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Covid and EU duty-free loss a double blow for Cambodia 6 Oct 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time for Cambodia’s garment sector, since it coincides with the partial withdrawal of the country’s duty-free access to the European Union (EU) market. 

How will EU trade curb affect Cambodia's apparel industry? 16 Jun 2020

Cambodia's garment industry, already buffeted by the coronavirus pandemic, is set for a further hit after the European Union decided to suspend duty-free access for some products from 12 August over "systematic" human rights violations. Here, Abby Edge and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware, analyse the potential impact and possible shift in trade patterns.

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.

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Better Factories Cambodia showing real results 22 Oct 2020

Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) says its programme is showing real results in the working conditions of garment workers but admits there is more work to be done in relation to gender differences in areas such as wages and harassment.

China, Cambodia sign agreement to boost bilateral trade 14 Oct 2020

China is continuing to make good on its promise to support Cambodia after the partial withdrawal of the country's duty-free access to the European Union (EU) market, with the superpower signing a free trade agreement with Cambodia, put together in under a year and aimed at slashing tariffs and boosting market access between the two.

GMAC files court case seeking EU decision annulment 28 Sep 2020

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has filed a complaint with the European Court of Justice, seeking to annul the bloc’s decision to withdraw the country's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme.

Cambodia garment recovery key to boosting industrial output 28 Sep 2020

Cambodia’s total industrial output is estimated to rise by 5.1% in 2020 if garment and footwear exports continue to recover, new figures from the Asian Development Bank suggest, as it revises its economic projection for the southeast Asian country.

Cambodia garment worker wage bumped up US$2 14 Sep 2020

Cambodian garment workers will see a minimum wage rise of US$2 from January next year.

Cambodia's garment sector in clean energy project 10 Sep 2020

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) will launch the green-tech clean-energy Switch Garment project this week, aimed at increasing competitiveness and employing sustainable energy practices to curb the industry’s environmental impact.

Cambodian unions eye US$12 hike in worker minimum wage 2 Sep 2020

Unions in Cambodia are calling for a US$12 minimum wage increase ahead of three-party discussions with factory and government representatives that will determine the base salary for Cambodia’s garment and footwear industry workers for 2021.

Cambodia shift to coal power putting brands off sourcing 24 Aug 2020

Cambodia's shift to coal power projects is putting apparel brands off sourcing from the country.

EU withdrawal of Cambodia's duty benefits takes effect 13 Aug 2020

Despite months of objections by Cambodia's garment and footwear sectors, the European Union's (EU) decision to partially withdraw the country's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme is now in effect.

Cambodia drafts five-year garment sector roadmap 3 Aug 2020

Cambodia’s government has set out plans to launch a five-year development strategy for the country’s garment, footwear and travel bag industry to improve its competitiveness.