The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, better known as GMAC, has urged the European Union (EU) to restore full Everything But Arms (EBA) benefits.
It was only last week that EU had announced its decision to partially suspend the EBA trade programme for Cambodia after Brussels delegation on visit to the country had found the Government guilty of outlawing the opposition.
EBA allows EU countries to import products, especially apparel products, from Cambodia (except for arms) free of tariffs and quotas.
GMAC, which represents garment manufacturers in the country, has asked EU to reconsider its decision and help the EBA programme meet its objectives of reducing poverty and creating jobs.
It added that EU decision will only cause unemployment and impact the lives of garment workers significantly.
While applauding its achievements over the years, GMAC, reportedly, said that it was the first association in the world to welcome the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) to establish a monitoring programme to inspect the factories in Cambodia for compliance with national and international labour requirements.