Phnom Penh – Unionists in Cambodia have warned that officials’ attempts to downplay the importance of trade ties with the European Union are not taking seriously the impact that the impending withdrawal of preferential trading arrangements will have on workers.
The EU announced this week that it had set in motion an 18-month process to withdraw Cambodia from its Everything But Arms (EBA) trading scheme, which allows the world’s least developed countries tariff-free access to EU markets.
The government has responded by playing down its dependence on EU trade, despite warnings from the industry and workers’ associations.
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