Construction workers lay concrete on the eighth floor of the Bassac Lane site in Phnom Penh. (Andy Ball)

Brief: Garment Exports Surge, Cement Imports Plunge

The Cambodian economy is expected to expand 4.5% this year as exports to the U.S. surged but construction approvals and cement imports plunged, the World Bank said in its latest economic update.

Traffic in Sihanoukville on January 21, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Four Workers Dead After Fall at Construction Site

Four construction workers are dead and another has been hospitalized with serious injuries after a cable on their lift snapped, causing them to fall from the 15th story of a building, a police official said.

Photo Essay: Behind the Scaffolding

In Cambodia, construction workers and their families often live inside the buildings they are constructing, despite dozens being killed in building collapses in recent years. Few labour protections leave them vulnerable to site accidents and exploitation.

People visit Angkor Wat in Siem Reap province. (VOD)

World Bank Projects Negative Growth in Cambodia, a First Since 1994

Cambodia could see negative growth this year — for the first time since 1994 — due to the pandemic-spurred economic crisis, the World Bank projected on Friday, estimating even more severe hits to the nation’s key industries than it did two months ago.