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

  • A Bangladesh factory that produces shirts for the Donald Trump apparel brand has reportedly been cited for a list of safety violations. The Elite Garment Industries factory is said to have insufficient fire alarm systems, a lack of fire escape routes, faulty electricity and "highly stressed" support columns in the building's infrastructure, coupled with low wages. ECCOUTERRE
  • Pakistan's Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan, has rejected a request from the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association's (APTMA) to allow duty-free import of raw cotton. Instead he said "much better production of cotton" was expected this year, adding that authorities were looking forward to a rate of PKR3,000-plus for cotton in the international market. EXPRESS TRIBUNE
  • Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged garment workers in Cambodia to improve their productivity in order to prevent factories from closing and moving to countries such as Laos, Bangladesh and Myanmar, all of which have lower minimum wages. Miguel Chanco, lead ASEAN analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, agreed that Myanmar and Bangladesh "present a real threat to Cambodia's garment industry, primarily because of how much more expensive it is to hire workers in Cambodia". PHNOM PENH POST
  • Production in garment factories in major industrial hubs in Bangladesh has been hampered due to the stoppage of gas supplies from CNG stations, with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) warning the industry may not hit its target of US$50bn in exports by 2021 if the gas crisis continues. DAILY STAR
  • The Vietnamese textile and garment industry expects to continue to face challenges in the next year, mainly due to fierce competition from other exporting countries like India, China, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and a slowdown in global demand. The election of Donald Trump, who has indicated that he will not support trade pacts such as the TPP, may also impact exports, according to Le Tien Truong, general director of the national garment and textile group Vinatex. He added that garment exports to the EU will also be under negative impact, as a result of Brexit. VIET NAM NEWS
  • Uzbekistan is planning to launch its first eco-friendly textile dyes. The scheme will be implemented by Indikim Group Company as part of a project launched in 2014, when O'zbekyengilsanoat and the South Korean company Rainbow signed a deal to extract natural dyes from agricultural plants. The project will cost a total of $1m, and the company will export over 80% of its production at full capacity. UZBEKISTAN TODAY

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