Economy

Factory Wages Remain a Potential Flashpoint for Workers

A girl stands in front of a rented house, frequented by garment workers, locate near Veng Sreng road on July 24, 2015. (Sou Pisen/VOA Khmer)

28 July 2015
Unions say workers need at least $177 per month to make a living wage. More

Labor Leaders Request Changes to Draft Law on Unions

An estimated 600,000 people are employed by garment manufacturing, a major economic driver for the country.

Transparency Watchdog Deals Discounts To Fight Corruption

Preap Kol said the initiative is to support government officials in their fight against corruption and is not meant as an “anti-government” program.

Video Pilot Project Using Software to Boost Rice Production Is Underway in Cambodia

Cambodia is a small country with big aspirations. By the end of 2015 it aims to become one of the world's major rice exporters - which means it will have to almost triple exports of milled rice in the next sixteen months.

IMF Expects Economic Growth of 7 Percent This Year

The IMF team suggested the government safeguard macro-financial stability, secure fiscal buffers, and promote competitiveness, diversification and inclusive growth.

Weak Institutions Hurting Cambodia’s Growth, Analyst Says

Strong political institutions are required for continued economic growth, but the capacity of Cambodia’s state institutions remains weak.

Asian Markets Turn Bearish on Greek Financial Crisis

A Saturday interest rate cut by Beijing failed to stem significant drops seen last week.

More Wage Negotiations Set, as Workers Maintain Demands

Cambodia’s garment and textile industry employs some 600,000 people and is a major driver of the country’s economy.

Rights Workers Want Transparency in Qatar Labor Recruitment

Qatar has been heavily criticized for rights abuses among laborers in the construction of stadiums and other facilities in preparation for the 2022 World Cup.

Mini-Documentaries Warn of Dangers of Human Trafficking

The two films were produced by USAID’s office to combat human trafficking and are being shown at the Bophana Center in the capital.

Labor Law Still Being Drafted, Despite Union Concerns

Labor leaders say the draft law to regulate unions is not meant to help workers at all, but will instead prevent fair wages and proper conditions in factories.

Labor Officials Defend Contentious Draft Law on Unions

Labor Ministry officials said Friday that a draft law, which could be wrapped up soon, will help support union organization.

Recruiters Hoping To Send Workers to Qatar

The Middle Eastern country is to host the World Cup in 2022, opening a potential labor opportunity for Cambodian workers.

Unions Pushing for Another Wage Increase

Union leaders say their workers need at least $177 per month in order to keep up with the rising cost of living, in an industry that employs some 600,000 people.

Recruitment Company Refunding Clients After Fraud Allegations

The company has returned about $400 each to nearly 50 workers, according to the rights group Adhoc.

Commerce Delegation Meets With U.S. Businesses

A delegation from Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce was in the US this week, seeking greater trade ties and deals with large corporations.

Cambodia Should Seek Regional Trade Deal, Economists Say

US President Barack Obama is working toward a Trans-pacific Partnership with many other countries, but economists say Cambodia should first focus closer to home.

In Siem Reap, a Hustle and Grind for Tourism Dollars

In Siem Reap, the number increased slightly, from 2.23 million in 2013 to 2.35 million in 2014.

Demand for Cambodian Coffee Outrunning Supply

The growth is due to government policies to promote local products and an effort to match neighboring Vietnam’s success with coffee.

Career Fair Aims To Help Students Choose Fruitful Job Paths

Cambodia has a young population: about 60 percent are under the age of 30. Each year, an estimated 250,000 people are in need of a job.

Video Expelled Environmentalist Remains Optimistic About Mother Nature Cambodia

Spanish outspoken environmentalist Alex Gonzalez has expressed his hope that some of those who visit Areng Valley will become activists to protect Cambodia’s remaining natural resources.

New Year Holiday Brought Millions of Dollars to Siem Reap, Officials Say

The three-day event ran last week, from Tuesday to Thursday, and included a concert, traditional Cambodian games, art shows, product fairs and dances.

ADB Audit Recommends Compensation for Those Hurt by Railroad Project

More than 4,000 families across four provinces and in Phnom Penh are now dealing with the loss of land, housing or businesses, since the government began to fix its railways, in 2006.

Youths Need More Skills To Thrive in Asean, Analyst Says

Asean’s 10 member countries are working toward creating a regional bloc that would open up a free flow of goods and services across the region, much of it by the end of this year.

Video Fishermen From Myanmar, Cambodia And Laos Rescued From Slave Labor​

For years, Min Mink Chan never stopped dreaming of home. As he arrived in Jakarta to board a flight back to Myanmar, that dream was just hours away from becoming a reality.

Better Public Financial Management Needed for Further Development, Economist Says

Public finance reform requires four “platforms,” Heng Dyna said: budget credibility, internal control, prioritizing with budget planning and proper review of finances and performance.

Regional Trade Deals Mean More Opportunities, Economists Say

Cambodian officials and business leaders will be looking for markets to export more products to Asean members.

Migrant Workers Deserve Fair Conditions Abroad, Lawmaker Says

Cambodian migrant workers working legally or illegally in neighboring Thailand and other countries in the region have remitted more than $1 billion dollars annually.

Video Cambodia Lacks Skills in Face of Asean Integration, Expert Says

Asean countries, including Cambodia, are reforming their development and tax policies to conform with a regional norm.

Photogallery Smooth Road Paves Way for Tourists in Remote Cambodian Province

Mondulkiri province, bordering Vietnam in northeastern Cambodia, is known these days as a good place to trek.

Video Neighboring Countries Interested in Booming Tourism in Siem Reap

Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong held talks with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi and Myanmar's Vice President U Nyan Tun.

Video Parties Must Work Together, To Ensure Legacy, Expert Says

Cambodian political officials should begin thinking about the legacy they are leaving future generations, with a new political environment following gains by the opposition in 2013, an analyst says.

Video Asean Community Faces Challenges, Expert Says

Asean integration at the end of 2015 will gibe Cambodia opportunities, but it will also mean economic competition that the country must be ready for, an analyst says.

Photogallery Smooth Road Means More Tourism for Remote Province

Mondulkiri province, in northeastern Cambodia, is known these days as a good place to trek, where wildlife and waterfalls make for good scenery, amid forested mountains of red clay, and where indigenous hill tribes still live a traditional way of life.

Photogallery Smooth Road Means More Tourism for Remote Province

Mondulkiri province is known as a good place to trek, where wildlife and waterfalls make for good scenery, amid forested mountains of red clay, and where indigenous hill tribes still live a traditional way of life.

Economic Growth Could Slow as Workers Migrate

An estimated 800,000 Cambodian workers migrated to Thailand in search of jobs this year alone.

Chinese Bank an Opportunity for Aid Reform, Fulbright Scholar Says

Sok Vanseka said Cambodia’s effective use of any future funding from the new bank would largely depend on its own political will.

Cambodia in Race To Catch Up, as Asean Moves To Integrate

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, meanwhile, will have until 2018 to enjoy preferred statuses, as they race to catch up to the rest of the region.

Video Obama’s Visit Could Have Lasting Effects, Officials Say

Cambodian officials said over the weekend they hope her visit will also shine a positive light on the country and encourage more visitors to come.

Video Cambodians Hopeful Obama Visit Will Boost Education for Girls

Cambodians say they are hopeful the visit of US First Lady Michelle Obama will make a positive difference in the educational future of their girls.

40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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