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Young Myanmar textile entrepreneurs to attend China study programme

Young entrepreneurs from Myanmar will visit China under a programme to study textile and garment manufacturing technologies in the first week of June, according to the Myanmar Textile Manufacturers’ Association. The Guangxi Economic and Trade Vocational Institute, the Ministry of Industry, and the MTMA jointly launched the scholarship programme on 28 March at the Sedona […]

New export strategy launched, but barriers remain

With export revenues having only increased by around US$2 billion over the past five years, Myanmar is aiming to boost its exports in the next five years by adding new sectors to its National Export Strategy (NES). Gems and jewellery, the digital economy, fruits and vegetables, agricultural product-based food products and industrial art products have […]

Taiwan to help Myanmar build vertical industry in Textile and Garment production

Support from Taiwan, and mainland China, is badly needed in Myanmar especially in building backward linkages Myanmar is counting on investors from Taiwan to support the country with capacity building and technical assistance – including in textile and garment production – even as its beneficial trade access to the European Union (EU) is under review. […]

Yangon and Hong Kong: A forgotten tale of two cities

To many people in Hong Kong, Myanmar might sound exotic and unfamiliar. The fact remains, however, that the country, formerly known as Burma, and our city both used to be British colonies and have close ties with each other. Yangon (also known as Rangoon), Myanmar’s largest city and former capital, was once a key trading […]

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 manufacturing set for takeoff

With the end to economic sanctions triggering an investment boom and an abundance of low-cost labor, Myanmar’s nascent manufacturing industries look set for major growth. In the space of less than two years, Japanese clothing retailer Honeys has increased the number of production lines at its second factory in Myanmar from five to 34. The […]

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 […]

Workers protest changes at privatised garment factory

Nearly 600 workers marched on Paleik in Singaing township yesterday, demanding the state reconsider an agreement that transferred a state-owned factory to the private sector. Workers from Mandalay Region’s Panda textile and garment factory, who have been staging sit-in protests since June 3, say the new company is not holding up its end of the bargain on […]

Vietnam investors eye top-five spot, $1.5bn investment in Myanmar by 2015

Vietnamese businesses have set a goal of becoming one of the five largest foreign investors in Myanmar by next year, chairman of the Association of Vietnamese Investors in Myanmar (AVIM) said Sunday in Hanoi. Vietnamese investors in Myanmar have sought to increase their investment in the country to US$1.5 billion to achieve the target, AVIM […]

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. […]