400 factories in Cambodia suspend operations, affecting over 150,000 workers due to COVID-19

About 400 garments, footwear and travel goods factories in Cambodia have suspended their operations, leaving over 150,000 workers jobless due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a joint statement on Wednesday.

The statement was jointly released by the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, the Cambodia Footwear Association and the European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia.

“This number is likely to rise sharply in the coming weeks as numerous brands and retailers in Europe and North America have canceled or delayed orders due to the drop in retail sales in Europe from the pandemic,” the statement said. Consequently, millions of Cambodians could fall back into poverty due to this crisis.

In full: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/01/c_139180683.htm

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