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Jessica Mudditt

Articles by Jessica Mudditt

Brands are always seeking a competitive edge in new manufacturing hubsSourcing shifts – Manufacturing hubs vying for business 4 May 2016

Regardless of the debate about whether China is losing its shine as a clothing source, brands will always be looking for a competitive edge in new manufacturing hubs.

Myanmar clothing makers are hoping for a swift normalisation of trade relations, especially with the US, following the electionMyanmar elections spark industry optimism and concern 17 November 2015

Apparel and footwear makers in Myanmar believe the country's anticipated transfer of power to the opposition next March should attract more foreign investment, but there are also concerns that future liberalisation will attract tough overseas competition.

Myanmar's footwear sector currently employs 20,000 people Myanmar’s shoe making sector poised for growth 11 August 2015

New skills programmes and increased foreign investment in footwear manufacturing in Myanmar appear set to generate growth in a sector that, to date, has lagged behind the country’s garment industry.

MGMA is proposing a lower wage of MMK2,500 (US$2.21) per dayWage plans leave Myanmar garment industry in limbo 13 July 2015

Myanmar’s garment industry is in hiatus due to uncertainty over the proposed minimum wage announced by the government at the end of last month.

Myanmar’s garment manufacturers have expressed anger and frustration at the new minimum wage plansUPDATE: Myanmar garment makers mull shut-downs over wage plans 6 July 2015

Myanmar’s garment industry has warned of possible shut-downs following the government’s announcement this week of a controversial proposed minimum wage of MMK3,600 (US$3.22) per day - but trade unions have reacted angrily to the threats, telling employers that they must accept the minimum wage.

Efforts have been welcomed to improve labour rights and conditions in Myanmar’s garment manufacturing industryGap and H&M back Myanmar path to labour reform 24 June 2015

Myanmar is set to become a more attractive garment sourcing and investment destination after plans were agreed on labour law reforms in the country – with Gap and H&M coming out in support of the proposals.

In Myanmar, production costs and expenditure are steadily risingMyanmar sets sights on $2bn garment exports 6 May 2015

Myanmar has set a target for garment export earnings of US$2bn for the 2015/16 fiscal year.

Talks are underway to set a minimum wage for garment workers in MyanmarCompromise needed to resolve Myanmar garment strikes 9 March 2015

The secretary of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) has told just-style it is unlikely that demands from striking clothing workers will be met.

Hong Kong firms are to set up the apparel industrial park in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ)SOURCING: Hong Kong garment firms in Myanmar investment deal 19 June 2014

Burma/Myanmar appears set to become a major outsourcing destination for Hong Kong garment companies, with a deal signed last week to set up a 2,400 hectare apparel industrial park in the Yangon region's Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

Burma is benefiting from new garment export orders from EuropeBURMA: Eyes US$1.5bn from garment exports in 2014 19 March 2014

The restoration of the European Union's GSP (Generalised System of Preferences) trading privileges helped Burma/Myanmar earn more than US$1.1bn from garment exports in 2013, just-style has been told.

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