The Cambodian government recently announced another round of support measures to aid the garment, textile, footwear and travelling bag industries and the tourism and aviation sectors until the end of the year. This is the sixth such round of support measures for the private sector, which has been severely affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

According to an official statement, the government will pay $40 per month for a worker who has been laid off from work in the garment and textile, footwear, travel bag and tourism industries for another three months until the year end. However, the garment factory owners must add another $30 per month, so that each laid-off worker will receive $70 a month.

The government will continue to implement its relief cash support programme for poor and vulnerable families from October to December and will allow them to delay paying a fixed levy to the National Social Security Fund until the year end. The government has also exempted the payment of patent tax and tax on branding. As of September 10, the government has distributed $78 million to poor families hit by the pandemic.