There are 552 garment factories are currently operating in Cambodia, Secretary of State of Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training H.E. Mam Vannak was quoted by Rasmei Kampuchea Daily recently. Speaking at the press conference at International Labor Organization Office in Phnom Penh, before the departure for the ILO’s 15th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) in Kyoto, Japan in early next month, H.E. Man Vannak said in the first ten month of the year the number of the garment factories in Cambodia increased from 501 in 2010 to 552.
“In 2010, we have totally 501 garment factories, 412 operated in Phnom Penh, and 97 factories in the provinces; and 10 month of this year we have 443 factories has operated in Phnom Penh, and 109 in the provinces”, he said.
All of the factories are employing to more than 300,000 workers and there are 2,160 local trade unions have been registered, he said.
This is a positive sign of the political stability and the foreign investors’ reliability to our kingdom, he said.
However our productivities are limited, but our labor cost is cheaper than other countries and we have law, and also well dispute settlement mechanism, he said.
According the ministry of commerce’s statistic in the third quarter of the year, Cambodian has export garment and textile up to USD 3.1 billion.