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October expo to tackle productivity at the workplace

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The first National Career and Productivity Fair was held last year in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The government and manufacturer associations have urged firms and factories from all sectors of economic activity to join company efficiency competitions that will be held in October as part of a productivity fair in Phnom Penh.

The second National Career and Productivity Fair will be held on October 27-28 at Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Center, and will feature competitions to determine the best employer or the company that most faithfully adheres to the management system known as ‘5S.’

According to a press release, the fair will be a place to network and share information on the job market and job openings.

Another focus of the expo will be to raise awareness regarding productivity, particularly in the garment industry, according to the statement, which was released by the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training.

The event is expected to attract 30,000 visitors and about 130 participants, including representatives of companies, factories and training institutes from across the country.

“The fair will help increase productivity in the country,” said Andrew Tey, director of the Cambodian Garment Training Institute, the first-ever fashion and textile training institute in Cambodia.

“It will help the government draft a strategy to improve vocational training in the country.”

Mr Tey explained that productivity in the country varies from company to company, but that it is generally lower than neighbouring nations like Vietnam and Thailand.

To address the issue, the fair will feature a ‘5S system’ competition, he said.

The 5S system is a lean manufacturing tool that originated in Japan. It focuses on improving efficiency at the workplace and eliminating waste.

The 5S stands for the Japanese terms seiri (tidiness), seiton (orderliness), seiso (cleanliness), seiketsu (standarisation) and shitsuke (discipline).

Mr Tey said the competition is an initiative of GMAC to encourage more factories to adopt the system.

“The 5S system is helping factories run better. It creates a good working environment and helps in getting everything right the first time,” he said, adding that already more than half of GMAC members are using the system.

“It is a long term process related to the Japanese principle of ‘kaizen,’ or continuous improvement,” he explained.

To improve the way GMAC members are implementing the system, the association will hold a workshop on the 5S technique and the principle of ‘kaizen’ on August 18.

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