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

  • Russia is to build its first polyethylene terephthalate (PET) textile plant that will produce synthetic fibre and yarn for the domestic market, at a cost of RUB25bn (US$419m). Preparations are underway for the complex, located in the Ivanov region, while construction is expected to begin in the summer, and production by 2020. The facility is expected to have a capacity of 200,000 tonnes per year. RUSSIAN CONSTRUCTION
  • The government of India's Haryana state has crafted a new textile policy to encourage the setting up of new textile units and ensure growth and modernisation of the existing textile industry in the state. The policy contains provisions for infrastructure augmentation, and the setting up of textile parks and facilities for skill training. It aims to generate 50,000 new jobs by attracting investment in the textile sector to the tune of 5,000 crore. TIMES OF INDIA
  • Myanmar's union minister for industry will invite potential local and foreign investors to develop a Specialised Textile and Garment Zone (STGZ) in the country's Shwe Taung, Bago region. The ministry is currently conducting a feasibility study alongside a Japanese company before developing the 127 acres of land. The government is also working to develop textile and garment factory zones in the Yangon and Ayeyawady regions. ELEVEN
  • Around 200 garment factory workers have protested for a second day outside the Phnom Penh office of Chung Fai Knitwear, which reportedly makes clothes for UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S). The workers claim the firm owes them unpaid wages following its bankruptcy in June. M&S says it had never authorised the factory to make its products. Manufacturers frequently subcontract work on to other, usually smaller factories, obscuring links in the supply chain. CAMBODIA DAILY
  • Bangladesh and Cambodia are working to form a joint trade commission to expand bilateral trade and commerce between the two countries. The agreement would focus on removing trade barriers and easing the export-import process. Both countries depend on the garment industry as the main driver of economic growth, so are looking at ways that trade can complement growth, says Bangladesh's Ministry of Commerce. DHAKA TRIBUNE 
  • The Federal Government of Nigeria has allocated NGN51bn (US$162m) in this year's budget to develop the country's textile and garment sector in a bid to create jobs and boost the use of "Made in Nigeria' products. Aisha Abubakar, minister of State of Industry, Trade and Investment, said out of the six special economic zones that will be created this year, three will be for textiles. Abubakar added the government is also looking to support the industry through infrastructure investment in a bid to help reduce the price of cotton. ECOFIN AGENCY 

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