Garment Orders Expected to Fall by Half in Second Quarter, Official Says

Nearly 100,000 workers’ jobs are in danger as garment factories suspend employees amid the ongoing economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a Labor Ministry official predicting garment exports will nosedive this year.

In a press conference at the Council of Ministers building this week, ministry spokesman Heng Sour said garment exports during the first three months of the year were only 80 percent of what they were in the same period last year.

Sour estimated that international orders from Cambodia could decline by as much as 50 to 60 percent in the second quarter, compared to the same period in 2019.

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