Global standards issued for local coffee producers

IN a bid to promote local coffee to the international market, the Agriculture Department will be issuing a Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certificate to qualified local coffee producers this year, said Daw May Thet Hlaing, a coffee expert from the Coffee Research, Information, Extension and Training Centre. Local coffee producers who meet a list of […]

Inle chemical-free tomatoes to be available in Yangon market

The Inle chemical-free tomatoes, the first Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-compliant crop produced in the country, is now being sold at the City Mart in Yangon, according to Nyaung Shwe Restaurants Businessmen Association secretary U Aung Kyaw. The Nyaung Shwe Restaurants Businessmen Association in cooperation with the Nyaung Shwe Agricultural Department in Shan State supported the […]

Sustainability is Key to the Future of Tourism in Myanmar

Destination management is needed to achieve sustainable tourism, which will contribute to jobs and long-term growth in Myanmar. “This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about,” celebrated novelist, Rudyard Kipling, wrote over a century ago. Even today, his thoughts hold true, with Myanmar offering a unique experience to the […]

Garment manufacturing: How to navigate Myanmar’s ethical maze

As it undergoes profound and rapid change, Myanmar is today emerging as one of Asia’s most sought-after hubs for fashion sourcing. The country’s opening-up to the global economy has come after decades of military rule, during which a long period of isolation and internal conflict was followed by an era of gradual disengagement from politics […]

H&M factories in Myanmar employed 14-year-old workers

Fashion retail giant says it has taken action against its two factories after new book in Sweden raises fears about working conditions in the country Swedish fashion chain H&M worked with clothing factories in Myanmar where children as young as 14 toiled for more than 12 hours a day, according to a book being published in Sweden […]

Lawsgroup’s journey from Hong Kong to Myanmar

Rising Chinese wages force the textile maker to move production but its CEO remains laid-back. Before his death in 1996, the Hong Kong textile tycoon Law Ting-pong handwrote a letter of wishes in which he expressed the hope that “those who are careful at the beginning would also be careful to the end”. Unfortunately, the […]

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 […]

Gap Audit Reveals Issues at Myanmar Garment Factories

YANGON — An audit conducted for clothing retailer Gap Inc. identified issues with working conditions, health and safety at two factories in Myanmar that are now producing garments for the United States-based company. Measures have been taken to address the so-called “compliance issues” at the Gap-supplying factories, according to a comprehensive new report compiled by […]

Gap Report Outlines Issues With Sourcing in Myanmar

As the first American retailer to resume sourcing in Myanmar since U.S.-levied sanctions were eased following the country’s military rule, Gap Inc. elected to publish a report evaluating its supply chain risks to paint a picture of local conditions and aid in development of responsible sourcing practices for the Southeast Asian nation. In a voluntary […]

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 […]