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PHNOM PENH - The Cambodian government is launching a scheme in partnership with textile and garment factory owners to provide financial support to workers who have been laid off because of the economic downturn.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has reportedly told the country's Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and the Ministry of Economy and Finance to work together with factory owners on compensation for 32,000 workers laid off due to factory closures.

Ministry of Labour spokesman Heng Sour told local media that more than 70 factories had closed down in the country, leaving 32,023 workers unemployed, of whom 26,055 are female.

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