Cambodia's garment manufacturers group urges all stakeholders to join hands to stem COVID-19 spread

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PHNOM PENH, March 24 (Xinhua) -- The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) on Tuesday called on all stakeholders to join hands to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

In a press statement, the GMAC appealed to all buyers not to give up on Cambodia, to factories to prioritize workers' safety, and to workers to be confident in preventive measures being implemented at workplace.

"We urge you (all buyers) to fulfill your existing contractual obligations by taking delivery of goods already produced and goods currently in production and pay under the normal term," it said. "This will allow us to be able to pay our workers and continue the work for them."

All factories must continue to stay vigilant and maintain high levels of hygiene as a preventive measure at the workplace to protect workers and help prevent the spread of the virus, the GMAC said, adding that it is vital to make sure that workers understand and strictly follow guidelines and regulations issued by the government.

It told all workers and unions to have confidence in the scientific preventive measures being implemented at the workplace, and advised them to keep social distance, minimize social gatherings, and wash hands often.

"Together, we can surely overcome this pandemic, protect our lives and ensure the survival of our businesses," GMAC said.

The garment and footwear industry is the kingdom's biggest export sector, employing about 750,000 people in approximately 1,100 factories and branches, according the Labor Ministry.

The sector earned gross revenue of 9.3 billion U.S. dollars last year, up 11 percent compared to the year before. Enditem

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