Cambodia to raise minimum wage for textiles, footwear workers hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: Internet)
Hanoi (VNA) - Cambodia has decided to raise the minimum wage for workers in the textiles and footwear industries to 190 USD per month, an increase of 4.4 percent, from next year.

Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Sam Heng said in a directive on September 20 that the minimum wage for textiles, garment and shoe workers for 2020 is set at 190 USD per month,  adding that the new wage takes effect in January.

The garment industry is Cambodia's largest employer, generating 7 billion USD for the economy each year. It faces uncertainty after the European Union (EU) in February began a process that could suspend the country's special trade preferences.

Cambodia benefits from the EU's "Everything But Arms" (EBA) trade programme, which allows the world's least-developed countries to export most goods to the EU free of duties.

The EU, which accounts for more than one-third of Cambodia's exports, including garments, footwear and bicycles/.