Draft Companies Law designed to remove obstacles for foreign investment

A new Myanmar Companies Law currently being drafted by legislators will remove cumbersome restrictions and make foreign investment easier, said Dr Myat Nyana Soe, the secretary of Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee. “The draft law was approved by Amyotha Hluttaw and the amendments made by Aymotha Hluttaw and Bill Committee are already submitted to Pyithu Hluttaw. […]

Effort to get tax exemption to export garment

Local garment factories are attempting to export their own branded garments, according to the Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association. Currently, local garment factories export their products with the Cut-Make-Pack (CMP) system. “We are unable to export our products with the Free-On-Board (FOB) system. Currently, we are trying to get tax exemption for the FOB system. “We […]

Emirates set to launch flights to Phnom Penh

Emirates Airlines will expand its presence in Cambodia by launching a daily passenger flight between Dubai and Phnom Penh, with a stopover in Yangon, as part of the Dubai-based carrier’s push into the region. Launching on July 1, the daily flight will connect Dubai to Phnom Penh via a 90-minute stopover in Yangon, using a […]

Natural gas core of export activity,followed by garment sector

Natural gas comprises 45 per cent of the export sector, by far the biggest chunk of the market, it is learnt from an announcement released by the Customs Department.The second most exported category is the garment sector, at 17 per cent. The export of natural gas in the 2015-2016 fiscal year fetched over US$4.3billion, whereas […]

Myanmar women garment workers on study trip to B’desh

As part of its initiative to upscale the outreach of its social progamme for women workers in Myanmar’s garment industry, a European Union funded project called Smart Myanmar organized a study mission to women’s centres in Bangladesh to exchange ideas and share experiences which could be replicated in their own society. The mission, comprising seven […]

Myanmar set to export garments of US$1.14b to EU

THE Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) and French NGO Evalliance have entered into an agreement to boost textile exports in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Evalliance’s president Mr Jean Francois Limantour said he expects that the European Union would double its imports of garments from the country in 2017. Their action plan includes the creation of […]

H&M, Global Union Team Up to Teach Labour Relations at Suppliers

Fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz said it had agreed with IndustriALL Global Union to jointly train its direct suppliers and their workers in how to improve relations and dialogue between social partners. The Asian garment industry has been shaken by labour unrest over low wages and poor working conditions, such as pay protests in Cambodia […]

Myanmar garment workers long for ‘manufacturing renaissance’

YANGON, Myanmar – 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 modernization drive. “I learned to sew at this factory,” she tells the Agence France-Presse, her soft voice almost lost in the clatter […]

T-Shirt Brinksmanship: Factory Owners Threaten Shutdowns as Minimum Wage Proposal Moves Forward

After a national minimum wage was finalised at K3,600 ($3.2) for those working eight hours per day, garment factories have threatened to close in September when the law goes into effect, as announced at a meeting of garment factory employers at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) last week. […]

EU Aims to Strengthen Myanmar’s Garment Sector

The European Union (EU) will provide up to €2 million in funding to promote CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities of Myanmar’s garment industry. “The support will be provided in collaboration with UMFCCI (Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry) while we will make sure the funds are not used for purposes that […]