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Poorna Rodrigo

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Apparel is Sri Lanka's top exportSri Lanka sets sights on ambitious apparel export growth 22 March 2019

Sri Lanka is eyeing annual clothing exports of US$8bn by 2025 after passing the US$5bn milestone in 2018 – a move seen as especially significant for the country because it has been achieved while maintaining an "ethical and reliable brand."

Investments worth $102m were approved across 12 projects for Malaysia's garment and textile sector last yearMalaysian clothing sector benefits from rising FDI 9 November 2018

Foreign direct investments (FDI) into Malaysia's garment and textile sector are set to rise further this year on the back of a strong performance in 2017, an official from the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) has told just-style.

Malaysia's current minimum wage is set at MYR1,000 (US$245)Malaysia garment makers worried by minimum wage hike 14 August 2018

Malaysia's garment and textile manufacturers are worried their government's new minimum wage of MYR1,500 (US$368) for the private sector – which was approved this week – could make the industry less competitive.

Cambodia's national draft minimum wage law is awaiting signature by King Norodom SihamoniNew Cambodia minimum wage law edges closer 18 June 2018

Cambodia’s newly adopted national draft minimum wage law will not harm the country’s garment and textile sector because it "formalises what the industry has been doing for the past four years," just-style has been told.

The French Government is working on a 'Circular Economy Roadmap' policy paperFrance cracks down on garment and textile waste 9 May 2018

With textile industry support, the French Government is planning to crack down on garment and textile waste by ensuring that "unsold products are neither thrown away nor destroyed starting from next year," the French Embassy in London has told just-style.

There has been a concerted effort to deal with the long-standing problem of mass-fainting in Cambodia's factoriesCambodia clothing factory fainting figures disputed 15 February 2018

Cambodia's clothing industry has welcomed a reported drop in the number of workers who fainted while at work in garment factories last year – although the decline is disputed by unions.

Minimum wage talks are moving ahead in both Cambodia and VietnamWhere next for minimum wages in Cambodia and Vietnam? 27 September 2017

Cambodia's tripartite talks that will set a new minimum wage limit for 2018 for the country's garment and textile sector opened this week, as Vietnam pay discussions are also moving ahead.

Cambodia has skills shortages across all industries, including clothingCambodia clothing sector faces up to skills gap 17 May 2017

Cambodia's apparel industry – of critical importance to its national economy – is struggling to retain experienced workers, which means the sector is facing a chronic skills shortage.

Flexibility in supply chain financing is key for fast fashion businessesWhy traditional financing is a misfit for fast fashion 30 November 2016

Slow and cumbersome traditional financing does not fit the needs of dynamic, small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in today's fast fashion-driven garment industry.

An FTA with the EU could help triple Indonesia's textile and garment exports in just five yearsEU and Indonesia start talks on free trade agreement 11 August 2016

The European Commission has told just-style it is planning to launch a sustainability impact assessment on a proposed European Union (EU)-Indonesia free trade deal that is expected to boost apparel and textile trade on both sides.

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