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

  • Kenya and India have signed an agreement that will see India's Exim Bank lend Kenya US$29.6m to develop The Rift Valley Textile Industry, Rivatex. Of this, the bank will release one-third to the Industrial Development Bank for lending to small and medium enterprises. CNBC AFRICA
  • Around 85 Myanmar garment workers from a recently shuttered factory in Yangon's Hlaing Tharyar township have received part of their severance compensation following a second protest. Laws require factory owners to pay workers an additional sum if they decide to suddenly close. A further US$4,265 is owed, and if factory officials fail to pay, action is expected to be taken against the factory. MYANMAR TIMES
  • Garment exporters from India's Tirupur knitwear cluster have started quoting higher prices for products meant for export to British markets in a bid to reduce the impact of the currency volatility following Britain's vote to exit from European Union. Additionally, exporters to Britain have also started opting for currency hedging. THE HINDU
  • An Indian court has ordered a pay rise of up to 30% for hundreds of thousands of garment workers in Tamil Nadu, the first minimum wage hike in more than 12 years.But lawyers for 500 clothing manufacturers and exporters, who supply many international brands, said the new wages would be "practically impossible" to introduce given the tough global market conditions. Under the ruling, workers would see their pay rise from a monthly average of INR4500 to INR6500 (US$67 to $97) - which campaigners say is comparable to wages for textile jobs in most other states. Under the Minimum Wages Act, introduced in 1948, state governments are required to increase the basic minimum wage every five years, but textile manufacturers have repeatedly challenged these pay rises in Tamil Nadu. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION
  • The US wants to double its cotton exports to Bangladesh over the next five years, according to senior officials at the Cotton Council International (CCI). Currently, the US exports 160,000 bales of cotton in a year to Bangladeshi spinning mills, accounting for just 3% of the country's total cotton consumption. DAILY STAR
  • SVP Global Ventures, a diversified yarn manufacturing company, has commissioned a new textile plant at Jhalawar in Rajasthan. The first phase of the project will employ 500 people and provide a stable livelihood to over 30,000 farmers. The plant, which has manufacturing capacity of 22,000 tonnes per annum, will manufacture combed compact yarn which will be exported to many countries, including China. THE HINDU

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