Garments and textiles

Labour minister praises robust garment sector growth

Cambodia’s minister of labour applauded the strong growth and employment levels for the garment and footwear sector on May 1, though industry representatives noted a slight slowdown due to increased competition from regional players. Speaking at an event commemorating International Labour Day on May 1, ...

Garment exports grow despite hurdles

The domestic garment industry has faced many challenges in exporting to key markets, such as the European Union and the United States, but it still has a chance of achieving its export target this year, according to experts. First quarter figures appear to support this expectation. ...

Ministry chided over factories

Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An has ordered the Industry Ministry to be stricter in its implementation and monitoring of industry and technical standards to ensure the safety of workers involved. Ms. Sam An, who is also Minister of the National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspections ...

Leather and footwear exports could reach $26 billion by 2020

Việt Nam is targeting to earn between US$24 billion to $26 billion from leather and footwear exports by 2020 under a revised plan for leather and footwear industry development until 2025 with a vision to 2035. The Ministry of Industry and Trade held a seminar ...

Economy to face new challenges

Cambodia’s economic growth remained strong last year though the Kingdom must now address major systemic challenges to build on its ascension into lower-middle income status in order to maintain healthy levels of development, the Asian Development Bank said in its annual report on April 6. ...

Vietnamese workers warned of ‘robot threat’

Millions of textile & garment and footwear workers could be replaced with robots in the future. Robots are already being used at the 20-hectare Vinamilk actory in Binh Duong province. There are 19 robots and several workers. Everything runs on an automation process. Some robots carry ...

Inspect steamers, ministry tells factories

The Labor and Vocational Training Ministry has instructed all garment, textile and footwear factory owners to ensure all steam irons adhere to safety regulations to prevent explosions like the one last month that killed one garment worker. In an announcement by Labor Minister Ith Samheng dated ...

Lao garment exports decline by 5 percent

Laos’ garment exports reached US$165 million in 2016, a reduction of 5 percent compared to 2015, the Association of Lao Garment Industry has reported. The shortage of workers is still a chronic problem in the sector resulting in a reduction of garment exports, President of ...

Employers seek delay in garment pay reform

Plans to pay garment workers twice a month will be difficult for employers to implement, industry representatives have warned. The Labor Ministry is amending laws so companies will be required to pay staff twice a month, in a bid to protect workers from being abandoned by ...

Robust factory growth charted

Cambodia has seen a marked increase in industrialisation over the past five years, with the number of factories nearly doubling during that period and producing a broader range of goods for both export and domestic consumption, according to new unreleased government data. In the yet-unpublished ...

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