PPE exports from Cambodia have gone up 130 per cent to $191.3 million in the first half of this year. The country’s exports of face masks during the period were valued at $2.5 million. Exports were largely driven by COVID-19 fears and a shortage of such equipment, the General Department of Customs and Excise said. The newly-incorporated Lyly Global Co – a local plant that produces face masks under the ‘Saffi’ brand – doubled its production of face masks to meet the rising demand.
In May, the Cambodian government granted a request made by the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) to allow the export of all kinds of infectious disease prevention items amid the pandemic. The government aims to support and encourage garment factories to produce face masks, medical equipment and medical clothing, to be sold domestically and internationally as the pandemic spurs global demand for PPEs.