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Garment quota bonus

The US Government announced January 13 that Cambodia will receive an additional textile quota increase of four percent in 2004 as a result of the country's efforts to promote decent labor standards and protect workers' rights.

The news comes after the quota system - which guarantees countries a share of the western garment market - began to be phased out as of January 1.

The increase will be applied retroactively to all categories of apparel covered by the expired textile agreement.

Many industry experts have voiced concerns that Cambodia might not be able to compete in an open market post-quota and experts have urged the country to exploit its reputation as a country with high labor standards.

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