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Asia's garment industry should drive post-COVID economic recovery

Rich Western and Asian nations must support millions of workers

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Employees work at a factory supplier of the H&M brand in Kandal province, pictured in December 2018: the garment industry is one of the very few job creators in Cambodia.   © Reuters

Sheng Lu is an associate professor in the department of fashion and apparel studies at the University of Delaware.

After the COVID-19 pandemic reached Southeast Asia, more than 250 garment factories in Cambodia suspended operations, imperiling the livelihoods of more than 130,000 workers. Without effective support, many of these closures could become permanent.

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