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 […]

Plan to collect VAT for industries operating on CMP system

The Yangon region government plans to collect value added tax (Vat) instead of double taxation for the industries operating on CMP (cutting, making and packing) system, said Zaw Aye Maung, minister of the Rakhine Ethnic Affairs and Labour for Yangon region. “The government is collecting double taxation for the goods produced in Myanmar. They collected […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gov’t Sues Firms for Violating Holiday Law; Minister Pledges Better Protection for Labourers

Deputy Union Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Daw Win Maw Tun pledged to improve labour rights in Myanmar, only days after the ministry sued companies for not giving employees the day off on July 19, a public holiday. At a parliament session, Daw Win Maw Tun vowed to protect the rights of workers […]

Thilawa SEZ to reduce land prices by 30%

The price of land in Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will be reduced by 30 percent to encourage investors as real estate prices skyrocket in other industrial zones in Myanmar. “Price of industrial zones have been all time high and both local and foreign investors are finding difficulties to invest here. So we are going […]

Six foreign companies receive approval for manufacturing and wood factories

Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved six foreign businesses, including the companies from China, India and Singapore, on December 4, to start their operation in the country. The approved businesses consist of two garment factories, one shoe factory, one sporting accessories manufacturing company and two wood factories. Chinese firm Kamcaine Manufacturing Ltd obtained approval to […]