Oknha Ly kunthai, Chairman of the Cambodia Footwear Association attended , disclosed in an exclusive interview with the Cambodian China Times that representatives of the footwear industry have suggested to the government that factory personnel should be vaccinated first.
"This not only allows the footwear industry to resume work as soon as possible, to ensure the livelihood of workers, but also the factory is densely staffed, taking the lead in vaccinating workers, and it can also avoid large-scale infections."
He pointed out that the footwear industry is still not completely out of the shadows. Although the comprehensive vaccination in Phnom Penh is almost complete and the situation of the Phnom Penh factory is slightly better, many of the other shoe factories in various provinces have not yet been vaccinated against the new crown.
With the popularization of vaccination in European and American countries, Li Kuntai predicts that orders will increase in the second half of this year, so that the annual orders can be restored to the level of 70% to 80% before the epidemic.
"(The current order volume) is only 30% of 2019... European, American, and Japanese markets have gradually opened up one after another. Orders in the first half of this year are already much better than last year."
"We judge that orders in the second half of the year will be (more) than those in the first half of the year. Because of the high inoculation rate in Europe and the United States, the market should begin to slowly recover."
In any case, Li Kuntai pointed out that the ups and downs of the epidemic have brought huge uncertainties to the recovery of the shoe industry.
"Every factory will face the threat of an epidemic. After all, if an epidemic breaks out, it must stop work, which affects production lines, exports, orders and contracts, which is a great threat to manufacturers."
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