The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.

  • Myanmar's Ministry of Industry is to supervise the establishment of a specialised textile and garment zone. At the meeting on the formation of the central executive committee of the Myanmar Textile and Garment Entrepreneurs Association, the Union minister urged local garment manufacturers to produce goods that meet international standards. The issuance of international-standard certificates to local garment manufacturers would make local entrepreneurs more competitive in the international market, according to a statement released by the ministry. The Union minister also called on officials to strive for the establishment of an international textile laboratory to test products. More than 350,000 people are employed at nearly 400 garment factories across the country. ELEVEN

  • Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade has been urged to retract a directive, which experts say creates unnecessary obstacles for textile and garment manufacturers. The directive, which took effect in December 2015, regulates the acceptable levels of formaldehyde and aromatic amines derived from azo dyes in apparel materials imported for local production. The new circular sets the same limits as one from November 2009, which it replaces, but adds requirements for sampling methods to reflect updated test methods and relevant quality management requirements. VIETNAM NEWS

  • India's Labour Ministry has notified of changes in the rules of the Industrial Dispute Act 1947, paving the way for introducing fixed-term employment in the labour intensive textile and apparels sector. Under the rules, a fixed-term workman will be considered on par with permanent workman in terms of working hours, wages, allowances and other statutory dues. These rules will be effective from the date of notification. THE ECONOMIC TIMES (INDIA)

  • Eight people have been killed and 22 injured when a three-storey building slated for demolition in the textile town of Bhiwandi, on the outskirts of Mumbai, collapsed in heavy rain last week. The residents of the structure, known as the Kabir Shaikh building, were served an evacuation notice and the building was to be demolished on Saturday, but the process was deferred in the absence of police protection. HINDUSTAN TIMES

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