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Cambodia’s garment sector confident of full revival by early 2022 following a vaccination drive

Published: 2021-06-23

As per Collective Union of Movement of Workers of Cambodia, the garment sector’s stakeholders are confident to see full revival of operation by early next year.

The Cambodian Government is said to be going on an aggressive vaccination campaign to achieve the targeted inoculation of 10 million adults by end of this year and the same is expected to see recovery of garment sector once all are vaccinated.

The vaccination drive is currently focused in the capital Phnom Penh which is why the workforce in the other industrial provinces is at high risk of contracting coronavirus.

The Union’s President Pav Sina told the local daily Khmer Times recently that if the Government keeps up with the current momentum of its vaccination campaign, especially inoculating the workforce, then Cambodia will successfully contain the coronavirus pandemic early next year.

“As I see it, with the efforts of the Government and the support and cooperation of the people, I think Cambodia will be able to effectively manage, control or even end the spread of the deadly disease by next year,” said Sina.

Since the starting of vaccination programme in Cambodia in early April till May, over 200,000 garment workers have gotten their jabs out of a total number of 850,000. These vaccinated workers belong to red zones in Phnom Penh.

On the other hand, Far Saly, President of the National Trade Unions Coalition commented that most of his workers have already got the vaccine as they are mainly based in Phnom Penh and Kandal province. “70 per cent of some 10,000 members have already been vaccinated,” reported Saly.

“If everyone takes their vaccination and puts in place preventive measures, I am confident that the garment and textile sector can resume full operations by early next year,” said Saly.