Garment Exports Jump More Than Threefold in 2016-17FY

Garment sector’s export volume during the five months of 2016-17 reached $512 million compared with the same period last year, according to Ministry of Commerce. “Until September 9, garment export reached $745.49 million. Last year in this season, the export reached $232.81 million. In last year August, we aimed to boost the export volume, and […]

MGMA backs garment industry to boom when US sanctions are lifted

Myanmar’s leading garment industry body has been buoyed by the lifting of sanctions it hopes will see a return to the glory days for the sector, when in the early 2000s a majority of country’s garments were shipped to the US. Speaking at a manufacturing trade fair in Yangon yesterday, U Myint Soe, chair of […]

New US trade preferences highlight challenges for Myanmar exporters

Myanmar’s business sector has welcomed US plans to lift almost all remaining sanctions against the country and reinstitute special trade preferences, but some industries could find it hard to take advantage of the new environment. US President Barack Obama announced this week that he intends to lift the state of emergency the US declared against Myanmar in […]

Business community pins sanction hopes on State Counsellor’s visit to US

With State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi set to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington today, many in Myanmar’s business community will be watching closely. The two are set to discuss US sanctions that have been in place for decades, and that investors are rearing to have removed. Businesses have long called for lifting sanctions they say cripple […]

Korea-Myanmar venture to build 500-acre garment zone

A Korean firm and a local company have teamed up with a view to building free-on-board (FOB) garment factories on 500 acres of land through a 50-50 joint venture. Myanmar-based Olympus Asia Group and Korea’s Panko Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding on August 20 and are looking for land in Yangon, Bago or Ayeywarwady […]

Garment industry expected to earn US$10 billion from export in a decade

The export value from the garment industry under Cutting-Making and Packing (CMP) system is expected to fetch up to US$10billion in a decade, it is learnt from Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA). “We expect garment industry to be in operation with 1,500 factories in 2025, with a total labour force of one million. To meet […]

Chinese garment firms eye Myanmar as low-cost hub

Thanks to soaring production costs in China coupled with surge in labour wages, Myanmar’s garment sector is emerging as the last low-cost production frontier for factory relocation and diversification in Southeast Asia. This, together with the difficulty in hiring garment workers and the Chinese government’s policy of upgrading its manufacturing sector with a strategic shift […]

Entrepreneurs ask finance minister to reconsider special tax

Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win received a barrage of requests to cut taxes during a meeting with a group of almost 50 business associations in Yangon earlier this week. The minister met with entrepreneurs at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, to ask their opinions on economic development and learn […]

Garment factory to be auctioned after owner disappears

A Taiwanese-owned garment factory of dubious legal standing has gone dark after the owner ran away in the midst of financial trouble, according to Yangon labour officials. Patrick Yan, owner of the UniPolar factory in Hlaing Tharyar township, was reported to local authorities by his employees who said he had failed to pay overdue wages […]

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 […]