Better Factories Cambodia Elevating Garment and Footwear Sector

International Labour Organisation (ILO)'s Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme has elevated Cambodia's garment and footwear sector.

The compliment was underlined during the Ministry of Commerce's trimester meeting on implementation of work conditions on garment and footwear industry chaired by its minister H.E. Pan Sorasak here in Phnom Penh yesterday.

Representatives from the ministry, ILO and Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) also participated the meeting.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, H.E. Pan Sorasak underlined that garment and footwear industry is a priority sector to boost national economic growth, and with this mentioned the government supports endeavours to better the industry.

ILO-BFC Programme Manager Ms. Esther Germans outlined that the programme does not only promote Cambodia's garment and footwear sector, but also raises awareness of workers on matters related to their working conditions.

Beginning its operation in Cambodia since 2001, the Better Factories Cambodia now has a total of 541 plants as its members.

Latest figure available from the Ministry of Commerce indicates that in 2017, Cambodia exported the garment and footwear products worth nearly US$1.9 billion, including over US$136 million to the U.S., US$500 million to EU, US$647 million to Canada and the rest US$607 million to Japan.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press