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Workers Say $128 Per Month Is Not Enough To Live On

Cambodian Garment workers buy some cheap food for their lunch in front of the factory in downtown of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, March 10, 2011. The workers are spent lest than USD $0.25 per daily meals in among of the monthly celeries of USD $61, sai

21 November 2014
In interviews with VOA Khmer, factory workers describe poor living conditions and poor eating habits as a result of their low wages. More

USAID To Provide Skills Training Ahead of Asean Integration

Many young Cambodians say they fear the impending competition from an EU-like economic integration that would free up goods and services between the 10 Asean nations.

Youth Fear Impending Job Competition With Asean

All 10 Asean countries are set to form and EU-style community, allowing the free movement of goods and services between them at the end of 2015.

Opposition Wants Better Tracking of Chinese Aid Money

China recently pledged between $500 million and $700 million for Cambodia, but it is not clear where the money will be spent.

Thailand Tallies Billions in Rice Program Losses

Government-backed rice price support scheme launched by former leader Yingluck Shinawatra promised farmers a fixed, above-market price for their rice crops.

Little Union Support as Government Announces Raise in Wages

Some unions had demanded up to $177 per month, in a sector that employs up to 700,000 Cambodians and is a major economic driver for the country.

Video Cambodia’s Elderly Face Increasing Hardships

More than 80 percent of country's 850,000 elderly never had formal employment and therefore do not qualify for a pension.

Cambodia Raises Garment Wage 28 Percent, Unions Say Not Enough

Two major unions said that they didn't agree with the new figure and will hold meetings with their members about what to do next.

Video Former Japanese Journalist Helps Fight Human Trafficking in Cambodia

A former Japanese reporter is doing her part in the fight against human trafficking in Cambodia by publishing comic books and distributing them for free in and around Cambodia.

Video Thai Leader on Two-Day Diplomatic Visit to Cambodia

The head of Thailand’s military-controlled government begins a two-day visit to Cambodia today, in a bid to improve diplomatic ties with Cambodia in talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen and other officials.

Poor Electricity and Labor Force Hurting Economy, Report Says

Intermittent electricity, informal payments and a low-skill labor force are all major constraints to doing business in Cambodia, the report says.

‘Promising’ Climate After Political Deal, Investors Say

But analysts say Cambodia's long-term attractiveness to US investors will depend on long-promised reforms, particularly in education, energy security and anti-corruption.

Washington State Senator Sees Business Potential in Cambodia

Sen. Don Benton, from Washington state, told VOA Khmer that Cambodia has many business opportunities, compared to other Asean countries.

Video Illegal Logging Ravaging the Last Forests, Activists Say

Forestry activists say at least 55,000 tons of luxury wood has been sent from Cambodia to China this year alone.

More Negotiations Planned Ahead of Minimum Wage Decision

Major brands who source from Cambodia have meanwhile begun to push for fair conditions and wages for factory labor.

Kerry Touts Greater Asean Economic Potential

John Kerry speech marked the 30th anniversary of the US-Asean Business Council and comes as Asean is moving toward economic integration in 2015.

Video Protesters March for World Habitat Day

More than 1,000 people marched on the National Assembly on Monday, many of them displaced from land disputes, to mark World Habitat Day.

US Retailers Say They Support a Living Wage for Workers

Workers have begun midday strikes in support of a wage increase to $177 per month, an amount factories have said they cannot afford.

Video Cambodia Foreign Minister Previews Upcoming UN Speech

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong is slated to deliver a speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York.

Photogallery Phnom Penh's White Building: The People (Part 2)

A general view of daily activities of residents at Phnom Penh's White Building on Friday, September 5, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

Unions Want Foreign Buyers To Support Calls for Higher Wages

The unions want a raise for workers to $177 per month, to keep up with the higher costs of living in Cambodia.

Photogallery Phnom Penh's White Building: The “Building” (Part 1)

A general view of Phnom Penh's White Building, known locally as the "Building" and its residents on Friday, September 5, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

Unions Prepare Workers To Protest Over Minimum Wage

Protesting workers say they need around $177 a month as a minimum wage to keep up with the increased cost of living in Cambodia.

Century 21 Opens With Aims of Improving Real Estate Sector

With more than 7,000 affiliated offices in 75 countries, Century 21 offers training on real estate to more than 38,000 real estate agents worldwide, according to the company.

Video Short Film Depicts Difficulties for Fishing Families

A new program by Conservation International has given people new methods for fishing—and saving money. VOA Khmer's Men Kimseng interviews John Martin, producer of the CI's visual story telling unit, who filmed Ros Sophy and her family on his recent visit to Cambodia.

Video US To Continue Regular Talks on South China Sea, Diplomat Says

A senior US diplomat says the US will continue to have discussions with claimants in the South China Sea dispute.

Photogallery Forum Focuses on Sustainable Cambodia

Representatives from the government, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders gathered in the forum about sustainable development in Cambodia, organized by the Enrich Institute. The forum was held at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center with the financial support from the the Asia Foundation, the Voice of America and others. (Photo: Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer )

Economic Growth Has Come at High Cost, Experts Warn

Representatives from the government, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders gathered in the forum to discuss issues facing Cambodian development.

Asean Integration Could Mean Lots of Growth, Report Says

The country’s GDP could rise by 19.9 percent by 2025, according to the report, published by the International Labor Organization and the Asian Development Bank.

Chevron To Sell Shares of Cambodian Offshore Oil and Gas

Chevron has had those shares for 12 years, but failed to reach a deal with the government over extraction.

Thai Sugar Company Accused of Rights Abuse in Cambodia

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand recently investigated allegations that villagers were forced from their homes to make way for three plantations companies.

Questions Over Release of Kidney Trafficking Suspects

All nine were arrested Saturday and accused of trafficking organs from the Preah Ket Mealea Military Hospital.

New Association Seeks To Improve Rice Market

Before the Cambodian Rice Federation was created, 84 companies and three associations were in operation for the collection, production and export of rice.

Video Cambodian Metalwork in Good Business for Tourists' Souvenirs

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Video South China Sea Disputes Expected to Lead US-China Talks

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EU Ban on Cambodian Fish Remains in Place

The ban, instituted in early 2013, has hurt potential fish exports to a potentially lucrative trade partner.

Video Cambodian Minister Vows 'Meaningful' Reforms to US Investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol has concluded a trade mission to the United States during which he emphasized his government's willingness to make "deep" reforms to improve its investment climate. VOA's Sophat Soeung spoke with the minister and has this report.

Video Commerce Minister Discusses ‘Meaningful’ Reforms

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol last week concluded a trade mission in the United States, by emphasizing his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms, including serious anti-corruption efforts, to improve its investment climate.

Fishers Report Rampant Corruption, Major Depletion of Fisheries

Fish are the main source of protein for many Cambodians, who consume about 63 kilograms of fish per year.

Video Cambodian Minister Vows ‘Meaningful’ Reforms to US Investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol has concluded a trade mission to the United States during which he emphasized his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms to improve its investment climate. VOA's Sophat Soeung spoke with the minister and has this report.

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