BSR Report – Addressing Child Labour in Myanmar’s Garment Sector

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ‘Made in Myanmar’ is ready to make a comeback, with U.S. and EU markets newly re-opened for trade with Myanmar’s garment manufacturers  newly re-opened for trade with Myanmar’s garment manufacturers. Buyers and investors are back in Yangon looking for opportunities, attracted in part by the country’s low labor costs. However, Myanmar has spent […]

Myanmar apparel exports may double by 2020

Myanmar’s apparel exports are expected to more than double to $4 billion by 2020 owing to the favourable government policies and low labour costs in the country, according to industry insiders. One of the reasons for this is the high wages and relatively higher cost of production in countries like Vietnam, India, China, and South […]

SMART Myanmar launches 2nd phase of European Union funded project

SMART Myanmar held a kick-off launch event on 19 January at the UMFCCI with approximately 200 guests from factories, embassies and other stakeholders, according to a press release on the 20 January. More than 200 guests gathered at the UMFCCI on Tuesday to listen to speeches by the Ambassador of the European Union, Mr. Roland […]

Cambodia to share labour arbitration experiences with Myanmar

Cambodia’s Arbitration Council will share its experiences in settling labour disputes at a series of workshops in Myanmar the Khmer Times reported on 16 September. The meetings will take place in the capital as well as Yangon, the country’s largest city, according to a press release from Cambodia’sLabour Ministry. The workshops are being organized by […]

Election jitters as MIC gives permits

The Myanmar Investment Commission has permitted 11 more investments this week. Some claim this a sign that foreign business interest continues even as the election nears, though other experts say they may simply be older investments looking to solidify their status. A total of seven of the 11 investments are from foreign entities, with most […]

Garment industry disputes mean fewer orders and worried factory owners

Labour disputes in the garment industry, a main driver of Myanmar’s growing exports, have had a serious impact on orders from abroad and risk scaring away foreign investors, according to South Korean officials and sector representatives. Disputes over workers’ demand for higher wages affected output at two South Korean factories and three Chinese-owned enterprises in […]

Myanmar: Following Bangladesh’s blueprint in garment sector

Myanmar has set out an ambitious plan to emulate Bangladesh’s runaway success in the garment sector, as it looks to become one of the major apparel suppliers itself, said a minister of the Southeast Asian nation. “In our country, the garment industry is booming. We hope we will be a hub for sourcing garment items,” […]

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 […]

Import-export e-licences to debut by end of year

The Ministry of Commerce plans to launch an e-system for applications for import-export licences by the end of the year, deputy minister for commerce Dr Pwint Hsan said. “Entrepreneurs will be able to apply for import-export licences via the Internet instead of have to go to Yangon or Nay Pyi Taw,” Pwint Hsan told the […]

Myanmar’s garment industry is poised to surge

Myanmar’s garment industry is expected to receive US$4 billion in foreign investment this year, following three consecutive year’s of record-breaking growth as the industry poises itself to become a major playing the global garment supply chain, officials and industry executives say. Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the newly revamped Myanmar Investment Commission, forecast that $4 […]