While the government of Cambodia continues to take insufficient action to secure labor rights in the country, Vietnam’s parliament has just ratified a free-trade agreement with the European Union. Only a few steps are still missing before it goes into effect on Aug. 1, making it more likely that European importers of shoes and clothing will move some production from Cambodia to Vietnam. Cambodia’s shoe and apparel manufacturers have again urged the EU to postpone the planned withdrawal of the country’s duty-free treatment, scheduled to take effect from Aug. 12, noting that more than 130,000 workers in the sector, mostly women, have already lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, Cambodia exported nearly half a million bicycles, worth about €109 million, to the EU in the first quarter of this year – €9 million more than in the same period of last year, according to the country’s Chamber of Commerce.