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Garment Sector Stable Despite Workers Leaving Jobs

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) yesterday said a recent exodus of workers from factories in Phnom Penh to the provinces over concerns related to a recent military build up in the capital would not threaten stability in the sector. Ken Loo, secretary-general of GMAC, ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Speaking in tongues: Young Cambodians learning foreign languages to improve economic opportunities

In the globalised world, being able to communicate in more than one language is becoming essential for many people seeking rewarding careers. Young Cambodians have taken this message to heart and are learning Cambodia is slowly moving up the development ladder but low-wage factory labour still ...

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/365365/speaking-in-tongues

Feature: Slum dwellers in Cambodian capital want to benefit from development

Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital and largest city, has seen rapid development in the last decade — numerous high-rises, large shopping malls and business centres as well as public parks are beautifying this city — in the meantime, slum-dwellers are also on the rise. According to the ...

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-08/18/c_132641165.htm

More Workers stopped From Entering Thailand

Police at border checkpoints have in the past weeks stopped more than 2,200 people in Banteay Meanchey province from crossing into Thailand to look for better paid work, officials said yesterday. The focus on Cambodian workers migrating to Thailand-many illegally-comes amid a shortage of labor at ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

1.5 mln hectares of land concessions granted

Hun Sen announced that 1.5 mln hectares of Economic Land Concessions were granted to private companies. 1.2 mln hectares, 80 percent, of the concessions are used for rubber plantation sector. He said, that Cambodia still maintain[s] 9.2 mln hectares of forest land even though 1.5 mln ...

http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=15&token=OWU3Nzc3ODg4YjY

Corridor towns to see $37 million in ADB loans

Battambang, Bavet, Neak Loeung and Poipet are among several towns that will benefit from a $37 million loan from the the first quarter of next year after funding was approved at the 18th Greater Mekong Sub Region (GMS) meeting in Nanning, China. The loan comes from ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com

ASEAN forum to tackle migrant worker safety

One of the biggest challenges to protecting Cambodian migrant workers is the sheer distance between their homeland and the countries they are working in, Ministry of Labour officials said yesterday. A pattern has emerged in which brokers lure more and more Cambodians away from traditional border-country ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012090558500/National-news/asean-forum-to-tackle-migrant-worker-safety.html

Malaysia called out on MoU

Malaysia needs to start “paying attention” to a worker protection agreement with Cambodia that has languished for almost two years, a Ministry of Interior official said at a meeting yesterday. The meeting, which included officials from the ministries of Interior, Women’s Affairs, Tourism, Foreign Affairs and ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012082958343/National-news/malaysia-called-out-on-mou.html

Remittance Contributes Social And Economic Development

Cambodia, as one of the least developed countries and one of the poorest in the Greater Mekong Subregion, is an active participant in migration within the country, within the region and between the subregion and other regions. According to National Institute of Statistics in 2008, 26.52 percent of the Cambodian population ...

http://thesoutheastasiaweekly.com/

Rice Farmers Struggle Despite Production Growth

High production costs and a lack of government assistance is keeping rice farmers near the poverty line despite unprecedented growth in the sector, according to a new study released by local microfinance institution Intean Poalroath Rongroeurng (IPR). The independent study, conducted by two Cambodian researchers ...

Trafficking, migrant issues in spotlight

The Cambodian government was strengthening its capacity to combat human trafficking by focusing on poverty reduction and was eager to work with other groups tackling the crime, Interior Ministry Secretary of State Chou Bun Eng said yesterday. “The issues of human trafficking and migrating workers are ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032355208/National-news/trafficking-migrant-issues-in-spotlight.html

Hun Sen Blames Migration for Labor Shortage in Agriculture

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday blamed illegal immigration for contributing to a current shortage in the Cambodian labor market but said workers could benefit from rising wages as a result of the demand for workers. Mr. Hun Sen said the shortage was hitting the agriculture sector ...

Cambodia to send labour to Qatar

The government has approved Qatar as a destination for the growing number of Cambodian labourers seeking employment overseas. Workers will not be recruited for housekeeping services, however, private sector officials said. The abuse of maids in Malaysia – many of whom were reportedly under-aged – has ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011121253300/Business/cambodia-to-send-labour-to-qatar.html

Maid recruits routinely deceived, report finds

Job recruitment agencies that send workers overseas often deceive young women through misleading job advertisements by using brokers that have “a position of authority” within the community, according to a new report by the Asia Foundation. According to the report, agencies also inflate migration costs that ...

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