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‘Life goes on’ if Cambodia loses Everything But Arms

Cambodia’s business sector is exploring ways to mitigate any fallout from a possible loss of access to the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement as talks continue before the 28-member bloc makes a final decision. The EU monitoring process is set to conclude in mid-August, ...

Husain Haider
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/life-goes-if-cambodia-loses-everything-arms

W&D garment factory records $1M loss since workers began protesting

The W&D garment factory in the capital’s Meanchey district has reported a loss of more than $1 million since its workers started their protests in December. The factory owner said it has also lost up to three major buyers out of its 10 overseas ones ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/wd-garment-factory-records-1m-loss-workers-began-protesting

EU starts EBA withdrawal

The EU on Monday announced that it has begun the 18-month process of withdrawing the Kingdom’s access to its preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement over “a deterioration of democracy [and] respect for human rights”. ...

Joseph Curtin
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eu-starts-eba-withdrawal-0

Factories begin new wage plan

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training issued an announcement on Wednesday indicating that 81 per cent of garment and footwear factories have implemented the government’s new requirement to pay workers’ wages twice a month. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/factories-begin-new-wage-plan

Footwear protests continue into fourth day

More than 2,000 workers at King Maker Footwear Co continued protesting for a fourth day on Wednesday, as they demanded that 50 per cent of their salary be paid, after their jobs were suspended by the factory for a month due to a lack of ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/footwear-protests-continue-fourth-day

Cambodia's H1 garment exports up 10.73 pct, projected strong this year

Cambodia’s garment exports grew by 10.73 percent in the first half of 2018 and are projected to remain strong despite a European Union threat to withdraw duty-free trading access, official data showed on Wednesday. ...

Prak Chan Thul
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks/nasdaq-confirms-correction-while-sp-500-and-dow-erase-2018-gains-idUSKCN1MY1LZ

Trade war may boost Kingdom’s US exports

Exports of travel goods from the Kingdom are set to gain from the ongoing US-China trade war as US lobbyists for the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) claim that President Donald Trump plans to raise duties on such China-made products from 10 to 25 ...

Hor Kimsay
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/trade-war-may-boost-kingdoms-us-exports

Clothes exports kick into high gear

Cambodia’s garment and footwear exports recorded double-digit growth to some $4 billion in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, a National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) report has said. Industry insiders have speculated that the growth could be due ...

Hor Kimsay
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/clothes-exports-kick-high-gear

New partnership promotes vocational training

The Cambodia Garment Training Institute (CGTI) and the National Employment Agency (NEA) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding that will make vocational training more widely available in Cambodia and help build up the local labour force. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50509571/new-partnership-promotes-vocational-training/

Major garment industry hauler says crackdown ensnaring legal trucks

The government’s strict enforcement efforts against oversized trucks are starting to ensnare legal trucks at checkpoints, further hampering the time-sensitive garment industry, according to the head of the country’s largest trucking federation. ...

Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/major-garment-industry-hauler-says-crackdown-ensnaring-legal-trucks

Minister tackles factory faintings

The Minister of Labour yesterday warned factory owners around the country that they would face legal action if large groups of workers faint during working hours within their enterprises. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5094787/minister-tackles-factory-faintings/

Garment buyers asked to bring in tech

The government is calling on international buyers to increase investment in the garment and footwear sector and to introduce new technologies to help modernise the industry, according to a senior official from the Ministry of Commerce (MoC). ...

Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5090886/garment-buyers-asked-bring-tech/

Garment makers pool their resources

The Garment Manufacturers’ Association of Cambodia (GMAC) yesterday officially launched the GMAC Human Resources Club to build a knowledge bank, share information, experience and expertise to improve the industry. ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/39784/garment-makers-pool-their-resources/

Cambodia's factories improving, report finds

The latest Better Factories Cambodia report has found that 47 per cent of 381 assessed factories complied with its most important working conditions – up from 28 per cent in 2014. ...

Ananth Baliga and Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodias-factories-improving-report-finds

Exports to US rise over 9 percent last year

With the American economy expanding, Cambodia’s total export to the country increased  slightly more than 9 per cent last year over 2014, the latest US trade data shows. ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/21104/exports-to-us-rise-over-9-percent-last-year/

Rice, garment sectors push exports into record territory

Cambodian exports grew by 17 per cent last year, driven by increases in shipments of rice and footwear, with garment export growth easing to a little under 7 per cent, according to a new Ministry of Commerce report. ...

Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/rice-garment-sectors-push-exports-record-territory

Bavet city SEZ workers to be released on bail

The four garment workers arrested late last year alongside seven others for allegedly damaging factory property during protests in Bavet City will be released on bail soon, according to Svay Rieng provincial officials. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/20820/bavet-city-sez-workers-to-be-released-on-bail/

Despite progress, draft union law has major flaws: HRW

After seven years under discussion and a series of drastic edits, the Trade Union Law is inching closer to being passed by the National Assembly. Human Rights Watch yesterday issued a statement on the latest draft of the union law, saying that while it ...

Jonathan Cox
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/18829/despite-progress--draft-union-law-has-major-flaws--hrw/

Competition is tough: GMAC

A report released yesterday by the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia claims that the Kingdom is having difficulties competing against its neighbours due to low productivity, increasing wages and labour strife. ...

Charles Rollet
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/competition-tough-gmac

Cambodia labour abuse claims disputed

UK retailer Marks & Spencer and the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) have disputed the details of a report alleging labour rights abuses are still rife in the country’s garment factories, with both claiming they are committed to providing and supporting safe working conditions. ...

Katie Smith
http://bit.ly/1Ckp3lx

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