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.

Workers at Canteran Apparel have set up camp on the sidewalk in front of the factory. The protestors claim the propety owner evicted them from staying on the factory premises on June 8, 2022. (VOD/ Hean Rainsy)

Factory Protestors Start Camping Out on Roadside

Workers seeking compensation from the shuttered Canteran Apparel garment factory have moved their tents to the sidewalk after they were made to leave the factory compound, they said.

Street vendors’ carts in front of a factory in Phnom Penh. (Hun Sirivadh/VOD)

Garments Slump Spills Over to Surrounding Businesses, Residents

Street vendors of all stripes around Phnom Penh manufacturing districts say their small businesses are becoming nearly impossible to sustain, one of the many knock-on effects of a decline in the country’s garment industry amid the global pandemic.

A garment factory worker in Cambodia (ILO)

Garment Industry, Union Seek Help as Exports Slide Amid Covid-19

With sinking exports and suspended production lines, the garment industry and a labor union continued appeals for help from the government and others this week, respectively renewing calls for a delayed partial withdrawal of trade benefits and quicker processing of worker payouts.

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on February 24, 2020, in this photograph posted to his Facebook page.

Hun Sen Outlines Plans to Shore Up Economy Amid Virus, EBA Risks

Amid economic risks from the global coronavirus outbreak and the E.U.’s partial suspension of duty-free trade benefits, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday laid out measures aimed at shoring up the nation’s key tourism and garment sectors.