The Labour Ministry and GIZ on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen labour inspections and gender equality in the garment industry.
The GIZ, FABRIC initiative is aimed at promoting Sustainability in the Textile and Garment Industry in Asia.
Mr Ith Samheng thanked GIZ for providing financial and technical support to Cambodia, especially the ministry’s vocational training efforts..
He also expressed his appreciation over the implementation of the two-year GIZ project, as well as for the German Government’s assistance to Cambodia, especially in the field of employment and vocational training.
A ministry statement noted that GIZ expressed satisfaction with the cooperation extended to make the project a success.
It said both sides expressed their appreciation for the cooperation and pledged to continue furthering the project to achieve success in accordance with the government’s policy as well as the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training.
The statement noted that the project runs from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2021 with a budget of about $6.7 million for Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Pakistan and Vietnam.
Nguy Rith, a deputy secretary of state at the ministry, on Tuesday said the purpose of the MoU is to support state and private institutions to exchange information and dialogue at the regional, national and enterprise level to improve gender equality in the workplace.
He said the MoU also involves financial and technical support from the GIZ, FABRIC project to the ministry to strengthen the labor inspection system in Cambodia to become more efficient, transparent, efficient, and trusted by all stakeholders.
He added that right now, the ministry has 49 groups of labour sector throughout the country.
Mr Rith said that the project also provides technical assistance to the ministry to implement activities supporting the mainstreaming of gender in the field of employment and vocational training to promote gender equality and empower women working in the textile and garment sector.