Coronavirus Effect on Supply Chain Will Impact 200 Factories, 160,000 Workers in Cambodia: Official

At least 200 factories in Cambodia—most of which make garments—are likely to suffer supply chain disruptions associated with the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, leaving the jobs of up to 160,000 workers at risk, a labor official said Thursday.

“According to our forecast we’ve anticipated that, in March, at least 200 factories will face raw material shortages, and the worst scenario will see 160,000 workers affected due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” Ministry of Labor spokesman Heng Sour said at a press conference in the capital Phnom Penh.

“However, we also know that factories in China are resuming their operations and the government is working its best through communication with buyers and other governments to make sure that China will prioritize supplying raw materials to Cambodia so that we will only be affected for a short period of time.”

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