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Labour Standards and Trade: The Case of Cambodia

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Cambodia has battled through a hegemonic era with powerful nations and through its horrific and fratricidal civil war and remarkably emerged with a constitution after peace negotiations in 1991. This event marked a major turning point from a one party nation to democracy. It also transformed Cambodia’s centralised economic structure to a market economy. In 1992, Cambodia promulgated a new labour law that provided significant labour protection to its workers by incorporating international labour standards and conventions. At the same time, the government advocated for the enforcement of labour standards and welcomed factory inspections on exporting manufacturers and made an earnest attempt to improve working conditions for garment factory workers by cooperating with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in the establishment of the “Better Factory Cambodia” programme. Publication date : 2008

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