Generalised System of Preferences: Cambodia

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 9th February 2021.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of15 October 2020 to Question 101253, on what basis the decision was taken to derogate from the previously stated replication of the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences system with respect to the new preferences afforded to Cambodia.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what evidence the Government used to assess human rights concerns in Cambodia when determining that country's full access to the least developed countries framework.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the Cambodian Government's implementation of the core human and labour rights UN/ILO conventions necessary to qualify for the least developed countries framework.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The United Kingdom has concerns about human rights in Cambodia and continues to raise these with the Cambodian government at every opportunity.

We continue to monitor the situation in Cambodia and consider if it is appropriate to suspend preferences in line with the provisions of our Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) scheme, taking into account the human rights situation as well as the economic impact of COVID-19 and the impact on vulnerable people, including female garment factory workers.

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