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Cambodia's garment industry resilience put to the test 26 Sep 2019

The Cambodian garment industry has had a long run of good growth – but could this come to an end pending reviews by the EU and US into the country’s access to key trade benefits? Jozef De Coster reports.


New Cambodia seniority payments cause controversy 15 Jul 2019

Garment industry associations in Cambodia are accusing factory owners of dismissing experienced workers without paying due compensation, claiming this is a breach of recently introduced legally mandated seniority payments.


Public reporting continues to improve Cambodia factories 23 Feb 2018

Publicly reporting critical issues in Cambodia’s garment factories is continuing to drive positive change, according to the latest report on working conditions in the country’s clothing sector, with almost half of factories now in compliance with all critical issues.


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.

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Cambodia shrugs off EU trade benefit concerns 2 Dec 2019

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has reportedly waived off concerns at pressure from the European Union (EU) to improve the country's human rights record or risk losing its preferential trade status.


EU decision looms on Cambodia trade benefits withdrawal 18 Nov 2019

The European Commission has given the Cambodian government a one-month deadline to respond to its findings on the alleged human rights situation in the country before it decides whether it is pulling its duty-free trade benefit.


China textile association launches in Cambodia 29 Oct 2019

A new association has launched in Cambodia to try to encourage more Chinese investment into the garment industry and provide assistance to existing manufacturers in the country.


Project helps tackle harassment in Cambodia factories 28 Oct 2019

Manufacturers employing more than 30,000 people have been helped to improve how they prevent and respond to sexual harassment thanks to an initiative between Better Factories Cambodia and aid organisation CARE International.


Unions call for collective bargaining on Cambodia wages 24 Sep 2019

Cambodia's move to raise the minimum wage for garment and footwear sector workers by 4.4% to US$190 has been welcomed by unions, but they say there is still a need for sectoral collective bargaining as a means to reach a living wage.


Cambodia raises garment worker wage by 4.4% 20 Sep 2019

Cambodia today (20 September) announced that next year's monthly minimum wage for workers in the country's garment and footwear sectors will rise to $190 – an increase of 4.4%.


Cambodia garment industry urges EU to maintain EBA trade benefits 19 Aug 2019

The group that represents garment manufacturers in Cambodia is calling on the European Union (EU) to maintain the country's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme, noting a suspension will result in "significant" job losses in the country's garment and footwear industries.


Cambodia footwear sector could outpace clothing 16 Aug 2019

Cambodia's footwear sector has the potential to offer more investment and production opportunities than the garment sector, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO).


Cambodia strikes hurt investment as EBA loss looms 30 Jul 2019

Cambodia’s garment and footwear manufacturers have been warned that a recent increase in "illegal" strikes is hurting the sector and could lead to a loss of confidence from buyers, at a time when the country risks losing the European Union (EU) ‘Everything But Arms’ (EBA) trade benefits.


Cambodia social and labour compliance project extended 17 Jul 2019

Cambodia's Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has signed an MoU with German development organisation Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to extend an initiative aimed at achieving sustainable growth in the country's textile and garment sector.