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Cambodia clothing sector faces up to skills gap 17 May 2017

Cambodia's apparel industry – of critical importance to its national economy – is struggling to retain experienced workers, which means the sector is facing a chronic skills shortage.


Cambodia garment sector faces ongoing challenges 12 Sep 2016

At first glance, Cambodia's garment sector is doing fine. ANZ Bank recently predicted 7.2% GDP growth in 2016, mainly fuelled by rising clothing exports. And just-released data from the International Labour Organization (ILO) points to a 14.7% jump in the country's clothing shipments to US$1.605bn during the first quarter of this year. But dig deeper, and it seems the overall situation of the Cambodian garment industry is less optimistic.


Cambodia worker wages threatened by low garment prices 7 Sep 2016

As annual discussions get underway in Cambodia on a new minimum wage for garment workers, a new report warns significant further wage increases will be hard to achieve unless higher prices are paid by retailers and brands.


Cambodia compliance improves but challenges remain 6 Jul 2016

Transparent reporting of garment factory compliance in Cambodia is contributing to better conditions for workers, a new study has found – although the top compliance issues remain ongoing.


Cambodia garment prices fall as export growth continues 8 Apr 2016

New figures show Cambodia’s garment and footwear exports continued to see strong growth during 2015, albeit it at a slower rate than the year before and with footwear far outpacing clothing. Despite an increase in exports, garment prices overall remain on a downward trajectory – although those shipped to the European Union went up for the first time in four years.

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Cambodia garment factory investment growing 16 Nov 2017

The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) has given the green light to over US$11m worth of projects to open garment factories in the country.


Cambodia garment and footwear exports to slow in 2017 30 Oct 2017

Cambodia's garment and footwear exports will likely experience slower growth this year – although this is not expected to be indicative of an overall decline, the country's garment association has said.


Cambodia petitions US for GSP extension to footwear 20 Oct 2017

The industry body representing Cambodia’s garment sector is understood to have submitted a petition to the US Government asking for an extension to the duty-free privileges of the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) scheme to include footwear.


Cambodia drops contentious clauses from wage law 18 Oct 2017

Cambodia's Labour Ministry is to drop two contentious clauses from a proposed minimum wage law that would have prevented independent research into the annual negotiation process and established labour courts to resolve disputes.


Cambodia pushes for fabric-forward rule in RCEP talks 17 Oct 2017

Cambodia's garment manufacturers have urged the government to push for the fabric-forward rule during negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – a move that could hurt the sector if not included.


Cambodia manufacturers seek help to offset rising labour costs 13 Oct 2017

The industry body representing Cambodia's garment sector has called on the government to help manufacturers offset a higher minimum wage and worker-benefit package due to come into play in 2018.


Cambodia garment workers to get 11% wage hike 6 Oct 2017

Cambodia's garment, textile and footwear workers are to receive an 11% rise in minimum monthly wages from the beginning of next year.


Brands urged to defend rights of Cambodia garment workers 3 Oct 2017

A trio of labour and human rights groups are calling on multinational apparel companies sourcing from Cambodia to take a stand against what they say is "repression" in the country and urge the Cambodian government to respect human and labour rights.


ILO calls for dialogue on Cambodia minimum wage law 25 Aug 2017

Cambodia's government has been urged to engage in talks with employers and workers to iron out issues with a draft new minimum wage law, including clauses that would restrict the debate on minimum wage issues.


New Cambodia worker benefits package worries industry 22 Aug 2017

Cambodian garment and footwear manufacturers are worried a new benefits package pledged for factory workers from the beginning of next year could hurt the industry long-term, as the cost for factories will increase.