Manufacturing policy and regulation

Scourge of mass fish deaths strikes again

One morning at the end of April, Nguyễn Văn Phú, a resident in Nguyên Khê Commune, Hà Nội’s Đông Anh District, woke up shocked to find that the fish in Nguyên Khê Lagoon had died en mass.He suspected polluted water in the lagoon was the ...

Furniture fair exhibitors hoping for brisk trade

The Lao Furniture Association expects sales from the second Vientiane Furniture Fair to be held at Lao-ITECC from April 1-9 to reach 20-30 billion kip. The figure was announced by Vice President of the LFA, Mr Kongmala Phommalay, at a press conference in Vientiane last ...

Factory for Nissan cars, parts proposed

A Malaysian automotive company has requested approval to establish a factory in Cambodia to assemble Nissan automobiles and manufacture spare parts for the vehicles, a government official said on November 9. Eang Sophallet, a spokesman for Prime Minister Hun Sen, said the premier met the ...

Garment workers urged to boost sector’s productivity

Prime Minister Hun Sen on November 7 urged garment workers to improve their productivity in order to prevent factories from closing shop and moving to such countries as Laos, Bangladesh and Myanmar, all of which have lower minimum wages. His comments came during a graduation ceremony ...

IIP growth drops

Việt Nam’s index of industrial production rose by 7.2 per cent in the first 10 months of 2016, according to the General Statistics Office. The increase was much lower than that of the same period last year due to strong decline in ore mining. In ...

Vietnam calls for Japan’s investment in agriculture

Vietnam will step up improving the investment climate and hopes to see Japanese firms increase investments in agriculture in the coming time, a Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development official said. General Director of the MARD’s Department of International Cooperation Tran Kim Long delivered the message ...

Rent control law being ignored

The government is failing to enforce, or even make landlords and tenants aware of, the new rent-control law, even as rents begin to creep up in anticipation of garment workers receiving their annual wage raise next month, labour advocates say. The legislation, which went into effect ...

Vietnam on track to replace China as new manufacturing hub: experts

With increasing foreign direct investment (FDI) flows into its manufacturing sector, Vietnam stands a great chance of leaping ahead and replace China as the new production center, experts have said.    They were speaking at a conference recently organized by the State Bank of Vietnam in collaboration ...

Cambodia's garment unions weigh protests

Garment workers unions unhappy with next year’s recently announced $140 minimum wage for the sector will meet this week to determine whether or not to hold demonstrations to protest the disappointingly low figure. The unions were pushing for $160 a month when the government announced the ...

Unions agree on minimum wage target

Following weeks of quarrelling, Cambodia’s garment unions on 29 September agreed to demand a monthly industry minimum wage of $168 – only to find themselves miles apart from employers who are refusing to consider an increase beyond the rate of inflation. Leading up to ongoing tripartite minimum-wage ...

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