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European garment brands including H&M are weighing up what their future sourcing strategies in Cambodia will look like as the country looks set to be partially stripped of its Everything but Arms (EBA) trade benefit in August.
Garment factories in Cambodia are seeking a suspension on the upcoming minimum wage negotiations in the country in order to sustain their businesses.
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.
Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) has launched a Covid-19 worker safety hotline aimed at giving workers more information about the disease and how to prevent it.
Groups representing Cambodia's apparel and footwear manufacturers have issued a fresh appeal to the European Union (EU) to postpone the planned withdrawal of the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade benefits as the country reels under the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Cambodian economy, which is heavily reliant on the garment industry, could contract by nearly 3% this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report has found, with the collapse of growth drivers such as manufacturing exports.
Garment unions in Cambodia are proposing brands and manufacturers contribute 40% of the minimum wage for workers in factories that have suspended operations due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Europe's major clothing retailers and brands have called upon the EU Commission to consider delaying the withdrawal of the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade benefits received by Cambodia, as they feel the impact of the coronavirus outbreak throughout their clothing supply chains.
A trade body representing garment manufacturers in Cambodia has appealed to buyers asking them to commit to orders already fulfilled.
Workers in Cambodia and Myanmar are among the hardest hit by fall-out from the global coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, according to unions who are urging measures to protect workers.
Cambodia's garment factories are preparing for the arrival of raw materials from China, just a week after it was thought production in the Kingdom might slow due to shortages linked to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
The Cambodian government is understood to have promised tax breaks to garment factories hit by the EU's partial removal of preferential trade access, and supply chain disruptions from the coronavirus epidemic.
Four textile factories in Cambodia may be forced to stand down operations due to raw material supply interruptions from China related to the Coronavirus outbreak, according to the country's Labour Ministry.
The Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme has been extended for a further three years as the country prepares to find out this week if it will retain EU trade preferences.
After ongoing concerns over the deteriorating labour and human rights situation in Cambodia prompted a number of brands and retailers to again call on the government to set out steps to bring the country in line with international standards, garment manufacturers now say such a narrative puts workers at risk.
Cambodia and China completed their first round of negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) last week in Beijing, which if passed, would benefit the country's textile and garment industry.
Cambodian garment factories are exploring options to automate and digitise operations in order to grow efficiencies and secure new business, according to fashion tech platform Zilingo, which recently showcased its offering at a conference hosted by the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC).
The number of footwear and garment factories registered for exports in Cambodia over 2019 jumped 24% compared with the year earlier, according to new data from the Ministry of Commerce.
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.
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 (BFC) and aid organisation CARE International.
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