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The Chicken & Egg problem – raise Minimum Wage first or Productivity?

  The decision by the National Committee for Designating Minimum Wage on January 2nd to increase the minimum wage has left many in the garment industry dissatisfied. Union officials believed that the new minimum wage of K4800 was not enough to cover the increasingly high cost of living, especially in the cities. Instead, they advocated […]

HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam wants more trade with Myanmar

Hong Kong (HKSAR)-The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, continued her visit to Myanmar in Yangon today (September 16). Mrs Lam attended the 14th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC) in the morning. Themed “Setting up Historical Milestones through the Economic Reform of Myanmar”, the WCEC was attended by some 2 000 leading Chinese entrepreneurs from around […]

Wanted: Female bus drivers in Yangon for a safer ride

YANGON — Ms Ma Myat Yi Mon is the only female driver for Yangon Bus Service (YBS) – and she has provided a welcome change for passengers. Having long put up with rude, vulgar and reckless male drivers they called for more women behind the wheel. The authorities agreed and the YBS’s governing body, the […]

Expression of Interest in No.27 Garment Factory (Yankin) Under No, (3), Heavy Industries Enterprise, Ministry of Industry Closing Date 31 August 2017

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list No.(27) Garment Factory (Yankin)(to build a Myanmar International Business Center as an International Standard) under NO.(3) Heavy Industries Enterprise, Ministry of Industry is intended to cooperate with investors as Joint Venture on 2.205 Acres. The investors who interested in those cooperation are required to submit their Draft Proposal […]

Ministry to Develop Specialized Textile and Garment Zone

​​ The union minister for industry has said that 127 acres of land in No.1 Garment Factory located in Shwe Taung, Bago Region, will be transformed into a Specialized Textile and Garment Zone (STGZ). Khin Maung Cho, said the ministry will invite potential local and foreign investors to develop the zone to manufacture high quality […]

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 […]

Garment boom raises rents

An increase in garment manufacturing and demand for storage space is pushing up rental prices on industrial land. “Rents in industrial zones that host garment manufacturing and goods storage are up,” Myanmar Real Estate Services Association vice chair U Than Oo told The Myanmar Times this week. “It’s happening in nearly all zones. The rental […]

CB Bank chair to open industrial zone

The chair of one of Myanmar’s largest banks is turning his hand to a new sector, with a plan to open Taungoo township’s first industrial zone, which he hopes will entice hundreds of thousands of migrant workers back to the area. Chair of Co-operative Bank U Khin Maung Aye also chairs the Kaung Myanmar Aung […]

Camera factory workers strike over allowance

Workers at a camera lens factory in Pyin Oo Lwin township, Mandalay Region, walked off the job because they say the introduction of the minimum wage has led to their pay being cut. The strike is the latest in which workers say factory owners have responded to the minimum wage law by apparently cutting allowances […]

Myanmar stitching a new economy

YANGON: Wearing an expression of intense concentration, Myanmar garment worker Htet Myat Nyein stitches jackets bound for wealthy foreign high streets, part of a booming industry fuelling much of the country’s modernisation drive. “I learned to sew at this factory,” she says, her soft voice almost lost in the clatter of sewing machines at the […]