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Poorna Rodrigo

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Cambodia's garment exports rose to US$5.7bn in 2015Cambodia garment exports reached $5.7bn in 2015 12 February 2016

Cambodia's garment and footwear exports earned around US$6.3bn in 2015, recording a growth rate of nearly 6.7% when compared with the year before, according to just-released figures from the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

Can a new civilian government help the Myanmar clothing sector grow?Myanmar makers eye trade boost after election win 13 November 2015

With Myanmar’s opposition party the National League for Democracy (NLD) today (13 November) poised to win a majority in the country’s parliament after the election on Sunday (8 November), clothing industry executives will be hoping for a swift normalisation of trade relations, especially with the US.

The ‘garment villages’ are likely to appeal to foreign investors Bangladesh garment villages seen elevating exports to $50bn 21 August 2015

Bangladesh intends to establish special economic zones called ‘garment villages’ as a key part of its plans to ramp up garment manufacturing to reach a target of US$50bn in exports by 2021, the country's commerce minister Tofail Ahmed has told just-style.

Almeda Textile is one of Ethiopia's largest vertically integrated textile companiesEthiopia’s Almeda Textile plans five-fold production hike 21 July 2015

Ethiopia’s Almeda Textile, which supplies apparel to Sweden’s fast-fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), is planning to ramp up production to five times its current capacity in the next five to six years at its Adwa factory, the company told just-style.

Bahrain fears TPL expiry may hit US apparel exports 5 June 2015

The president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain has told just-style he is working closely with the US Congress to secure a Tariff Preference Level (TPL) extension for the Gulf island kingdom this year.

Bangladesh garment makers seek tax break before budget 11 May 2015

Bangladesh garment manufacturers are pushing for a tax break – urging the government to collect a levy from just 10% of their export profits, instead of their overall profits as is currently the case.

Sourcing in Africa: An alternative to Asia? 5 May 2015

Africa has potential to rival Asia as an apparel sourcing hub, but should learn from Asia’s successes and failures, according to industry experts.

Employers argue the new wage is too high to be financially viableCambodia employers and unions unhappy at wage rise 14 November 2014

Trade unions and employers in Cambodia's garment sector are denouncing the government's new US$128 minimum monthly wage for the clothing textile and footwear industry.

The Labour Advisory Committee is due to meet again on 12 NovemberCambodia to discuss garment sector wages next week 7 November 2014

A Cambodia government-appointed Labour Advisory Committee (LAC) may decide on a new minimum monthly wage for garment sector workers when it meets next week, just-style has been told.

Overall, the CETA is seen as providing good opportunities for both EU and Canadian exportersClothing concerns raised over EU-Canada trade pact 2 October 2014

Euratex, the Brussels-based European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has hailed the completion of negotiations for a European Union - Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) - but says it regrets that origin rules have been weakened for 15 clothing products under the deal.

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