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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

260 Firms To Attend 4th Cambodia International Textile & Garment Industry Exhibition

AKP Phnom Penh, August 05, 2014 –

Cambodia will host the 4th International Textile and Garment Industry Exhibition from Aug. 15 to 18, 2014 at Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Center.

Some 260 companies from 21 countries and regions including Australia, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the UK, the U.S., Vietnam and Taiwan will attend the expo to display their respective products on 430 booths in total.

The event, organized by Yorkers Trade & Marketing Service Co., Ltd. in collaboration and support from the Ministry of Commerce’s Trade Promotion Department, Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) and Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), is aimed to promote industrial development and foreign investments in Cambodia, to boost the export and import activities as well as to seek cooperation and opportunities for business, according to a press release of the Ministry of Commerce.

By Lim Nary

Saturday, August 2, 2014

More factory data released

The Phnom Penh Post
Three of the first 10 garment factories that Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) revealed in March to be in “low compliance” when it comes to working conditions have improved enough to be taken off that list, according to the industry monitor's latest data.
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http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/more-factory-data-released

Saturday, May 10, 2014

CAMBODIA: Workers less aware of health and safety issues

CAMBODIA: Workers less aware of health and safety issues
Just Style
By Richard Woodard | 8 May 2014

Fewer garment workers in Cambodia understood OSH issues between January and March
Garment worker understanding of occupational safety and health issues is declining in Cambodia, according to a new study.

The International Labour Organization's Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme began the Kamako Chhnoeum (Outstanding Worker) initiative in September last year, using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to educate factory workers on a number of issues.

In its third report, covering the January to March period, the project reports receiving 14,799 valid calls, with 44% of callers choosing to answer quiz questions on salaries and allowances; 30% on personal health; and 26% on occupational health and safety.

Among the findings, 39% of callers incorrectly believed that workers were not entitled to special leave with seniority of less than one year, while 26% did not know that they were entitled to a full attendance bonus when they took annual leave.

The report recorded a decline in understanding of OSH issues, with 61% of callers understanding correctly that twice a year emergency drills were needed – down from 70% in the last three-month period.

On personal health, 75% understood that abortion is legal in Cambodia up to 12 weeks, 81% knew that Chinese pills were not safe and reliable for abortion, but 26% believed that hormonal contraceptives would protect against STIs and HIV/AIDS.

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