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 […]

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 […]