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 […]

H&M supply factory in Myanmar damaged in violent labour protest

Workers demanding better conditions and benefits have destroyed the production line of a Chinese-owned factory in Myanmar making clothes for Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz, in one of the most violent labour disputes in the country in years. The month-old dispute, which also saw managers attacked, highlights the need for Aung San Suu Kyi’s […]

Myanmar’s burgeoning financial sector attracts foreign suppliers

Foreign companies are rushing in to beef up Myanmar’s financial infrastructure, vying to win orders for ATMs and financial software from commercial banks that are rapidly growing under a civilian government. This month, Diebold Nixdorf, the world’s top ATM supplier, will open its first sales office in Myanmar. It is to be staffed with its […]

Myanmar’s Garment Industry Holds Unique Opportunity

Just as I return from visiting garment factories in Myanmar, a stream of press attention focuses on challenges facing this area. Although there are challenges, my trip has only made me believe in the unique opportunity this country represents to change the future of how our clothing is made. Amidst the media headlines there lies […]

Thai e-wallet platform provider joins hands with Myanmar retailer

T2P Deep Pocket, Thailand’s fastest-growing e-wallet platform provider, has formed a joint venture with City Mart Holding, the leading modern retail chain in Myanmar. A joint venture agreement between them was signed during a Myanmar-Thailand cooperation mission presided over by Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Dr Somkid […]

How high street clothes were made by children in Myanmar for 13p an hour

Children as young as 14 have been employed to make clothes for some of the most popular names on the UK high street, according to a new report. New Look, Sports Direct’s Lonsdale brand and H&M have all used factories found to have employed children, after several major brands switched their production to low-cost factories […]

Nagasaki fire engine maker, Myanmar firm aim to improve safety via tie-up

Yangon – A Japanese fire engine maker is teaming up with a local firm to break into the market for safety products in Myanmar, capitalizing on the country’s efforts to improve its firefighting capability with help from Japan. With support from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Nakamura Shobokagaku Co., based in Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture, […]

GAP Inc Taps Myanmar’s Apparel Industry

American clothing and accessories retailer Gap Inc said it plans to produce apparel at factories in Myanmar, making it the first major US apparel retailer to enter the impoverished Southeast Asian nation’s lucrative garment industry. The US Embassy in Yangon said products made at two Yangon factories would be in Gap stores by this summer. […]