Cambodia recently approved a request by the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) for garment units to produce all kinds of face masks, medical equipment and protective clothing for domestic consumption and export. Over 180 apparel units have now suspended operation, and another 60 are thought to be close to suspension, affecting 200,000 workers.
As masks, medical equipment, and protective clothing are being sought after by the world to help curb COVID-19, the government supports and encourages factories to produce the aforementioned items, according to the ministry of economy and finance’s letter sent to GMAC president.
The export of garments and footwear is projected to drop by 50-60 per cent in the second quarter of this year due to the impact of the pandemic, spokesperson of the country’s ministry of labour and vocational training Heng Sour earlier said.
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