Natural gas core of export activity,followed by garment sector

Natural gas comprises 45 per cent of the export sector, by far the biggest chunk of the market, it is learnt from an announcement released by the Customs Department.The second most exported category is the garment sector, at 17 per cent. The export of natural gas in the 2015-2016 fiscal year fetched over US$4.3billion, whereas […]

Myanmar women garment workers on study trip to B’desh

As part of its initiative to upscale the outreach of its social progamme for women workers in Myanmar’s garment industry, a European Union funded project called Smart Myanmar organized a study mission to women’s centres in Bangladesh to exchange ideas and share experiences which could be replicated in their own society. The mission, comprising seven […]

Myanmar set to export garments of US$1.14b to EU

THE Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) and French NGO Evalliance have entered into an agreement to boost textile exports in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Evalliance’s president Mr Jean Francois Limantour said he expects that the European Union would double its imports of garments from the country in 2017. Their action plan includes the creation of […]

H&M, Global Union Team Up to Teach Labour Relations at Suppliers

Fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz said it had agreed with IndustriALL Global Union to jointly train its direct suppliers and their workers in how to improve relations and dialogue between social partners. The Asian garment industry has been shaken by labour unrest over low wages and poor working conditions, such as pay protests in Cambodia […]

Myanmar garment workers long for ‘manufacturing renaissance’

YANGON, Myanmar – Wearing an expression of intense concentration, Myanmar garment worker Htet Myat Nyein stitches jackets bound for wealthy foreign high streets, part of a booming industry fuelling much of the country’s modernization drive. “I learned to sew at this factory,” she tells the Agence France-Presse, her soft voice almost lost in the clatter […]

T-Shirt Brinksmanship: Factory Owners Threaten Shutdowns as Minimum Wage Proposal Moves Forward

After a national minimum wage was finalised at K3,600 ($3.2) for those working eight hours per day, garment factories have threatened to close in September when the law goes into effect, as announced at a meeting of garment factory employers at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) last week. […]

EU Aims to Strengthen Myanmar’s Garment Sector

The European Union (EU) will provide up to €2 million in funding to promote CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities of Myanmar’s garment industry. “The support will be provided in collaboration with UMFCCI (Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry) while we will make sure the funds are not used for purposes that […]

Adidas Starts Sourcing from Myanmar

Myanmar has made its first appearance in the German sportswear retailer Adidas Group’s recently published Global Factory List, a list of all factories which manufacture products for the group. With the lifting of international trade sanctions against Myanmar, the garment industry has seen a boom in investments. American clothing giant GAP in June last year […]

Yangon garment workers protest for better pay, conditions

More than 2,000 workers from four garment factories in Shwepyithar Township in Yangon marched on the streets in their township to call for salary increases and better working conditions on February 9. Activists supporting the welfare of the workers said they will intensify their sit-in protests if employers fail to agree to the demands of […]

Myanmar garment industry gets ‘Code of Conduct’

The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association has published the country’s first ever Code of Conduct, in a move that aims to set out responsible and ethical business practices for its growing apparel industry, reports Just Style magazine on February 2. MGMA, which represents around 300 member companies, drafted the code that was released on February 2 […]