Myanmar appeals for international assistance for flood relief

Myanmar said on Tuesday it had appealed for international assistance to help provide food, temporary shelter and clothing for more than 210,000 people affected by widespread flooding following weeks of heavy monsoon rains. At least 47 people have died in the floods, according to the government. Myanmar’s call for international aid stands in sharp contrast […]

Myanmar adds new factory per week as textile sector booms

The international textile sector has discovered Myanmar. Low wages, plentiful labour and an image problem in neighbouring Bangladesh after the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse have all boosted the emerging country’s chances. Yangon- Green collars piled to one side, white polo shirts to the other – the young woman handles them with practised ease, creating […]

Myanmar’s garment workers join forces amid lure of city jobs

YANGON – When Aye Cho Khine left her family in a farming town in central Myanmar for work and better pay in the city of Yangon 16 years ago, she felt lost and bewildered. “I was only 19. Yangon was so big, there were so many people and I only had two friends so I […]

Manufacturing could start in Myanmar’s Thilawa zone in mid-2015

Feb 21 (Reuters) – About 40 foreign manufacturers are interested in setting up in the Thilawa economic zone being developed with Japanese help outside Myanmar’s main city, Yangon, and commercial operations could start in mid-2015, a Myanmar official said. Myanmar has opened up since a quasi-civilian government took office in 2011 after decades of military […]

Myanmar’s clothing industry promises growth

Myanmar’s clothing industry is expected to grow as a result of the country’s readmission to a preferential EU trading scheme, according to sources from the industry. The European Union readmitted Myanmar to its trade preference scheme on June 12 which grants developing nations preferential access to the 27-nation bloc for several products in the form […]