Garment manufacturers group urges EU not to suspend trade preferences for Cambodia

Phnom Penh – The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has called on the European Union (EU) not to suspend trade preferences for Cambodia, saying that any sanctions may spell adverse impacts on the lives of workers and their families.

The call was made after EU notified Cambodia earlier this month that it had initiated the process for the temporary withdrawal of its preferential trade treatment under the Everything But Arm (EBA) scheme for Cambodia, citing concerns over human rights and labor rights.

In a letter addressed to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom on Saturday and released to the media on Monday, GMAC Secretary General Ken Loo said some 1,000 garment and footwear factories in the kingdom directly employ about 700,000 workers with more than 85 percent being female coming from the rural provinces.

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