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Cambodia records 1.32 bln USD trade deficit in H1

Cambodia saw a trade deficit of 1.32 billion U.S. dollars in the first six months of this year, according to a Commerce Ministry’s report on Thursday. The country’s total imports and exports were valued at 7.62 billion U.S. dollars during the period, up 20 percent from ...

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/business/2013-07/11/c_132533088.htm

Factory’s owner in crosshairs

Some 400 garment workers yesterday gathered outside the Ministry of Social Affairs to plead for government intervention against a factory owner who fled without paying them overdue wages three months ago. Khem Chamnan, a Free Trade Union representative from the Pine Great (Cambodia) factory in Phnom ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013070266604/National/factory-s-owner-in-crosshairs.html

Cambodia's garment exports up 22 pct in 5 months

Cambodia’s garment industry, the country’s biggest income earner, recorded 2.06 billion U.S. dollars in export value in the first five months of this year, up 22 percent on the same period last year, a Commerce Ministry’s report showed Tuesday. Garment export accounts for more than 80 ...

http://www.asean-china-center.org/english/2013-06/27/c_132492345.htm

MUJI Plans Green Dye Factory for Cambodia

Japanese retail company MUJI announced the development of an eco-friendly natural dyeing plant in Cambodia, a press release on Sunday said. The plan is part of the Business Call to Action, a global initiative supported by several international organisations and hosted by the UN Development Programme ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013060466031/Business/muji-plans-green-dye-factory-for-cambodia.html

7 Cambodian Workers Arrested at Nike Contractor

Cambodian police clashed Monday with workers at a factory that makes clothing for the U.S. sportswear company Nike, arresting seven, in the latest violence linked to a strike over salaries, union organizers and rights activists said. The protest at the Taiwanese-owned Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing plant ...

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/cambodian-workers-arrested-nike-subcontractor-19311324#.Ua1mckDTxe9

Cambodia: A rising star with a falling reputation?

Cambodia’s reputation as a standard-bearer for apparel workers’ rights is wearing thin – and yet the country is a rising star when it comes to attracting foreign investment and increasing exports. There are many reasons to deter brands and retailers from sourcing clothing in Cambodia. The Kingdom ...

http://www.just-style.com/analysis/a-rising-star-with-a-falling-reputation_id117944.aspx

Better Factories Cambodia Slammed by Stanford Researchers

The International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Better Factories Cambodia program (BFC) must employ more transparency in their monitoring of Cambodia’s factories in order to effectively bring change to the country’s working and wage conditions, a report launched yesterday says. According to “Monitoring in the Dark” a ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/better-factories-cambodia-slammed-by-stanford-researchers-11011/

Should Minimum Wage Be Market Driven or Government-Dictated?

Manufacturers and unions aligned with the ruling CPP yesterday said the current labor shortage inside the garment industry would act as an incentive for employers to increase salaries, and that there was no need for the government to impose a new minimum wage. During a meeting ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Companies Urged to Respect Labor Standards

Respecting labor standards in Cambodian factories will benefit the garment manufacturing industry in the long-run as more international brands will be tempted to source from the country, labor experts said yesterday at a round-table discussion in Phnom Penh. ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Five Arrested for Stealing Clothing in Cargo Container Heist

Five people were arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly stealing more than 8,000 articles of clothing from shipping container on its way to Phnom Penh for export to the U.S., police said. The five suspects are accused of removing the garments from the cargo container as ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Ford opens new centre

When the new Ford showroom opened on Monivong Boulevard on Friday morning, the most distinguished guest was the great granddaughter of company founder Henry Ford, Elena A Ford. The entourage also included Ford’s regional and local associates, all of whom were joined by the deputy. ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012111959802/Business/ford-opens-new-centre.html

Cambodia needs to polish reputation

The chief economist at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia says Cambodia needs to attract greater numbers of multinational companies and treat them well, in order to establish production networks that will transfer technology to smaller Cambodian businesses. In an interview with the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012103159496/Business/cambodia-needs-to-polish-reputation.html

Higher costs forcing Chinese firms to relocate to Southeast Asia

China’s rising wages and shrinking export demand are forcing manufacturers to relocate to neighbouring Southeast Asian nations and many that remain are seriously considering moving, a foreign trade official from the Ministry of Commerce said Buyers have “turned their eyes to manufacturers from Southeast Asian countries”, ...

http://my.news.yahoo.com/higher-costs-forcing-chinese-firms-relocate-southeast-asia-091002927.html

International expo in Cambodia to boost garment sector

The four-day second Cambodia International Machinery Industrial Fair (CIMIF 2012) has begun in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. Leading global brands of industrial equipment for textiles, garment and accessories are among the more than 200 exhibitors from 20 countries displaying their products. The exhibition provides a ...

http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=114673

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