The fight against child labour begin at home

Good news this week that the government is promising to clamp down on the use of child labour in the workplace. But while drawing attention to the exploitation of children under the age of 14 by businesses is welcome, the issue of child workers in private homes all too often remains hidden. As is common in later […]

Wage war

Negotiations are currently being held in Rangoon which may pave the way for an official minimum wage in Burma. A workshop between employees’ representatives, international labour organisations, government officials and the parliament-appointed National Committee for National Wage (NCNW) began on Sunday at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and […]

Government plans housing for 16,000 factory workers

The government is planning a housing rental project for 16,000 factory workers from Hlaing Tharyar and Shwe Pyi Thar industrial zones, according to Daw Win Maw Tun, deputy minister for labour, in the first such move to support the private sector. The housing will be dormitory-style for single men and women, with the intention to […]

Myanmar Among Most Preferred Destinations for New Factories in ASEAN: Baker & McKenzie

Myanmar and Indonesia came out as the most favoured destinations for new factories over the next five years, followed by the Philippines and Vietnam, a new Baker & McKenzie report revealed. “Re-drawing the ASEAN map,” based on a survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit in late 2014 on behalf of Baker & McKenzie, asked […]

YCDC to Conduct Environmental Inspections at Industrial Zones

Government authorities will conduct environmental inspections on the factories operating in the industrial zones in Yangon region late this month, according to the Environmental Conservation and Sanitation Department of Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). The inspection campaign, the second conducted under the current government, will inspect and evaluate the industries’ adherence to the regulations regarding […]

Developers push for production materials to be made locally

The boom in construction has prompted local developers to press for the production of home-grown building materials. They say manufacturing steel and cement here instead of importing them could cut costs and create jobs. Recent economic reform have made construction sector the most developed sector of the economy, and attracted many foreign developers. “The construction […]

Lafarge Launches 20,000-MT Cement Repacking Plant in Thilawa

French cement giant Lafarge has opened a cement repacking and storing factory in Thilawa special economic zone (SEZ) in Myanmar. Lafarge, one of the world’s largest building materials firm with over €15 billion in revenues, and two local companies – Aung Myin Thu and My Associates – have built the factory with an estimated investment […]

Thai cement giant starts work on Mon State plant

Thailand’s largest cement producer has begun work on its first factory in Myanmar, aiming to open doors on the facility as soon as the second quarter 2016. Siam Cement Group has been exporting to Myanmar for over two decades, but the August 2013 announcement to build a plant in Mawlamyine, Mon State marks the first […]

Myanmar’s garment sector can grow with strategic planning

The garment industry in Myanmar has great potential for growth in the next 10 years, if it works towards development with strategic planning, according to the members of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA), Myanmar Times reported. The garment sector needs to draw appropriate plans to obtain higher quantity and stable orders with higher profits. […]

Land and electricity issues push away Samsung’s investment

Samsung, South Korea’s giant electronics company, may cancel its plan to establish a factory in Myanmar, due to lack of guarantees about land availability and electricity, said sources in the manufacturing sector. According to Dr Maung Maung Lay, vice-president of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), […]