Industry, govt hit back at garment factory report

DURING a news conference held by garment businesses on October 4, the Yangon regional government asked ActionAid Myanmar to revise its report about safety standards for women working in garment factories, calling the report inaccurate. In response to ActionAid’s report, an inspection tour of the factories mentioned in the report was made by Yangon Region […]

More FDI essential for substantial increase in garment exports

The study called for an expansion of training in the garments sector to tackle shortages of high-level skill as well as complementary reforms in finance and trade policy. The briefing paper Foreign direct investment and economic transformation in Myanmar, written by Stephen Gelb, was published in June 2017 by Supporting Economic Transformation (SET). Funded by […]

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 […]

Can Myanmar’s garment industry deliver decent jobs?

Myanmar was ruled by a military junta for 50 years. After such a long period of economic isolation, foreign investment is now booming as economic sanctions have been lifted following Myanmar’s first steps towards democracy. The export-oriented garment industry is benefiting from these new opportunities and is expanding at a rapid rate. Lured by low […]

Massive Jump in Myanmar Garment Exports This Year

​​ In this financial year, the Myanmar apparel industry operating under the cut make pack (CMP) system, has exported more than $1 billion dollars worth of clothing till November 11. As against this, the country shipped garments totalling $408.4 million in the same period in the previous year, a massive jump of $690 million or 145 per […]

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 […]