The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

  • Cambodia's garments and textile exports reached US$4.61bn last year, up 9% from $4.24bn in 2011. Although exports rose, strikes by garment workers over low wages negatively impacted the industry. As a result, the industry was less competitive in terms of productivity and cost, compared to countries such as Bangladesh and India. THE PHNOM PENH POST
  • Vietnam's textile and garment sector is to create 200,000 additional jobs this year as export turnover is expected to increase 12% to US$19bn. Le Tien Truong, deputy general director of the Viet Nam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) said garment firms need to develop solid strategies to consolidate their status in the volatile market. He suggested focus be placed on small- and medium-sized orders that require fast delivery turnaround, while improving productivity and product quality. VIET NAM NEWS
  • Turkey has imported US$21.7bn worth of cotton, cotton fibre and cotton fabric in the last ten years, while exporting $12.6bn of these products in the same period, according to a report. The price of cotton imported by the country has increased 275% during the period. However, Turkey bought cotton for an average of $2.13 per kilogram, but sold it at a price of $1.69 per kilogram in the first ten months of 2012, contributing to its deficit reaching more than $9bn in the last ten years. HURRIYET DAILY NEWS
  • Working conditions at a textile factory in Swaziland are "worse than ever", according to Labour Minister Lutfo Dlamini. The minister told the director of Kang Fa, which is based in Taiwan, that the company would have to improve working conditions or have its operating licence revoked. There are some 25 Taiwanese-owned factories operating in Swaziland - mostly textile and garment manufacturers, employing around 15,000 people. ALL AFRICA
  • Pakistan's ministry for the textile and garment industry has trained around 400 farmers in the Punjab and Sindh provinces to pick clean cotton and maintain cotton fibre quality standards. It has also organised seven workshops on clean cotton picking, in a bid to improve the quality of the crop so farmers get maximum prices for it. The courses have been organised in coordination with the Pakistan Central Cotton Committee and Pakistan Cotton Standards Institute. BUSINESS RECORDER