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Import value of CMP raw materials hit over $600 in three months

CMP (Cut-Make-Pack) businesses have imported raw materials worth over US$600 million over the past three months in the current 2018-2019 fiscal year, exceeding nearly US$100 million compared to the same period of last FY, according to the Ministry of Commerce. From October 1 to January 11 this FY, import value of CMP raw materials reached […]

Garments sector poised to boom in Pathein

The garment industry seems poised to boom in Ayeyarwady Region, with a company developing an industrial park near Pathein signing a contract with a Chinese firm that plans to build 50 garment factories within two years. The new factories would dramatically expand the town’s nascent manufacturing sector, which has for several years been attracting interest […]

Garment factories shutter on rising wages, land leases

A total of 14 factories in Yangon’s industrial zones may cease operations within the next two months due to the rising cost of land and employees. Most of the factories are run by garment manufacturers. The shuttering of the factories could leave over 3000 jobless, said Daw Sandar Min, regional representative in Yangon and chair […]

New Chair of Kyaukphyu SEZ Wary of Chinese Loans

YANGON — Myanmar will endeavor to take on no loans from China to complete the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) but would offer the developer no sovereign guarantees to mitigate risk if it does, said the project’s new chairman, seeking to allay fears of a debt trap. Sean Turnell, an economic adviser to State Counselor […]

Some businesses see positive impact from higher minimum wage

The Myanmar daily minimum wage has been set at K4,800, which is a rise of 33 percent from the K3,600 workers were drawing previously. The change was announced by the National Committee for the Minimum Wage on Monday. The change comes after months of negotiations between business owners and workers unions. Before the current wage […]

Dilemma on minimum wages could lead to better productivity

Concern is rising among employers over demands that the minimum wage be raised to K4,800- K6,600 ($4-$5.20) per day from K3,600 per day currently. That’s a potential increase in wages of more than 80 percent, a move which, if implemented, could put many companies out of business. The Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar (CTUM), […]

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 […]

Economic opportunities in Rakhine State

Rakhine State is rich in natural resources. It has many rivers, lakes, ponds and is connected to the ocean. Good ports exist and as improvement to road links are being made, trade, local and foreign investments are increasing. The government is emphasizing on investment and trade in order to increase production in agriculture products as […]

Myanmar courting global producers

The Myanmar authorities have sped up efforts in recent months to increase the country’s attractiveness for global manufacturers. The latest move was revealed in September by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) and concerns the move to allow local and foreign investors into industrial zones across the country. This follows requests by companies from Hong Kong […]

Garment Exports Double Spurred by Rising Orders From Europe

​​ Myanmar garment exports have doubled in 2016 compared to export values of the previous year, according to the Ministry of Commerce. Rising orders from European countries have caused the surge in garment exports, said U Win Myint, Director of Ministry of Commerce. As of December 15th, garment exports reached $1.05 billion, up from $460 […]