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Garment, travel goods exports will stay strong, says minister

Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak on Thursday expressed his optimism that garment, textile, footwear and travel goods exports will continue to enjoy strong growth over the next few years. He cited better working conditions and labour compliance as the main drivers of the Kingdom’s industrial ...

Garment, textile, footwear exports nearly $8B in Q1-Q3

Cambodia exported more than $7.97 billion worth of garment, textile and footwear (GTF) products in the first nine months of this year, up 13.18 per cent year-on-year from $7.044 billion, a report from the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s General Department of Customs and Excise ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/garment-textile-footwear-exports-nearly-8b-q1-q3

Minimum wage set at $190 for 2020

Next year’s basic minimum wage has been increased by 4.4 per cent to $190 a month from $170 per month last year after the final round of negotiations ended in a vote last week, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training announced. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/minimum-wage-set-190-2020

GMAC urges government to reduce financial burden on employers

As minimum wage negotiations continue, GMAC has asked the government to refrain from increasing the agreed-upon pay bump for garment workers by $5 because it reduces the industry’s competitiveness due to the added financial burden on employers. Minimum wage negotiations between employers, the government and unions ...

May Kunmakara & Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50640403/gmac-urges-government-to-reduce-financial-burden-on-employers/

Unions prepare to negotiate minimum wage

Unions are preparing to meet with Labour Ministry officials later this month to discuss the minimum wage in the garment sector for 2020. Last month, unions, Labour Ministry officials and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia held individual meetings on the minimum wage. On August 29, ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50634756/unions-prepare-to-negotiate-minimum-wage/

Cambodia's garment manufacturers group urges EU to maintain EBA for Cambodia

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has urged the European Union (EU) to maintain the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preferences for Cambodia, according to its statement released to the media on Thursday. The EU started in February the 18-month process that could lead ...

Xiaoxia
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/16/c_138313126.htm

GMAC makes EU plea to consider job losses

In a statement set to be published on Monday, the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said the EU’s possible withdrawal of Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) access would harm 750,000 workers and three million families. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/gmac-makes-eu-plea-consider-job-losses

Exports to US soar in H1

Cambodia’s shipments to the world’s largest market grew by 30 percent from January to June, the data show. $2.24 billion worth of Cambodian goods were purchased by the US.   ...

Chea Vannak
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50630230/exports-to-us-soar-in-h1/

Investment growing but at a slower pace: GMAC

Investment in the garment and footwear sector, one of Cambodia’s economic pillars, is growing at a slightly slower pace in 2019 compared to last year, according to an official from the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC).​ The deceleration is likely the result of the ...

Chhut Bunthoeun
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50601248/investment-growing-but-at-a-slower-pace-gmac/

Factories ‘don’t need to move’

The owners of existing factories, warehouses and other businesses in the capital that rely on large lorries to move their products will not have to relocate to the outskirts of the city. The decision came after the Phnom Penh Municipal Hall and the Garment Manufacturers ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/factories-dont-need-move

Cambodia to end border check

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has unveiled a new campaign to boost economic independence and reduce the reliance on preferential trade statuses offered by advanced countries, saying the government will provide better trade facilitation and eliminate unnecessary procedures. ...

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/asean-plus/30362299

US senators call for GSP trade privilege cut

Two US senators on Wednesday introduced the Cambodian Trade Act of 2019 bill, requiring the administration to re-examine Cambodia’s eligibility to access the preferential trade treatment granted by the US under the General System of Preferences (GSP). ...

Hor Kimsay
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/us-senators-call-gsp-trade-privilege-cut

All benefits will be provided: Labour Ministry

The Labour Ministry on Friday issued a statement asking all factory workers to remain calm and trust that all benefits they are lawfully entitled to will be provided in due time. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50564354/all-benefits-will-be-provided-labour-ministry/

Deadlock over wage talks

The first round of a tripartite meeting to negotiate a new minimum wage for garment and footwear workers ended in a deadlock on Monday. Trade unions, employers, and the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training officials tried to hammer out a new wage scheme for ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/deadlock-over-wage-talks

GMAC says new labour policy could hurt business

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia yesterday issued a statement asking for the Labour Ministry to reconsider its intent to amend article 89 concerning worker protection and severance pay. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50491048/gmac-says-new-labour-policy-could-hurt-business/

All factories need infirmaries by year’s end

The Labour Ministry has announced that all factories across the country must have their own infirmary completed by the end of this year, noting that 88 percent of factories having built infirmaries already. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50487734/all-factories-need-infirmaries-by-years-end/

Canada praises progress in factory labour conditions

Donica Pattie, Canada’s Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, on Friday lauded Cambodia’s recent advancements in factory labour conditions, which she said might prompt Canada to increase purchases from Cambodian textile manufacturers, according to a high-ranking Cambodian official. ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50114733/canada-praises-progress-in-factory-labour-conditions/

Early data show decline in garment sector growth

The labour minister said on Monday that Cambodia’s garment sector grew by 4 percent last year to reach $7.6 billion, which would mark a slowdown in the growth rate compared to previous years. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/early-data-show-decline-garment-sector-growth

Working conditions improving in garment factories: ILO

A report released Tuesday by Better Factories Cambodia (BFC), a programme of the International Labour Organisation, found that compliance in the garment industry with working conditions regulations has improved substantially in the last four year. ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50103908/working-conditions-improving-in-garment-factories-ilo/

Hundreds of garment workers faint in Takeo

More than 100 workers at the JD Toyoma garment factory in Takeo province’s Bati district fainted yesterday morning while working. Police suspected the cause of the fainting was chemical fumes in the factory, but the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia said the fumes did not ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5094481/hundreds-garment-workers-faint-takeo/

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