The government plans to push for more factories in the provinces in order to offer employment opportunities to local workforces rather than having labourers leave their hometowns to travel to the capital.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday while speaking to thousands of garment workers in Por Sen Chey district that the push will come in the near future.
“In the near future, we will push to have more factories in the provinces in order to reduce a lot of travelling by our workers and also to help people who are looking for local jobs in their hometowns,” he said.
Kaing Monika, deputy secretary-general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, said yesterday that his association supports the government’s upcoming policy, especially because infrastructure has been improved in order for trucks to travel to and from the provinces.
“Before, most investors set up their factories in Phnom Penh because the infrastructure here was already upgraded,” he said. “But now we can see that infrastructures in the provinces are well developed to welcome more and more investment from the factory industry.”
“Provinces can now become a main source of labour and those workers won’t need to leave their homes and can save money that they would spend on travel and rent,” he added.
Mr Monika said his association also supports the plan because it coincides with the government’s policy to keep the capital clean, an aim that can be reached by having less industrial factories set up within its limits.
According to Mr Monika, between 30 and 40 percent of GMAC’s 500 registered factories are located in Phnom Penh currently, with the remainder in Kandal, Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, Kampot, Svay Rieng, Pursat, Battambang and Preah Sihanouk provinces.
Far Saly, president of National Trade Unions Coalition, said yesterday that his union also supports the idea because it will eliminate the need for travel, a heavy burden for many workers.
“I think their spending will be reduced if there are more factories in the provinces, especially the remote provinces,” he said.