Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - GMAC: Automate and digitise to grow, thrive

GMAC: Automate and digitise to grow, thrive

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) executive committee member John Cha speaks at the 3rd National Conference on Productivity. PICH SOPHOAN VIA FACEBOOK

GMAC: Automate and digitise to grow, thrive

The garment sector should digitise and automate to improve productivity and boost production, while reskilling and upskilling its workforce, said Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) executive committee member John Cha on Sunday.

Speaking at the 3rd National Conference on Productivity, which was held at the Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre, Cha said that as the global and local economies move into Industry 4.0, the Kingdom’s garment and textile sector must catch up and improve its productivity and competitiveness.

“In the age of Industry 4.0, we are seeing an accelerated pace of automation and digitisation within and across our industries. In the apparel industry, for example, automated machines are increasingly being used in our processes.

“Cambodia must embrace the process of digitisation and automation to transform our workplace and workforce. We must quicken the pace of automation, the reskilling and upskilling of our workforce, supervision and factory management,” said Cha.

From designing, pattern making, cutting, printing and embroidery, to sewing and assembly, he said, the process of digitisation and automation involves various types of stand-alone machines, as well as integrated line systems that enable faster and more precise output, thus saving time and cost and improving quality.

“[Digitisation and automation] help shrink the communication distance between production and the market place. In many instances, it is real-time.

“The wide range of automated machines and production systems available in the market will bring about higher productivity and better quality of output.

“Many among us have invested in automation and technology, and have benefitted. Moving forward, we hope that this pace of investment will be faster and more intense.

“We hope that the Royal Government of Cambodia can help through incentives such as reinvestment tax allowance for the acquisition of such machines as well as the technical training that goes with them,” he said.

Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training secretary of state Pich Sophoan noted that while technology and artificial intelligence are rapidly developing, they leave a negative impact in the workforce – costing many people their jobs.

“The fast development of the technology – especially in the adoption of Industry 4.0 in the industry sector – is creating new jobs for the people, increasing productivity.

“Also, it also creates a good opportunity for a developing country like Cambodia to leapfrog in its development,” Sophoan said.

He said the government rolled out its Industrial Development Policy 2015-2025 to scale up the industry sector’s technology and improve skilled labour in response to Industry 4.0 and achieve its ambitious plan to become an upper-middle-income country by 2030 and high-income country by 2050.

GMAC members currently operate more than 500 factories and employ more than 700,000 workers.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Angkor Beer, 30 Years of Prestige and Still Counting

    Let’s celebrate 30 years of prestige with Angkor Beer. In this 2022, Angkor Beer is 30 years old and has been staying with Cambodian hearts in all circumstances. Head of core beer portfolio, EmYuthousaid, “We have been with Cambodians for three decades now. We, ANGKOR Beer, pride

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,