Cambodia Makes US$7.6 Billion from Exports of Garment and Footwear Products in 2017

Cambodia generated more than US$7.6 billion from exporting garment and footwear products last year.

The figure was shared by Minister of Labour and Vocational Training H.E. Its Samheng during the ministry's annual meeting here in Phnom Penh yesterday.

The amount, he underlined, was contributed by 1,154 garment and footwear factories operating in Cambodia, employing over 770,000 people, as of 2017.

He continued that the number of the manufacturers mentioned suggested an increase by 4.25 percent compared to 2016 while that of workers and employees rose by 2.42 percent.

Back in 1997, Cambodia had only 64 garment and footwear plants, exporting an equivalence of US$200 million, according to H.E. Ith Samheng.

The Royal Government of Cambodia has been working hard in improving the living standard of Cambodian workers, including those employed in the sector, he noted, adding that their monthly minimum wage was increased to US$170 this year, up from US$153 in 2017.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press