Garment factories in Myanmar are preparing to make their first shipments to US next month, according to Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association.
“Now, some garment factories here will export to US in coming June. Some are ready and some are still preparing. After President [Thein Sein’s] trip to US, we have received more enquires from US buyers,” Khine Khine Nwe, Secretary of Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association, said.
She said most garment orders at the factories are currently from Japan and Korea, and Japanese buyers are taking market surveys now and then.
Myanmar’s garment export hit a new record at one billion dollars last year. Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association is now providing training to workers at the garment factories to build their capacity, to meet the demands of increasing garment orders and to expand their export markets.
European Union, while offering trade, investment and technical assistance to Myanmar, also pledged to increase cooperation to boost Myanmar’s garment industry as it is labour intensive and the industry’s growth can create a large number of jobs for the people.