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 […]

Social welfare minister mulls building garment factories in Rakhine

The Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye urged each and every individual to cooperate in the transparent implementation of laws, rules and regulations of the government. The union minister was talking to four families who had recently been returned from refugee camps from Thailand. The union minister negotiated with […]

Over 60 factories in the city of Yangon charged with violation of labour rights

YANGON region authorities took action against more than 60 factories for violation of labour rights, according to the Factories and the General Labour Laws Inspection Department. A total of 64 factories have been charged under existing laws after authorities found that the employers of those factories broke labour related provisions. The investigators say that many […]

Myanmar garments to get US boost

Aung Thein, vice president of the Myanmar Industries Association and managing director of Nibban Electronics, welcomed the move, saying it would boost exports to the US and strengthen local industries. Garment factories would reap the most from the decision, he said. “For the time being, some well-known brands like H&M have been making some of […]

Hmawbi residents in the dark over new city

Hmawbi township feels a long way from Yangon. Located just beyond the city’s northern limits, it is well known for supplying vegetables and fruit to the markets in Myanmar’s commercial capital. The main roads are busy but the area is rural and underdeveloped. Its tallest buildings are two six-storey towers beside the Hmawbi Myot Ma […]

Yangon’s lost children

Fourteen-year-old Ma Ei Mon’s tidy hair and thanaka-daubed face belie her troubled past and confused reality: Barely a teenager, she could be studying at school, but she is already working and living far from home. Ma Ei Mon hails from Ayeyarwady Region. She was brought to Yangon by her aunt two years ago to work […]

Minimum Wage – ‘The Impact Could Come Very Quickly’

On Monday the government announced an interim minimum wage proposal for a 3600 kyats (US$3.25) per eight-hour day, a middle-ground proposal after labor unions pushed for a 4000 kyats ($3.60) base rate and factory owners unwilling to proffer anything higher than 2500 kyats ($2.25). Both labor groups and employers have two weeks to lodge objections […]