the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce, tour operator Ho Vandy, who also co-chairs the Tourism Working Group in the Government-Private Sector Forum, said representatives ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012092658915/Business/training-needed-for-tourist-industry.html

Chinese language study surging in Cambodia

As China has risen to become the world’s second-largest economy and cemented close political and economic ties with the Kingdom, many people see advantages in speaking the language of their powerful northern benefactor.   From 1994 to 2011, data from the Council for the Development of Cambodia show ...

http://etmcambodia.com

Skills key to gender goals

 A Millennium Development Goal Acceleration Framework action plan presented yesterday by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) seeks to address Panha’s and other women’s lagging economic opportunities in Cambodia. The plan will help Cambodia achieve targeted Millenium Development Goals by 2015. Though no date of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012092058826/National-news/education-integral-to-gender-goals.html

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