PHNOM PENH – Unions in Cambodia are calling on the European Union (EU) not to withdraw the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme warning it would lead to major job losses. The EU initiated the procedure to suspend the EBA for Cambodia earlier this year and a report is to be issued this month, with the final decision to be announced in February 2020. EBA provides major trade sweeteners for Cambodian garment manufacturers exporting to the EU and its loss would be a major blow to what is the country’s main export sector. However, such trade benefits are dependent on beneficiary countries adhering to various ILO conventions around labour rights which Cambodia has been falling foul of for several years.
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