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 […]

Workers protest changes at privatised garment factory

Nearly 600 workers marched on Paleik in Singaing township yesterday, demanding the state reconsider an agreement that transferred a state-owned factory to the private sector. Workers from Mandalay Region’s Panda textile and garment factory, who have been staging sit-in protests since June 3, say the new company is not holding up its end of the bargain on […]

Vietnam investors eye top-five spot, $1.5bn investment in Myanmar by 2015

Vietnamese businesses have set a goal of becoming one of the five largest foreign investors in Myanmar by next year, chairman of the Association of Vietnamese Investors in Myanmar (AVIM) said Sunday in Hanoi. Vietnamese investors in Myanmar have sought to increase their investment in the country to US$1.5 billion to achieve the target, AVIM […]

GAP Inc Taps Myanmar’s Apparel Industry

American clothing and accessories retailer Gap Inc said it plans to produce apparel at factories in Myanmar, making it the first major US apparel retailer to enter the impoverished Southeast Asian nation’s lucrative garment industry. The US Embassy in Yangon said products made at two Yangon factories would be in Gap stores by this summer. […]

Thai Labour woes turn producers to Myanmar

THE electrical-appliance and auto-parts industries are already forging trade relations with partners in Myanmar due to the labour shortage in Thailand. “Some companies aim to set up factories there this year so that they can start production next year,” Suparp Suwanpimolkul, honorary president of the Thai Subcontracting Promotion Association, said yesterday. As the members of […]

Myanmar: Banknotes in boxes and power outages

For the first time ever, Myanmar has been host to a regional summit of the World Economic Forum. Despite a variety of problems in the country, pundits expect the domestic economy to expand in the years ahead. The president doesn’t have any time. Consultants from the UK, Germany, US and EU are waiting outside his […]