The government will continue to offer subsidies to the garment and textile industry as it is a powerhouse for the Cambodian economy with the Kingdom being one of the top exporters of clothing in the world.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said the government has allocated more than $20.168 million as a subsidy for the garment and textile industry and the tourism sector which has more than 330,000 workers.
He said the government will extend the financial support for the next three months to uplift the economy which has been badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the nation on a TVK live broadcast yesterday, Mr Hun Sen said: “The garment and textile industry saw 44 enterprises suspending its operation that affected 14,578 workers while the tourism sector suspended 118 enterprises with 9,403 employees jobless.”
Far Saly, president of the National Trade Union Confederation praised the government for continuing to provide subsidies to the textile and garment sector.
He said that the industry is opening up now with more job offers while the tourism industry has practically come to a standstill.
At present, Saly said, some garment and textile factories are opening their businesses but fear the subsidies may come late and workers not paid their allowances.
Saly said that the subsidy may not be much but it will help the workers with their monthly income.
Pao Sina, president of Collective Union of Movement Workers commended the government’s move to provide subsidies for suspended workers and extend the tax exemption to enterprises related to the garment and textile industry and tourism sectors.
Since the COVID-19 crisis, he said, the workers and enterprises have received subsidies from the government, but employees who work for casinos and other private companies have not received subsidies.
Sina said the garment and textile industry and tourism sectors have already received government subsidies.
“I urged the government to expand the subsidy to casinos and private companies,” he added.
Sina said that although the subsidy is not much it can resolve the financial problems of many employees.
Chhay Sivlin, President of the Cambodian Association of Travel Agents, said she is happy that the government is looking into helping the tourism sector which had been badly impacted by the pandemic.
She said although Cambodia has effectively contained the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many countries are still battling with it and this is affecting the tourism business.