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256 units suspended operations due to COVID-19: Hun Sen

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Jun '20
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Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen recently said some 256 garment, footwear and travel goods factories in Cambodia had suspended operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting more than 130,000 workers. Around 169 tourism-related companies had also closed temporarily, leaving roughly 16,891 people unemployed, the prime minister said.

"To help relieve the burden of the jobless, the government and the employers have decided to pay $40 and $30 respectively to each of them per month, so an unemployed worker gets $70," he was quoted as saying during a visit to the southwestern coastal province of Preah Sihanouk by a news agency.

Labour ministry spokesman Heng Sour said last month that factories had not received any orders from buyers for both May and June, as well as for the foreseeable future.

Cambodia’s garment, footwear and travel goods industry earned gross revenue of $9.32 billion last year, up by 11 per cent compared to the year before.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)


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