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Poorna Rodrigo

Articles by Poorna Rodrigo

Cambodia's clothing and footwear sectors are struggling with the double hit of Covid-19 and loss of EU duty-free statusCovid and EU duty-free loss a double blow for Cambodia 6 October 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time for Cambodia’s garment sector, since it coincides with the partial withdrawal of the country’s duty-free access to the European Union (EU) market. 

Artistic Denim Mills has created 'Safe to touch' denim using HeiQ Viroblock Antiviral fabric developments accelerate amid safety concerns 30 July 2020

Research is ramping up around the world to develop new technologies that tap into growing demand for antimicrobial, virus and bacteria killing fibres and fabrics generated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Job cuts and a slump in exports are on the cards for Sri Lanka as a result of the coronavirus crisisCovid-19 has taken its toll on Sri Lanka clothing sector 18 June 2020

Covid-19 has taken its toll on Sri Lanka's textile and clothing sector, with exports forecast to plummet 30% in fiscal 2021.

January has seen increases in minimum wage rates in outsourcing manufacturing hubs worldwideWages on the rise in key apparel sourcing hubs 14 February 2020

National minimum wages have been rising in apparel sourcing hubs around the world as governments seek to balance export competitiveness with industrial peace to avoid production disruption and the ability to retain experienced staff.

The USMCA was signed on 30 November 2018  – but it remains uncertain when it will take effectMexican apparel industry hopeful of USMCA ratification 6 December 2019

Mexican clothing industry experts hope the current standoff over the ratification of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will soon be resolved – and that it will cement Mexico's position as a major apparel exporter to the US and Canada. 

Sri Lanka's garment sector workers are already being trained in lean management, green and eco- friendly manufacturing technologies, and how to comply with high health and safety standardsSri Lanka apparel group boss calls for skills accreditation 27 November 2019

Sri Lanka needs to better accredit its clothing sector workers' skills through government-certified institutions to help manufacturers increase exports, the head of the country’s clothing industry body says.

The Washington-Beijing stand-off has coincided with other events depressing wool salesTrade tensions weigh on Australian wool prices 26 July 2019

Uncertainties surrounding the trade war between the US and China are weighing on Australian wool prices though a reduction in demand from key Chinese buyers.

As of last month, Cambodia employers must pay workers on Undetermined Duration Contracts a seniority payment every six monthsNew Cambodia seniority payments cause controversy 15 July 2019

Garment industry associations in Cambodia are accusing factory owners of dismissing experienced workers without paying due compensation, claiming this is a breach of recently introduced legally mandated seniority payments.

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.

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