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.

  • Sri Lanka's Ceylon Leather Products is to invest LKR306.4m (US$235.2m) in fabric manufacturer South Asia Textile Industries. The company will buy 3.06m shares in a rights issues raising its stake to 80%. LANKA BUSINESS ONLINE
  • Jean Philippe Prosper, VP of the International Finance Corporation for Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, is optimistic about the improvement of the business climate in Haiti. This year, he said the IFC intends to double its portfolio in the country in manufacturing, infrastructure and financial sectors. HAITI LIBRE 
  • The Fiji Government has reassured the country's textile, clothing and footwear industry stakeholders of its support as they are major contributors to the economy. With the nearing expiry of the SPARTECA-TCF scheme, the Government said it will continue its efforts to assist the industry in its reliance on market access to Australia and New Zealand. FIJI NEWS
  • India is to launch a 700 Crore scheme for the rehabilitation of small and medium dyeing units and textile industries while keeping pollution at a bay. A cluster will be created to accommodate the dyeing units in Namakkal, Erode, Salem and Karur districts. THE HINDU
  • Chinese firm Sumec Textile & Light Co, and Myanmar-based Lat War Garment Company are to set up a garment factory in the Bago region of Myanmar at a cost of US$20m. The factory is currently being modified and operations are expected to start at the end of the year. ELEVEN MYANMAR