Meanwhile TPP has struggled to get approval in the US, with significant opposition in Congress, and must be ratified by the 12 nations it now includes.
The figure is lower than the $160 unions had negotiated for, a wage they said was necessary to keep up with the rising cost of living.
Increase of nearly 10 percent was more than manufacturers wanted but far less than workers unions were seeking.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will lower trading barriers and set commercial rules for 40 percent of the world economy.
Mu Sochua said there are few opportunities for jobs, coupled with land grabs and low wages for jobs that do exist—and this is forcing many Cambodian women to work abroad.
As of June 2015, microfinance institutions lent more than $2 billion, compared to $1.6 billion dollars in 2014, according to the Cambodia Microfinance Association.
Some 41 percent of the population in Cambodia are left behind and still live on less than $2 per day.
The ADB forecasts GDP growth at 7 percent for 2015 and 7.2 percent for 2016.
Labor leaders say they believe the $207 monthly minimum is an accurate reflection of the needs of workers.
The government has announced a new review of economic land concessions, shortening the period of some from 99 years to 50 years.
Cambodia’s manufacturing industry is a major economic driver, providing jobs to some 600,000 people.
Often underpaid and undervalued, there are not many artists devoted to preserving Khmer cultural values through arts these days.