Rong Chhun told VOA Khmer Tuesday the US is a major market for garments produced in Cambodia and a major donor to Cambodia.
Duch Darin, an economics professor in Florida, says the Russian annexation of Crimea and ongoing threats to stability in Eastern Europe will affect the European economy, and that in turn will hurt the US.
Cambodia’s economic growth for 2014 will drop to 7.2 percent, a slight dip from last year, the World Bank says in a recent report.
Cambodia's Floating Villages Face Uncertain Future
The 2015 Asean integration will allow skilled workers in member countries to work legally in other member states.
The ongoing crisis in the Crimea will have an effect on the US economy and geopolitics, a US-based economist says.
Fake goods and pirated media cost companies billions of dollars each year, and are especially prevalent in Cambodia.
A US-based economists says Congress should indeed consider raising the minimum wage, as a way to promote better earnings, higher living standards and poverty reduction. In a Skype interview with VOA Duch Darin, an economist in the state of Florida, says a raise could help millions of American.
In the US, the debate is whether the national minimum wage should be raised from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour.
Sugar plantations along the coast have been linked to land disputes, forced eviction and violence, making them potentially ineligible for preferential trade deals with Europe.
Cambodia losses about 10 percent of GDP, or $1.7 billion annually, to corruption, according to a report release on Wednesday by International Labor Organization.
Commercial real estate in the most expensive areas of Phnom Penh runs between $3,000 to $6,000 per square meter.
Union leaders say they are moving forward with plans for continued strikes as they continue their efforts to raise the minimum wage for factory workers to $160 per month.
The main drivers were better rice prices and wages for farm workers and improved education, health and infrastructure, the bank said in its assessment.
Party campaigned on subsidy plan, which analysts now say has become a spectacular failure.
Representatives of nine unions met together have made seven resolutions to seek better conditions and wages for workers in Cambodia’s factories.
Meanwhile, international buyers say they want improved conditions for workers, who should also be allowed to assembly and collectively bargain.
With no language, little understanding and hardly any external help, being deaf in Cambodia is like being locked in a prison.
Members of the Kuoy hill tribe say they want the companies, Rui Feng and Lan Feng, to relinquish some 7,000 hectares of land that where granted by the government as part of 18,000 hectares in concessions.
Local human rights workers say the Australian and New Zealand-backed bank ANZ Royal has been financing a sugar plantation connected to forced evictions and other rights violations.
Demonstrations turned violent on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, ending in a shooting by police that left at least four people dead and nearly 40 injured.
Opportunities to see gibbons in the wild are extremely rare but now an eco-tourism initiative in Cambodia is offering tourists a chance to see them up close.
A federation of international trade unions from 161 countries is calling for the Cambodian government to release workers arrested in violent protests earlier this month.
Garment exports account for some $5 billion annually, but workers say they cannot live on the current minimum wage of $80 per month.
Cambodia has banned anti-government demonstrators from holding protests after deadly clashes with police that left at least four people dead.
Adidas, Gap, H&M, Levis and Puma were among those to sign the Jan. 7 letter.
Union leaders say workers will keep protesting low wages, despite violent crackdown by authorities and new threats from factories about relocation.
US State Department has expressed its regret for the loss of life in Cambodia and condemned the use of violence in clashes between authority and workers.
At least four people were killed and 23 injured Friday in a violent crackdown on demonstrating workers in a factory neighborhood of Phnom Penh.
At Least Four Protesters Killed in Clash With Armed Forces
Reports from Cambodia say four people have died and more have been wounded after Cambodian armed forces opened fire on a demonstration in Phnom Penh where garment workers are calling for higher wages. Ker Yann has this report.
At least 15 monks and five other people were injured in a violent crackdown on striking workers Thursday.
Cambodian troops armed with batons and rifles broke up a protest on Thursday by textile workers demanding a doubling of wages as part of a nation-wide strike by unions allies with the main opposition party. (Reuters)
Government officials say they are willing to raise the minimum wage from $80 to $100 per month, but union leaders say that is not enough to keep up with inflation.
The protesters blocked a major road in the capital in front of the ministry, and many said they would not stop until their demands are met.
The worker protest coincided with yet another opposition rally at Freedom Park, in the center of Phnom Penh, where opposition protesters are calling for Prime Minister Hun Sen to step down.
Thousands of workers demonstrated in Phnom Penh on Friday, joining with opposition protests that entered their 12th day.
Though the death toll due to traffic accidents in Cambodia is on the rise, experts say it is still relatively low, compared to developed countries.
Thousands of factory workers took their protest to the streets on Thursday and joined the opposition party to demand a pay raise and better working conditions. VOA Khmer Kong Sothanarith has the report.